144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan

The 144-hour visa-free transit has came into force officially in Wuhan, Central China. Following the Liaoning 144-hour visa-free transit that took effect in 2018, the 144-hour transit without visa (TWOV) in Wuhan enables air passengers from 54 eligible countries to take a free transit in the city for 6 days without applying for Chinese visa before departure. 

Who Can Enjoy the Wuhan 144-hour TWOV? - List of 54 Qualifying Countries

 25 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, 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

Areas Allowed to Stay

The whole city of Wuhan is the allowable area to stay for foreign tourists entitled for this 144-hour TWOV. That is to say, the flight passengers who intend to transit in Wuhan for 6 days without visa are only able to sight-see Wuhan after leaving the airport. 

What Is the Eligible Transit Port?

Wuhan’s free transit can only be issued in its airport - Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. Those travelers who enter Wuhan by trains or cruises cannot avail of the 144 hours TWOV after their arrival.

Eligible Port Contact Information
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport 86-027-96577

What Is the Qualified Travel Route for Using the Wuhan 144-hour Free Transit?

A: departure country ⇒ B: Wuhan ⇒ C: the third country or region

If wishing to take advantage of the Wuhan 144-hour TWOV, make the travel itinerary to be country A – Wuhan - country C. Country A and country C can be any foreign countries or regions instead of mainland China, but A should be different from C.

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Scheme in Wuhan

Before boarding the flight, please inform the airline that you are in transit without visa in Wuhan, and then show the tickets and passports to apply at the immigration counter upon arrival.
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What Can I Do During the 144 Hours in Wuhan?

The six days would be enough for the qualified tourists to have a deep exploration to the must-see attractions in Wuhan. Managing some business issues and taking part in academic conferences are permissible as well during the 144 hours transit in Wuhan. 

Explore the Must-visit Sites in Wuhan

Magnificently situated at the bank of Yangtze River, the well-known Yellow Crane Tower is the landmark of Wuhan. It attracts a large amount of tourists from abroad for its exquisite appearance and profound historical background, and you don’t want to miss it if you are having 6 days spare time in the city. Paying a visit to the famous Yangtze River Bridge, which gigantically stretches across the Yangtze, would also be included in the list of must-do things in Wuhan. If time permits, go to Hubei Provincial Museum to experience Chinese Culture by viewing those precious cultural relics in ancient China.

Taste the Local Snacks in Hu Bu Xiang

Wuhan is a city famous for housing many kinds of delicious snacks, such as Re Gan Mian (Hot-dry Noodles), Si Ji Mei Dumplings (Season's Dumplings) and Steamed Wuchang Fish. You can visit the 150 meters (490 feet) long street - Hu Bu Xiang to have a taste of the famous local cuisine.  144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
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- Last updated on Nov. 21, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan
Asked by Soby from USA | Oct. 11, 2023 22:13Reply
Can I travel 2.5 hours outside of Wuhan city?
Hello I want to see if I am allowed to travel qichun county with 144 hour visa at the Wuhan airport. Or would that be outside of the regional area allowed by the visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kevin | Oct. 11, 2023 23:26

No, you cannot. I'm sorry but it is only allowed to stay in Wuhan.
Asked by Joe from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 07, 2023 01:18Reply
Can I fly into Wuhan, get the 144 hour visa free, and leave overland to HK
Answers (3)
Answered by Borut | Aug. 07, 2023 05:17

No, unfortunately, this is not allowed. You have to fly in and out of Wuhan to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit. Also, the country of your departure for Wuhan has to be different from one that you will fly to from Wuhan. Beside the sovereign countries, you can combine also Chinese territories: Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Answered by Joe | Aug. 07, 2023 21:21

so for example

could i go from HK to Shenzhen get a similar visa on entry and then return to HK from Shenzhen?
Answered by Eric | Aug. 08, 2023 18:49

For HK - Shenzhen - HK trip, you can get a VOA at Shenzhen border. Just go there early enough as there are long queues; also, I recommend ferry port than land port where there are fewer applicants.
Asked by KWON from SOUTH KOREA | Jul. 04, 2023 04:37Reply
Regarding a visa-free transit policy: Taipei > Hong Kong > Wuhan > Taipei.
Hello, I would like to utilize a visa-free transit policy.

Could you please check if my itinerary can utilize the policy?

Taipei > Hong Kong > Wuhan > Taipei.

In this case, should I exit the Hong Kong airport (after getting the immigration procedure) and enter the airport again and proceed to Wuhan? Or, is it fine for me not to exit the Hong Kong airport?

Thank you!
Answers (4)
Answered by KWON | Jul. 04, 2023 05:35

Sorry, but there was some error in my question. There is no direct flight between Taipei and Wuhan. So, my itinerary should be as follows:

Taipei > Hong Kong > Wuhan > Macau > Taipei. In this case, should I exit the Hong Kong airport and the Macau airport, and then proceed to Wuhan and to Taipei?

Thank you!
Answered by Mia | Jul. 04, 2023 17:59

I'm sorry but South African passport holders cannot use 144-hour visa-free transit and only 24 hour visa-free transit is possible. It doesn't matter if you exit the airport or not. You can just choose it according to your needs.
Answered by KWON | Jul. 04, 2023 18:05

Hello, sorry but you mistakenly saw my nationality as South Africa. I have a South "Korean" passport.

1) Is a Korean passport eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit?
2) The last place where I land right before entering mainland China is my departure country?

Thank you!
Answered by Mia | Jul. 04, 2023 18:39

Oh, really sorry about that.
1. Yes, you are eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit policy.
2. Yes, your understanding is completely right.
Asked by Marc from FRANCE | Mar. 06, 2023 07:54Reply
Scheme validity in April 2023
The VisaforChina office in France informed me that they are unaware of the transit scheme. Can you confirm that this scheme is still valid nowadays?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Mark | Mar. 07, 2023 17:45

The Wuhan 144-hour visa free transit has been resumed since January 8, 2023.
Asked by Matt from IRELAND | Jan. 01, 2020 23:07Reply
Wuhan visa free transit and stopovers
Hello everyone,
would like to ask if, for the purposes of the above 144 visa-free transit, the stopovers without exiting from the airport in a Chinese region (namely Hong Kong) are counted or not.

To make it clear, an itinerary like this:
First Country > Stopover in Hong Kong without exiting airport > Wuhan > Stopover in Hong Kong without exiting the airport > Third Country (different from First one)
allows to get the 144 visa-free transit in Wuhan?

Thank you in advance for any reply given. Any official Immigration document supporting this would be welcome.
Best regards,

Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 02, 2020 15:41

Unfortunately, your itinerary is not eligible for any kind of visa free transit because of this segment:

Hong Kong - Wuhan - Hong Kong

As you can see, this is considered to be a simple round trip and not a transit.

Anyway, you can make your itinerary eligible for 144 hour visa free transit by making a small correction:

Macau - Wuhan - Hong Kong

Of course, the above flights have to be non stop between Macau and Hong Kong and Wuhan.

You can check your eligibility by using Timatic that is kindly offered to visitors of Air New Zealand website.
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