China visas

Are you aware that nearly all of China’s major commercial centers allow you (or at least most of you) to visit visa-free for up to six days? Be honest, did you really know this? I ask because it seems like the China lawyers at my firm often have to explain this to our clients, including to those who go to China often and even to those with a China WFOE, Joint Venture, or Representative office. This 6-day visa free travel is relatively new (for most cities and provinces) and it has not gotten much publicity.

But since the start of this year you can enter into and stay in the following Chinese cities for 144 hours:

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Kunming
  • Qingdao
  • Shanghai
  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Xiamen
  • Hebei Province
  • Jiangsu Province
  • Zehjiang Province

To do this you will need a valid passport from any of the 24 Schengen treaty EU countries or one of the following countries along with transport tickets showing you will be leaving China (the PRC) within six days to a country (or is it just a city?) different from the country from which you are entering China:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea (South)
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • UAE
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom,
  • United States
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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.