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Commenting article: Shanghai Allows 72-Hour Visa-Free Stay for Bulgarian Transit Travelers

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.

peterperfect - 10 Dec 2012 // 10:52:42

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.

donell - 10 Dec 2012 // 12:20:24

China has done this because it knows that Bulgarians won't over stay their welcome as there is nothing for them there - unlike the USA.

sa-sha - 10 Dec 2012 // 13:54:39

"... 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!" ;-)

peterperfect - 11 Dec 2012 // 10:34:13

OK, point taken but it is such a shame that one cannot enjoy a couple of days visiting famous cities/places. It doesn't detract from what I said about Russia as this is a real regret that I have personally had.

peterperfect - 11 Dec 2012 // 10:35:52

Donell, article is not just about Bulgarians, what you say may be correct about them (though I doubt it) but there are 44 other countries now allowed 3 day transit visas as article states.

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