Beginning January 1, 2013, visitors to Shanghai and Beijing from 45 countries will be able to stay in those cities for up to 72 hours without having to go through the rigmarole of getting a visa. This follows a 2000 visa rule change allowing visitors from 32 countries to visit Shanghai for up to 48 hours visa-free. Read on for more details.... The stay will be limited to the two cities, although Chinese news sources hint at the possibility of future openings. Want to know more about getting a visa to China? Check our rundown on China visa rules.
Who Can Travel to Shanghai or Beijing Without a Visa?
Passport holders from the following countries can enjoy a visa-free three day jaunt in Beijing or Shanghai:
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Ukraine
The Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, the United States
Asia/Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, South Korea
Middle East: Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Passport holders from Japan, Brunei and Singapore can already enter the country visa-free for up to 15 days.