China 72 hour Transit Visa

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raymac

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

Member since 21 Mar 2014

Total posts 11

Flying China Southern from Adelaide to Guangzhou and connecting with Air France into Paris the following day. The connection time is more than 24 hours and we meet all the requirements for the transit visa. My question is do we need to advise China Southern beforehand or do we just turn up to Adelaide airport and check-in. I have read conflicting reports about this but I assume we just need to turn up and advise them at the check-in counter. Has anyone had any experience with this? .

Covvers

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 19 Jan 2018

Total posts 64

In my experience with this, there is no need to make any arrangements before hand. You should, however, have a copy of your AF itinerary to show to the staffers in Adelaide so as to avoid any concerns they may have about you not having a visa for the People's Republic.


You are in for a treat at CAN immigration and customs. Expect very basic English and a stern warning in broken English that you are to not remain in China for more than 72 hours.

Good luck (particularly with AF) with your travels.

raymac

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

Member since 21 Mar 2014

Total posts 11

Thanks for the info Covvers. Both sectors are on an AF ticket so it should be ok!! Have travelled AF before and found them to be very good especially in J Class - fingers crossed for this trip.

silentiger86

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 23 Dec 2017

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Did the same for Beijing. No need to arrange anything. Just turn up at CAN airport, there will be a separate line for 72-hour transit visa.

ddunne63

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Jan 2018

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Recently travelled CNS to CAN with CZ. We had a visa as we were staying for 5 days but witnessed many people in the 72 hour queue for the short stay visa. There is a dedicated queue for this at immigration. You will need to fill out an arrival card (given out on board the flight). Just leave the 'Visa Number' section of that form blank. Flight crew were really helpful, but really didn't know if the arrivals card needed to be completed or not. it does... be prepared for a bit of a wait.

The flight itself was a really pleasant surprise. Heaps of legroom (even in Y). My partner is over 6ft and had space. Crew very friendly and accommodating... A really amazing flight.
Have fun !

raymac

Malaysia Airlines - Enrich

Member since 21 Mar 2014

Total posts 11

Did the same for Beijing. No need to arrange anything. Just turn up at CAN airport, there will be a separate line for 72-hour transit visa.

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