Has cruising to China just been made easier?

The National Immigration Administration of China has announced the implementation of a visa-free entry policy for foreign tourist groups arriving by cruise ships in China’s coastal provinces, effective immediately.

Credit: China Introduces Visa-Free Entry for Cruise Ship Passengers - Elements Envato
Credit: China Introduces Visa-Free Entry for Cruise Ship Passengers / Elements Envato

Cruise passenger groups, consisting of two or more individuals, who arrive by cruise ship and are organised and received by China’s domestic travel agencies, can now enter China visa-free through any coastal cruise port in the country. They are permitted to stay for up to 15 days, allowing cruise passengers to enjoy a pre or post cruise stay in a hotel.

Cruise passengers must travel together on the same cruise ship to their next port of call when the cruise departs from China. The travel area is restricted to the coastal provinces, municipalities, and Beijing.

The visa-free entry ports include 13 national cruise ports: Tianjin, Dalian in Liaoning province, Shanghai, Lianyungang in Jiangsu province, Wenzhou and Zhoushan in Zhejiang province, Xiamen in Fujian province, Qingdao in Shandong province, Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong province, Beihai in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and Haikou and Sanya in Hainan province.

Additionally, to bolster the development of cruise tourism, seven cruise ports in Dalian, Lianyungang, Wenzhou, Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Beihai have been designated as transit visa-free ports for citizens of 54 countries. This facilitates foreign passengers in transferring and departing via cruise ships from these ports, as per the immigration administration.

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