Beijing will begin to allow visa-free visitors from Jan 1 2013. The 72 hour visa-free policy applies to 45 countries worldwide with the Republic of Ireland reportedly on the list.
Tourists holding third country visas and plane tickets can apply for a Transit Without Visa (TWOV) at Beijing Capital International Airport. Visitors cannot travel to other cities during the 72 hours and must depart from Beijing. Visitors must also register at a police station within 24hours of their arrival.
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