After the announcement made by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Guangzhou General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection China Southern Airlines and the Guangdong Airport Authority, Guangzhou joined Beijing and Shanghai as 72-hour border visa-free cities.
Foreign nationals from 45 countries and regions holding valid passports as well as connecting passenger tickets with set travel dates, are now qualified to depart Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou without needing a Chinese visa and will have free and unfettered access throughout Guangzhou Province during the 72-hour transit period.
Currently, China Southern Airlines operates 44 international routes from its Guangzhou hub, with service to 37 countries and regions and more than 90 domestic flights. China Southern Airlines' Guangzhou hub has raised the number of transit passengers of all international routes, accounting for 50% of all passengers.
In 2012, China Southern Airlines carried 340,000 international arrivals in Guangzhou and in the first half of 2013, the sixth traffic rights passengers transported by China Southern Airlines at its Guangzhou hub has reached 210,000 arrivals, an increase of 41.5% year-on-year.
With the implementation of the 72-hour TWOV policy, the airline can expect transit passengers by China Southern flights will exceed 500,000 arrivals in Guangzhou.
The 45 countries are:
1. 24 countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
2. 7 additional European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.
3. 6 American countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
4. 2 Oceanic countries: Australia and New Zealand and
5. 6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.