144-hour visa waiver policy for foreigners expanded to 27 ports

On October 23, the State Administration of Immigration held a press conference on 144-hour visa-free policies to optimize the transit of foreigners from Zhejiang, Chongqing, Sichuan, Shaanxi and other four places in Beijing. The press conference was presided over by Chen Bin, spokesperson of the State Administration of Migration and Director of the Department of Foreigners Management. Yin Chengji, deputy director of the State Administration of Migration, introduced the policy optimization situation. Questions from reporters will be answered.
According to the press conference, with the deepening of China’s opening up to the outside world, Sino-foreign exchanges continue to deepen. In order to further promote economic and social development and the exchange of Chinese and foreign personnel, with the approval of the State Council, as of December 1, 2019, eligible foreigners from Chongqing, The visa-free stay at the Xi’an Airlines Port has been extended to 144 hours; the 144-hour visa-free policy at the Ningbo Airlines Port has been implemented, and it has been integrated into the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai policy. The policy of Shanghai sea, land, air port or Nanjing air port, Hangzhou air port entry and exit; extend the 144-hour visa-free stay at Chengdu air port to Chengdu, Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya’an, Ziyang, Neijiang, 11 cities in Zigong, Luzhou and Yibin.
In recent years, in accordance with the new situation and new requirements for deepening the reform and opening up of the country, the Ministry of Public Security and the National Migration Administration have formulated a series of policies and measures to facilitate the management of immigration services, including the introduction of a policy for visa exemption for foreigners in transit. From January 2013 to September 2019, 452,000 foreigners have entered China through this policy, of which 100,000 in 2018, an increase of 24% over 2017.
It is understood that after expanding the scope of this policy, a total of 23 cities and 30 ports in 18 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) implemented 53-country visa-free 144-hour and 72-hour visa-free visas for personnel in 53 countries. Among them, Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Qingdao, Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jieyang, Chongqing, Xi’an, and Ningbo have implemented foreigners at 27 ports in 20 cities 144-hour visa-free policy for transit, and regional, port linkage in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Yangtze River Delta and other regions; Changsha, Guilin, Harbin, 3 cities and 3 ports implement a 72-hour visa-free policy for foreigners transit.
144Applicable to foreigners transiting 144 hours
名单 List of countries exempt from visa policy
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore , Brunei, UAE, Qatar.
The National Immigration Administration held a press conference today in Beijing to optimize the 144-hour visa-free policy for foreigners in Zhejiang, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. The press conference was presided over by Chen Bin, spokesperson of the State Administration of Migration and Director of the Department of Foreigners Management. Yin Chengji, deputy director of the State Administration of Migration, introduced the policy optimization situation. Chen Bin, director of the Department of Foreigners Administration of the State Migration Administration, and Jia Tongbin, deputy director Answered questions from media reporters.
National Immigration Bureau spokesperson
Chen Bin, Director of the Department of Foreigner Management
Good morning, friends from the press. Everyone is welcome to attend the press conference of the National Migration Administration! The theme of today’s press conference is to inform you about the optimization of the 144-hour visa-free policy for foreigners in Zhejiang, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shaanxi.
At present, foreigners who transit to their own country and go to a third country are exempted from the visa of their home country and provide the convenience of a short stay, that is, a visa-free policy for foreigners transiting. Since 2013, with the approval of the State Council, the Ministry of Public Security and the National Migration Administration have successively implemented the visa-free 72-hour and 144-hour visa-free policy for 53 national personnel at relevant ports in 18 cities and 22 cities, which has strongly promoted economic and social development. Facilitate the exchange of Chinese and foreign personnel.
In order to further promote opening up and economic and social development, recently, after approval of the State Council, the current transit visa exemption policies in Zhejiang, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shaanxi were optimized to extend the visa-free stay at Chongqing and Xi’an air ports. Ningbo Aviation Port was added as a port to implement visa-free policies in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai, and a visa-free stay area was expanded in Chengdu Aviation Port. We are very pleased to have Yin Chengji, the Deputy Director of the State Immigration Administration, and the relevant responsible comrades of the Alien Management Department of the State Immigration Administration, to brief you on the situation and answer questions. First of all, please ask Deputy Director Yin Chengji to introduce the policy optimization situation.
Yin Chengji, Deputy Director of the National Migration Administration
Good morning friends, thank you very much for your continued attention and support for national immigration management. In order to implement the spirit of the General Secretary’s series of important speeches on promoting a comprehensive and high-level opening-up to the outside world, proactively help improve the level of openness, promote economic and social development, and exchanges between Chinese and foreign personnel, the National Migration Administration has always adhered to the firm determination to promote openness and openness to service. Study and introduce immigration convenience measures for immigrants, and work hard to promote China’s softer entry and exit environment to be more open, convenient, and safer.
2013Since 2013, with the approval of the State Council, the Ministry of Public Security and the National Migration Administration have successively implemented a visa-free 72-hour or 144-hour visa-free policy for 53 nationals at 29 ports in 22 cities in 18 provinces. Foreigners who meet the conditions of transit visa exemption and visa-free entry can stay in the specified area for 72 hours or 144 hours. In Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and Yangtze River Delta areas, cross-border visa-free ports and staying area linkages are also implemented, that is, transit foreigners enter through Beijing Airlines Port and West Railway Station, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and International Cruise Home Port, Shijiazhuang International Airport, and Qinhuangdao Sea Port. You can stay in the administrative areas of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province when leaving the country; you can enter or leave the country through Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Pudong International Airport, seaport, land port, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, and Nanjing Lukou International Airport. Stay in administrative areas of Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province.
As of September 2019, a total of 452,000 foreigners have transited our country through the transit visa exemption policy, of which 101,000 were in 2018, an increase of 24% over 2017. By gradually expanding the scope of implementation of the visa-free policy, it has played a positive role in promoting economic and social development, facilitating international exchanges, enhancing the internationalization of China’s tourism and aviation services, and creating an exit-entry environment conducive to reform and opening up.
With the in-depth implementation of major national strategies such as the integrated development plan of the Yangtze River Delta, the “One Belt and One Road” development, and the western development in recent years, the geographical advantages of Zhejiang, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shaanxi have further emerged, and the degree of internationalization has increased significantly. The number of immigration and entry personnel has increased considerably, and foreigners have a solid management foundation, and they have the conditions to further optimize the transit visa exemption policy. After reporting to the State Council for approval, the State Migration Administration agreed to extend the visa-free stay at the Chongqing Airlines Port and Xi’an Airlines Port to 144 hours; implement the 144-hour visa-free policy at the Ningbo Airlines Port; and waive the visa at the Chengdu Airlines Port The scope of the stay extended to 10 cities other than Chengdu, including Leshan and Deyang. The above policy will be officially implemented from December 1, 2019. It will provide more convenience for transit foreigners to engage in short-term activities such as tourism, business negotiations, visiting relatives and friends, etc., and allow foreigners to fully experience Chinese culture and experience China’s development. Share the fruits of China’s opening up and create better conditions.

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