Travellers from just over 40 countries will be able to embark on extended stays in Shanghai from 2013 as the city announced that it is extending its non-visa stay from 48 to 72 hours.
China holidays are often enjoyed in the form of a city hopper’s break and Shanghai in particularly is a stop-off portal for those conducting long-haul flights to Australia and beyond.
With central government having passed this policy, international arrivals to Shanghai will possess greater control over their holidays and spend an extended period in a city that boasts hotspots such as the Pudong district skyline, The Bund and Shanghai Zoo.
Countries that will benefit from the extended period in one of China’s most celebrated cities include the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, France and Russia with special checking units to maintain this operative set to function at the Hongqiao and Pudong international airports.
Vice general manager with Shanghai China Youth Travel Service, Zhong Xin said “Not only visitors but those business passengers will have plenty of time to get a good tour around the city.”
It is often the fate of many passengers that they stop-off in specific locations which aren’t given total pre-planned thought, only to find that they gain a real affinity for the place and long for greater time in the region before being swiftly moved on to their primary destination.
With extended non-visa stays in Shanghai, it will almost feel like visitors are embarking on two holidays in one. Shanghai has been operating a 48 hour non-visa stay since 2000 and police revealed that 2,923 took up this option in 2011 – a 78.5 per cent increase on the previous year.