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Visa-free entry to China for cruise groups

Cruise passengers arriving at designated cruise ports in China can now take advantage of a new 15-day visa-free entry scheme.

Announced on 15 May 2024, the new regulation permits passengers travelling in a tour group to visit China’s coastal provinces, municipalities, autonomous regions and Beijing without a visa. To be eligible for this scheme, travellers must stay no more than 15 days and enter via one of 13 ports, including Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Sanya.

The visa-free policy is applicable only to tour groups organised or received by a certified Chinese travel agency, such as Asian Trails China. The group must consist of at least two international tourists.

Additionally, seven cruise ports, namely Dalian, Lianyungang, Wenzhou, Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Beihai, have been designated as visa-free transit ports for nationals from 54 countries.

With a coastline stretching 18,000 km, China is an attractive stop for international cruise liners. The country’s steadily improving port infrastructure, combined with abundant tourism resources and rapid service industry growth all contribute to the sector’s growth.

The new visa-free entry policy will make China shore excursions more appealing and allow travellers to experience more of the country’s cultural wonders. For more details, contact our team at Asian Trails China.

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