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Shanghai will allow transit passengers from Bulgaria and 44 other countries to stay in the city for up to 72 hours without a visa.
The new measure will go into effect on January 1st, 2013.
Shanghai's municipal authorities said the transit policy was recently approved by the State Council, Xinhua informs. The city has already been offering certain passport-holders a 48-hour visa-free transit stay....
If China can do this with all the usual paranoia of communist thinking, how come Russia cannot - a so called "free" country now. There have been several times I would have flown to places via Moscow if I could have stayed over to visit the city but all the restrictions and having to have an "invitation", that many ex communist eastern countries, have always put me off. These countries loose so much revenue by making it difficult for the foreign visitor.
"... how come Russia cannot [ allow visa-free visit to the city for transit passengers] - a so called "free" country now."-----Take it easy,
Peter. A pernicious influence of the so called "exemplarily free" GB ;-)
My Russian friends-all without such visas- faced the same problem in London on their way from Moscow to Barbados...and-what is utmost
ridiculous-2 of them were allowed (by the officer) and 3 were not allowed to leave the airport' territory.......And no explanations! Isn't that nice? Their softest evaluations were: "Ну и козлы!" (~"Strange
people these Brits are!" ;-)
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