Q&A

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-07-03

Q: What requirements do foreign nationals have to meet to apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption?
A: There are 3 requirements: 1) Citizens from the 51 countries under the 72-hour Visa-free Transit Program; 2) Foreign nationals with valid international traveling documents and a through air ticket with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) traveling within 72 hours; 3) Transit passengers from the allowed transit Airport for a third country (region).
Q: Is the policy applicable for foreign visitors who enter into China without holding the airline ticket to depart from China within 72 hours to the third country but planning to buy one during their transit?
A: According to the policy, foreign visitors from the listed countries who plan to apply for 72-hour visa-free transit stay must hold a valid airline ticket bought before they enter into China.
Q: Is the policy applicable for foreign visitors from listed countries who enter into China by train at the Chengdu Railway Station and leave China by air at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport?
A: The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the ONLY entry-exit port in Chengdu applicable for the 72-hour visa-free transit policy.
Q: Is the policy applicable for foreign visitors who come to China and go back to their own counties within 72 hours?
A: The policy is only applicable for foreign tourists who take transit in China and leave for the third country.
Q: Are the foreign visitors who complete 72-hour visa-free transit procedures and enter into China permitted to leave Chengdu to other Chinese cities?
A: Foreign visitors with the permit of 72-hour visa-free transit are not allowed to leave Chengdu for other Chinese cities during the 72 hours. Visitors who have to leave Chengdu for other Chinese cities due to force majeure must apply for visas at the Aliens’Exit and Entry Division of Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Q: What if tourists are not able to leave China within 72 hours due to special reasons?
A: Foreign visitors with the permit of 72-hour visa-free transit who have to stay for more than 72 hours due to force majeure must apply for visas at the Aliens’Exit and Entry Division of Chengdu Municipal Public Security Bureau.
Q: After getting the permit of the 72-hour visa-free transit in Chengdu is it possible for foreign visitors leave China from Shanghai airport since Shanghai has also adopted the similar policy?
A: Foreign visitors with the permit of 72-hour visa-free transit can only stay in the city where they are issued the permit within the 72 days.
Q: Is there any regulation by the Chinese Customs for 72-hour visa-free transit visitors?
A: 1) Transit passengers are not permitted to take any goods prohibited by the People's Republic of China.
2) According to Announcement No.72 issued in 2007 by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, foreign tourists must declare all required items before entering into the country.
3) Tourists should comply with the provisions of the General Administration of Customs about transit passengers' baggage inspection.
Transit passengers, who leave the customs surveillance zone during the period of limitation in transit, would be treated as regular short-term entry-exit non-resident passengers. Transit passengers can carry baggage which must be no more than necessities for traveling. Luggage for short-term multiple-entry transit passengers' personal use include cameras, small video cameras, hand-held camcorder, a laptop computer, and special personal necessities approved by the Customs. According to the provisions, the articles may be temporarily released free of duty. Transit travelers must exit with the original items. Import duty would be levied on items left in China and worth over 2000 RMB by the Customs. Alcohol, tobacco, and other 20 kinds of commodities are transacted by other relevant regulations. Items excluded into the regulations are not allowed to entry and would be kept by the Customs, which will be returned to visitors from the original ports.
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