144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China

                                  China's 144-hour visa-free transit policy is carried out in Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, LiaoningChengdu, Xi'an, ChongqingXiamenQingdaoWuhan, and Kunming as well as Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, to facilitate international travelers. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in Guangdong Province, Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Liaoning Province, Sichuan Province or Chinese cities of Xi'an, Chongqing, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, and Kunming for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.

                                  Who can enjoy China 144-hour visa exemption? - List of 53 Qualified Countries

                                  China 144-hour visa
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                                   24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

                                   15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

                                   6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

                                   2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

                                   6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

                                  * The same as countries enjoying 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

                                  What is an eligible transit route?

                                  A → B: one of the allowed areas in Mainland China → C

                                  144-hour Visa-free Transit Route

                                   A and C should be different countries or regions out of Mainland China.
                                  * Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can be the Destination A or C, so the route "UK-Shanghai-Hong Kong" is acceptable as the typical route "US-Hangzhou-Japan".

                                   B refers to only one of the following areas in China, and you cannot have a cross-area visa-free tour among them:

                                  1. Guangdong
                                  2. Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
                                  3. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
                                  4. Liaoning
                                  5. Chengdu
                                  6. Xiamen
                                  7. Qingdao
                                  8. Wuhan
                                  9. Kunming
                                  10. Xi'an
                                  11. Chongqing

                                   Key point: The international flights flying in and out of China – from A to B and from B to C – should be non-stop, without a stopover anywhere in Mainland China.

                                  ×  UK – Guangzhou – Shanghai - Hong Kong
                                  ×  US – Beijing – Shanghai - France
                                  Note: Both of Beijing and Shanghai are eligible for this policy, but you can only have one between the original country and the third country.

                                  √  US – Dalian - South Korea
                                  √  Singapore – Shanghai – Hangzhou - Malaysia
                                  Note: Shanghai and Hangzhou (provincial capital of Zhejiang) are within one visa-free area.

                                  In which Chinese cities can I get a visa exemption for 144 hours?

                                  1. Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang

                                  Regions adopting 144-hour visa-free policy

                                   Shanghai:  All international air, sea and railway ports, including Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusong Passenger Transport Center and all railway stations.

                                   Hangzhou of Zhejiang:  Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport

                                   Ningbo of Zhejiang:  Ningbo Lishe Airport

                                   Nanjing of Jiangsu:  Nanjing Lukou Airport

                                  Entry and Exit Ports

                                  Passengers can enter and leave from any of the above ports. Eg: One can take a cruise to Shanghai and leave by air from Hangzhou or Nanjing.

                                  Areas Allowed to Stay

                                  Passengers can move around Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. If one have to go to other cities or can't leave within 144 hours, he/she should go to a nearby Public Security Bureau to apply for a visa.

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                                  2. Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

                                   Beijing: Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station

                                   Tianjin: Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port

                                   Shijiazhuang of Hebei: Zhengding International Airport

                                   Qinghuangdao of Hebei: Qinhuangdao Beidaihe International Airport

                                  Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from any of these ports and move around the three places.

                                   Note: Passengers taking international trains to / from Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and North Korea cannot enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei zone, while those takings trains to / from Hanoi and Hong Kong are eligible.

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                                  3. Liaoning Province

                                   Dalian: Zhoushuizi International Airport

                                   Shenyang: Taoxian International Airport

                                  Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from either of the two ports and move around the whole province.

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                                  5. Xiamen: Gaoqi International Airport and sea ports

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                                  8. Qingdao: Liuting International Airport and sea ports

                                  Passengers are permitted to stay in the whole Shandong Province.

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                                  9. Guangdong

                                  Passengers are allowed to enter via Guangzhou AirportShenzhen Airport, or Jieyang Airport, and travel within Guangdong Province.

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                                  10. Xi'an: Xianyang International Airport

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                                  11. Chongqing: Jiangbei Airport, Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport

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                                  How do I request the 144-hour TWOV China: transit without visa?

                                   6 Steps to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit:

                                  1.  Inform the carrier when boarding
                                  2.  Fill an Arrival/Departure Card
                                  3.  Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival
                                  4.  Claim the luggage
                                  5.  Go through the customs
                                  6.  Leave the airport

                                  how to apply for 144-hour visa-free transit

                                   Note for Step 3:

                                  Upon arrival, find the 144-hour visa-free counter at the immigration inspection to apply for the entry permit, which will be stamped on your passport indicating the allowed stay time. Remember to tell the officer if you have a visa for China but don't want to use it this time.

                                  Documents Needed for Application

                                  1. Passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry

                                  British passport

                                  2. Ticket to a third country with confirmed seat and date

                                  International Flight Tickets

                                  3. Fully completed Arrival/Departure Card

                                  China Temporary Arrival Card

                                  * Prepare a valid visa if the third country or region in your plan requires.
                                  * Hotel reservations may be required if you want to leave the airport.

                                  How to count the layover time of 144 hours?

                                  It counts from 00:00 of the day following passengers' arrival. That is to say, the allowed time to stay is actually longer than 144 hours.

                                  Eg: If one arrives at 6:00 am on July 1, the layover time counts from 00:00 of July 2 and the passenger should hold a ticket with the scheduled departure time before 23:59 of July 7. In this case, the allowed stay period is 162 hours in maximum.

                                  What can I do during the 144 hours?

