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 Mar. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
Asked by bente johansen from DENMARK | Mar. 16, 2019 06:01Reply
cruise Singapore - Tokyo april 2019
We are Danish citizens, and our cruise ship will visit Shenzhen 7 hours the 23. of april.
Do we need a visa ?
If we do, what kind of visa do we need ?

Frank & Bente Johansen

Asked by Susan from HUNGARY | Mar. 09, 2019 08:07Reply
I have read that the 144 hours visa-free transit is going to be carried out in Guangdong.
Would it be already available this April 2019 for the Canton fair? Or it won't be implemented yet at that time?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Johann | Mar. 09, 2019 09:20

It has been "imminent" for years now. There's no sign that it will be available any time soon.
Asked by Gus from USA | Mar. 05, 2019 10:44Reply
Am I allowed to do SFO-Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and then walk across the border to Macau?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 05, 2019 19:26

Hi, since only the Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is available about the 72 visa free transit, then you cannot go to Macau by bus without a visa. Besides, Guangdong government has not released an official statement yet to implement the 144-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by A from TAIWAN | Mar. 03, 2019 19:49Reply
Hello, Am I allowed to do Taipei->Guangzhou (72h)->HK ?
thank you for your reply ;)
Answers (1)
Answered by Joshua from FINLAND | Mar. 04, 2019 18:59

Yes, you can enjoy the 72 hours visa free policy.
Asked by Rebecca from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 01, 2019 06:53Reply
I stop over in hk both on arrival to Guangzhou and on departure, am I able to use the 72 hour visa?
Brussels-Hk layover- Guangzhou
GZ- Hk layover- GZ
Answers (1)
Answered by Johann | Mar. 01, 2019 09:52

You need a visa. Hong Kong-Guangzhou-Hong Kong isn't a transit, it's a visit to China.
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