Asked by Denise Thompson from United Kingdom | Jan. 23, 2020 10:08
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

144 hours visa

Hi, My husband and I depart 12.20 from Manchester on 22/05/2020 and arrive at Shanghai Pudong
Airport 11.05 on 23/05/2020. We have an overnight stay in Shanghi.
We join a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship on 24th/05/2020 sailing to Japan and arrive back at Shanghi on
31st /05/2020 where we head directly to Shanghi Pudong Airport for our flight home.
Do we qualify for the 144 hour visa?
Many thanks for your help
Denise Thompson

Answers (6)
Answered by Thomas | Jan. 25, 2020 02:57
First route is covered by the 144h twov (it's not a visa), return trip is covered by 24h twov.

In both cases you don't need any kind of visa.
Answered by Denise from U.K. | Jan. 26, 2020 11:22
Many thanks for your help, its much appreciated. I assume I can apply for both the visas online?
Answered by Saul | Jan. 26, 2020 12:35
As Thomas correctly said, you are NOT getting a visa. You will be in transit without visa. There is nothing to apply for online.
Answered by Denise Thompson from U.K. | Jan. 28, 2020 01:36
Sorry Saul, I realise I do keep getting mixed up with full visas and the transit visas. Do we need to complete some paper work at the airport/on the plane? I remember reading something about asking for some paperwork to fill in regarding our visit.
This travel guide is so helpful.
Many thanks again
Denise Thompson
Answered by Saul | Jan. 28, 2020 09:45
You fill in your paperwork on arrival in China. When you check-in at Manchester, they will look in your passport for a visa. You will say "we are in transit without visa" and present your confirmed onward cruise tickets and itinerary. When you arrive in Shanghai, you follow the very obvious signs and fill in a form. Also print out your hotel reservation including the address and telephone number, because you will need them at the airport in Shanghai.
Answered by Denise from U,K, | Jan. 29, 2020 01:44
Thanks you so much for all your advice. It has been a great help.
Denise Thompson
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