Il­le­gal Shang­hai stay costs for­eigner 10,000 yuan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG ZHENGHUA in Shang­hai wangzhenghua@chi­

A for­eigner who stayed il­le­gally in Shang­hai for 33 days has been fined 10,000 yuan ($1,600), the largest fine is­sued in the city and the max­i­mum al­lowed since the Exit-En­try Ad­min­is­tra­tion Law took ef­fect last month.

The for­eigner, iden­ti­fied by po­lice only as Peter, was fined on Tues­day by the city’s im­mi­gra­tion in­spec­tion au­thor­ity.

Air­port po­lice with the im­mi­gra­tion in­spec­tion depart­ment gave the man a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of the rules listed un­der the law, the Shang­hai Gen­eral Sta­tion of Im­mi­gra­tion In­spec­tion said on Wed­nes­day.

He was also told that he has the right to de­mand a hear­ing on his fine, but the sta­tion said he was sorry he had stayed in the city il­le­gally and raised no ob­jec­tion to the penalty.

Un­der the pro­vi­sions of the ex­i­ten­try law, which took ef­fect on July 1, for­eign­ers who stay in China il­le­gally will be given a warn­ing. For of­fences of a se­ri­ous na­ture, a 500 yuan fine will be levied for each day they over­stay, with this amount not ex­ceed­ing 10,000 yuan. The max­i­mum fine for over­stay­ing un­der the pre­vi­ous reg­u­la­tion was 5,000 yuan.

In­stead of a fine, over­stay­ers can be de­tained for be­tween five and 15 days.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, by July 1 some 5,800 for­eign­ers had ben­e­fited from the new pol­icy that al­lows over­seas pas­sen­gers to stay in Shang­hai visa-free for 72 hours. The pol­icy took ef­fect on Jan 1.

Air­port fig­ures show that US res­i­dents took most ad­van­tage of the pol­icy, with 920 mak­ing three-day visa-free stays in Shang­hai in the first half of the year. The United States was fol­lowed by Aus­tralia, Ger­many and New Zealand.

Other coun­tries with more than 400 res­i­dents ben­e­fit­ing from the pol­icy in the first six months in­clude France, Bri­tain and Canada.

From the start of the year, res­i­dents of 45 coun­tries, in­tend­ing to visit a third coun­try and hold­ing air tick­ets to con­tinue their trips, have been al­lowed to stay in the city visa-free for three days.

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