144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong

144 hours visa-free transit has been carried out in Guangdong, which provides great convenience for passengers from 53 countries or regions transiting through Guangdong to a third country or region. Tourists eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit in Guangdong will be able to travel within the whole province for 6 days without applying for a visa, and the stay duration will be counted from 00:00 the day after the entry date. 

Which Countries Are Covered by the Policy?

24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

What Is An Eligible Route?

Country A → B: Guangdong → Country C

Here A refers to the country from which passengers enter Guangdong, and C refers to a third country or region. Before passengers' entry to Guangdong and after passengers' leave from Guangdong, they cannot have a stop anywhere in Mainland China. For example, if a passenger departs from UK to Guangzhou, with a stop in Shanghai, he cannot use the 144-hour visa-free transit.

What Are the Requirements & Procedures for Application?

Required documents:
 Passport/Travel Document valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry
 Confirmed onward ticket to a third country/region
 Visa for a third country/region (if needed)
 A fully completed Arrival/Departure Card (including name, nationality, passport no., visa no. & issuance place, flight no., purpose of visit, date of birth, gender)
144-hour visa-free transit
How to apply for 144-hour visa-free transit

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

In Guangdong, only 3 airports can issue the 144 hour free transit, and they are Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an Airport, as well as Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, so the passengers who want to apply for this policy need to enter Guangdong from the 3 ports. But they are allowed to leave from any port in Guangdong.

The basic information about the 3 ports is as follows:
Airport Telephone Number Visa Office Opening Hours
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 0086-20-36066622 24 hours (full year)
0086-755-82327700 10:00 to the last flight of the day (full year)
0086-663-3828770 24 hours (full year)
Guangdong Province Map
Areas Allowed to Stay

Areas Allowed to Stay

Passengers are allowed to travel or conduct business in the whole Guangdong Province if using the 144-hour visa-free transit, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, and Dongguan. It's not allowed to get out of the province.

What Can You Do during the 144 Hours?


Sightseeing the Landmarks of Cities

Travelers can go to some popular scenic spots to have a better understanding on Guangdong, such as the well-known Window of the World in Shenzhen, the fascinating Yuexiu Park and the charming Pearl River in Guangzhou. Taking a Pearl River cruise has become a must-do thing for travelers in Guangzhou. Sightseeing the cities in Guangdong will not disappoint tourists because there are many beautiful attractions with natural and cultural sceneries within the province.

Conducting Business Activities

Passengers qualify for this policy can also conduct business activities or take part in trade fairs like the Canton Fair. Within the 6 days, businessmen can visit factories and firms in depth as well.

Enjoying Famous Cantonese Cuisine

Cantonese cuisine attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world for its refined taste. Tasting the exquisite Cantonese cuisine and delicious Guangzhou snacks can be a highlight to the 6-day trip in Guangdong.

Taking Cruise Tours

Tourists who qualify for the 144-hour convenient visa to Guangdong province China can take a flight to enter and then embark on a cruise or tour to other countries.

 Further Reading on China 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy:
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Liaoning
Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chengdu, Kunming, Xi'anChongqing
- Last updated on Jan. 16, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Asked by Martín from FRANCE | Mar. 29, 2023 23:11Reply
Paris - Shanghai - Guangzhou
Do I get the 144 hours visa if I fly from Paris to Guangzhou, with a 1 hour stop in Shanghai? Just stopover on the airport and fly directly to Guangzhou. Or is it only possible to get the visa when fly directly to Guangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Mar. 30, 2023 02:48

Good question.

Unfortunately, the policy of 144 hours visa free transit allows only one stop in a designated 144 area. In other words, you cannot have two stops within mainland China. The only way how to enjoy 144 hours visa free transit is, as you have correctly assumed, to fly directly to Gunagzhou or Shenzhen.

Also, you should take care about how will you exit from Guangdong province to be eligible for this facility! In other words, you are allowed to exit or toward Macau / Hong Kong via several designated crossings or by flight to a C country that is different from both mainland China and France.
Asked by Cat from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 29, 2023 19:01Reply
144 hour Visa Query
I am getting mixed reviews on flying in and out of China, in order to obtain the 144-hour visa exemption

We are flying with Australian passports with itinerary:

SYD>SIN>CAN (5 days -125 hours stop over)

Train from Guangzhou East railway station (which we are told is the Tianhe railway exit port) to HKG. We have confirmed tickets with our names, time and passport number.

We also have all the hotel bookings printed out.

Is this a valid route? Will they grant us the visa?

Have you heard that Guangzhou are enforcing a fly in fly out policy?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Mar. 30, 2023 02:56

Basically, your route is:

Singapore - Gunagzhou - Hong Kong

This is eligible for 144 hours visa free transit, but there is small doubt about the eligibility of the high speed train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.

You are correct when you mention Guanzhou East railway station that is the same thing as Tianhe railway station (different ways of calling the same place). Anyway, Guangzhou East (Tianhe) was definitely eligible when, now defunct, through, conventional train was in function and that terminated at Hung Hom station in Hong Kong, while the high speed trains terminate at West Kowloon station.

In my opinion, the Chinese side has liberalized their stance and I assume that they are accepting of taking a high speed train from Guangzhou East to Hong Kong under the condition that you arrive in Guangzhou with already bought ticket (confirmation) where your name and your passport number will be visible.

However, I cannot confirm the viability of this option without some doubts, so if you try this option, here we would be more than grateful if you could provide us a feedback.

Good luck!
Asked by YAM from MALAYSIA | Mar. 29, 2023 17:56Reply
I'm MALAYSIAN chinese eligible to a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong, Guangzhou ? Do need any confirmation of accommodation bookings ? Do I need to provide PCR test ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hone | Mar. 29, 2023 19:57

Malaysia passport holders are not eligible for that.
Asked by Martijn from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 29, 2023 03:41Reply
Amsterdam - Guangzhou (stopover on airport Beijing)

If fly from Amsterdam to Guangzhou (with 4 hour stop in Beijing without leaving the airport), and then leave by land border to HongKong. Am I Eligible for the 144 hours? Also, need to show confirmed onward ticket. Is a ticket for bullet train to HongKong enough?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona | Mar. 29, 2023 19:10

You are not eligible for the 144-hour visa free transit becuase you have two stopovers (Beijing and Guangzhou) in the mainland of China.
Asked by EDWIN from SINGAPORE | Mar. 28, 2023 20:39Reply
Hi, I am a Singaporean.
Can I travel from
1) Singapore to HONG KONG
2) HONG KONG TO Guangzhou (Baiyun)

For this route, am I eligible for the 144-hour VISA-free transit?
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Grace | Mar. 29, 2023 19:55

Your route HK - Guangzhou - HK is not eligible for the transit.
Answered by Borut | Mar. 30, 2023 06:42

Edwin, you can do it in a more creative way to become eligibel for 144 hours visa free transit.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Gunagzhou and then return to Macau by ferry (catamaran operated by TurboJet) from Shenzhen Shekou port. Like this, you will be eligible for 144 hours visa free transit:

Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Macau

After you have reached Macau, you can proceed by ferry from Macau back to Hong Kong. Please, just have in mind that you have to arrive in Guangzhou with already bought (confirmed) ferry (catamaran) ticket for Shenzhen Shekou to Macau ferry.
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