24-29 May 2020
Asia/Shanghai timezone

VISA INFORMATION

InterPore2020 welcomes attendees from all around the world and looks forward to seeing you in Qingdao in May.

Note that Attendees from some countries are not required to obtain a Chinese visa to enter China. Please visit http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/wgrlh/bgzl/t902373.shtml for more information.


144-hour visa-free transit policy

Qingdao officially implemented the 144-hour visa-free transit policy for travelers from 53 countries from January 1, 2019. Passengers are required to carry effective international travel certificates and have definite onward travel within 144 hours when entering Qingdao.

Important notes:

  • Visa-free transit foreigners can stay within the administration area of Shandong province for no longer than 144 hours.
  • Visa-free transit foreigners must leave China via Qingdao airport to another country (THIS MUST NOT BE THE SAME ONE FROM WHICH YOU ENTER CHINA.)
    Example: On the way to China (or on the way back home) a stopover could be made in Seoul. This stopover usually does not have a big effect on travel costs and is often times more or less the same price as a direct flight. 

List of the 53 Qualified Countries:

24 European Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand
6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Travelers planning on visiting China with a visa exemption are advised to confirm their eligibility with the relevant port of entry in China or their local Chinese embassy/consulate before departure. The nature of the traveler’s itinerary and other factors may influence eligibility to qualify for a visa exemption.

For those of you who do not qualify for 144 visa-free transit or wish to extend your stay in China, we are looking into an agency who will be able to provide both travel and visa arrangements. More details will be provided on that soon. 


Applying for visa

Attendees from some countries will be required to obtain a visa to enter China. Participants who are required to apply for visa to enter China can apply for a Chinese visa at the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your countries. Please visit https://www.visaforchina.org/ for a list of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Chinese visa in order to enter China.

If your country is included in this list (link above), please read the following information carefully:

  1. InterPore recommends that you consult the website of Embassy of China in your country for the updated Chinese Visa requirements as soon as possible to be informed about the visa application process for your country. A visa application process can be lengthy and it is strongly recommended that you start a few months prior to the conference if possible.
     
  2. Make an appointment with your local Embassy or Consulate of China to arrange for submitting your visa application.
     
  3. If needed, you can obtain a visa letter from InterPore. Upon registration a link will be provided to download your letter. 

For more information, please visit the Chinese Visa Application Guidelines website.