guangzhou transit visa
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 1:40 AM Last Post By: chelseabear
Feb 9, 2012 4:53 AM
guangzhou transit visaHi
My first post so please be kind. I have searched through 10 pages of posts and seem to get a variety of responses on the same question.
I have booked my parents on the following route with China Southern
Perth > Guangzhou > Paris > Geneva
Geneva > Amsterdam > Guangzhou > Perth
Outbound journey 8 hours stop over in Guangzhou
Return journey 15 hours in Guangzhou
Australia and Swiss passport holders.
Through the agent we booked the flights with, originally on the return leg I wanted to put them on a flight that made a re fuelling stop in Beijing as the connection was better but the agent said he would only sell me the flight if I got a visa or singed a waiver saying I understand it is my risk should I have any issues as the flight made 2 stops in China and a transit visa would not cover them. I explained to the agent that I traveled with Air China from Sydney to Frankfurt via Beijing with a fuelling stop in Shanghai to no avail.
The agent then said if we book the flight with the 15 hours stop , inline with airline policy we can get a day room and a transit visa would be issued on arrival.
I have this in writing from the agent but my concern if should my parents get to Guangzhou and have any issue it will be to late to do anything.
Can anyone here confirm if they have recently travelled via Guangzhou and be able to leave the airport with only the transit visa issued on arrival ?
As the airline is providing the hotel, does this hold any weight ?
Any clarification on this old topic would be mostly appreciated .
Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM
1Well if the hotel is provided why not. But there has been scarce reports of 24 transits being issued in Guangzhou. Remember China is pretty flexible with these kind of arrangements so I wouldn't worry. Just flew in an hour ago myself, but am a resident.
Feb 9, 2012 3:34 PM
Thanks for your reply and feedback.
Ideally it would be great to hear from anyone who has recently gone via Guangzhou that did not have pre arrange visa and using the transit visa stamp was either was able to leave the airport of tried to leave the airport and was told it was not possible.
May 17, 2012 6:41 AM
not sure if its relavent anymore as you posted in Feb but i have booked a flight and have an 8 hour stop over in Guangzhou... i booked through bestflights.com and my travel agent sent me through an application for stay permit which is a visa that lasts 24hours. These are his exact words ... "transit without Visa form for Guangzhou as discussed. You are required to complete this form and hand it into the Frontier Inspection Office in Guangzhou Airport if you wish to leave the airport during your transit stop."
if you would like me to forward you this form if you still need it let me know..
May 17, 2012 10:42 AM
Jun 18, 2012 10:22 PM
5Read an interview with someone highranking in China Southern Airlines recently (because I'm flying with them on Thursday). Basically that they are hiring Australian crew for Australian flights, Dutch crew for its connection to Amsterdam etc. and also adjusting the timing of these flights so a Europe trip is possible without a transit visa. Of course they also said they are working with the Chinese government in regarding the 72 hour visa on arrival that they have elsewhere. Seemed like they were positive it would happen, but these things can get delayed by bureaucracy.
Aug 18, 2012 2:53 AM
6For future reference I recently had a 14 hour lay over in Guangzhou and was allowed to exit the airport to go to a hotel for the day. Very easy, no questions, just had to wait and find the right counters to get though.
Go to the Transfer counter on the left hand side as you're exiting (even though it has a whole lot of signs and none really relate to international transit customers). They gave us:
a) a boarding card for our connecting flight
b) both the entry and exit cards
c) an application for a 24 stop over (although when we went through the lady said we didn't need this form in the future)
Take all the paperwork to the International Transfer line (again on the left). They take the entry card and pre-stamp the exit card and you have to keep hold of this one for when you come back in. She asked if we were just going to a hotel and it seemed like a pretty straight forward common request. She just told the man behind her to let us out, they unhooked the rail and we were able to walk straight through to customs.
I had a hotel booking I'd printed out in preparation to try justify that I needed to get out but didn't even care. We walked over the road to the Pullman hotel, booked a room for the day, had a sleep, swim, massage and watched TV - not a bad way to spend a long lay-over!
In the end it was lucky we got out as we found our bags going round and round the baggage belt so picked them up and got them checked back in.
Aug 18, 2012 4:21 AM
I think I may fall into this category. Recently I flew with China Southern from HaNoi to Xi-an - this is a two flight trip. HaNoi>guang-zhou, change planes then guang-zhou>xian. I had a stopover of around four hours.
I had the devil of a time trying to get outside to have a smoke. When we arrived at guang-zhou, we were told if we had a connecting flight, to save time we could transfer our luggage to the domestic leg. This I did and found the over-efficient security guard seemed to want me to transfer myself as well. Which didn't suit me as I wanted to go outside. Long story short - walked up and down, security guards everywhere - "passport please" then pointed where I had to go which was not where I wanted to go. (I did eventually get outside, but that's another story)
Aug 29, 2012 1:26 AM
I was dealing with the same issue as TS. So I asked my travel agent and she send me to this website: http://www.csair.nl/page.php?id=5 . It is in Dutch, but you can change the language to English. Near the end of the text you'll find Transfer Application for Stay Permit. There you'll find the link to the form Fernis mentioned.
Would you be so kind to post here if the form got you out of the airport? (we have a delay of 16 hrs so would love to get out).
Have a great trip!
Nov 16, 2012 1:40 AM
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