China continues to look to make things easier on tourists with plans to launch 6-day visa-free transits for travelers visiting Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province by the end of 2017.
Currently, visitors are only allowed to stay a mere 72 hours in Beijing and Tianjin without a visa, Presumably, you’ll be able to use those extra 72 hours to explore the wonders of Hebei where China is currently hard at work building its next Shenzhen/Pudong.
The expected move was announced by Chen Hong, a Beijing vice-mayor, on Thursday who explained that it was part of China’s “long-term commitment to modernize and upgrade its service industry.”
China first introduced 6-day visa-free transits to travelers visiting Shanghai and neighboring cities in 2016. Over the first year, 39,000 tourists entered Shanghai under this new policy.
Presumably, this new Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei policy will apply to passengers from the same 53 different countries and regions around the world who have a valid international travel document and onward travel tickets out of mainland China within 6 days of arrival. Check to see if you are one of the lucky ones:
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
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