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What is the change? Harbin, in Northeast China, will soon offer 72-hour visa-free stays for nationals of 51 countries transiting through China, according to a government website.
What does the change mean? Travelers from 51 countries – including Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, the United States and most European countries – with proof of onward travel to a third country will be permitted to visit Harbin for up to 72 hours without obtaining a visa.
Background: More than a dozen cities offer similar 72-hour visa-free stays for travelers transiting to a third country, including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xi’an and Xiamen. Details are available on the Chinese Embassy’s website.
BAL Analysis: Nationals from 51 countries can benefit from Harbin’s 72-hour visa-free policy for onward travelers.
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