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Old Aug 27, 17, 12:52 pm
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RogerD408
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Originally Posted by AMRivlin View Post
Family of 3 (with US Passports) No Chinese visas.

PNR#1 SJC-YVR-PVG
PNR#2 PVG-SFO
Does this meet the requirements of the trip?

Do I need to book something else?
As I understand it, you are not supposed to just go and return, as that makes China your destination. TWOV rules are:

In order to qualify for the 72 or 144-hour TWOV, the traveler's inbound and outbound flights must directly arrive at and depart from one of the acceptable ports of entry from or to a third country (including one of the two SARs). Both flights must have no stopovers of any kind within Mainland China prior to arrival or after departure at the port of entry, and the outbound flight's first stop or destination must be in a different country than the inbound flight's. Travels between U.S. territories and the contiguous U.S. are also ineligible for 72 or 144-hour TWOV, unless one of their flights has a stopover in a third country or a SAR.[1]

*from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_p..._144-hour_stay
So if they choose to declare SJC and SFO to be the same, this might not pass. You will need to pick another location to "transit" via.
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