Asked by Shane from USA | Oct. 16, 2017 12:20
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

USA - Shanghai - Japan - Shanghai- USA

I am trying to figure out if we need to apply for a transit visa or follow the 144 hour free transit option in Shanghai.

Our first flight arrives in Shanghai evening at 6 pm, leaving the next morning at 8 am (14 hour layover) onward to Japan. We do intend to stay at a hotel at the airport. Our return flight leaves Japan and arrives in Shanghai at 10 pm and departs the next day at 9 pm (23 hours stay) back to the USA.

Would both of these stays qualify for a 144 hour free transit stay in Shanghai or should we apply for a transit G with multiple entries?

Answers (2)
Answered by Robb from Canada | Oct. 16, 2017 13:23
I am not a expert, however I've done lots of research on this subject. from what you have type it looks like you would qualify. Take note, the policy indicates that you must have a "seat number" assigned, not just the flight. In my case I have yet to get a seat number, my question is just below yours.

Hope this helps.

Answered by Rob | Oct. 16, 2017 19:13
Shane, your case couldn't be more straightforward. Your itinerary is clearly eligible for 24 hours direct transit in both directions. Robb, you don't need a seat assignment; you just need a confirmed onward ticket.
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