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 53 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 53 Qualifying Countries

 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

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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Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan
Asked by Gene from USA | Aug. 16, 2019 17:01Reply
Visa for a Thai national 12 hour layover
I'm American and my wife is Thai. We are traveling from Thailand to America with a 12 hour layover in Wuhan and would like to visit the city. Do we need a Visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 17, 2019 03:47

You have two options:

- You can apply for 24 hour free entry permit upon your landing in Wuhan. This is by far the easiest way to be allowed to exit the airport and make a short visit to the city. Anyway, this option depends entirely on the discretion decision of immigration authorities on the day when you will arrive in Wuhan. In other words, they can legally deny you an entry permit.
- You can also apply for a transit (G) visa in advance. This procedure is practically usual visa obtaining procedure and it also not free. Anyway, this is the only way you can secure that you will be definitely allowed to exit the airport.

If I was you, I would go after an entry permit upon arrival because the obtaining of transit visas is in my opinion too costly and complicated for just 12 hours.
Asked by Peter from USA | Aug. 10, 2019 04:56Reply
China Southern Changed my Itinerary
there is no longer a direct flight to Guangzhou from JFK on the day I am set to travel. As such China southern wants to route me through Wuhan. However I am only going to be in China for 36hrs. Can I still get a visa in Guangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 10, 2019 09:33

Well, this is now a real problem because this new itinerary would not allow you to stay in Guangzhou for that amount of time in case that you intended to use 144 hour visa free transit. In reality with two stops, you are allowed to travel using 24 hour visa free transit because of two stops within mainland China. Even worse detail is the fact that that the mentioned 24 hours starts to expire at the moment of your scheduled arrival in Wuhan. In reality, you would be left just several useful hours in Guangzhou.

If I was you, I would ask from China Southern a full reimbursement and look after a new option that will allow me to enjoy 144 hour visa free transit in Guangdong province. In the case that all the alternative options are noticeably more expensive, I'm afraid that the only feasible option would be to obtain a Chinese visa in advance. The comfort in this case could be the fact that the US citizens can obtain 10 years multiple entry visa for China. So, if you intend to travel to China in the future, you could consider this circumstance as an investment.
Asked by Aom from THAILAND | Jul. 09, 2019 19:56Reply
BKK - WUH (Wuhan Tianhe Airport) -JFK
Thai passport holder.

Trip 1: Traveling from Thailand to USA with 2.5 hrs transit at WUH

Trip 2: Traveling from USA to Thailand with 8 hrs transit at WUH

Do I need a visa for the above trips?
Answers (2)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 10, 2019 14:20

China Southern scheme :)

You don't need any kind of visa because your both itineraries are definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit.
Answered by Aom from THAILAND | Jul. 10, 2019 19:43

ZUPAN Thank you
Asked by kaan from TURKEY | Jul. 08, 2019 11:15Reply
i am holding turkey passport and travel from taiwan to istanbul.
17 hours layover in Wuhan airport in this case,do i need to apply for transit visa for Wuhan ?
Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 08, 2019 15:26

If Wuhan is your only stop within mainland China, you are perfectly qualified for 24 hour visa free transit in Wuhan. In other words, you don't need any kind of visa. You should just have your flight tickets in hard copy. If you plan to exit the airport, you will apply for 24 hours free entry permit upon your landing in Wuhan. You chances to be allowed to exit the airport are good, but you should keep in mind that the issuing of entry permit is always upon discretion of immigration official.
Answered by kaan from TURKEY | Jul. 09, 2019 12:41

hi again zupan,what if i have 2 stopover?does it make difference ?
first one is ( CAN Guangzhou Airport) for 2 hour
second one is (PEK Beijing Capital Airport) 2.30 hours
so in this case i have 2 stopovers in china mainland..by the way i dont wanna leave airport just wanna transit for free thats all!!
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 09, 2019 14:47

You are definitely allowed to have two stopovers within mainland China, but you should take care that you don't use Xiamen and Urumqi airports and that your entire transit time, from your first scheduled landing until your last scheduled departure from China does not exceed 24 hours, even for a single minute. Your mentioned itinerary via Guangzhou and Beijing is definitely eligible.
Answered by kaan from TURKEY | Jul. 09, 2019 23:05

thank you so much!
Asked by P from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 12, 2019 09:33Reply
Philippine passport holder with 4 hour layover in Wuhan
I hold a philippine passport and will go to Rome. My flight will be from Taipei-Wuhan-Rome. Am I eligible?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 12, 2019 15:33

If those are your only stops, you are definitely eligible for 24 hours visa free transit in Wuhan.
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