Authorities across the Yangtze delta region are planning to implement a new six-day transit visa for foreigners on arrival at Shanghai and neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces.
According to Shanghai Daily, foreigners will be able to enter Shanghai, Hangzhou (Xiaoshan International Airport), Nanjing (Lukou International Airport) and avail of the 144-hour visa scheme.
Authorities have also promised to add 10 more “Foreign Affairs Service Stations” in Pudong, Changning and Xuhui for registration and visa facilities.
Although the specifics of the policy have not been announced, it is likely that the scheme will be an extension of the existing 72-hour visa-free transit program. In 2013, the introduction of the 72-hour transit visa in Shanghai was credited with attracting thousands of additional visitors to the city. No doubt authorities are looking to build on its success and bolster their tourism revenues.
Travellers from the following 51 countries can take advantage of the current scheme and are likely to be the intended audience for the 6-day program:
Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Switzerland
Other European Countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Macedonia, Republic of Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, UK, Ukraine
America: US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
Asia: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar