Kunming has got approval for launching 72 hours visa-free policy, which is expected to be implemented soon after being inspected by the Ministry of Public Security. Once implemented, tourists taking an international transfer in Kunming can stay in the city for 72 hours without the necessary visa. It would be a great opportunity for foreigners to go sightseeing, shopping, and do business in Kunming.
Kunming 72-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy
The policy allows travelers holding an onward flight ticket to a third country to stay up to 3 days in Kunming without a Chinese visa. The policy is available for travelers from 51 countries including the United States, UK, Australia, etc. Kunming will be the tenth city in mainland China that offer 72-hour visa-free stays, following Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi'an, and Guilin. See Visa-Free Tours for popular tourist cities in China.
More Flights to Be Launched
Kunming Changshui International Airport is the fourth largest aviation port in China. It has an airline network covering all provincial capitals, the main tourist cities like Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and many Southeast Asian destinations. In the near future, more air routes and international transit flights will be opened. In the next half year, two transcontinental airlines, Kunming - Paris, and Kunming - Vancouver (via Shanghai Pudong) will be launched.
Kunming is the capital city as well as the largest city of Yunnan Province in Southwest China. It is known as the "Spring City" for the year-round mild climate. It is a tourist city enjoying both natural wonders and ethnic minority culture. The most popular attractions include Stone Forest, Dianchi Lake, West Hill, Dongchuan Red Land, etc.
Stone Forest, Kunming
So, if you are in no hurry when taking a transfer in Kunming, why not travel around for 3 days to see the peculiar natural scenery and experience the minority culture?
Sample 1-day itinerary for touring Kunming
Sample 3-day itinerary for touring Kunming