Chengdu Gets 72-Hour Transit Visa Waiver. Kunming Next?

Chengdu_Shuangliu_AirportChengdu has become the fourth Chinese city to offer 72-hour visa waivers to travelers passing through. Effective Sept. 1, travelers with Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States nationality, among others, will be eligible.  

Travelers arriving at Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport will be allowed to stay visa-free for three days, provided that they stay in Chengdu and that they have an outbound plane ticket to a third country. (For example, you can’t “stop over” in Chengdu en route from New York to Los Angeles).

The Ministry of Public Security has issued Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning 72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption for Foreign Nationals. (The article has not yet been updated to cover Chengdu, but I’m guessing it will soon).

Cities previously approved to offer this visa waiver are Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

China has experienced a drop in international tourism this year, and the 3-day visa exemption is one strategy to make a comeback. Most travelers taking advantage of this visa exemption, however, are business travelers.

Meanwhile, Kunming’s Changshui International Airport, in the capital of Yunnan Province, is planning to apply to the State Council to become the fifth city to offer the 3-day visa exemption, according to China Daily.

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