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Guangzhou launches 72hr visa-free scheme


Published on Aug 1, 2013

Southern city joins Beijing and Shanghai in offering visa waiver
Guangzhou will become the third Chinese city to offer 72-hour visa-free stays for air passengers this week.

Launching on 1 August 2013, passengers transiting at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport can stay in the city for up to three days, visa-free, if they hold an onward ticket. The launch follows similar schemes already rolled out in Beijing and Shanghai, while Chengdu is also expected to adopt the scheme in future.

The visa-free scheme is applicable to citizens from 45 countries, including all Schengen nations, Russia, UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore and the UAE, and is expected to provide a boost to Guangzhou’s home carrier, China Southern Airlines, which is developing strong air links between Australia and Europe.
“This is absolutely wonderful news for China Southern because it makes it easier for international travelers to stop over in our wonderful hub city,” said the airline’s general manager for Australia & New Zealand, Henry He.

“China specialists like Creative Holidays and Wendy Wu Tours are already in the market with exciting yet affordable packages offering the pick of Guangzhou’s hotels and tour packages to the main sightseeing spots.  This is a great opportunity to get to know old Canton, one of China’s most exciting provinces,” he added.

Formerly known as Canton, Guangzhou is the largest city in the southern province of Guangdong, and sits on the banks of the Pearl River.

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