China Announces New 72-Hour Visa-Free Visit Policy for Beijing
Chinese authorities have announced a 72-hour visa-free visa policy for travelers from 45 different countries who wish to transit through Beijing Capital International Airport. The policy, which goes into effect beginning January 1, 2013, applies to air passengers traveling through the city who have outbound tickets and visas to a third country.
Passengers will be able to briefly tour Beijing while awaiting their departures. The policy is expected to increase the number of in-transit passengers in Beijing.