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24 hours without visa situation in Shanghai

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24 hours without visa situation in Shanghai

Hi,

This is very very confusing. When I booked our flight to Bali with a 13 hours layover in Shanghai a few month ago, it seems pretty easy to tour the city for a couple of hours. Now, not so sure!!!

reading past revues and experiences, a bunch of people in the same situation are declined to enter.

Can someone help??? visa no visa? if yes where can we get them.

Thanks a lot in advance.

we are flying from NYC to Shanghai to Bali on China Eastern

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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1. Re: 24 hours without visa situation in Shanghai

You can transit without a visa for sure. whether they let you out of the airport is the discretion of the immigration officer. For 13 hours you should be ok.

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2. Re: 24 hours without visa situation in Shanghai

If you have to use these hours, get a visa, just to play safe. Check Chinese embassy's website for the location of consulate near you. But if you give a good reason, you should be able to get in without visa. I was able to get the permit for a stopover less than 6 hours.

Edited: 11 June 2018, 21:05
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3. Re: 24 hours without visa situation in Shanghai

Expect to be denied ability to leave Shanghai airport for stop under 24 hours unless you have hotel reservation or legit reason to leave airport like a change in terminal w/ checked baggage

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