Aussies have experienced a whole lot of luck in the visa department lately, with international governments simplifying the process in order to attract more visitors.

The period of prosperity began back in August 2017, when Qatar rolled out visa-free entry for Australian holidaymakers. This was followed by Singapore’s special ‘long term’ option, Brazil and Vietnam’s simplified (and cheaper) e-visa processes, and now…

Visa-free entry in three Chinese cities – Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.


As part of the program, Aussies can experience the three cities for up to 144 hours without spending a cent on visitor approval, if they enter via plane, cruise or train.

The news follows the implementation of the 144-hour visa-free program in the Shanghai district, which Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration said caters to both business and leisure travellers.

The Visa Machine’s Global Managing Director, Luke Crawford, said four visa-free cities for Australia was good news, particularly for those taking cruises starting and ending in Beijing.

Image: Vincent Guth/Unsplash

Image: Vincent Guth/Unsplash

“This will allow passengers to spend twice as long exploring Beijing, as the previous exemption only permitted a visa free stay of 72 hours.”

Luke Crawford, The Visa Machine Managing Director

“This is also better news for the Travel Agent as they now are able to book more hotel nights along with longer tours and activities knowing that their customer does not require a visa.”

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What would you do with 144 hours in the three cities?