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Exemptions of Visa for China (Mainland only)
2018/12/30

Under any of the following circumstances, foreigners may be exempt from applying for visas:

1. Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan

Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan holding ordinary passports may enter China without a visa provided that they travel to China for tourism, family visit, business or transit, and intend to stay in China for no more than 15 days. However, the following personnel of these three countries must apply for a visa in advance if: a) They are holders of ordinary passports, and travel to China for tourism, family visit or business, and intend to stay in China for more than 15 days; b) They are holders of ordinary passports, and travel to China for study, employment, permanent residence, official visit or news coverage.

2. Group tour to the Zhujiang River Delta, Hainan Island, and Guilin

(1) Citizens of the countries having diplomatic relations with China holding ordinary passports and on a tour to Hong Kong or Macao, and participating in group tours to the Zhujiang River (Pearl River) Delta Area for a stay of less than 6 days organized by the travel services registered in Hong Kong or Macao, shall not need to apply for a visa. The Zhujiang River (Pearl River) Delta Area refers to the following cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and Huizhou. The above-mentioned policies are also applicable to the above-mentioned group's travel to Shantou, providing direct exit from Shantou, and the scope of activities does not exceed the administrative area of Shantou.

(2) Citizens of the following 59 countries holding ordinary passports can enjoy visa-free entry to Hainan Province through its ports opened to outside and are entitled to stay in the administrative regions of Hainan Province for 30 days, on condition that they book their tour through local travel agencies: Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Norway, Ukraine, Italy, Austria, Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Monaco, Belarus.

(3) Tourist groups of 10 ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines) to Guilin for a stay of no more than 6 days organized by the travel services approved by the Guilin Municipal Tourism Administration shall not need to apply for a visa, providing direct enter/exit from the Guilin Airport.

3. Transit

(1) Foreigners who hold connected passenger tickets and are in transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China, will stay for no more than 24 hours in China without leaving the restricted area of the port of entry, may be exempted from visas.

(2) Citizens of the following 53 countries (a) holding their valid passports or other international travel documents transit to a third country or region with confirmed onward tickets and seats on international flights can be granted a visa-free stay in the transit city for 72 hours via the following airports: CAN, CKG, XIY, KWL, HRB, CSX. (b) holding their valid passports or other international travel documents transit to a third country or region with confirmed onward tickets and seats on international flights can be granted a visa-free stay in the transit city or province for 144 hours via the following city or province: Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu, Kunming. For more information, please check the website of National Immigration Administration of China (http://www.mps.gov.cn/n2254996/index.html).

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore , Brunei, UAE, Qatar

4. Holding a valid APEC Business Travel Card

The APEC Business Travel Card is equivalent to a multiple visa for 5 years. The cardholder may enter China within the validity period of the travel card together with a valid passport consistent with the card. The duration of each stay is up to 60 days or 90 days.

5. Holding a valid Permanent Residence Card for Aliens of the People's Republic of China

Those who hold a valid Permanent Residence Card for Aliens of the People's Republic of China may stay in China, and enjoy multiple entries and exits without a separate visa.

6. Holding a valid Residence Permit for Foreigner in the People's Republic of China issued by the Public Security organs in China

Foreigners who have entered China with the D, J1, Q1, S1, X1, or Z visas and have applied to the public security organs for the residence permit for foreigners may stay in China, and enjoy multiple entries and exits without a separate visa during the validity period of the residence permit.

7. Bilateral agreement

According to the bilateral agreements between China and foreign countries, citizens of some countries who meet requirements set out in the bilateral agreements may enter China without a visa. For specific information, please refer to the List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption Between China and Foreign Countries (http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/zlbg/tyxy_660627/t902373.shtml).

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