Beijing will start a 72-hour visa-free stay policy for citizens of 45 countries in 2013 to boost tourism, Beijing municipal government announced on December 5.
From Jan. 1, 2013, foreigners from 45 countries, landing in Beijing but destined for other countries, can hold third country visas and plane tickets to apply for a transit without visa (TWOV), at Beijing Capital International Airport. They will be able to stay in Beijing for 72 hours without a Chinese visa.
The 45 countries were listed in accordance with the numbers of inbound overnight visitors in Beijing from 2009 to 2011.
|Belgium||Iceland||the Republic of Slovakia||Bulgaria||Australia|
|the Czech Republic||Italy||the Republic of Slovenia||Romania||New Zealand|
|Denmark||Latvia||Spain||Ukraine||the Republic of Korea|
|Estonia||the Republic of Lithuania||Sweden||the United States of America||Japan|
|France||the Republic of Malta||Russia||Brazil||Brunei|
|Germany||the Netherlands||the United Kingdom of Britain||Mexico||the United Arab Emirates|
|Greece||Poland||the Republic of Ireland||Argentina||Qatar|
Beijing Capital International Airport is the only entry-exit port applicable for the policy. And, the 72 hours will be calculated starting from the moment visitors get their transit stay permits.
Transit visitors have to carry identity documents with them while traveling during the 72 hours, and register at a police station with their documents within 24 hours of their arrival. Moreover, they will be not allowed to leave Beijing to other Chinese cities during the 72 hours, and have to depart from Beijing.
The visa-free policy is aimed at making Beijing more accessible to the world; and, more importantly, it is expected to attract more international travelers. Within a three-day stay, people are free to visit Beijing’s well-known tourist spots, go shopping, and sample the local cuisine.