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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption for Foreign Nationals Measure at Airports of Chengdu

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The measure of 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption for Foreign Nationals for citizens from 51 countries destined for a third country (region) with booked connecting flight goes into force as of 1st September 2013 at the ports of entry of the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu. During the visa exemption period, the passenger is allowed to move around within the administration precincts of Chengdu municipality.
1.Question: What requirements foreign nationals have to meet to apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at ports of entry in Chengdu?
Answer: There are 3 requirements: 1) Citizens from the 51 countries under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program; 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) traveling within 72 hours; 3) Transit passengers from the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu for a third country (region).
2.Question: Travelers from what countries may apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption?
Answer: Travelers from the 51 countries may apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption, which are:
1) 24 Schengen 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)13 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine,Croatia,Serbia,Montenegro,Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Albania  3)American Countries:The United States,Canada,Brazil,Mexico,Argentina and Chile.  4) 2  Oceania countries:  Australia and New Zealand. 5) 6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
3.Question: How can a foreign national that meets the requirements for the 72-hour transit visa exemption apply for it?
Answer: A foreign national that meets the requirements may submit his/her request to the airline company that carries him/her to Chengdu and the airline company or the passenger him/herself shall make the application to the border control authorities of the airport that shall grant a temporary entry of a passenger meeting the requirements for transit visa exemption upon verification.
4.Question: 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?
Answer: According to the requirements, a foreign national applying for the 72-hour transit visa exemption must hold the air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat, 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.
5.Question: Does this measure apply to a foreign national coming to Chengdu 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?
Answer: According to the requirements, the 72-hour transit visa exemption measure is for a foreign national passing through Chengdu for a third country or region. Therefore this measure does not apply to a passenger traveling from New York, USA, and stopping over at Chengdu on his/her way to Los Angeles, USA.
6.Question: Can a foreign national leave Chengdu for another Chinese city after getting the 72-hour transit visa exemption? 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?
Answer: A foreign national obtaining the 72-hour transit visa exemption at the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu may not leave the administrative precincts of Chengdu. In case of need to leave the precinct for some special reason, the passenger must apply for a visa to the exit-entry administration department  of the Public Security Bureau of Chengdu as required by the law.
A foreign national having the 72-hour transit visa exemption should leave China within the permitted time. In case of special need to stay longer than 72 hours, the passenger should apply for the relevant visa to the exit-entry administration department of the Public Security Bureau of Chengdu  before leaving China as required by the law.
In case a foreign national fails to apply for the required visa, he or she shall be dealt with in accordance with the law for illegal residence in China by the exit-entry administration department of the public security authorities or border control station of the location where such an act is found. The border control authorities are entitled to deny his or her application for the 72-hour transit visa exemption via an airline company the next time because of such a breach.
7.Question: In case a foreign national has entered China with the 72-hour transit visa exemption issued by the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu, can he or she apply to leave China from the airport of other Chinese cities?
Answer: A foreign national with the 72-hour transit visa exemption is not allowed to leave the city where the stopover is permitted. Therefore, a foreign national obtaining the 72-hour transit visa exemption at the Shuangliu International Airport of Chengdu shall leave China from the same airport in Chengdu within the permitted time of stay and may not leave China from the airport of other Chinese cities.
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