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Shanghai airports enhance inbound foreign passenger experience

Shanghai airports enhance inbound foreign passenger experience

SHANGHAI, May 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — A news report from english.shanghai.gov.cn:

To cater to the various needs of inbound passengers, the Shanghai Airport Group has introduced seven initiatives aimed at facilitating inbound services to enhance the overall travel experience for foreign visitors in the city.

1. Passport verification for hassle-free WiFi access

For inbound travelers without domestic SIM cards, a new feature called “Passport Identification Login” has been launched. Travelers can use their phones to capture passport information at the airport’s free Wi-Fi login page, enabling seamless internet access with just one click.

2. Convenient SIM card purchase with “On-arrival Card Swapping”

At both Pudong and Hongqiao international airports, 14 points have been designated for the sale of SIM cards and mobile data packages, allowing travelers to purchase domestic SIM cards immediately upon clearing customs. These points support foreign currency and bank card payments and are staffed with dedicated personnel for assistance. Plans are in place to establish mobile operator service centers in terminals 1 and 2 of Pudong Airport to offer professional communication services to inbound travelers.

3. Easy city transport with “One Card for Travel”

Service points for Shanghai Urban Tourist Cards and transport cards have been set up at Pudong and Hongqiao international airports, accepting foreign card payments and making it more convenient for inbound travelers to switch between taxis, buses, and subways.

4. Secure foreign bank card transactions with “Worry-free Card Swiping”

As a designated area for inbound payment service demonstration by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, Shanghai’s two major airports continue to enhance foreign bank card payments and domestic mobile payment capabilities. Over 400 merchants in both airports accept various transaction channels including foreign currency cards, WeChat Pay, digital renminbi, and Alipay, with clear indications of accepted payment methods. In addition, dedicated inbound payment experience service counters have been set up to guide inbound travelers on mobile payment and foreign bank card linking.

5. Flexible currency exchange for foreign currencies

The Shanghai Pudong International Airport has added three currency exchange points in the Departure Restricted Area of Terminal 1 and the Arrival Public Area of Terminal 2. Additionally, the Hongqiao International Airport has set up a temporary currency exchange point in the International Departure Area of Terminal 1 to meet travelers’ currency exchange needs. Currently, there are 16 currency exchange points, seven banking outlets, and five international card-compatible ATMs across both airports.

6. Attentive Customs clearance experience

To further enhance the inbound passenger clearance experience, the Pudong International Airport has collaborated with Customs and Border Control to improve service details. This includes the addition of multiple form-filling stations, multilingual immigration card instructions, directional signs, and the introduction of visual baggage loading/unloading progress indicators at 35 international baggage carousels. Inbound travelers can monitor luggage handling progress in real-time, enabling them to prepare for baggage collection in advance.

7. Comprehensive one-stop services for a warm welcome

To provide a seamless experience, a one-stop “Inbound Facilitation Service Point” has been established in the arrival halls of Pudong and Hongqiao airports. This service point integrates services such as Wi-Fi registration, SIM card and transport card sales, currency exchange, mobile payments, and manual inquiries, in one place. Additionally, multilingual passenger guidebooks in Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, and other languages are provided for the convenience of inbound travelers to access the necessary service information promptly.

SOURCE english.shanghai.gov.cn

Originally published at https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/shanghai-airports-enhance-inbound-foreign-passenger-experience-302142130.html
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