Latest News:  

English>>China Society

New visa law offers lifeline to foreigners during emergencies

By Shi Yingying (China Daily)

08:19, July 17, 2013

China's new Exit and Entry Administration Law is proving useful for foreign sailors in emergency situations.

In early July, Garcia Cristopher Jusayan, a Filipino sailor on the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship, was touring Shanghai while his ship was docked in port.

Jusayan fell ill on July 9, the day the ship was scheduled to leave for South Korea. Stuck in the hospital without an extended visa, he was in a quandary.

Before the new Exit and Entry Law took effect on July 1, he would have had to go through an arduous procedure to stay in Shanghai. But because of the new law, which grants foreigners a temporary visa for up to 15 days in unexpected events, Jusayan got a break.

"He would have had to go through Shanghai's entry and exit administration bureau in a situation like this before the new law, and the original procedures were much longer and more complicated," said Lu Jun at Shanghai's Pujiang Inspection Station, which issued the entry visa. "Now we can skip that step and issue him the permit directly."

Lu added that emergency situations can include needing immediate hospital treatment.

"But if the sailor is not cured within 15 days, he has to apply to the entry and exit administration bureau to extend the permit," Lu added.

Jusayan is recovering after receiving treatment at Pu'nan Hospital. He isn't the first foreign sailor to benefit from the new law.

Another Filipino sailor, Antonio De Torres Espineli, experienced severe abdominal pain and arrhythmia while on the German cargo ship Seoul Express, which was heading to Shanghai's Yangshan Port. Espineli was diagnosed with gastritis and nephritis and a helicopter was sent from Donghai No 1 Air Rescue Service to bring him to a hospital on the day the law took effect.

"We sent a helicopter at 11:32 am to pick up the patient from Seoul Express," said Jin Zhirong, a spokesman for the rescue service. "It arrived in 50 minutes and transferred him to Shanghai East Hospital."

Jin said Waigaoqiao Inspection Station cooperated with his team and granted Espineli a 15-day entry permit. The sailor recovered and left Shanghai by air on July 3, said Zhang Xingxing, a spokesman for Waigaoqiao Inspection Station.

Under the new law, foreigners can apply for a 24-hour visa-free stay when passing through China to another destination by air, train or cruise ship.

"We give a one-day entry permit if they can prove how they got to Shanghai and how they plan to leave the country - a photocopy of a boat ticket or airline ticket, for example," said Lu at Pujiang Inspectation Station.

This year, Beijing and Shanghai have adopted laws allowing people from 45 countries who arrive at their airports to stay in the country for 72 hours without a visa. That has not applied to ship passengers.

Hou Liping, chief engineer and deputy managing director of COSCO Container Lines, said the new law reflected a new humane spirit and is in line with international conventions.

"Several crew members who work for our company encountered emergency situations last year. Once near Midway Islands, the US coast guard immediately picked our sick man at sea, sending a helicopter to carry him for emergency treatment in Hawaii and later returning him after treatment," Hou said.

An industry insider who spoke on condition of anonymity added, "This policy shows progress in Shanghai's development toward becoming an international shipping hub. The policy will not only give confidence to the industry, but also encourage investors."

Shanghai's shipping industry has been hit hard by the bearish global economy. Last year, Shanghai Port accommodated 40,200 foreign ships, a drop of almost 3 percent from 2011, according to Shanghai's office for port services.

We Recommend:

Teenage crash victims were talented students

What did eco-migration bring to rural residents

Hard working people under the sweltering sun

Cute twin sisters popular on the Internet

Keep the childlike innocence

Marriage made in fairs by anxiety parents

Top 10 beautiful small cities in China

China's weekly story (2013.6.28-7.5)

Rainstorms batter SW China quake-hit regions

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangLili、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. "Peace Ark" provides medical treatment

  2. Exchange between the PLAN and the CTF-465

  3. Protest held to demand release of prisoners

  4. Rape victim's mother wins labor camp lawsuit

  5. A glimpse of residents' daily life in China's Sansha city

  6. Sea foods, a luxury bite in summer

  7. Rare painted bronze ware excavated

  8. Angelababy covers BAZAAR

  9. Migrant workes' high incomes not that rosy

  10. China's GDP totals 24.8 tln yuan in H1

Most Popular


  1. Slower economic growth set to be a winning choice
  2. Investing abroad not easy: Experts
  3. Reinvigorated CCTV gala brings hope for art scene
  4. China's anti-dumping probe is not retaliatory
  5. China's economic growth slows to steadier pace
  6. Washington must overhaul bipolar way of thinking
  7. Why the customer remains the king
  8. Going mobile is the key to business success
  9. Drone strikes only serve to help anti-Americanism
  10. State must control capital: Justin Yifu Lin

What’s happening in China

College student car models show youthful vigor

  1. Ministry urges tightened supervision of pollution
  2. Oil spill pollutes river in NW China
  3. White collars, the unemployed top suicide risk
  4. After the crash, a fight for Asiana compensation
  5. S China busts huge pyramid scheme ring