3 hour stopover in Guangzhou? The process and the transit permit stamp.
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2012 12:01 AM Last Post By: nicolas86
Nov 2, 2012 4:56 AM
3 hour stopover in Guangzhou? The process and the transit permit stamp.Hi all :)
I'll be travelling from MEL to LAX with a three hour stopover in Guangzhou.
This will be my first time that I'll be transiting in Guangzhou and I would like to know what would exactly happen once I land at CAN. Responses from those who have done something similar in the recent past would be greatly appreciated.
From what I've read (I may be wrong) all transiting passengers are required to pass through immigration, through a special line/booth. I'm aware that I don't need a visa, but will I receive a hexagonal transit stamp (transit permit)? If so, what must I do to return back to airside after immigration?
I've also read elsewhere that transiting passengers do not even need to pass through immigration. Instead, they just go to a 'international transit' booth located before immigration where you remain airside after you get processed. Is the the case? Would passengers here also get the hexagonal transit stamp?
Nov 2, 2012 5:35 AM
1Don't quote me on ANY of this but if you are a "transit" passenger, you shouldn't have to pass through immigration/customs at all. I know in the past when I've transited in certain countries, you just get shuffled off the plane to the transit lounge and wait around until you're ready to go again.
May I ask who you're flying with? I'm assuming it must be China Southern ... cause you can get direct to LAX from MEL so I'm not sure why you'd go via Guangzhou otherwise.
Nov 2, 2012 5:45 AM
2If you only have a 3 hour connection at CAN, you will not have time to exit the airport. And really no point in even getting to the nonsecure side. You should just look for the desk signed for International Transit and show your passport and onward boarding pass...this should lead you directly back to airside via a security checkpoint, and you should pass through that without them giving you the special TWOV hexagonal stamp. It will be as if you were never in China.
Only people on Intl transit who have the time to leave the secure side (or airport) need to deal with getting the stamp. Which at CAN, can often be more problematic than at other Chinese airports.
As for the Whys? of this routing, CZ's pricing via CAN is often significantly cheaper than going direct from OZ-USA.
Nov 2, 2012 6:04 AM
3Thanks all :) I appreciate your responses.
To answer wanderlust_gal's question, I'm flying with China Southern (CZ). Jiejie basically gave the reason why I chose to fly with them. I managed to save AU$1000 if I fly via Guangzhou with CZ. This is compared to other airlines that fly direct to LAX. I know it's a bit if a nuisance as I'll be travelling for a longer period, but I'll rather save the money and use it elsewhere.
Thanks again :)
Nov 2, 2012 10:52 AM
Nov 3, 2012 8:59 AM
5int'l transit procedures covered here:
Nov 5, 2012 12:01 AM
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