A foreigner, identified only as Peter, has been fined the maximum amount allowed by law for staying illegally in Shanghai for 33 days, China Daily reports.
Peter was fined 10,000 yuan on Tuesday by the city’s immigration inspection authority, the largest fine issued in the city. He was offered the right to appeal the fine, but declined.
Under the provisions of the exit-entry law, which took effect on July 1, foreigners who stay in China illegally will be given a warning. For offences of a serious nature, a 500 yuan fine will be levied for each day they overstay, with this amount not exceeding 10,000 yuan. The maximum fine for overstaying under the previous regulation was 5,000 yuan.
Instead of a fine, overstayers can be detained for between five and 15 days.
Between January and July, almost 6,000 people took advantage of the new 72 hour visa-free policy introduced at the start of 2013. Residents from 45 countries who can produce a ticket showing they intend to leave the country after their time is up can visit Shanghai without a visa for three days.
Confused about the new visa law? (We are.) Read Law and Border’s explainer (pdf).
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