I cannot find an affordable flight from Taiwan to Chicago except for one about $625 through China Eastern Airline. Instead of it going Taipei direct to US (LA or San Francisco) then on to Chicago, it goes to Shanghai (PuDong) & has about a 18 hour layover there.

Any experience with this route, airline, or Pu Dong airport? Is a transit Visa needed? This is for a citizen of Nicaragua who is studying in Taiwan and got a 1 year B1/B2 US Tourist Visa wanting to visit family in the US for about 2-1/2 months & return to Taiwan for studies.

  • You would definitely need a visa for China. If you can find a flight through South Korea, Philippines, or even Russia, you would not need a visa as a Nicaraguan citizen. – Greg Hewgill Mar 30 '16 at 0:46
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    Thank you. On further research I see there appears to be a 24 hour Visa-free allowance in China if one has proof of onward travel within 24 hours of arrival and also has the appropriate Visa for their final destination. A Nicaraguan citizen doesn't seem to be restricted from that according to this link: trip-advisor.com/Travel-g294211-c188665/…. – Kathy Mar 30 '16 at 12:02
  • How about flying via Hong Kong? I have flown from both Taipei and Kaohsiung regular to transfer there. (Not to Chicago though) – LiamH Mar 30 '16 at 14:19
  • @GregHewgill OP needs a visa to enter the ROC or PRC, but not to transit PEK as detailed in the question. – Urbana Apr 14 '16 at 16:00

You don't need a transit visa as a Nicaraguan transiting Shanghai Pudong en route to Taipei:

/ 14APR16 / 1550 UTC

National Nicaragua (NI)
Transit China (People's Rep.) (CN)
Destination Chinese Taipei (TW)

China (People's Rep.) (CN)

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours

Source: Timaticweb

The same holds for travel in the opposite direction: Timaticweb reference

  • Thanks - glad for more confirmation as tickets already purchased with layover in Pudong - max 6 hrs. – Kathy Apr 17 '16 at 14:23

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