China; New rule extends visa-free entry to Yangtze River Delta from 72 to 144 hours

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On January 26, 2016, the Ministry of Public Security announced the launch of a 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption program. The new program, which took effect on January 30, gives six days with no visa requirement to transit passengers of 51 countries. Passengers can also move within the administration precincts of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Hangzhou Municipality.

To qualify:

  1. Passengers must hold valid travel documents and air, sea and railway tickets with confirmed dates and destinations leaving within 144 hours of their transit stay.
  2. Approval will only be granted to travelers entering Yangtze River Delta through the seven designated air, sea and railway ports-of-entry.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Public Security:

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