Asked by Sebastian from Singapore | Aug. 23, 2017 23:25
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Does a short transit count as 3rd country?

Wondering if the following scenario would qualify for a 144 hour Free transit?

Flying from Singapore (we live here but have a European passport hence do require a visa unlike Singaporeans) via a Hong Kong transit (same airline / booking, ~2 hr transit to different flight, but will not be leaving the airport) to Shanghai and on the way back fly from Shanghai directly to Singapore.

Effectively the incoming flight would be from Hong Kong and the outgoing flight to Singapore hence this might qualify...?

Answers (3)
Answered by Geraldine from Finland | Aug. 24, 2017 02:31
Do you mean you will travel like Singapore-Hong Kong-Shanghai-Singapore? If yes, you can use the 144 hr free transit in Shanghai as long as you are in the list of 53 qualified countries.
Answered by Sebastian from Singapore | Aug. 24, 2017 07:40
Yes, but by booking a flight Singapore to Shanghai that has a 2hr stop over in Hong Kong so we wont really be visiting Hong Kong, its just the second leg of the flight. Thanks!
Answered by John Doe | Aug. 24, 2017 10:27
You'll be fine if your PVG-SIN flight is nonstop. HK is considered a third country for immigration purposes.
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