Beijing Capital International Airport -- Transfer in T3

Minimum Connection Time (MCT) of Transfer in T3

I – International       D – Domestic

D ⇒ D: 50 minutes     D ⇔ I: 120 minutes    I ⇒ I: 60 minutes
Tips: For passengers of incoming international flights with domestic stopovers, the MCT in T3 is 120 minutes.

Minimum Connection Time (MCT) between T3 and T2
D ⇒ D: 120 minutes    D ⇔ I: 160 minutes    I ⇒ I: 120 minutes

Minimum Connection Time (MCT) between T3 and T1
D ⇒ D: 120 minutes    D ⇔ I: 160 minutes

Beijing Capital Airport Beijing Capital Airport

Transfer Guide in T3

 I ⇒ D

Arrive at the International Arrival Level at 3F of T3-E → accept Health & Quarantine → Inspection → go through the Entry Frontier Inspection → take APM at 2F of T3-E to reach 2F of T3-C → go to the International Baggage Claim Hall → go through the Animal & Plant Quarantine (sample check) → accept the Customs Inspection located north of the International Baggage Claim Hall → enter into the I-D Transfer Hall → finish domestic flights transfer procedures & deliver baggage → take the special elevator upstairs to 3F of T3-C → pass the Domestic Security Inspection →Waiting & boarding

Transfer in Capital Airport
Train to T3-E Station
Airport APM
Airport APM

 I ⇒ I
Arrive at the International Arrival Level at 3F of T3-E → proceed with transfer procedures → pass through the Transit Inspection in special passage in the east or west → take special elevator downstairs to International Departure Level at 2F of T3-E → accept Security Inspection in the special passage → go through the customs sample check of hand baggage if necessary → Waiting & Boarding
1. For passengers of incoming international flights with domestic stopovers, they should proceed with passengers of international flights departing from Beijing at 4F of T3-C and wait for planes in T3-E.   
2. From Jan. 1, 2013, China Visa is not required for international transfer passengers who hold the passports of the following 45 countries and regions and stay in Beijing within 72 hours: Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States. For more details, please refer to 72-hour Visa-free Transit. While, China Visa is  not required for the other international transfer passengers holding valid airline tickets for the next countries and will stay in the airport no more than 24 hours.
3. Since April 15, 2015, transit passengers at the airport can stay in the closed-off transit area for at most 24 hours without going through border formalities. The job of collecting their information has been taken over by airport staff and has been shortened to 10 seconds from the previous 45 seconds. Transit passengers can come from any country/region, including foreign countries/regions, such as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. However, both the arrival and connecting flights are required to be international, either from/to a third country/region or their home country/region.
4. For the sake of saving time, it is suggested that I-I transfer passengers use the airlines which are in the same terminal. If not, it means that you have to proceed with both of the entry and exit procedures.

Flight Transfer in Beijing Airport
Train to T3-C Station
Guide Signs in Beijing Airport
Follow the Guide Signs

 D ⇒ I
Arrival at the Domestic Arrival Level at 2F of T3-C → proceed with international flights transfer procedures at the D-I Transfer Counter at 2F of T3-C → take special elevator downstairs to the Transfer Hall at 1F → check boarding pass → upstairs to APM platform at 2F of T3-C → take APM to reach 2F of T3-E → go to Customs, Immigration and Quarantine at 2F → go through the Heath & Quarantine Inspection → pass through the Exit Frontier Inspection → accept Security Inspection → accept Customs Inspection → Waiting & Boarding

 D ⇒ D
Arrival at Domestic Arrival Level at 2F of T3-C → proceed with domestic flights transfer procedures at the D-D Transfer Counter at 2F of T3-C → upstairs to the Domestic Departure Hall at 3F of T3-C → Waiting & Boarding

- Last modified on Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Transfer in T3 of Beijing Capital Airport
Asked by Em from DANMARK | Sep. 14, 2019 21:43Reply
International to international on separate booking
My travel from CPH to PEK with SAS - stopover in PEK 4 hours - then onwards from PEK to SYD with Singapore Airlines.
Will I have enough time to clear immigration, collect my luggage, clear customs, recheck my baggage with Singapore and go through security to board my second flight?? And I’m missing any steps?? And do I need a visa (Danish citizen) if I need to collect my luggage? Thank you!
Asked by Nancy from USA | Sep. 12, 2019 08:20Reply
Luggage transfer
Hi, I will arrive PEK from Chicago via United, then transfer domestic China Eastern flight. Do I need to pick up luggage and recheck in again? Even if I book both flights in same ticket? And is 3 hours enough time to transfer?
Asked by Christina from AUSTRIA | Sep. 10, 2019 23:11Reply
Transfer from International to International - Baggage checked through at Beijing Capital Airport?
Hi! We are flying from Vienna (Austrian Airlines) to Singapore (Singapore Airlines) with a stop at Beijing Airport. Is the baggage checked through or do we have to collect it and check in again?
Transfer time: 6 hours - would be enough...
Asked by Lucia from ITALY | Sep. 09, 2019 13:16Reply
Transfer from International to domestic at Beijing Capital Airport
I will come by International flight from Rome at T3 and I have only two hours for the connecting flight to Xi'an ( T2 ) Can the baggage check throw or I have to take the baggage and to check in for the flight . Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Juliana from USA | Sep. 09, 2019 23:37

No, you need to collect the luggage and recheck them at PEK.
Answered by Lucia from ITALY | Sep. 10, 2019 06:23

thank you. I think this is a problem because we have only two hours
Asked by Adéla Klusoňová from CZECH | Sep. 08, 2019 23:37Reply
I will travel with Air China from Vienna to Beijing Capital airport
where I have 2 hours and 40 minutes to transfer to another flight (from PEK to Bangkok) also with Air China. Is this enough time, do I have to change terminal and go through customs, security ect.?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eva from DENMARK | Sep. 09, 2019 23:36

Yes, the time is enough. You don't need to change terminal building. The flights both in T3.
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