THE Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China has expanded its six-day visa-free program for the provinces of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.
Unveiled just before the new year, the program is available to foreign citizens of 53 countries, including Australian passport holders, arriving by air, train or cruise at six locations.
Those being Beijing Capital Int’l Airport, Railway West Station, Tianjin Binhai Int’l Airport, Tianjin Internaitonal Cruise Homeport, Shijiazhuang Zhengding Int’l Airport in Hebei Province and Qinhuangdao Harbor.
Travellers will require a valid travel itinerary and an onward connecting ticket to obtain approval for the 144-hr free visa.
Beijing had a similar 72-hr visa-free transit program in place since 2013, with take-up topping 26,000 in 2016, an increase of 32% on the preceding year.
Shanghai and the neighbouring provinces of Zhejiang & Jiangsu rolled out the six-day visa-free program back in Jan 2016.