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 updated on May. 07, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Transfer in T3 of Beijing Capital Airport
Asked by Rozi from CHINA | May. 06, 2023 16:32Reply
I am flying to London from a domestic city in China via Beijing airport.
I am flying to London from a domestic city in China via Beijing airport. The domestic flight lands in T2 but I have to catch the flight to Beijing from T3 with two hour lay over. Will I make it? Both with Air China
Answers (1)
Answered by James | May. 07, 2023 20:22

I'm afraid you may have a high risk of missing flight as the time is too limited. It is more recommended to change a flight.
Asked by Michal from CZECH REPUBLIC | May. 02, 2020 02:14Reply
Intl. to intl. self-transfer at Beijing Capital Airport
Hi, I want to buy a flight for June with connecting flight at PEK. The flight is from Taipei(TPE) with Hainan Airlines to PEK and from PEK to Warsaw(WAW) with LOT, but there is a self-transfer at PEK. I'm not sure if it is possible to make the self-transfer to the connecting flight at PEK under current circumstances.

I would like to ask if it is possible for foreigners to do the self-transfer at the Beijing Capital airport under current circumstances?
Answers (2)
Answered by Abigail from FRANCE | May. 05, 2020 23:08

As I know, you can finish the transfer procedures at the capital airport. But you need to pass through the inspection and quarantine. Besides, there are airport staff that will guide you during the transfer.
Answered by sue | Jul. 18, 2022 14:08

For the int'l to int'l same day transfer, still need quarantine or how quarantine works?
Asked by Andrew from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 11, 2020 16:16Reply
International to domestic transit at Beijing Capital Airport
Hi! I plan to travel from London to Changchun (Jilin Province) very soon, and this will involve transiting in BJ at Capital Airport. However, I have been seeing all this news that says that all international travelers arriving in BJ will be quarantined. When I arrive from London, will I still be able to go to my transfer flight as normal? I will have to do a 14-day quarantine when I arrive in Changchun, anyway, so I really don't want to have to do this in Beijing. (Anyone who arrives in Jilin Province even from other parts of China has to do the quarantine – can you imagine, 14 days' quarantine in Beijing and then *another* 14 days in Changchun?!)
Answers (1)
Answered by Yvonne from FINLAND | Mar. 15, 2020 21:02

As I know, you don't need to have 14 days quarantine when you arriving in PEK.
Asked by Jonas from GERMANY | Feb. 09, 2020 03:39Reply
Frontier inspection while international transit at Beijing Capital Airport when luggage to beclaimed
Hi, I will be arriving from Dubai DBX and have a connecting flight to Seoul ICN 5 hours later from the same terminal (T3). The trip is booked on different tickets, so I will have to claim my luggage and check it in again. Do I have to go through any frontier inspection or can this all be done within the closed-off transit area?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jean from FINLAND | Feb. 09, 2020 17:25

For the international to the international transfer, you need to check the luggage again if you purchased the separated air tickets. As I know, you need to go through any frontier inspection. And it can be finished within the closed-off transit area. Upon landing, there are enough English signs at the airport. You can easily find the places.
Asked by Vic from CHINA | Feb. 05, 2020 19:55Reply
Connection flight at Beijing Capital Airport
Good day.

I am flying back to South Africa on the 16th of February. My connection flight is in PEK. Is the airport still open for connection flights out internationally?
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 06, 2020 17:55

Don't worry. The airport is still operating.
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