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72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

Houston, Texas
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72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

Hi TA members,

I read few questions and some have kinda conflict information. So I just want to confirm my understanding.

Both outbound and inbound flights with Air China, from US to Japan and back with stop in Beijing, and we have US passport.

My understanding:

1) We are qualified for 72 hr free VISA at layover in Beijing for our inbound flight from Japan - Beijing - US

2) 72 hr starts at 00h01 following the date of entry. For example: arrive on Sunday at noon, the calculation starts at 01 am on Monday and we can stay until midnight Wednesday.

Thanks in advance for your reply

Sherbrooke, Canada
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1. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

Correct except that for Beijing, unlike other places, the timers starts with your arrival.

You can enter your itinerary here to check: https:/…

Edited: 28 November 2017, 02:08
Amsterdam
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2. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

It is not a free visa. That does not exist.

Make sure you use the right terms when checking in. To prevent any confusion. You are using the travel without visa (TWOV) option for Beijing.

Shanghai, China
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3. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

Small correction, it is a Transit without Visa.

Houston, Texas
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4. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

Thank you for your replies!

One more question, will it work for one way ticket just from Japan - Beijing - US? Typically one way ticket is more expensive than round trip, but just in case there is reasonable fare and better route with different airline.

Thanks

California
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5. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

will it work for one way ticket just from Japan - Beijing - US?

Yes, you just need to have Beijing as a stop for 72 hours or less between two different countries; and, as long as you have no other stops in mainland China and you have your confirmed flight documentation for the Beijing to US flight when checking-in for your Japan to Beijing flight and for China entry immigration.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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6. Re: 72 hr free VISA confirm my understanding

No problem. It doesn’t have to be all on one ticket.

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