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What are the requirements foreign nationals have to meet to apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou?

(1) Citizens from the 45 countries and regions under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program (the origins and destinations of travelers are not limited to such 45 countries); (2) Foreign nationals with valid international traveling documents and air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) leaving China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport within 72 hours; (3) The scope during the visa exemption is limited to the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province.

What 45 countries are included?

(1) 24 countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. (2) Seven additional European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. (3) Six American countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile. (4) Two Oceanic countries: Australia and New Zealand and (5) Six Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Is the 72-hour limit in the “72-hour Transit Visa Exemption” calculated by starting with the entry time?

No. The 72-hour limit is calculated by starting with zero hour next day of the traveler’s entry. For example, if a traveler enters China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on August 1, 2013, the visa exemption limit for entry is calculated by starting with 00:00 on August 2, 2013. The traveler can leave China before 23:59 on August 4, 2013.

How can a foreign national that meets the requirements for the 72-hour transit visa exemption apply for it?

A foreign national that meets the requirements may submit his/her request to the airline company that carries him/her to Guangzhou, which shall make the application to the border control authority of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport that shall grant a temporary entry of a passenger meeting the requirements for transit visa exemption upon verification. Additionally, a foreign national that does not apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption before entry may submit his/her application to the border control authority before completion of the border control formalities after arrival at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

Can a traveler apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption when no exit air ticket is bought at the time of entry but he or she plans to purchase the air ticket for a third country leaving within 72 hours after entry?

A foreign national applying for the 72-hour transit visa exemption must hold an airline ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) leaving China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, i.e., the exit air ticket is already in place before entry. Therefore, this facilitation measure does not apply to a foreign national that does not have a confirmed air ticket for a connecting flight leaving within 72 hours.

Does this measure apply to a foreign national coming to Guangzhou from a certain country (region) with a confirmed air ticket for flying back to the same country (region) where he or she comes from within 72 hours with confirmed date of flight and seat?

The 72-hour transit visa exemption measure is for a foreign national passing through Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for a third country or region. Therefore this measure does not apply to a passenger whose destination country is the country where he or she comes from.

Can a foreign national leave Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou for another Chinese city after getting the 72-hour transit visa exemption?

He or she may leave for any city located within Guangdong Province but may not leave Guangdong Province.

Can a passenger enter China at Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou and then leave from the Guangzhou East Railway Station within the 72 hour period?

This measure is currently available at Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou only, which means that the travelers who enjoy the 72-hour transit visa exemption policy are only permitted to enter and leave China at Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou.

What should be done in case a foreign national who has the 72-hour transit visa exemption cannot leave China within 72 hours due to some special reason after entry?

In case of special need to stay in the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province longer than 72 hours due to force majeure or of exceeding the permitted scope of stay, a passenger should apply for the relevant visa to the exit-entry administration department of the municipal public security authorities of Guangdong or visit www.gdcrj.com for additional information.

If I have more questions concerning the entry-exit border control formalities, who may I contact?

You may call the 24-hour inquiry hotline of Baiyun Entry-Exit Border Control Station at +86 20 3606-6950 or the 24-hour inquiry hotline of Guangzhou General Station of Immigration Inspection at +86 20 3209-0088.