Visa exempted personnel
2009-August-7 Source: english.gz.gov.cn
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To facilitate international travel, many countries exempt each other's citizens from visa requirements. The following foreign nationals are granted visa-free entry into mainland China.

1. Holders of passports issued by countries which have entered into a mutual visa exemption agreement with the Chinese government. At present, China has mutual visa exemption agreements with 53 countries, including Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela. Under such agreements, holders of passports other than ordinary passports, such as diplomatic and service passports, are allowed to enter mainland China without visas.

2. International passengers who hold a ticket for a connecting flight and are transiting directly through China on an international flight are exempted from transit visas, if they stay in the city of transit for not more than 24 hours and do not leave the airport. To leave the airport, an international passenger must obtain permission from the border inspection station at the airport.

3. Foreign crews of vessels on international voyages and their accompanying family who wish to come ashore during the vessel's call at a Chinese port and who will not travel beyond the city where the port is located may apply for a landing permit from the border inspection station. And those who wish to stay ashore overnight should obtain an overnight stay permit (this rule is not applicable to those planning to travel beyond the city or those who are unable to exit onboard their original vessel).

4. Citizens of Russia, Byelorussia, Turkmenistan and Moldova who are visiting China as part of a tour group are exempted from visas.

5. Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Brunei holding a regular passport are granted visa-free stay in China for up to 15 days.

Editor: Miranda
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