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72-hour visa-free policy in China

Updated: 2013-10-23 18:38
( chinadaily.com.cn)



Shenzhen becomes first mainland city to introduce 72-hour convenient-visa policy for foreigners via Hong Kong. Visa procedures are streamlined but not scrapped entirely.


Convenient-visa trial in Shenzhen extended to nine cities in Guangdong province, with limit of stay increased to 144 hours.

January 2013

Beijing and Shanghai introduce 72-hour visa-free stay for citizens of 45 countries.


State Council approves launch of visa-free policy in Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan, but local tourism authority says it needs time to prepare.


Guangzhou introduces 72-hour visa-free policy. Visitors can visit anywhere within Guangdong province under the policy.


Chengdu introduces 72-hour visa-free policy.

October 16

State Council approves launch of visa-free policy in Chongqing.


Transit visitors from 45 countries will be able to stay in Chongqing for three days without a visa.

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