Visa-Free Stay Scheme for Cruise Passengers

created: 2014-01-16

Cruise ship passengers docking in Shanghai could soon be allowed a 72-hour visa-free stay, the city’s tourism administration said on this Tuesday.


Tourism authorities hope a visa-free scheme will give a boost to the city cruise sector, centered around the Wusong International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District.


Last year, a similar scheme launched at the city’s airports for transit passengers from 45 countries attracted more than 15,000 foreign visitors.


A spokesperson for the cruise terminal said the policy will be convenient for tourists and encourage cruise operators to provide diversified products.


Shanghai is aiming to become a cruise ship center equal to Singapore and Hong Kong by the end of 2015.


The city will also expand cruise routes and attempt to open ones to Taiwan, said Yang Jinsong, director of the Shanghai Tourism Administration.

- News from Shanghai Daily


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