144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong

144 hours visa-free transit is going to be carried out in Guangdong, which will provide 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.

 Note: The Guangdong government has not released an official statement yet to implement the 144-hour visa-free transit. 

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 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.

 Recommended Tours:

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 - to be implemented since Jan. 1 2019
- Last modified on Nov. 14, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Asked by Riza from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 14, 2018 00:49Reply
Im from philippines, im going to macau this coming march 2019 for 3 days
we are free visa to macau, but since my accommodation is in zhuhai,Guangdong , do i have to get a visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ashley from USA | Nov. 14, 2018 19:03

Yes, you need a visa.
Asked by Yorick from SWITZERLAND | Nov. 13, 2018 21:13Reply
Transit in Shenzhen International Airport during the night possible?
My friend has a transit in Shenzen SZX and she was told by the ticket company she has to recheck her luggage there. So she plans to apply for the 144hours visa upon arrival, take the luggage and go to the checkin counters.

However, she is scheduled to land on 23:35 (11:35 pm), will the visa office be open? Her connecting flight leaves before 04:00 am on the next day.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rob | Nov. 13, 2018 22:34

There is no "144 hours visa upon arrival" in Shenzhen. There is only 24 hours transit without visa, and you must be in transit to a third country (NOT Hong Kong or Macao). Immigration will always be open when any international flight arrives.
Asked by Turner from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 06, 2018 00:04Reply
i am travelling from the UK for a meeting in Guangzhou area.
I will be at the factory for no more than 24 hours maximum.

Can i fly London to Beijing and connect onto another flight onto GZ and then return GZ- Beijing-London on a 72 hour visa? or must i be in transit and apply for a 72 hour visa in GZ? Thanks for your help
Answers (3)
Answered by Rob | Nov. 06, 2018 09:32

You need a visa in advance or different flights. You do not qualify for transit without visa because you're not in transit to a third country. And two stops in China would limit you to 24 hours transit without visa too.
Answered by Turner from UK | Nov. 07, 2018 03:50

Thanks Rob. So i can travel Dubai to Guangzhou conduct meeting at factory and leave Guangzhou to Dubai and use the visitor visa?
Answered by Rob | Nov. 07, 2018 05:49

If you have a Chinese visa in your passport then yes, of course you can visit Guangzhou like that.
Asked by Simple from ITALY | Oct. 20, 2018 15:24Reply
I from Italy. I need go to Guangzhou only 2 days. I have flight from Malaysia on 6th sep 2018
and I go back to Singapore on 8th sep 2018
Can I use 72 hour free visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rob | Oct. 21, 2018 07:35

Malaysia-Guangzhou-Singapore clearly qualifies for 72 hours transit without visa in China if those are your only stops and you have an Italian passport. But you know that 6th Sep 2018 was already six weeks ago?
Asked by DINNY ELLY from JAKARTA - INDONESIS | Oct. 12, 2018 08:11Reply
How Can I be sure to get 72-144 hours free visa? I have Malaysian Airlines ticket
Jakarta Indonesia - Kuala Lumpur - Hongkong. But I wont traveling to Shenzhen and Guangzhou?. Passport valid Nov 2020, At 17 August 2018 I go to Hongkong, If I wait more time I am not able to do a normal visa. What I have to do. .....Regards Dinny
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoe from USA | Oct. 16, 2018 00:43

If you only go to Hong Kong, you don't need to apply for a visa, and can enjoy a 90-day visa free transit.
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