Asked by Shelley from Canada | Oct. 01, 2018 18:13
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

How do we get our 144 Hour VISA Free destination

Hi, we embark on our cruise in Hong Kong. Our first stop after Hong Kong is Shanghai, where we stay overnight. Then we head to Japan. Based on your information, I believe we qualify for the 144 Hour exemption. My questions are on the procedure: (1) do we advise our cruise ship when we board that we would like to obtain the exemption?, (2) will the cruise ship provide an arrival/departure card for us to fill out? (3) do we take that card and our passport to a 144 visa exemption kiosk in the Shanghai cruise ship terminal? (4) Or will the cruise ship handle getting our exemption for us?
Thanks... Shelley from Canada

Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Oct. 01, 2018 21:45
1) Not sure how cruise works but for flights you'll need to inform them at check-in.
2) If they don't have it then it will be available right before you go through immigration, or you can ask one from them. It's no big deal.
3-4) You have to take the card and passport to the officer staffing the 144-hour transit desk although they may ask you to do the fingerprinting first before going through.
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