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11. Posted by nzhamsta (Respected Member 109 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hi all,
I have been doing some digging into this for my upcoming trip to China and Japan.
The rules are a bit messy but in essence boil down to:
i. You must be in transit in China and be going to a third country. From country A to China to country C. You cannot go back to where you came from (eg. UK to China to the UK) is not allowed. The UK to China to North Korea is allowed, but check which railway station the train to Pyongyang departs from (if indeed you are taking the train) as only Beijing West is covered.
ii. Hong Kong is treated as a third country for these rules, so Hong Kong to Shanghai to Japan (for example) is fine.
iii. You can only stay in the region you arrived in. Even though Beijing and Shanghai both have 144 hour visa exemptions, you cannot travel arrive in Shanghai and depart from Beijing.
iv. Be careful of the highspeed G train between Hong Kong and Shanghai as it arrives in Hongqiao Railway station which does not appear to be covered. Only Shanghai Railway Station is specifically mentioned (the city centre station).
v. The ports of Shanghai are specifically covered so you can fly into Shanghai, stay up to 144 hours, and then get a cruise ship to Japan.
vi. Check the list of passports that qualify.
vii. You will need confirmed flights / tickets for the third country as you will need to present these to the airline check in counter so that they allow you to fly.

Qokoon, your two routes should be okay as you are flying from Country A to Shanghai (transit) to Hong Kong. Returning is Hong Kong to Beijing (transit) to Country A. Just ensure you do not back track or stop anywhere else in China.

This site gives more information about Shanghai:

http://sh-immigration.gov.cn/listPageEn.aspx?lx=40&id=4414

In all cases, check with your airline (the Chinese airlines seem to know more) or with the local embassy / consulate, although the one here in Auckland was useless.
Glynn

[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2019, at 04:02 by nzhamsta ]

12. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1270 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nzhamsta

In all cases, check with ... the local embassy / consulate, although the one here in Auckland was useless.

Yep - we found that. Happy to collect your money and to give you a visa but they didn't want to give us any information whatsoever about China. :):)

13. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 911 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nzhamsta

Hi all,
I have been doing some digging into this for my upcoming trip to China and Japan.
The rules are a bit messy but in essence boil down to:
i. You must be in transit in China and be going to a third country. From country A to China to country C. You cannot go back to where you came from (eg. UK to China to the UK) is not allowed. The UK to China to North Korea is allowed, but check which railway station the train to Pyongyang departs from (if indeed you are taking the train) as only Beijing West is covered.

We are flying to and from Pyongyang so I'm confident that's OK :)

14. Posted by Qokoon (Budding Member 30 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting nzhamsta

Hi all,
I have been doing some digging into this for my upcoming trip to China and Japan.
The rules are a bit messy but in essence boil down to:
i. You must be in transit in China and be going to a third country. From country A to China to country C. You cannot go back to where you came from (eg. UK to China to the UK) is not allowed. The UK to China to North Korea is allowed, but check which railway station the train to Pyongyang departs from (if indeed you are taking the train) as only Beijing West is covered.
ii. Hong Kong is treated as a third country for these rules, so Hong Kong to Shanghai to Japan (for example) is fine.
iii. You can only stay in the region you arrived in. Even though Beijing and Shanghai both have 144 hour visa exemptions, you cannot travel arrive in Shanghai and depart from Beijing.
iv. Be careful of the highspeed G train between Hong Kong and Shanghai as it arrives in Hongqiao Railway station which does not appear to be covered. Only Shanghai Railway Station is specifically mentioned (the city centre station).
v. The ports of Shanghai are specifically covered so you can fly into Shanghai, stay up to 144 hours, and then get a cruise ship to Japan.
vi. Check the list of passports that qualify.
vii. You will need confirmed flights / tickets for the third country as you will need to present these to the airline check in counter so that they allow you to fly.

Qokoon, your two routes should be okay as you are flying from Country A to Shanghai (transit) to Hong Kong. Returning is Hong Kong to Beijing (transit) to Country A. Just ensure you do not back track or stop anywhere else in China.

This site gives more information about Shanghai:

http://sh-immigration.gov.cn/listPageEn.aspx?lx=40&id=4414

In all cases, check with your airline (the Chinese airlines seem to know more) or with the local embassy / consulate, although the one here in Auckland was useless.
Glynn

Thank you so much for this information, as well as asking the airline. Though I will try both options of communicating with the Embassy and an Airline to get better input.

Also, are you doing this trip alone? I have friends in Hong Kong, but the Shanghai leg and Beijing I would do alone. Not sure how easy it is to move around or get from the airport to hotel etc, also in Beijing to go to Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall how easy it is to go alone if going solo?

Thanks

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