Asked by Marlene Maier from Canada | Aug. 10, 2016 14:14
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

is China visa required for Shanghai for Canadians arriving by cruise ship for 1 day

My Canadian clients are flying into Tokyo and cruising Singapore on a 28 day cruise. Same ship. Only stop in PRC is for 1 day in Shanghai.
Here is the itinerary:
1st cruise:

Tokyo, Japan - Shimizu, Japan - Kobe, Japan - Kobe, Japan - At Sea - Nagasaki, Japan - At Sea - Shanghai, China - At Sea - Okinawa, Japan - Keelung (Chilung), Taiwan, Province of China - Keelung (Chilung), Taiwan, Province of China - At Sea - Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2nd cruise
Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Hong Kong, Hong Kong - At Sea - Ha Long, Vietnam - Ha Long, Vietnam - Da Nang, Vietnam - At Sea - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - At Sea - Bangkok, Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand - At Sea - At Sea - Singapore, Singapore - Singapore, Singapore

Do they need to have a Chinese entry permit or will the 144 hour free transit be sufficient?
Do they have to apply for it before they depart Canada?
I appreciate your assistance.


Answers (1)
Answered by Remy from Italy | Aug. 10, 2016 21:35
Marlene, they need to apply for a Chinese entry permit for one-day stopover in Shanghai. The 144 hour free transit is not applicable to them because they will travel in and out by the same ship; and after staying in Shanghai, they will go back to Japan. An entry permit is necessary and should be applied beforehand.
Related Questions:
Arriving in Shanghai on cruise ship for 1 day. Is visa required? (UK)
Asked by NIGEL SMITH from United Kingdom
| Sep. 06, 2016 21:38
Is China Visa required? On Cruise ship stopping in two Ports for 1 Day in e...
Asked by Garry Hall from Australia
| Apr. 11, 2016 03:13
i am arriving in Shanghai by cruise ship for 1 day, Do I need a visa (Austr...
Asked by martyn from australia
| Feb. 10, 2015 20:38
1 night stay in hotel in Shanghai.
Asked by Dearsley from England
| Feb. 02, 2017 09:29
Is Visa required for one day visit Shanghai on cruise ship?
Asked by Patricia from Australia
| Jan. 04, 2012 21:20
if arriving on a cruise ship but not disembarking is a visa required
Asked by Trevor from United Kingdom
| Apr. 29, 2016 20:44
Ask a Question
Question Summary (100 characters)
Details (optional) (2,000 characters)