Guangzhou to launch 72-hour visa-free stays
Updated: 2013-07-24 01:00
By ZHENG CAIXIONG, ZHAO YINAN and SHI YINGYING (China Daily)
Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to introduce 72-hour convenient-visa policy for foreigners via Hong Kong. Visa procedures are streamlined but not scrapped entirely.
Convenient-visa trial in Shenzhen extended to nine cities in Guangdong province, with limit of stay increased to 144 hours.
• January 2013
Beijing and Shanghai introduce 72-hour visa-free stay for citizens of 45 countries.
State Council approves launch of visa-free policy in Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan. But local tourism authority says it needs time to prepare for it.
Guangdong introduces 72-hour visa-free policy.