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Do you need a Visa to visit China during a stop over?

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Do you need a Visa to visit China during a stop over?

Post by OzGuy » April 12th, 2012, 9:52 pm

I will be flying to Europe later this year and there is a 7 hour stop over in Guangzhou. This is a very long time to spend in the airport, so I was hoping I'd be allowed to leave to explore the city while I'm waiting.

However, I have read mixed things about this. Some say you need a visa to leave the airport, regardless of how long. Others say you can leave the airport without a visa if its less than 24 hours and you have a connecting flight.

Does anyone know what the case may be?

If I can leave the airport, is there much to see in Guangzhou?

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Post by ph_visitor » April 13th, 2012, 5:49 am

You need a visa, no excuses.

You must have a tourist visa, 2 weeks usually, to set foot outside of the airport. You need to get it in your home nation and get it early so that the processing delay, which always occurs, does not hold you up.

Yes you need a visa.

China is ultra-strict about visas. Overstay by one day and you are in jail and paying a big fine. They are not like Canada, the EU or USA where they say: 'You have been here too long, time to think about leaving.'.

No, they jail you that instant.

They do not f**k around.

Yes you need a visa.

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Post by xiongmao » April 15th, 2012, 8:46 pm

Guangzhou is my home from home, but it takes an hour to get to downtown from the airport on the metro and an hour back. It's also not the most efficient airport in China, so you wouldn't have a lot of time to explore.

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Re: Do you need a Visa to visit China during a stop over?

Post by momopi » April 16th, 2012, 7:50 am

OzGuy wrote:I will be flying to Europe later this year and there is a 7 hour stop over in Guangzhou. This is a very long time to spend in the airport, so I was hoping I'd be allowed to leave to explore the city while I'm waiting.
However, I have read mixed things about this. Some say you need a visa to leave the airport, regardless of how long. Others say you can leave the airport without a visa if its less than 24 hours and you have a connecting flight.
Does anyone know what the case may be?
If I can leave the airport, is there much to see in Guangzhou?


Have you already booked your flight? If not, consider doing a layover in HK or SG if you don't want the hassles of getting a China VISA. US Citizens are allowed 90 day VISA free visit to HK/SG.

Singapore is very layover friendly. If you want a quick tour around the city, they have hop-on/hop-off bus tours. The city-state has a decent light rail network and lots of slight seeing, shopping, and dining options.

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Post by xiongmao » April 19th, 2012, 7:49 pm

HK is a great stopover place as well. The downer is that hotel prices have doubled since I visited in 2006. The trick is to look for an agent that will give you a free stopover hotel room when you book your flight.
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