                                  Weeklong Tour in China

                                  Convenient transportation among Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei endows tourists with a smooth trip, whether they enter by air, cruise ship, or international train. It's a must to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City to explore China's long history and traditional culture. The Ancient Cultural Street in Tianjin and Shanhaiguan Great Wall in Hebei should not be missed either.

                                  If using the visa-free transit in Shanghai, after visiting the Bund, Huangpu River, and skyscrapers, one can travel to Suzhou to see the classical Chinese gardens and elegant water towns. A stroll by the West Lake in Hangzhou and a taste of the delicious local snacks must be a perfect ending of the trip.

                                  A trip to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, or Zhuhai along China's south coast is a good choice to feel the energetic economic development. 

                                  Business Conferences and Trade Fairs

                                  6 days are enough to attend various trade fairs or forums in Beijing, Shanghai, or the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, conduct market research, review suppliers' factories, or sign contracts with partners.

                                   Further Contact Information

                                  Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection 0086-21-51105100
                                  Nanjing Lukou Airport 0086-25-968890
                                  Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport 0086-571-96299
                                  Beijing Capital International Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-10-56095400
                                  West Railway Station 0086-10-56092165 
                                  Tianjin Binhai International Airport 0086-22-24905908
                                  International Cruise Home Port 0086-22-25605128
                                  Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport 0086-311-88027961
                                  Qinhuangdao Qinhuangdao Beidaihe International Airport 0335-7520000
                                  Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport 0086-411-96600
                                  Shenyang Taoxian International Airport 0086-24-96833
                                  Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 0086-20-36066622
                                  Shenzhen Bao'an Airport 0086-755-82327700
                                  Jieyang Chaoshan Airport 0086-663-3828770
                                  Chengdu Shuangliu Airport 0086-28-85205555
                                  Xiamen Gaoqi Airport 0086-592-96363
                                  Qingdao Liuting Airport 0086-532-96567
                                  Wuhan Tianhe Airport 0086-27-96577
                                  Kunming Changshui Airport 0086-871-96566
                                  Xi'an Xianyang Airport 0086-29-96788
                                  Chongqing Jiangbei Airport 0086-23-966666

                                  Note that if 1) you are not able to show any of the required documents listed above, 2) or your route does not qualify, 3) or you have overstayed in a country or been refused in visa application before, you may face the possibility of being refused at the 144 visa-free counter. For fear of inconvenience caused by such case, please make sure that you are eligible or apply for a regular visa in advance.

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                                  Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit
                                  Asked by Bruce Klahr from USA | Dec. 09, 2020 14:16Reply
                                  Do I need a visa to go from Macau to Zhuhai?
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Lisa | Dec. 13, 2020 19:46

                                  Yes, you need it.
                                  Asked by Samiullah from AFGHANISTAN | Nov. 20, 2020 03:52Reply
                                  Applying from UAE for 144-hour visa exemption transit
                                  I am an Afghan national holding business in UAE. I have valid visa of two years. Can I apply for 144-hour visa-exemption transit by visiting China from UAE?
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Thomas | Nov. 21, 2020 03:43


                                  1. TWOV is suspended
                                  2. You're not eligible to use TWOV at any time as Afghanistan is not on the list of qualified countries.
                                  3. China don't allow any tourists at the moment as their border is still closed for tourists.
                                  Asked by Anne from USA | Nov. 11, 2020 07:54Reply
                                  Availability of visa
                                  I am looking to visit next year, if everything opens and a flight I am interested in arrives at Pudong Airport around 0030. Will the visa center for the 144 hour transit visa be available during that time?
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Rebecca | Nov. 12, 2020 19:37

                                  Anne, yes, don't worry. If all resumes normal, the visa center at the airport will be open until the last flight on the day arrives.
                                  Asked by Shannon from UK | Aug. 25, 2020 03:39Reply
                                  Shanghai to Hong Kong (a few days each)
                                  I am planning a 2 week tour in Japan, and then go via Shanghai for 2 days and then to Kong Kong to fly back to London, as i will be travelling by sleeper train from Shanghai to Kong Hong and staying there for 3 days before my flight back to the UK will i be able to use the 72 or 144 hour exempt visa as i plan on doing some site seeing in both cities? FYI this is for mid 2021 as i am aware this is currently suspended due to Covid.
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Claire | Aug. 27, 2020 01:40

                                  Shannon, yes, you can enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Shanghai.
                                  Asked by Rasmus from DENMARK | May. 26, 2020 10:23Reply
                                  Question for 5 days stay in Shanghai
                                  We are a family coming from Denmark, but in July (if they fly) to Japan. On the way home we have booked a flight from Osaka to Shanghai and are there for 5 days before traveling home from Shanghai to Denmark. I understand that we will be able to notify the airline in Osaka of our intention to stop in and spend 5 days in Shanghai before traveling home to Denmark, thereby getting a 144 hour visa free transit stamped in our passport. Is that correct understood?
                                  Answers (2)
                                  Answered by Janet from USA | May. 28, 2020 00:00

                                  Currently, the 144h visa-free transit policy has been suspended because of the virus situation. I don't know whether it will be resumed in July.
                                  Answered by Thomas | May. 29, 2020 03:28

                                  China won't be open in July for foreign tourists.

                                  And I don't think you will be alowed to visit Japan at this time.
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