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 Jan. 15, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan
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,

Matt
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 02, 2020 15:41
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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.
Asked by foong kuin from MALAYSIA | Dec. 23, 2019 15:48Reply
Do I need a China Visa for transit at Wuhan to kuala Lumpur
My journey from New York to Wuhan (stopover) -3 hour - next connected flight to Guangzhou to Kuala Lumpur.
Do I need a china visa for my transit at Wuhan to Kuala Lumpur?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 24, 2019 14:07
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If you are a Malaysian citizen, the answer is, unfortunately, yes. You definitely need a Chinese transit (G) visa to accomplish your journey. Malaysians are currently ineligible for any kind of visa free transit option because of the undisclosed reasons. I hope this situation will change soon, but I suggest you to obtain a visa and to travel with absolute peace of mind.
Asked by Omar from USA | Dec. 22, 2019 11:36Reply
My family and I will be transiting through Wuhan. JFK-->WUH-->KUL and return HKG-->WUH-->JFK.
My question is do we need a transit visa if our stay is less than 8 hours in Wuhan? We all have US Passports. Second question is in regards to the 144 hour visa free stay. If I understand correctly, if we booked a layover for 2-3 days in WUH part of our itinerary, instead of just layover, would we be able to explore Wuhan free of visa? Thank you.
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Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 22, 2019 14:59
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Omar, you are perfectly allowed to do all that you have mentioned and you don't need any kind of visa.

Your first stop in Wuhan will be covered by 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa. You will just declare at check-in in New York that you will travel to Kuala Lumpur via Wuhan using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane. Here you will inform yourself whether your luggage will be tagged all the way to Kuala Lumpur. I'm convinced that this will be a case, but you should ask just for a case.

Upon your arrival in Wuhan, you will just clear the formalities and after a bit longer waiting proceed to Kuala Lumpur.

During your second stop in Wuhan, you are perfectly allowed to stay up to 144 hours because you will use 144 hour visa free transit. You will declare at check-in in Hong Kong that you will travel to New York via Wuhan using 144 hour visa free transit. They will check your tickets and shortly after, you will be in the plane.

Upon your arrival in Wuhan, you will approach 144 hour visa free transit counter where you will fill out the blue form. Shortly after, you will get a sticker in your passport and you will be allowed to exit the airport.

You should print out your flight tickets and also your accommodation booking confirmation for Wuhan and have those printouts with you.
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 22, 2019 16:51
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By the way, it is quite possible or even quite probable that you will have to collect your luggage and recheck for your flight to Kuala Lumpur, but this is not a problem because you will just approach 24 hour visa free transit counter upon your landing in Wuhan where you will apply for a temporary entry permit. After that, you will collect your luggage, make a recheck and wait for your onward flight at the boarding gate. I cannot guarantee, but I encourage you to ask China Southern about this detail. OK, it is not of such great importance because you have enough time during your layover, but just to be well informed.
Answered by Omar from USA | Dec. 22, 2019 17:17
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Thank you for the quick reply. What if we transit same way in Guangzhou instead of Wuhan? Does a 144 hr free transit visa apply in this case as well to explore Guangzhou? Thanks
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Dec. 22, 2019 23:02
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Yes, it does.
Asked by Maria from MOROCCO | Dec. 18, 2019 10:22Reply
Ist-WH-Guan-Hanoi
I am travelling to Vietnam via Wuhan and Guangzhou, staying in each airport for almost 3 hours. But in Wuhan, I will need to take my luggage and do the check-in again. I have a Moroccan passport.
Would 24h visa apply in my case? and also would I be able to take my luggage and check it in again? although my flight was all with China Southern.

Thank you
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Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 18, 2019 14:28
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The most important detail is that your itinerary is definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa.

You will print out your flight tickets and have those printouts with you. Also, you will declare in Istanbul that you will travel to Hanoi via China using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane. One more important detail. Here (at the check-in) you will definitely inform yourself about the luggage to know exactly where will you have to intervene and make it certain that your luggage arrives with you in Hanoi :)

Upon arrival in Wuhan, you will approach 24 hours visa free transit counter where you will apply for a temporary entry permit to be allowed to collect your luggage and to perform a recheck for the continuation of your journey to Guangzhou and Hanoi. Also, you will clear an immigration and customs, so your next flight will be a domestic one.

Upon arrival in Guangzhou, you will do whatever necessary regarding your luggage and if this will not be needed, you will just clear the exit formalities (immigration) and proceed to your boarding gate for your flight to Hanoi.
Asked by Tolga from TURKEY | Dec. 15, 2019 04:22Reply
INCHEON-WUHAN-ROME
I and my wife and kids are travelling from Incheon to Rome. We have a stopover in Wuhan for 9 hours. We have Turkish passport and Korean residence permit. Turkey is not one of 53 visa free countries. Is there a way for us to get a transit visa to go out of the airport for few hours?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 15, 2019 06:13
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The most important detail is that your itinerary is definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa.

You will print out your flight tickets and have those printouts with you. Also, you will declare in Seoul that you will travel to Rome via Wuhan using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane. One more important detail. Here you will ask whether your luggage will be tagged all the way to Rome. If you are flying on a single (through) ticket, this will be a case almost for certain, but you should ask just for a case. I think that you will travel on a single ticket by China Southern, so this should be just fine.

Upon arrival in Wuhan, you will approach 24 hours visa free transit counter where you will apply for a temporary entry permit to be allowed to exit the airport and to make a short exploration of the city. As far as I know, China Southern is usually very generous airline and they offer free accommodations if your layover is longer than 8 hours. Of course, I'm not entirely certain whether they are doing that only when the layovers are in Guangzhou or also in other Chinese cities. So, take a look and if you have a right to book a free accommodation, do it because this will increase your chances to be granted a temporary entry permit. Anyway, you should be aware that the issuing of a temporary entry permit always depends upon a discretion of immigration authorities on a day of arrival.
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