Asked by Vange from Australia | Jun. 23, 2014 06:08
About:China Visa Application Procedure and Fee

Can you please explain why I need a visa and why I do not qualify for the 72 hr stopover in Beijing ?

Dear Sir/Madam
My wife and I are flying air china from Melbourne to London with a stopover in Beijing, the flight to Beijing and the return flight from Beijing to Melbourne transit very briefly in Shanghai.
My stopover is Beijing not Shanghai .
Air china flights from Melbourne to Beijing all transit first in Shanghai, flights from Sydney are direct to Beijing thus qualify for the 72 hr stopover. To me it does not make any sense at all.
Your thoughts will be appreciated.
Thanks Vange

Answers (1)
Answered by Robert from United Kingdom | Jun. 24, 2014 02:30
Hi, this is true. Because 72 hour free transit only allow direct transit via one eligible city in China. So, you need visa if your flight stops both in Shanghai and Beijing.
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