IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Foreign nationals who hold an electronic passport and a residence permit valid for at least six months are now eligible for self-service entry at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who are eligible for the program will save significant time when entering China through Pudong Airport.
Background: Self-service entry was previously only available to flight crews with permanent residence in China. Officials hope that eligible travelers will use the broadened service to save time entering the country. For the time being, the program is only available at Pudong Airport, Shanghai’s main airport for international flights.
BAL Analysis: Travelers who are eligible will not have to wait in line to have their passports and residence permits inspected manually.
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