144-hour Visa-free Transit in Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu

As early as 2016, Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang introduced the 144-hour visa-free transit initiatively, which targets citizens from 53 countries and regions and allows them to transit in the three places for a stay length not more than 144 hours, ie., six days.

Who can enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang? - List of 53 Qualified 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

Things to Know before Designing Your Visa-free Travel Plan

 No. 1: Transit Route: Country A → B: Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang → Country C
The travel from A to B and from B to C should be non-stop, without a stopover anywhere in Mainland China. Visitors applying for the 144-hour visa-free transit need to hold a ticket to a third country or region. In this context, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are considered as the third regions, which is a great help for planning a transiting route. For example, if a visitor coming from the UK wants to use the visa-free transit but actually have no plan to another country after visiting Shanghai, he or she can leave for Hong Kong, and then go back home.

Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu 144-hour visa-free transit area
Areas Allowed to Stay

 No. 2: The actual allowed stay length is calculated from 00:00 after the date of your entry, therefore you can maximize your stay by taking an early flight on the date of entry and a late flight on the date of exit.

 No. 3: Some passengers may try to cancel the ticket to the third country or region after arrival and book a ticket back to the departure country instead, while this is not allowed within the visa-free policy. Don’t risk doing this for you may face serious results.

Areas Allowed to Stay

Passengers eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit can travel within Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang, all of which are in the Yangtze River Delta of China and boast mild climate and rich tourism resources. Top travel destinations include Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing.

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu

Prepare the required documents, including a passport valid for at least three months from the date of entry, a valid visa to the third country or region if required, and a ticket to a third country or region. Then follow the steps in the chart.

how to apply for 144-hour visa-free transit

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

According to the rules, all ports in Shanghai, and Nanjing Lukou Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport are the eligible ports for the 144-hour visa-free transit scheme.

Eligible Ports Contact Information
Shanghai Pudong Airport 0086-21-96990
Hongqiao Airport 0086-21-96990
Shanghai Railway Station 0086-21-12306
Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal 0086-21-66593501
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal 0086-21-51105100
Jiangsu Nanjing Lukou Airport 0086-25-968890
Zhejiang Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport 0086-571-96299

Note: Currently, train passengers can only get in / out through Shanghai Railway Station, which operates trains to and from Kowloon, Hong Kong every other day.


What Can I Do During the 144 Hours in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang?

Taste the flavor of old and modern Shanghai

Shanghai, as an open port city, is where the east and west meet. Spending one or two days in the city, you can visit Shikumen, a unique residence style, to find the traces of old Shanghai in the narrow alleys. In Lujiazui, dense high rises present the thriving and energetic side of Shanghai. Choose one from Shanghai Tower, the World Financial Center, and the Oriental Pearl Tower to overlook the city and you will never regret. If travelling with your kids, set aside one more day for Shanghai Disneyland Park to enrich your trip.

Take a side trip to nearby cities by bullet train

During the 144-hour visa-free period, no matter you are transiting in Nanjing, Hangzhou, or Shanghai, you can include nearby cities in your itinerary by high speed train. Usually, it takes less than two hours to travel between. Different from Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang are more classical and characterized by the water towns. A side trip to water towns like Wuzhen, Xitang near Hangzhou and Tongli, Zhouzhuang near Suzhou can highlight your trip.

Enjoy night activities

Night activities in Shanghai are colorful. You can take a cruise on the Huangpu River to enjoy the night scene along the banks or wander around the Nanjing Road to experience the local life. When travelling in Suzhou, the unique story-telling ballad and Kun Opera performed in classical gardens at night are a feast for your ears.

 Further Reading:
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Liaoning
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong (to be adopted)
Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chengdu, Kunming - to be implemented since Jan. 1 2019

- Last modified on Nov. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Shanghai, Zhejiang, and Jiangsu
Asked by stephanie slaughter from UNITED STATES | Nov. 19, 2018 05:12Reply
Do this travel qualify for the Shanghai 144-hour free visa?
We will be flying out of Miami International airport on June 2, 2019 and arriving into Pudong International Airport on June 4, 2019. We will stay 2 nights in a hotel in the city before taking a 7-nights to Japan. Will disembark SH on June 13, 2019 and fly back to United State that same day. Do we qualify for the 144-hour free visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Waino from USA | Nov. 19, 2018 22:22

In the first trip: US - SH - Japan, you are qualify for the 144-hour free visa. If you travel along the route:Japan - SH - US in your second trip and won't make any other stop in China, you can also use the 144-hour free visa.
Asked by RENATO SANCHEZ from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 15, 2018 17:22Reply
144-hour free visa / entry permit in Shanghai
We are Australian citizens. We are flying to Shanghai Pudong Airport 26 December 2018, stay for 3 nights before joining a 5-night cruise on 29 December to Japan. Will disembark SH 3 January 2019 and fly back to Sydney. Do we qualify for the 144-hour free visa? What do we need to enter SH?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nelson from USA | Nov. 15, 2018 21:59

In your trips: Australia - Shanghai - Japan and Japan - Shanghai - Australia, you are eligible for 144-hour free visas. You don't need anything to enter SH.
Asked by Neville Jones from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 11, 2018 18:13Reply
We are travelling to Shanghai in May 2019 by Cruise ship.
We will disembark in SH cruise terminal. We will stay in SH hotel for two nights.
We will then leave SH from Pudong International Airport to return to Australia via Singapore. We are Australian passport holders. We have confirmed airline ticket to Australia.
Does the 144 visa free policy apply in our situation?
Answers (1)
Answered by William from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 11, 2018 23:53

Yes, you are eligible for the 144-hour free visa.
Asked by Viki from AUSTRIA | Nov. 10, 2018 09:32Reply
Same airlines for transit visa
We fly Vienna-Shanghai (3 nights)- HongKong but with different airlines to and from Shanghai, so the tickets were purchased separately (not as one with 3 nights stop in Shanghai). Does it work for transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kevin | Nov. 11, 2018 10:31

You don't need a transit visa because your route qualifies for transit without visa.
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