Travel

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Shanghai. Students should arrive in Shanghai no later than Sunday 24 November 2013.

Students are strongly advised not to make travel bookings until you have received official notification from Sydney Law School that you have been accepted into the program.

Australian citizens are advised to register their travel and contact details with the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade prior to leaving Australia.

Travel advice for China is available here.

Important information for dual nationals

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises the following:

The Chinese government does not recognise dual nationality and will not allow consular access by the Australian Embassy or Consulate to Australians detained by Chinese authorities if they have entered China on a Chinese passport, a Hong Kong or Macau identity card or any non-Australian foreign passport. This includes identity cards issued in Taiwan. Consular access is, however, allowed to those who have entered on Australian passports. Therefore, if you are an Australian/Chinese dual national, you should travel on your Australian passport, obtain a visa for China and present yourself as Australian at all times (excerpt from the smartraveller.gov.au website).

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are provided on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November only and from Pudong International Airport only. If you arrive on any other day you will have to make your own way to the campus. Some international and most domestic flights land at Hongqiao Airport. Please note that ECUPL is unable to provide airport transfers from Hongqiao Airport. Hongqiao Airport is, however, quite close to the campus.

Airport transfers are NOT provided at the conclusion of the Winter School and you will be required to make your own way to the airport by taxi or public transport. ECUPL staff will assist you in booking taxis on departure, if required. The cost of a taxi to Pudong International Airport is around RMB180 (A$30).

Please note that there may be circumstances in which it is not possible for ECUPL to provide airport transfers. All students will be provided with clear travel instructions in English and Chinese.

Additional information on airport transfers is available here.

Insurance

Students are responsible for organising their own travel insurance.

Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all students, including Chinese nationals. Students will not be permitted to participate in the program if proof of valid travel insurance is not provided.

Please note that your travel insurance policy must provide comprehensive coverage for medical expenses incurred overseas, including medical evacuation, and personal liability coverage. You should also ensure you are covered for cancellation costs in the event that the program is cancelled. Some insurers also cover course fees in their policy. It is strongly recommended that you purchase your travel insurance when you purchase your flight ticket. If you plan on taking a laptop, please ensure that you have arranged appropriate insurance.

Students are strongly advised to ensure they have sufficient funds while in Shanghai to cover the payment of unforseen medical expenses, as most Chinese doctors and hospitals will require cash payment upfront for treatment. These expenses can generally be claimed on return to your home country through your travel insurance provider.

Visas

Most students will require a visa. Students are responsible for obtaining a visa from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate and the University of Sydney accepts no responsibility if a student is unable to obtain a Chinese visa.

ECUPL will facilitate the issue of visas by providing supporting documentation to students, if required. For this reason, we require details of the passport on which you will be travelling at the time of application.

Additional information on visas is available here.

Vaccinations

It is recommended that participants consult their doctors with respect to vaccinations. Please note that some vaccinations may need to be administered well in advance of departure in order to be effective.