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 Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Transfer in T3 of Beijing Capital Airport
Asked by Fabian from DEUTSCHLAND | Jan. 15, 2020 07:01Reply
I am about to transit Peking to Shenzhen to receive there an special 5 day visa on arrival.
Am i able to transit to local china mainland flights without having a Chinese vise?
Answers (3)
Answered by Angela from FINLAND | Jan. 15, 2020 22:39

Yes, if the stopover is within 24 hours, then you can enjoy the 24 hours visa free policy.
Answered by Fabian from GERMANY | Jan. 16, 2020 02:12

Hi Angela,

are you really sure?

The 24h visa free policy is for continuing to international flight, like Asia or as well Hong Kong.
But Shenzhen is a chinese airport. This means it is an inland flight.
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Jan. 16, 2020 17:58

Hi, Fabian, Angela is only half right. The truth is you are eligible for 24 hour visa free transit because according to the rule, it allows foreigners to have multiple stops in China as long as they leave the country within 24 hours. But you can't enjoy 5-Day visa on arrival in Shenzhen next since you fly from Beijing.
Asked by marc from USA | Jan. 12, 2020 04:18Reply
flying from harbin to beijing on air china and then flying ana to tokyo.
is one hour and fifteen minutes enough time to transfer from one flight to another?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mia from SINGAPORE | Jan. 13, 2020 16:59

No, the time is not enough to transfer.
Asked by Mattia from ITALY | Jan. 10, 2020 01:25Reply
Hi there! I have a 1.40 minutes stop in PEK to reach TPE, departing from CDG. All my flights are with Air China. Is it enough?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mona from CANADA | Jan. 12, 2020 19:22

Yes, that's enough.
Asked by Muhammad Sibtain from PAKISTAN | Dec. 31, 2019 23:43Reply
I have 1:30 mins transfer time on Beijing airport and my terminal is also same T3
I have 1:30 mins transfer time on PEK and my terminal is also same T3. But I have to move from domestic arrival to International departure. So will I be asked to fill any form? Is it enough time? I have connecting flights from Nanjing, China to PEK, and then PEK to Islamabad, Pakistan through Air China Airline
Answers (2)
Answered by Mona from USA | Jan. 01, 2020 21:44

Generally speaking, you need at least 2 hours for domestic-international transfer. But since you take connecting flight, then you don't need to worry about it.
Answered by Muhammad Sibtain from PAKISTAN | Jan. 06, 2020 08:21

Successfully reached at destination and most 1 hour was much enough
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