Asked by Bill from Australia | Nov. 29, 2016 04:18
About:China Visa Exemption

Bill from Australia.Travelling with Australian passport by air to Singapore .

There board ship cruise throughout ASIA and departing ship at end of cruise in Shanghai .From there fly to Hong Kong and then back to Australia.
Am I eligible for a 144 hour stay in Shanghai on this trip

Answers (4)
Answered by Larry from Thailand | Nov. 29, 2016 19:31
Bill, if the last country or region the ship came from before entering Shanghai is not HK, you can enjoy the 144 hour free transit in Shanghai.
Answered by Bill from Australia | Nov. 30, 2016 00:01
Thanks Larry,
The itinerary of the ship is Singapore,Thailand.Vietnam.Xiamen( China). Hong Kong, Taipae,Yokohama, Osaka,Seoul ,Shanghai.Then fly to Hong Kong to Australia.

From your answer ,which is so much appreciated, I have a concern that the ship visits Xiamen before it gets to Shanghai.I know I can get a day visa on board if I want to get off at Xiamen.
Does the visit to Xiamen by the ship affect my eligibility for the 144 hours in Shanghai
Answered by John Doe from Canada | Nov. 30, 2016 21:46
I don't think so since you are technically arriving at Shanghai from a third country, and Xiamen issues its own special visa for foreigners which authorizes a stay of three days.
Answered by Bill | Dec. 01, 2016 18:56
Thank you to John Doe from Canada.Much appreciated
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