Asked by Esther from United Kingdom | May. 23, 2014 05:36
About:72-Hour Visa-Free Transit FAQ

However we have hit a snag because the Chinese embassy in Vietnam says we can only get a visa there if we are flying from Vietnam.

I am a UK citizen living in Vietnam. A friend and I are flying from Ho Chi Minh to Russia and then are going to do the Trans Siberian Railway - so train through Russia, then Mongolia and then China. So we don't know how to proceed. I just don't know how I can get into China to catch a flight from Beijing to Madrid I have booked. Would I be able to book a flight from Mongolia to Beijing that is less than 72 hours until my flight to Madrid? Would that be covered under the 72 hours free time? I can't work out if it has to be connecting flights, which it wouldn't be. Any help would be greatly appreciated :-D Thank you in advance.

Answers (1)
Answered by Billy from Canada | May. 24, 2014 01:56
Hi, if you take train to Beijing, then you can not avail this 72 hour free transit in Beijing. And it it true that you have to apply for a Chinese visa from Chinese embassy in the Vietnam in advance. It is an option for you to book a flight from Mongolia to Beijing then it is ok to use this 72 hour free transit in Beijing. Youcan also confirm this with Beijing airport directly. Tel: 0086-10-56095400
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