Beijing set to allow visa-free transit trips from next year

Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff

Beijing, China (4E) – In an attempt to boost tourism and make Beijing an international city, China on Thursday announced to allow visa-free transit trips to passengers from 45 nations, including 27-nation European Union and the United States.

The Beijing Tourism Administration, on its website, said that travelers in transit to a third country could also enjoy the visa-free travel, adding that they can spend up to three days in Beijing without a visa.

The administration further said that the policy is not applicable on return flights to Beijing, which is home to world attractions like the Forbidden City.

Beijing will implement the visa-free policy from January 1, next year. Gao Huada, Deputy Director of the city’s exit-entry bureau, however, warned that the travelers might be forever banned to visit China if they violate the rules, which requires them not to leave the capital city.

Shanghai, the country’s financial hub, is one of the Chinese city that already allows foreigners in transit from the U.S., some European countries, Japan, South Korea and Singapore to tour the city for 48 hours. Passengers from other countries are required to stay back at the airport.

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