Disney world traveller
- Feb 26, 2011
The 72 hour visa is a transit visa that you can get if you will be spending less than 72 hours in mainland China. Some people use this in doing a park hopping trips i.e. Hong Kong - Shanghai - Tokyo as you can stay in Shanghai up to 72 hours without a tourist visa, as long as your have proof you are leaving the country within that period of time.Can anyone help me understand what the visa situation is if we want to spend some more time in Shanghai?
I’ve read something about a 72-hour thing, so how long are you already there with ABD?
(We’re UK citizens if this makes a difference)
If you are doing the ABD China trip, you are going to need a tourist visa as the trip spends much more than 72 hours in mainland China. (Mainland china is everything but Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan). Tourist visa lengths vary at the whim of the Chinese embassy and can be anywhere from 3 months to 10 years (at least for US citizens, not sure about UK). This is why most people don't recommend applying for your visa until at most 3 months before your trip in case you get the shortest version.
So basically to answer your questions, your tourist visa should cover the additional days you want to spend in Shanghai. We are doing this after our ABD in May/June.