144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

The 144-hour visa-free transit has been implemented in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei since December 28th, 2017. It enables air, train, and ship passengers heading for a third country or region to stay within the three places for up to six days without needing a visa application.

Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei 144-hour visa-free transit area
Areas Allowed to Stay

Tourists qualifying for the 144-hour free transit can move freely in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei within the 6 days. For example, if an UK passport holder entering from Beijing Capital International Airport intends to take a 6 Days Private Olympic Tour to Beijing & Zhangjiakou offered by TravelChinaGuide, and then catch a leaving flight in Tianjin airport, there is no problem that the 144-hour visa-free transit can cover the trip and no visa will be required for the British.

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

 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

What Is An Eligible Route?

A: departure country ⇒ B: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei ⇒  C: the third country or region

Passengers cannot have any stop in Mainland China between A and B, and B and C. For example, if the passenger stops in Guangzhou before entering Beijing, Tianjin, or Hebei, he or she cannot enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit.

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit?

For the application, documents including your passport valid for at least three months, visa (if applicable) and onward ticket to the third country or region should be prepared. Then you can follow the steps in the chart.

144-hour visa-free transit

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

Ports Contact Information
Beijing Capital International Airport 0086-10-56095400
West Railway Station 0086-10-56092165
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport 0086-22-24905908
Tianjin International Cruise Home Port 0086-22-25605128
Hebei Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport 0086-311-88027961
Qinhuangdao Beidaihe International Airport 0335-7520000
 Note: As only the West Railway Station in Beijing allows the 144h visa-free transit, passengers taking international trains to / from Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and North Korea cannot enjoy it, while those takings trains to / from Hanoi and Hong Kong are eligible.

What Can I Do During the 144 Hours?

Sightseeing in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

Thanks to the developed intercity high speed trains, it is quite easy for visitors to transfer from Beijing to Tianjin or cities in Hebei. The One-Card system for public buses and subways will run in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, making it even more convenient to travel in the region. Why not take advantage of this visa-free transit and easy transportation to make a trip in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region?

Foreigners transiting under eligible countries’ passports are able to enjoy 144-hour visa-free transit to travel within the qualified transit zone. Beijing is not only the political and economic center of China, but also a well-known tourist resort covering a large number of attractions, such as the Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. Paying a visit to the grand Great Wall will highlight your private trip in Beijing. You could also go to Qinhuangdao City to appreciate the fascinating natural landscape of Beidaihe. In addition, viewing the Chengde Mountain Resort is recommended for it will provide you with a retreat in hot summer.

 See Beijing 144 Hour Layover Tours

Great Wall Tours

3 Days Great Wall Tour from $252 to Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan

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Beijing Mini Group Day Tour from $79 to Forbidden City & Great Wall: 1 - 6 people, No Shopping


Cost-efficient Shopping With Tax Refund Policy in Beijing and Tianjin

Trans-city tax refund in Beijing and Tianjin will help you to reduce the budget. Travelers can buy things at designated tax free stores in Beijing and Tianjin and choose to apply for a tax refund in either city. For example, if you buy things in Tianjin and your leaving flight is in Beijing, you can get the refund at the Beijing airport.

If you are a sport enthusiast, enjoying this 144-hour visa-free transit will provide you with a great convenience to watch the 2022 Beijing-Zhangjiakou Olympic Winter Games during the 6-day transit time. Besides, Ski Resorts in Zhangjiakou are ideal places for skiing and entertaining yourself close to Beijing.

 Further Reading on China 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy:
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Liaoning
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chengdu, Kunming
- Last modified on Sep. 11, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
Asked by Pete from USA | Sep. 20, 2019 08:06Reply
144 hr visa
Hello, we will be flying from the United States to Beijing, but will have a 2 hr layover in Tokyo without leaving the airport. Staying in Beijing for 4 days, then flying to Tokyo for the second part of our trip, only 1 full day. Do we still qualify for the 144 hr visa? Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Sep. 20, 2019 09:54

"144 hr visa" doesn't exist. There is 144 hours transit without visa, but you are flying Japan-China-Japan so you're not transiting China. Therefore you need a visa or different flights.
Asked by Lisa Atchley from USA | Sep. 19, 2019 14:50Reply
Do I qualify for the 144 Hrs. Visa Free Transit
I am planning a trip from Portland, Oregon U.S.A. to Tianjin, China to Beijing China, to Portland, Oregon U.S.A. Travel will be completed within 144 hours. Do I qualify for the 144 hour visa free transit?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Sep. 19, 2019 15:34

USA-China-USA is obviously not a transit to a third country and therefore doesn't qualify for visa-free transit.
Asked by Shawkat Hosain from SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | Sep. 18, 2019 22:14Reply
114 hours visa free transit. Question from Shawkat Hossain, Sydney Australia.
I have Australian passport.
Question from Shawkat Hossain, Sydney Australia
I have Australian passport. Departing Sydney and coming to Beijing on 01 Dec'19 and leaving Beijing on 05 Dec'19 for third country Bangladesh via Kunming. at Kunming ground time 02:10, not changing the flight. Beijing to Dhaka Flight no. MU 2035 08:55 (1 stop)
Am I eligible for 114 hours visa free transit
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Sep. 19, 2019 03:31

You are not eligible, and you must get a visa or change your flights. Two stops in China immediately limits you to 24 hours transit without visa.
Asked by Lise from SWITZERLAND | Sep. 17, 2019 04:53Reply
144-hour visa-free transit twice within 2 weeks?
Is it possible to apply for a 144 (or 72)-hour visa-free transit twice within 2 weeks ? (from Switzerland to Singapore and on the way back 2 weeks later)
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Sep. 17, 2019 15:04

There are no restrictions on how often you transit without visa, or the interval between transits.
Asked by Lisa Laeven from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 17, 2019 01:02Reply
Hi :) Am I eligible for the 144h visa if I fly from Amsterdam - Beijing - Brussels?
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Sep. 17, 2019 04:09

Of course, but only if those flights are non-stop.
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