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Shanghai 15-day Visa-free Policy for Cruise Tour Groups

Shanghai 15-day visa-free policy enables cruise tour groups from all over the world to stay in Shanghai and other Chinese coastal provinces for up to 15 days. Tourist groups should enter by cruise to Shanghai and will exit from China by the same cruise. The local Chinese travel agency receiving the tourists should handle the application affairs upon their arrival.


1. A qualified foreign tourist group should contain at least two members and will be received by a legitimate Chinese travel agency like TravelChinaGuide at Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal or Wusong Passenger Transport Center. The local Chinese travel agency should have legally registered in mainland China.

2. Tourists should book a tour with the local Chinese travel agency at least 24 hours before their arrival.

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3. Upon arrival, passengers just need to show travel document, mostly passport, at the immigration counter to disembark from the ship. Neither Entry Card nor Exit Card is needed. And no entry or exit record will be stamped on the travel document.

4. The total time that the applicant spends in China shall not exceed 15 days, and the 15-day limit counts from the following day after their arrival.

Areas Allowed to Stay

Aliens eligible for this policy are not only allowed to stay in Shanghai, they can also travel to Beijing and other coastal provinces with the ship, including Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. For instance, if a French citizen enters Shanghai by a cruise and he has booked a tour from TravelChinaGuide, then he visits Dalian, Beijing, Weihai, Guangzhou, and Japan along with the ship, and his total layover time in China is less than 15 days, he will qualify for the 15 days visa-free policy. Therefore, there is no need for him to apply for a visa for China.

FAQ about Shanghai 15 Days Visa-Free Policy for Cruise Tour Groups

 1. If I enter Shanghai by cruise but don’t take the cruise to leave, can I still use this policy?
 Sorry, if you want to use the 15-day visa-free policy, you must leave by the same cruise. You can check whether the 24-hour direct transit or 144-hour visa-free transit is applicable to you. See more about 24-Hour Direct Transit and 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

 2. What should I do if my stay is longer than 15 days due to force majeure?
 If you have to stay for more than 15 days, you need to take relevant proofs and a letter from the travel agency to the local exit and entry administration to apply for a normal visa.

 3. Must I return to the ship to spend night or can I stay in a downtown hotel?
 Either is fine. When you register at the hotel, your passport and a tour member name list stamped with entry record are required.

 4. Who to contact if I want to learn more about this policy?
 You can contact Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection at 086-021-31366000 or Pujiang Immigration Inspection at 086-021-31366700.