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a VirtualTourist member asked on Jan 2, 2017

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Visa Question

I will be flying from Vancouver to Vietnam, but my flight has two stop in China, 1 in Shanghai airport and connect flight to Kunming airport before fly out to Vietnam. My lay over time in China between the two airport are 9 hours total. Do I need a transit visa in China? and after I arrive in Shanghai airport, where do I go.. to my connecting flight or to the immigration custom? Thanks



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answered on 1/2/17 by
a VT member from Ieper

You have two stopover one in Shanghai and in Kunming? Is best to ask this in Chinese Embassy. When it comes to visa information you can't rely the answers here. You can make a phone call to a nearest Chinese consulate or embassy in Vancouver

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answered on 1/2/17 by
a VT member

Thanks Shavy. I try the website you provide but nobody answer the phone. From my research online, I have found that I am qualify for visa free transit with multiple stop in China as long as they within 24 hours with onward ticket to the final country. Can some one please confirm? as my flight is coming up in a week.




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answered on 1/2/17 by
a VT member from London

you follow the signs to transit - usually there will be airline staff (i say usually but i mean all flights ive seen a staff member pointing out where to go to people who have connecting flights) - you dont need a visa if youre not leaving the airport, if you were leaving the airport the facility for transit free exemption travellers could be used but you have a flight to Kunming from Shanghai and my understanding the visa free exemption is only valid for one location and the plane flies off out of the country but yours goes to another city in China and therefore its a direct transit journey. and you dont have time for much else anyway.

as you have international tickets that take you all the way through then you cant leave the airports unless you have the visa free exemption and you dont really know how much time you have up your sleeve - eg if flights arrive late etc but in November
when i was coming back through Beijing transit from hongkong (after a month in China) we had to traipse back through a mile long queue through security even though we were transit. It was the first horrendous time ive had with any security procedure on my many flights around China but it really was horrendous




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answered on 1/2/17 by
a VT member

Thank you [VT member 8540a] for clearning thing up for me, I was confuse about free transit and where to go, This is my first time stoping in China airport with a family and small child. As you said my is direct transit to my final desternation to Vietnam and I won't be leaving the airport as I don't have enough time. I was worry the immigration might denied us from not having a visa, but I do have a visa to enter to Vietnam, I can relax now. Thanks again




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answered on 1/2/17 by
a VT member from London

hi youre welcome, this is a link to one website i often refer to that you might like to have for future reference
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answered on 1/6/17 by
a VT member from Vancouver

Canadians are permitted 24h connections in China. This is assuming you are Canadian





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