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144-hour Visa-free Transit Policy
You do not have to have a Chinese visa to run Shanghai Marathon. You can stay in Shanghai for up to 6 days if meet all of the following three conditions:
A. You are passport holder of one of the following 53 countries:
Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.
B. You have valid air tickets with confirmed seat in the next 144 hours to the third country or region.
➢ The 144-hour period starts to count at 00:00 the next day upon your arrival in China. Technically this makes your actual stay longer than 144 hours.
➢ You must fly out of China to the third country or region, not where you come from. Technically, if you are flying back to the same place where you are from, you should book your return flights with a stop in a third country/region.
C. You enter China via one of the following ports of entry, and your port of departure is any of the following (it does not have to be the same as port of entry):
➢ Any of the following can be your port of entry and port of departure:
i. Shanghai Pudong International Airport
ii. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
iii. Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
iv. Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
v. Shanghai Railway Station
vi. Nanjing Lukou International Airport
vii. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.
If you do not meet the above conditions, or if you wish to travel to China with a valid visa, you should apply for the Chinese visa in the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (a full list can be found here).
For ordinary passport holders of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, you are exempt from the visa if you visit the mainland of China for tourism, business, or visiting friends and relatives, and stay no longer than 15 days. A visa is required for any tour longer than 15 days.
American, Canadian and Australian passport holders can get multiple-entry Chinese visas valid for 10 years. In order to qualify for 10 year visas, the passport holders must have more than 1 year validity remaining on their passport. Once a 10-year visa has been issued, the validity of the visa does not expire if the holder renews his/her passport. The visa holder can travel carrying the old passport with valid Chinese visa along with the new passport.