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 Jul. 14, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Transfer in T3 of Beijing Capital Airport
Asked by Tharshan from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 12, 2019 14:20Reply
Would I make it in time at Beijing Capital Airport?
I will land at Terminal 3 at PEK airport, waiting to catch a flight to Japan. My layover time is 1 hour and 50 minutes. I will be catching my connecting flight to Japan at Terminal 3 PEK airport. Do I have time to catch my next flight to Japan at Terminal 3? Am I also eligible for 24 hour visa exemption transit?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gemma from USA | Jul. 14, 2019 19:51

The time is enough. Don't worry. If your departure spot is from third country or region, then you are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Domenico Corica from CANADA | Jul. 11, 2019 10:31Reply
I am flying from Canada to Beijing to T3 layover is 3 hrs before my next flight to Manila in T3
do I have enough time ?
and maybe go outside and come back in
would I need a visa ?

Answers (1)
Answered by Raven from USA | Jul. 11, 2019 20:14

1. Yes, the time is enough.
2. You are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit. But if you go outside then you need to apply for a stay permit.
Asked by Alan Stranex from SOUTH AFRICA | Jul. 09, 2019 13:54Reply
Connection from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 Beijing Capital Airport late night
I arrive Terminal 2 Capital Airport on a domestic flight at 11:05 p.m. on a Tuesday and depart from International Terminal 3 next morning at 6:30 a.m. on Swiss Air. What is procedure for a foreigner?
Answers (1)
Answered by Janet from USA | Jul. 11, 2019 22:35

Flight Arrival & Transfer Procedures - Inspection & Quarantine - Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection - Security Check - Customs inspection - Waiting & Boarding.
Asked by Matthew from UNITED STATES | Jul. 05, 2019 08:23Reply
Visit Great Wall during Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) layover, possible or no?
Hello, I am flying IAH -> PEK -> BKK
Flight lands PEK 04:50
Layover in PEK will be either
9hr 25 mins 04:50 to 14:15
Or 14hr 45 mins 04:50 to 19:35

Is it possible to get out into a taxi by 06:30 and to Mutianyu GW by 08:00. Then start return 10:30 arrive PEK by 12:00 and get through everything and to my gate by 13:30(ish) for the 14:15?
That time will be 1am for me and I'll be exhausted and just want to sleep on the flight to BKK. Previous trips I'm always napping 13:00 -> 17:00 so this is ideal.
Anyone ever actually done this or know anyone who has left the airport on a layover? This works amazingly well in HK.
Thank you!
Answers (2)
Answered by Frank from USA | Jul. 07, 2019 23:38

Well, if you want to visit Mutianyu Great Wall, 2.5 hours is not enough. Thus, layover from 4:50 to 19:35 might be good.
Answered by Matthew from USA | Jul. 09, 2019 20:50

Unfortunately I will uncontrollably fall asleep at 12:00 -13:00.. It happens every day the first 2 days arriving in Asia from Orlando Florida USA... it's one a.m. for me, so I'd be sleeping on the Great Wall, not a good idea lol!
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