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Speedier entry, exit for visitors

Shanghai will set up speedy entry and departure procedures for World Expo workers, exhibition personnel and visitors during the six-month event, Expo organizers said yesterday.

Foreign visitors and personnel and their families will be able to get their visa or residence permit applications at an office set up near the Pudong section of the Expo site.

And they can get their visas and permits in three working days, two days faster than normal.

At the Shanghai Exit-Entry Administration Bureau, an English system equipped with an automatic application machine will be available to foreigners applying for their visas or residence permits for the second time or more.

And Expo staff will be able to clear customs through special lines at the Pudong and Hongqiao airports.

Tourist groups visiting the Expo can apply for a group visa if they have three or more foreigners, instead of the usual minimum of five.

The city's exit-entry bureau will release more detailed information later.

People lacking a valid ID card or visa can go to special sites across the city or the exit-entry bureau for validation when they want to check in at hotels.

Travelers from 32 foreign countries will not be required to receive a transit visa if they stop at Hongqiao or Pudong airport for less than 48 hours during the Expo, which starts May 1.

A Chinese-English bilingual 24-hour hotline will offer exit-entry information.


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