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I'm hoping to get a flight which requires me to be in China for 28 hours before the connecting flight out. I'm happy to sit in transit if I have to. However, I've read one site that said 12 hours is the max transit permitted.

Can anyone find either:

1) Definitive information saying how long transit in Beijing/Shanghai airports are for 2) Or can I get a transit visa on arrival, in which case I'll go check out the city for a day ;)

I'm on a New Zealand passport.

Failing all that I'll pick up a visa in Mongolia en-route, I'd just rather not have to waste a few days doing so if I don't have to!

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And then would you believe, Aeroflot go and drop their prices 10% so now flying through Moscow makes more sense. Fewer visas to go, phew! –  Mark Mayo Jul 22 '11 at 15:22
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China Transit Visa (G):
(Updated: 2010/12/20)

  • Visas are not required of aliens, who hold final destination tickets and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.
  • Visas are not required of Citizens of the following countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas for the onward countries, final destination tickets and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours: Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland.
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brilliant answer, but fortunately don't need it any more. Will accept though for future visitors. –  Mark Mayo Jul 22 '11 at 15:23
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