Asked by stevie horne from Scotland | Jul. 15, 2019 05:23
About:72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Do we qualify for transit visa ?

hi, my wife and i land in Shanghai 4th September from Uk , stay 2 nights and leave cruise port 6th september for Russia and two Japanese stops , we arrive back in Shanghai 14th September and stay for one further night before flight back to Uk . Do we qualify for transit visa ?


Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 15, 2019 14:41
Yes in principle, but your itinerary has to fulfill the following conditions:

1. Your flight from, I assume UK, to Shanghai should not have any additional landing within mainland China and in the country that will be the first to visit after you leave Shanghai by cruise.
2. Your cruise should not have as the first port call, immediately after you leave Shanghai, in mainland China.
3. Your cruise should not have as the last port call, immediately before Shanghai, in mainland China.
4. Your flight from Shanghai to UK should not have any additional landing within mainland China and in the country where you had your last port call, immediately before Shanghai.

So, I assume that you fulfill all the mentioned conditions, but I encourage you to review your itinerary, just for a case.

If all the conditions are met, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit twice. OK, maybe for 24 hour visa free transit during your second arrival in Shanghai because maybe your stay will be shorter than 24 hours. Anyway, this detail does not change anything regarding your visa free travel. By the way, I encourage you to use correct terminology because you will not use a transit visa, but visa free transit schemes, 144 hour visa free transit and maybe 24 hour visa free transit. Just to avoid any possible misunderstandings.
Answered by stevie from scotland | Jul. 16, 2019 03:57
many thanks .

Flight Glasgow to Frankfurt
Flight Frankfurt to Shanghai
Land 4th September

cruise from Shanghai and 1st port of call is Vladivostock Russia , then 2 ports in Japan , cruise back to Shanghai on 14th September and leave 15th September.

Flight Shanghai to Frankfurt
flight Frankfurt to Glasow .
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 16, 2019 15:35
Your entire itinerary is perfectly eligible for visa free transit in Shanghai twice. During your first arrival, you will be covered by 144 hour visa free transit and during your second arrival by 24 or 144 hour visa free transit. This last detail is easy to determine by calculating the time from your scheduled arrival in Shanghai by your cruise until your scheduled departure from Shanghai by plane. If the entire time is shorter than 24 hours, then you will be covered by 24 TWOV and if that time is just a minute longer than 24 hours, by 144 TWOV. In any case, you are fine. You should just have your tickets/documentation at hand, ready to be shown to the relevant authorities starting from your check-in in Glasgow/Frankfurt.

In reality your itineraries that are of interest for Chinese immigration are:

Frankfurt - Shanghai - Vladivostok
Japan - Shanghai - Frankfurt.
Answered by stevie horne from United Kingdom | Jul. 17, 2019 02:34
many thanks for help , much appreciated

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