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Visa Issue- Staying in China for max 48 hrs without visa

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The Chinese Consulate in Sydney doesn't allow Priority Processing anymore (1-2 business days) for visas due to a change in Government Regulations. The minimum time for processing is 6 business days and my flight leaves this Saturday to SH. 

I spoke directly with the Chinese Embassy and they said they still allow you to enter SH for up to 48 hours without a visa. 

I don't want to change my flight date so my only option is to get a visa in HK however I don't want to fly direct from SH to HK as it is quite pricey. 

So, is it possible for me to go to SH first without a visa, then fly domestically to Shenzhen without a visa, then travel to HK, all in under 48 hours without a China visa and then finally get a visa in HK? 

Or is there any other possible way? 

Cheers.

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I thought for business travellers from certain countries, passengers can indeed enter Shanghai for no more than 24 or 48 hours without a visa. I recall a special visa desk at Pudong Airport for this where something is stamped in your passport upon arrival. The service is available only at Pudong and Honqiao. What you do during those 24/48 hours is up to you. You could quite easily get a 30-day L visa from the PSB office in Pudonog rather than go to Hong Kong, but you need to go down to the PSB in Pudong before your 48 hours are up. If I were you, I would head down there as soon as you land if it's open. If you must go to HK instead then it is perfectly feasible to go to HK within 24 or 48 hours. There are loads of flights to HK every day. You could buy a ticket at the airline offices at Pudong Airport upon arrival, or if you are brave enough, find a local agent in town but that will take up your time somewhat but will be much cheaper. 

It is correct that at your departure airport, check in will check your passport for a Chinese visa. But they don't seem to bothered with this. In fact, the people there are unlikely to understand what a Chinese visa says unless the clerk is Chinese. Just tell them you'll be going for just 24 hours on business.

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TRANSITING CHINA: In general, if you are travelling through China en route to another country, you do not need a visa, as long as you stay in China less than 24 hours and do not leave the airport. If, however, you are a transit passenger and have more than one stopover in China, you must exit the transit lounge at the first stop to apply for an endorsement in your passport that permits multiple stops in China. As long as you have a ticket that continues on to an international destination, the endorsement should be routine. 

If Shanghai Pudong airport is your international transit point, you may stay in Shanghai for 48 hours if you have a valid passport, a visa for your destination, and an onward plane ticket. Make sure you get an endorsement stamp at the immigration desk before you leave the airport. 

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A 72-hour Visa-free Transit exist in fifteen cities in China, including Shanghai. It is allowed for passengers of 51 countries including Australia.

If you want to go out of the airport, you need to present your confirmed seat ticket departing from Shanghai less than 72 hours after your arrival at the airport and if your destination is not your native country a valid visa to enter that third country.

Leaving the city will be considered illegal since you do not have a visa for China but a free-transit visa for Shanghai.

Hope it will help.
Have a nice day!

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