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Is its true you need a visa to stop in china?

Travel Forums Asia Is its true you need a visa to stop in china?

1. Posted by Sam Mcdonald (Budding Member, 6 posts) 27 Nov '12 10:03

When going to oz in Jan my friends sister seems to think you need a visa to " stop " in china .... I think he got it wrong as I'm only stopping there for three hours not leaving the airport?

Can anyone enlighten me on this subject?

Cheers

2. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 301 posts) 27 Nov '12 11:52

Wikitravel says "Most airports allow a 12-hour stay without a visa so long as you do not leave the airport"

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 27 Nov '12 12:08

You don't need a visa for China if you're only stopping for 3 hours and not leaving the airport. A transit visa is only required for stops of 24 hours or more.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator, 1044 posts) 27 Nov '12 12:24

Quoting bex76

You don't need a visa for China if you're only stopping for 3 hours and not leaving the airport. A transit visa is only required for stops of 24 hours or more.

Here's a link to backup what bex wrote (number 4 on that page).

5. Posted by Sam Mcdonald (Budding Member, 6 posts) 27 Nov '12 14:58

thank you very much

6. Posted by bethdavidson (Budding Member, 7 posts) 29 Nov '12 04:13

I don't think you need a visa if you arne't planning on leaving the airport, but if you are then you need a transit visa. There's more information on visas at this site: -snip-

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7. Posted by Ultay1947 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 29 Nov '12 05:15

No Visa needed for a stopover. My mum flew to Australia last year with a stopover and she didn't require anything. You just stay in the airport grounds before travelling on.