Passengers from the 45 Countries Flying to a third Country are covered by the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy
According to trail session of 72-hour transit visa exemption in Chongqing, the eligible passengers from the 45 countries are under the 72-hour transit visa exemption policy only when taking the direct international (regional) flights which exit from Chongqing to a third country (region). Moreover, Chongqing Border Defence Corps remind airline companies that they shall fill in the Application for 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption at Chongqing Port.
On October 16th, the state council officially approved to carry out 72-hour transit visa exemption policy at Chongqing airport. It is said that passengers with the following three qualifications can apply for 72-hour transit visa exemption: belonging to the 45 transit without visa countries; with their valid international travel documents and onward tickets to the third country or region with the date and seat confirmed within 72 hours; flying to a third country (region) from Chongqing.
Additionally, the duration of stay of transit passengers is strictly limited. The calculation method of visa-free time is: the arrival day is not included in the 72 hours, and start to calculate since the zero o'clock of the next day, the area for stay is Chongqing administrative area, and the entry/exit port must be the Chongqing airport; the scope for activities is the entire administrative area of Chongqing, and going to areas outside of Chongqing is forbidden. The responsible person said, “According to the related laws, foreigners staying more than 72 hours or going outside Chongqing administrative area will be identified as illegal residence and fined RMB 10 thousand or 15-day detention at maximum.”
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