China: Self-service entry now available at Shanghai airport
Foreign nationals who hold an electronic passport and a residence permit valid for at least six months are now eligible for self-service entry at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
What does the change mean? Foreign nationals who are eligible for the program will save significant time when entering China through Pudong Airport.
- Implementation time frame: The change took effect Aug. 19.
- Who is affected: Foreign nationals who hold an electronic passport and a residence permit valid for at least six months.
- Business impact: Business travelers are among those who will benefit from the program.
- Next steps: Upon their first entry into China, eligible foreign nationals will be required to submit fingerprints and a facial image. On subsequent trips, they will be able to proceed directly through self-service entry channels, avoiding lines and saving time.
Background: Self-service entry was previously only available to flight crews with permanent residence in China. Officials hope that eligible travelers will use the broadened service to save time entering the country. For the time being, the program is only available at Pudong Airport, Shanghai’s main airport for international flights.
BAL Analysis: Travelers who are eligible will not have to wait in line to have their passports and residence permits inspected manually.
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