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
 Tips:
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 May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Transfer in T3 of Beijing Capital Airport
Asked by Nitin Jodh from INDIA | May. 16, 2019 05:06Reply
How is baggage occur for Intel to Domestic transfer for connecting flights at Capital Airport?
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Answered by Barron from USA | May. 16, 2019 22:44
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You need to collect your luggage first and then go through the customs to finish the transfer procedures.
Asked by Viola from FRANCE | May. 06, 2019 14:29Reply
I have a connecting flight at Beijing Capital Airport T3 with using air china flying to manila.
How many hours I would consume? What is the gate letter abd number for Manila flight.? Thank you.
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Answered by Bowen from USA | May. 08, 2019 18:16
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If you transfer in different terminals, 2 hours are needed. If transfer in the same terminal, 1.5 hours are enough. I'm not clear about the gate letter or flight number. You are suggested to contact your air company.
Asked by Julia from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 06, 2019 07:24Reply
Is luggage checked through at Beijing Capital Airport?
I am travelling with Hainan Airlines to BJ and change onto Air China to Ulaanbaatar. Unfortunately, Hainan Customer Service wasn't able to tell me if I will have to collect my luggage in Beijing. My layover is 3.5 hours, so that's not such a big worry, but would you be able to tell me if I have to check in my luggage again for Air China? Thank you!
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Answered by Janny from AUSTRALIA | May. 08, 2019 02:52
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It is hard to say and it is better for you to verify with both 2 air companies.
Asked by Evelyn from UNITED STATES | Apr. 29, 2019 21:49Reply
My trip is from LAX to BKK with a transfer in Beijing Capital Airport (with Air China).
And the transfer time is 1h20min.

Q1: Is the transfer time enough? Q2: Will they check my baggage through for me?
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Answered by Lucy from USA | May. 04, 2019 18:57
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1. Generally, it needs at least 1.5 hours to transfer for a international flight. If you arrive and departure in the same terminal and no baggage checking is needed, then 1h20min may be enough.

2. It depends on if you have a connecting flight. If it is, they will check through for you. However, it is better for you to verify with your air company.
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