Shanghai visa

Officers examine equipment at Beijing Capital International Airport designed to process foreign visitors who can make 72-hour visa-free trips to the city from Jan 1. Shanghai is also undertaking preparations to offer the same service to international travelers. [Photo/China Daily] 72 hour visa free policy in Shanghai


From Jan 1, 2013, transit passengers from 45 countries are allow to stay in Shanghai for 72 hours without a visa, However, they will not be permitted to leave Shanghai during this time. More detail requirements are:


1. Foreigners should have third country” visas and plane tickets.
2. During the 72-hour visa-free transit, foreigners must stay in Shanghai, and leave China from Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao Airport.
3. Leaving Shanghai or staying longer than 72 hours is not allowed.
4. If a stay in Shanghai of over 72 hours is required, application is needed for a China visa through Entry-Exit Administration Department of Shanghai Municipality Public Security Bureau.


The 45 countries permitted to use 72-hour visa waiver


European Schengen countries

Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hellenic, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

Other European countries

Russia, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine


United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

Asia Pacific

Australia, New Zealand

Asian countries

Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, The United Arab Emirates, Qatar


Shanghai tours for 72-hour visa free stay


One day Shanghai Private Tour

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Attractions: Visit The Bund, have a birdeye view of Shanghai on the top of Shanghai World Financial Center (94F-97F), Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, free time shopping in Nanjing Road in the afternoon.

Suzhou Garden tour

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Attractions: Humble Administrator's Garden, Panmen City Gate, Grand Canal Cruise in downtown and Suzhou No.1 Silk Museum (lunch is included)

Shanghai Tour Packages

Multi-day tours ( incl. accomodation): Our Shanghai tour packages include hotel accomodation, transportation and service of Shanghai private tour guide.

Shanghai Weekend Holiday

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Trip Length: 3 Days
Sightseeing Tour in the day, enjoy the famous Shanghai Acrobatic show, never ending night party on XinTianDi, undescriblable shopping highlights on Nanjing Road, Yu market.