Asked by iris williams, OBE from US | Nov. 30, 2011 16:47
About:China Embassy in U.S.A.

Do I need a transit visa if I will leave airport and travel to the ship with the cruise ships port

I am told by my agent. I need a tourist visa but then read that this is not so. Would you please clarify this for me.
I am a US citizen and will be traveling to Shanghai March 2012 and will be there less than 24hrs.. I am joining a cruise ship that will be leaving the same night of my arrival. Question is: Will I really need an entry visa or any visa into Shanghai when I will be leaving the airport and traveling to the ship with the cruise ships port agent. I will have joining cruise ship documents proving my destination to the ship and the ships itinerary.. If there is anything else I need, I would appreciate information? thank you very much in advance..

Answers (1)
Answered by Ms.MILES from United Kingdom | Dec. 01, 2011 01:36
Yes, you really need an entry visa into Shanghai when you will be leaving the airport and travelling to the cruise ship port. It is not considered as a transit because you travel between airport and port. If the stopover time is less than 48 hours between two connecting flights, a transit visa is not required even though you leave the airport.
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