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 $264 to Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan

Tiananmen Square

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.

 Read More:
An Ultimate Guide for Layover in Beijing
How to Plan an 8-hour Layover in Beijing: Advices for 4 to 12 Hours’ Stay
Perfect Plan for an Overnight Layover in Beijing: 12 to 24 Hours
What to do in Beijing in one day – 6 Special Things to Do
Long Layover in Beijing – How to Spend 1 to 6 Days in Beijing?
How Many Days to Spend in Beijing?
Beijing Itinerary 4 Days: What to Do & How to Plan
Beijing Itinerary 5 Days: What to See & How to Plan
How to plan a Beijing itinerary 6 days?
Beijing Itinerary 7 Days: How to spend one week in 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, Xi'an, Chongqing
- Last modified on Apr. 01, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
Asked by Andrew | Feb. 06, 2021 13:41Reply
Does the visa free policy apply if i arrive at Beijing Daxing airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa | Feb. 07, 2021 17:20

Yes, you are eligible for the visa free policy if you arrive at Daxing Airport.
Asked by Kevin from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 05, 2020 03:25Reply
144 hour transit visa in Beijing
Am I eligible if kids have British passports and will arrive Beijing Daxing (new airport) on 18th April eta 0700hrs and leave the same airport on 21 April 11.40hrs flight? I have a Malaysian passport but I already have a Chinese visa. My kids have British passports but no visa yet. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Feb. 06, 2020 00:39

It depends on your route. If they are in transit to a third country on non-stop flights (Country A-Beijing-Country B) then they won't need a visa. If it's a simple round trip then they need visas. If they have more than one stop in China then they need visas.
Asked by Jeremy from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 27, 2020 01:28Reply
4 day stop over in beijing
We, a family of 6 will be in beijing for 4 days before heading to tianjin to board a cruise ship are we covered under the 144 hr visa free period, is it much of a process at the chinese customs?
Thank you
Answers (3)
Answered by Saul | Jan. 27, 2020 01:32

More information needed. What is your stop immediately before Beijing, and your first port of call after Tianjin? And what passports will you be travelling under?
Answered by Jeremy from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 30, 2020 19:12

Thanks for replying. We will be traveling to beijing from New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysian airlines and then our next port of call will be Sasebo Japan
Answered by Anna from UKRAINE | Jan. 31, 2020 17:53

According to the situation, you are eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy.
Asked by B from USA | Jan. 25, 2020 20:08Reply
staying with family in Beijing
staying for five days in beijing with family, i have confirmed onward ticket to bangkok, do i need a letter of invitation from my cousin in beijing to present to chinese immigration ?

your reply is highly appreciated and thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Pamela from FINLAND | Jan. 31, 2020 18:06

If your travel route is USA - Beijing - Bangkok, then you can enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy. You don't need a letter of invitation from your cousin.
Asked by Shivam from TANZANIA | Jan. 23, 2020 11:43Reply
Does a Tanzanian passport holder need a visa to transit through Beijing?
I am planning to travel to Mumbai, India from Vancouver, Canada. transiting through Beijing with a 4 hour transit time in between the connection. As a Tanzanian passport holder who has a Canadian student visa, do I require to obtain a transit visa before hand or is it on arrival?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kathleen from CANADA | Jan. 31, 2020 18:05

According to your layover, you don't need a visa. You are eligible for the 24 hours visa free policy.
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