Asked by Gregory from USA | Aug. 14, 2014 11:18
About:72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Question re the China 72-hr visa free transit rule

Just trying to confirm my understanding of the new China 72-hr free transit rules: May I travel (within a 72 hr window, for business mtgs) from New York to Beijing, then fly internally to Shanghai, then exit Shanghai to San Francisco, for example? Or must I stop on the return leg of the journey in a 3rd country (not a US city, since I entered from a US city) such as H. Kong or Singapore?

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Answered by Steven from USA | Aug. 14, 2014 21:07
If your route is NY - Beijing - Shanghai - San Francisco, you cannot enjoy the 72-hour free transit policy, since departs and returns from the the same country and you have two stopovers in China.
If your route is NY - Beijing - Shanghai - HK - San Francisco, you also cannot enjoy the 72-hour free transit, since you stop twices in China, in Beijing and Shanghai.
If you fly from NY - Beijing/Shanghai - HK/Singapore, you can enjoy the 72-hour free transit in either Beijing or Shanghai.
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