144-hour visa-free transit enables overseas travellers to fully explore Guangzhou
The first overseas tourism group arrived at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on May 12 after the airport started implementing the 144-hour visa-free transit policy for expat visitors on May 1.
The visitors, who mainly came from France, Netherlands, and Russia, took part in a special ceremony at the Guangzhou airport. They then embarked on their cultural exploration of the Guangdong capital.
To allow visitors better understand the 144-hour transit visa-free policy and easily choose tourism products, the Guangzhou culture, radio, television and tourism bureau launched a special travel guidebook to provide policy interpretation, city guidance, and tourism routes.
The prolonged transit time enables overseas travellers to experience more diverse tourism products, which will become a new feature after the implementation of the "144-hour transit visa-free" policy, according to Fang Fang, vice general manager of a Guangzhou-based tourism agency.
With a Guangzhou Travel Card and the special policy, foreign travellers can enjoy greater convenience in traveling in Guangzhou and explore the city's cultural and tourism attractions more fully.
Starting on May 1, citizens of 53 countries can enjoy a 144-hour visa-free period when transiting through southern China's Guangdong province. The move, approved by China's State Council, is an extension of the 72-hour visa-free transit policy currently adopted in the province. They can enter Guangdong via its three airports, namely Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, and Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, and exit via the province's 32 ports.
The first overseas tourism group arrives at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on May 12 after the airport implemented the 144-hour visa-free transit policy for expat visitors on May 1. [Photo/Xinhua]