144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong

144 hours visa-free transit has been carried out in Guangdong since May 1, 2019, 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.

 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
- Last modified on Jul. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Asked by David from GERMANY | Jul. 21, 2019 00:25Reply
Munich->Spain->Shenzhen + Shenzhen Shekou -> Hong Kong -> Munich
Hello, I really appreciate your team answering these questions with up to date information.

I am traveling to Shenzhen from Munich and would like to utilize the 144-hr TWOV rules. There are limited flight options from Munich (MUC) and so based on your previous answers, I plan on flying directly into Shenzhen from Europe and prior to the flight purchasing a ferry ticket from the Shenzhen Shekou port to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal to present to the airlines and Chinese Customs, then I will leave on a flight from Hong Kong back to Munich at a later date. My question is, do you expect this plan to work and must I purchase or present my flight back to Munich from Hong Kong upon entering Shenzhen? I would prefer purchasing the return flight later so I hope just the ferry ticket is enough. Thanks in advance for any help!
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 21, 2019 05:06

You have understood all the necessary details perfectly.

So, your flight from Europe to Shenzhen has to be without any additional landing in mainland China. There are direct flights to Shenzhen from Frankfurt, Paris and London and probably from some other European cities, so you can use them for your journey.

It is also true that you have to book online in advance your ferry ticket from Shenzhen Shekou port to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal and you can do that through CKS - Chu Kong Passenger Transport company website. Please, have in mind that you need to spend at least 25 hours in mainland China to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit. So, keep in mind that the scheduled departure by your ferry has to be at least 25 hour later from your scheduled arrival by plane in Shenzhen.

You will receive an e-confirmation for your ferry ticket in your email inbox, you will print it out and use in Europe as a proof for your visa free transit itinerary: Europe - Shenzhen - Hong Kong. Also, you will present the same documents to the Chinese authorities upon your landing in Shenzhen. Keep in mind that you have to use exactly that ferry you have bought the tickets for!

As far as your return ticket from Hong Kong to Europe is concerned, this detail practically does not interests mainland Chinese authorities, so you can buy this ticket whenever you want.
Asked by Chris from USA | Jul. 20, 2019 09:54Reply
Chiang Mai-Guangzhou-Dubai possible?
I have a travel plan from Chiang Mai on 13 August and leaving to Dubai 12:30am on 19 August. Does this qualify for the 144 hour transit visa?
Asked by g singh from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 20, 2019 05:19Reply
Hi Flying in from London to Baiyun Exit GZ Station to Hong Kong Kowloon Station psl advise
Hi i want to fly in from London to Baiyun Airport Guangzhou arriving on 22/07/2019 at 22:00 and leave by hi speed train from Guangzhou to Hong Kong Kowloon Station please advise.
Also if i arrive on 22/07/2019 at 22:00 can i take the train on 28/7/2019 by 12:00 train to Kowloon ?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 20, 2019 07:04

Here we have an itinerary:

London - Guangzhou - Hong Kong

This is an eligible itinerary and it is also allowed to take a train from Guangzhou, but not a high speed one!!! This is essential to know because otherwise your itinerary would be ineligible.

So, there are not many changes, but you will take Guangzhou–Kowloon through train departing from Guangzhou East railway station and arriving in Hong Kong at Hung Hom railway station. This train takes a bit less than 2 hours, so quite fine also.

You should know that you need a confirmation for this train even before your departure from London. You can book your tickets at this website, see the upper part with the word "Trains". Keep in mind that after you book the train, you will have to add 12 USD of the delivery fee to the hotel of your choice in Guangzhou. This is necessary because you will receive an e-confirmation for this train in your inbox and you will print it out. Upon arrival in Guangzhou, your real ticket will wait you in your hotel.

This is the procedure and you are in this way definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit. Your dates and times that you have mentioned in your post are also perfect for this visa free transit scheme.
Asked by My Ta from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 19, 2019 19:24Reply
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Dear sir/madam,
We are Australian.
We will take flights from Sydney to Guangzhou then from Guangzhou to Moscow.
While we are in Guangzhou, we would like to take a tour to visit Guangzhou, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Panyu. Guangzhou is the first and final stop.
Do you think we can apply for 144 hour visa free transit in Guangzhou for this trip.
Best regards
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 20, 2019 02:40

If your stay in Guangdong province is within the time frame of 144 hours, you are eligible, but you will have to omit Hong Kong from the destinations you plan to visit. All other destinations are within Guangdong province and you can freely visit them using all available means of transport, but since Hong Kong has its own, autonomous immigration policy, different than the mainland China, you cannot use 144 hour visa free transit to include Hong Kong too.

In reality, you could include Hong Kong too, but that would require a bit of creativity. I will explain this option:

- You will declare at the check-in in Australia that you will travel from Australia to Hong Kong using 144 hour visa free transit in Guangzhou
- Beside your actual tickets, you will have to book a train ticket or ferry ticket in advance to reach Hong Kong from Guangdong province through one of eligible ports
- After your arrival in Hong Kong your first visa free transit option is expired and you will start a new itinerary
- New itinerary is Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Moscow, but keep in mind that the only option to be eligible for any kind of visa free option if departing from Hong Kong to Guangdong province is by flying from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by direct plane connection
- After your second arrival in Guangzhou, you will be granted new 144 hour visa free transit and you will be allowed to continue your visit to the places you have mentioned in your initial post

As you can see, if you plan to visit Hong Kong, you will have to make two eligible itineraries and they are possible only by booking a train or ferry ticket from Guangdong province to Hong Kong online, in advance and by taking a plane from Hong Kong to Guangzhou.

Now, when you know your options, you will make a decision what will you choose.
Asked by Flynn from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 19, 2019 03:56Reply
Shenzhen to Hong Kong exit port

I'm planning on arriving in Guangzhou and leaving from Shenzhen on a train to Hong Kong. Which stations in Shenzhen are permitted as exit ports for the transit visa as some information online is not clear about which exit ports are permitted?

Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 19, 2019 14:36

Actually, none of the train stations in Shenzhen are eligible for visa free transit scheme. Although there are several nominally eligible crossing points, you can use only one at the time being and that is Shenzhen Shekou port from where you will take a ferry directly to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. Just visit CKS - Chu Kong Passenger Transport company website and book a ticket there.
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