As China continues to open up, travelers are offered an increasing amount of options to enter the country visa-free following recently implemented policies.
According to the provisions of Article 22 as stipulated in the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China, foreign travelers can be exempted from applying for visas under the following circumstances:
(1) Those who are exempted from visa application according to the mutual visa exemption agreement between the Chinese government and the government of their home country;
(2) Those holding a valid foreign residence certificate;
(3) People flying to their final destination by way of China where the layover lasts no longer than 24 hours and who do not leave the port, or stays within the specified time limit in a specific area approved by the state council;
(4) Other circumstances under which visas may be waived as prescribed by the state council.