Travelling is fun, yet the application of visas can be tedious at times. But now, with the introduction of 72 – hour visa free stay, what do you say? The third Chinese city to follow Beijing and Shanghai in this short visa scheme is Guangzhou. This visa – free policy benefits heaps of travellers (from 45 countries)! Countries that are eligible are Australia, South Korea, Canada and France, just to name a few. The main objective in introducing this policy is to boost tourism of Guangzhou as well as the local economy. The deputy governor of Guangdong, Ms. Zhao Yufang, stated that:"The visa-free policy will cement Guangzhou's status as a key metropolis of China, an international aviation hub and a world-renowned tourist destination,"
The application of visa – free service is as easy as ABC. The things transit travellers need to have in hand is of course the visa to the third country (not to origin country), along with a connecting air ticket of leaving Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Firstly, apply to the airline before boarding from your home country. The airline will be in charge in sending related data to the exit and entry department in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport while you're on the plane, and finally, apply directly at the exit and entry department upon arrival.
However, there are a few rules and regulations that worth mentioning. Do note that the 72 hours will be calculated starting from the very second you obtain your visa free permit. Also, you are allowed to conduct your little exploration in Guangzhou ONLY. Once you stepped foot out of the province, you are an illegal immigrant. To be eligible in the short visa scheme, you have to reach the airport by plane and plane only. It does not apply to travellers who are using train, ferry or bus. For Malaysian travellers who find 72 hours is too short of a time for a visit, and would also love to visit different provinces in China instead of just Guangzhou, it is advisable to apply for a Chinese Visa beforehand.