I am due to fly with China Southern from London to Vietnam via Guangzhou and my return flight has a 19 hour stop over in Guangzhou. I have seen as a UK citizen I will qualify for the 72 hour transit visa and have been told I will also qualify for a free hotel as my layover is more than 8 hours.
So my questions are:
Does anyone know if I have to apply for this transit visa prior to travel?
Do I have to inform the airline of my intentions to leave the airport to stay in a hotel?
Does anyone have a contact number for china southern in the UK?
Has anyone experienced the free hotel provided by the airline, if so what was the standard of the hotel?
Any advice greatly appreciated as I cannot find a number for the airline in the UK and don't really want to call China.