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 Port 0086-335-3099676
 
 

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 $189 to Badaling, Mutianyu, Juyongguan

 

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 (to be adopted)
 
- Last modified on Nov. 15, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
Asked by Rob from HOLLAND | Nov. 14, 2018 22:43Reply
I plan to arrive by plane from Holland to Beijing an spend 3 days in BJ.
before taking from Beijing the Trans Mongolia train to Ulan Bataar in Mongolia. Can I use the 144 hr free visa?
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Answered by Rob | Nov. 15, 2018 09:29
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No. You need a visa for that.
Asked by Alison from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 13, 2018 07:56Reply
Would I qualify for Beijing 144 hour Visa free transit?
I'll be travelling from UK to PEK for 3 nights, on the 4th day I will transit from PEK to Tianjin (via road) where I will board a cruise ship departing that day to Japan. After visiting Taiwan I will visit Hong Kong. Would I quality for Visa free transit?
Many thanks in advance
Alison
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Answered by Hedru from INDIA | Nov. 13, 2018 22:19
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Yes, you qualify the 144-hour free visa.
Asked by Lyndon | Nov. 11, 2018 05:00Reply
Would I qualify from NZ - Beijing - Japan - NZ count in the 144 hours?
Plan to stay in Beijing for 5 days before heading to Japan. Japan for another week and then back to NZ?
Also would like to take high speed train to Shanghai between those 5 days in Beijing.

Are those possible?

Thanks
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Answered by Rob | Nov. 11, 2018 11:11
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NZ-Beijing (144 hours)-Japan is ok for 144 hours transit without visa, if your passport is from one of the 53 listed countries. But you can't also go to Shanghai unless you get a tourist visa in advance. Transit without visa allows transit in Beijing, or Shanghai, but not both.
Asked by David Marx from USA | Nov. 10, 2018 15:39Reply
I will be flying from Hanoi, Vietnam to Beijing (PEK) on 12/22.
I will ONLY be in the PEK-Tianjin-Hebei region from 12/22 until 12/26.

On 12/26, I will be flying from PEK to Hong Kong.

During my stay in Hong Kong (from 12/26 to 12/30), I plan on taking a brief excursion to Macau, followed by returning to Hong Kong (however, I might not take this excursion after all).

On 12/30, I will be flying from Hong Kong back home to The U.S.

QUESTION: Given my aforementioned Itinerary, will I need ANY visa or visas from the time I enter China on 12/22 (PEK) up to and including the day I leave Hong Kong to fly back home to The U.S. on 12/30?

Many Thanks,
David
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Answered by Honey from SINGAPORE | Nov. 11, 2018 22:41
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No, you don't need any visa as you enter the mainland China because you are eligible for 144-hour free visa.
Asked by James Smith from UK | Nov. 09, 2018 14:23Reply
Hi. Does Taiwan count as a third country for this ?
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Answered by Rob | Nov. 10, 2018 00:47
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Yes.
Answered by JT from USA | Nov. 15, 2018 13:31
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How about Taiwan -> Beijing -> Taiwan? No because I'm going back to the same country?
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