The prices of the Chinese Visa are gone through the roof but at the same time the Chinese Government is introducing more visa relaxations. As you may remember that in 2013 UK and US citizens, along with citizens of 43 other nations including most of Europe, were no longer required to obtain a Chinese Visa if they transited through Beijing or Shanghai for 72 hours or less?
Since the 30th January 2016 the Chinese Government allowed Shanghai and neighbouring Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces to offer six-day, 144-hour visa-free transit to foreigners from 51 countries. The only requirement is that you have to prove you are in transit to another country.
The main airports which will take advantage of this visa waiver scheme are Shanghai Pudong and Honqiao, Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan International and Nanjing’s Lukou International Airports. You will be allowed to stay in those cities and provinces for up to six days without a visa, providing that you are in transit to other countries. You will be allowed to exit the country from any of these four airports.
In order to take advantage of the visa-waiver scheme, passengers must advise their airline that they wish to do so, and the airline will arrange this with Immigration in Beijing or Shanghai in advance so that on arrival their paperwork is in order.
Here is a list of the countries whose citizens can take advantage of the six day free visa service: 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, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.