Visa Application Instruction

Do you need a visa to travel to China?
All nations If holding an ordinary passport will need to apply for a visa to enter China unless meeting below visa exemption policy.


53 nations covered by China’s 144 hours visa free transit policy
Shanghai is a city applies to China’s 144 hours visa-free transit policy, which allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in Shanghai and travel within Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region, for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa. 144 hours counts from 00:00 of the day following passengers' arrival.


List of 53 Qualified Countries are below
39 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Passengers have to hold air ticket to a third country with confirmed seat. Below country A and C should be different countries or regions out of Mainland China.  

* Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can be the Destination A or C, so the route "UK-Shanghai-Hong Kong" is acceptable as the typical route "US-Hangzhou-Japan".

144-hour Visa-free Transit Route


Passengers should inform the carrier when boarding and fill in an Arrival/Departure Card and apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival.

Which ports does the policy apply to?

Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai train station
Shanghai Port International Passenger Terminal
Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Port
Passengers can enter or exit from any of these 8 ports. The visa-free stay areas are Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Ningbo * Ningbo Lishe International Airport *


Mutual Visa Exemption
Citizens from Singapore, Brunei and Japan are exempted from the Chinese Visa enter mainland China for tourism, business or visiting friends/relatives for no more than 15 days. However, a Chinese Visa is required for Singaporean, Bruneian and Japanese, if overstaying or visiting China for other purposes, like for study, work, business, journalism or other activities.


10 years trade / tour visa type
Citizens from US, Canada, UK, and Argentina holding a 10 years multiple entry Chinese visa, either for Tourist (L type) or Business (M type), can stay maximum 60 days in China without a visa needed.


Visa Application and Type
Delegates can login to official website of the local Chinese embassy or consulate or China Visa Application Center to read the application requirements carefully and collect all required documents at least one month before the conference. There are a few steps to follow:

Step 1 - complete the China Visa Application Form & prepare required documents

Step 2 - submit the application & choose visa service

Step 3 - pay the visa application fee & pick up your passport & visa

For conference attendance purpose, delegates can select F type visa, which is for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities, or M type for business visa. if you’ve got difficulties to get a F or M type visa, you can also try with L type for tourism.


How to apply for a visa invitation letter form conference organizer
The visa application requirements may differ depending on local Chinese embassies, but mostly you may need a visa invitation letter from the local organization, which can be applied in the process of registration, and will be provided by MCI China, the conference local contracted event company. The E-version letter will cost 20 US$ per copy, while the hard copy will cost 100 US$ including shipment fee. The letter will be sent upon receiving the full registration and visa letter payment. Below travel information will need to be submitted when applying:

Full Name on Passport:
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Passport Number:
Passport Expiration Date:
Intended Date of Entry:
Intended Duration of Stay (days):

Please note:  Delegates from the countries of Bangladesh, Ghana, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan, Sri Lanka may need the Confirmation Letter with barcode from Chinese authorized governing unity. Citizens in these countries are strongly suggested to contact the local Chinese embassy one and half month ahead for detailed requirements and contact the conference registration services for assistance. You will not need the E-version letter, so no need to purchase it online.


General Information for Enter and Exit
Prepare necessary documents. A valid passport, visa. Usually the airline will give each passenger an arrival / departure card and a customs declaration form to fill out prior to arrival / departure. Your hotel confirmation letter is also recommended to bring with you when entry.


Check the travel information in China to better prepare your trip. Here are some tips from the conference:


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