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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- Last modified on Sep. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan
Asked by dr_magix from BELGIUM | Oct. 14, 2019 06:41Reply
come: Brussels-Hongkong-Wuhan; go: Wuhan-Hongkong-Brussels.
I bought two tickets, one is Brussels-Hongkong-Wuhan; The other is Wuhan-Hongkong-Brussels. If I want to be eligible for the 144 hour visa free policy, do I need to change one of my tickets?

And upon arrival at Wuhan, do I need to find a place to apply for the 144 hour visa?

Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 14, 2019 11:44
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As you can see, your itinerary is not eligible because of this segment:

Hong Kong - Chengdu - Hong Kong

This is return flight or a visit to China and not a transit. You need different countries or eligible territories (Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) as immediate points to your Chinese destination.

To be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit, you are advised to use Macau.

Fore example:

Brussels - Hong Kong - Macau (be ferry from Hong Kong) - Chengdu
Chengdu - Hong Kong - Brussels

With this flight from Macau to Chengdu, you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit because you have a new situation:

Macau - Chengdu - Hong Kong

If you change your flights and become eligible, you will approach 144 hour visa free transit counter in Chengdu where you will fill out the blue form and after a short inspection, you will be allowed to exit the airport.
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 14, 2019 11:46
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Apologies... I have written Chengdu instead of Wuhan. Please, just replace Chengdu with Wuhan and everything else remains the same :)
Asked by Bisyri from INDONESIA | Sep. 19, 2019 18:55Reply
I need visa transit when transit in Wuhan?
This my ticket

Sunday 20 Oktober
Bali to guangzhou
09.00(Sunday) -13.45(Sunday)
Guangzhou to Wuhan
16.20(Sunday) - 18.20(Sunday)
Wuhan to JFK
20.25(Sunday) - 22.30(Sunday)

Thursday 24 Oktober
JFK to Wuhan
03.00 - 06.20 +1 (friday)
Wuhan to Guanzhou
8.30(Friday) - 10.10(Friday)
Guangzhou to Bali
18.15(Friday) - 23.30(Friday)

I need visa transit?
Answers (2)
Answered by Claire from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 19, 2019 23:04
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Well, according to your itinerary, you are not eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy. You can only have one stop in Mainland China. Thus you need to apply for the Chinese visa in advance in your country.
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 20, 2019 14:44
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The information provided by Claire is misleading because we are not talking about 144 hour visa free transit in your particular case. You are eligible for 24 hour visa free transit, as I have already explained below and you really don't need any kind of visa for your transit in both directions.
Asked by Bisyri from INDONESIA | Sep. 19, 2019 11:02Reply
ineed visa transit ?
will travel to New York using China Southern Airlines by route

bali - guanzhou - wuhan - jfk
and vice versa
jfk - wuhan - guanzhou - bali

and 2 transits each not more than 24 hours. I am an Indonesian citizen, do I need a transit visa?
Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 19, 2019 14:31
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Bisyri, if you have counted your hours in transit in the proper way, you are definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit in China.

To count the hours, you have to start from your first scheduled arrival in China, until your last scheduled departure from China. If that period is less than 24 hours, you don't need any kind of visa and you will be covered by 24 hour visa free transit. Quite the contrary, if your entire transit time is longer than 24 hours just for a minute, you will have to obtain a Chinese transit (G) visa in advance.
Answered by Bisyri from INDONESIA | Sep. 19, 2019 15:14
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This my ticket

Sunday 20 Oktober
Bali to guangzhou
09.00(Sunday) -13.45(Sunday)
Guangzhou to Wuhan
16.20(Sunday) - 18.20(Sunday)
Wuhan to JFK
20.25(Sunday) - 22.30(Sunday)

Thursday 24 Oktober
JFK to Wuhan
03.00 - 06.20 +1 (friday)
Wuhan to Guanzhou
8.30(Friday) - 10.10(Friday)
Guangzhou to Bali
18.15(Friday) - 23.30(Friday)

I need visa transit?
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 20, 2019 14:41
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You are definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit in both ways and you don't need a visa of any kind. You should just have your flight tickets in hard copy (e-ticket printouts) and you will declare at your origin airports that you will fly to US via China using 24 hour visa free transit and the same thing vice versa.
Answered by navraj from NEPAL | Oct. 18, 2019 07:44
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Hey Bisyri, while travelling bali - guanzhou - wuhan - jfk did you need visa ? Can you share your experience? I have similar flights.

thanks

Asked by Josie from ENGLAND | Sep. 16, 2019 20:48Reply
Since there were no direct flights from London to Wuhan, my flight has a layover in Shanghai.
Will the transit in Shanghai affect my eligibility for the 144 hr stay permit once I land in Wuhan?
Answers (2)
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 17, 2019 16:02
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Yes, it definitely will. In reality, it will limit you to just 24 hour visa free transit. In case if you intend to stay longer in Wuhan (up to 144 hours), you are advised to change your flights. In reality, there is a direct flight from London to Wuhan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays operated by China Southern Airlines, flight CZ674.
Answered by Josie from ENGLAND | Sep. 17, 2019 20:22
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Zupan, thank you so much for your reply. It is very confusing that even a layover (without leaving customs) will make the 144 hr permit invalid. I have also found the direct flight from London to Wuhan; thanks!
Asked by Tom from NEW ZEALAND | Sep. 05, 2019 02:22Reply
Rome-Wuhan-Guangzhou-Auckland
Hi, I hold NZ passport. I will transit two cities in China but less than 24 hours. Do I need Chinese visa? If not, can I get out of Guangzhou airport for a short sightseeing?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 05, 2019 02:39
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You don't need any kind of visa because your itinerary is definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit during your entire transit in China. You will be also able to exit the airport in Guangzhou because you will cross the immigration and also apply for 24 hour free entry permit upon your landing in Wuhan. This permit will allow you to exit the airport and to take a metro to the center of Guangzhou.
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