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72-Hour Visa-Free Transit FAQ

Passport holders of following the 53 countries can enjoy 72-hours visa-free Transit via Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, and airports of cities including Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Xi'an, Guilin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Changsha, and Xiamen:

 Schengen 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

 Other European Countries: Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Macedonia, Monaco, Republic of Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, UK, Ukraine

 America: US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

 Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

 Asia: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar

Passengers holding passports of the above countries, if transiting in Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Xi'an, Chongqing, Liaoning, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen, Qingdao or Kunming can enjoy a free stay of 144 hours. 

Passengers transiting in Guangdong can enter from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an Airport, or Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, and leave from any port in Guangdong.

Passengers transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang can enter and exit from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, Nanjing Lukou AirportNingbo Lishe Airport or any port in Shanghai.

Those who transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei can enter and exit from Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station, Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port, Zhengding International Airport or Qinhuangdao Beidaihe International Airport.

Those who transit in Liaoning can enter and exit from Shenyang Taoxian International Airport or Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport.

Those who transit in Chengdu, Wuhan, Kunming can only enter and exit from Shuangliu International Airport, Tianhe International Airport, or Changshui International Airport.

Those who transit in Xiamen or Qingdao can enter and exit from Gaoqi International Airport or Liuting International Airport and their sea ports. 

 See more about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy.

For the most frequently asked questions about this policy concerned, we try to make a sweeping generalization here, and hope this is helpful.

FAQ about 72-hour Visa-free Transit:

 1. What documents are required for passengers from the above countries to benefit from this policy and apply for permits to go out of the airport?

 Passengers are qualified to transit in those cities without visa only if they have valid passport or travel documents, as well as the confirmed flight ticket onward to the third country or region and valid visa (if required).

 2. How and where can I apply for a transit permit if I plan to go out of the airport during my stopover?

 You can put forward your request for transit to your airline in advance, so that the airline can declare this to the Immigration Inspection prior to your visit. You will be granted a transit permit at the airport if you meet all requirements. NOTE: Beijing Capital International Airport has now changed this procedure, passengers can apply directly for 72 hour free transit permit after arrival at the airport.

 3. I plan to enter Shanghai first and then buy ticket to another country within 72 hours. Am I allowed entry and transit without visa?

 According to the requirements, you must provide confirmed ticket to the third country or region when apply for the free transit permit. Otherwise, you can not enjoy this policy.

 4. I have a flight ticket from New York to Shanghai, and a separate ticket back to Los Angles. May I use this 72 hour free transit?

 The answer is NO. The place of departure and destination should not be in the same country or region. If you fly from New York to a third country via Shanghai, then you apply to this policy.

 5. If I can not depart within 3 days, what should I do?

 If you cannot depart from the transit city within the 3 days allowed, then you should apply for a Chinese visa from local Public Security Bureau.

 6. I plan to take a flight to Beijing for 3 days, and then take Trans-Siberian train from there to Ulan Bator in Mongolia. Am I eligible for this trip?

 Visa is required if you visit China this way. 72 hour free transit policy is for air passengers only. That is to say, you have to leave by air from the same airport. For passengers who plan to enter or leave China by train or cruise, they should apply for either Chinese transit (G type) or tourist (L type) in advance.

 7. If the arrival and departure of flights is more than 72 hours, is it permissible remain in the airport for some of the time and go to the city for the 72 hours or is the timing form the flight times?

 If it is only several hours more than the requirements, you can apply to enjoy this policy without waiting. According to the latest information from the airports, the 72 hours are calculated from 00:00 the following day of the entry date to the scheduled departure time in almost all the airports. However, if you happen to transfer in Beijing, you had better consult the airport in advance by dialing 0086-10-56095400, just in case that the 72-hour period counts from the scheduled arrival time to the departure time.

 8. If I understood correctly, even with this free transit policy for 72 hours, a transit permit has to be done at the airport when arriving? And this transit permit has to be then registered in a police station in the 24 next hours? What happens if my stay there is only of 20 hours? Can I save myself this registration which is probably time-consuming?

 Yes, you are right, the transit permit should be done at the airport on arrival. But the registration will be done when you check into a hotel. It is not necessary to register yourself personally at the local police station.

 Anyway, if you still have questions on 72 hour visa-free transit, please contact the Immigration Office or airport for more information.

Beijing Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-10-56095400
Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection 0086-21-51105100
Guangzhou Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-20-36066950
Chengdu Airport 0086-28-85205555
Chongqing Airport 0086-23-966666
Shenyang Airport 0086-24-96833
Dalian Airport 0086-411-96600
Harbin Airport 0086-451-82894220
Xi'an Airport 0086-29-88796997
Guilin Airport 0086-773-2845359
Kunming Airport 0086-871-96566
Hangzhou Airport 0086-571-96299
Wuhan Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-27-85333600
Tianjin Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-22-24905908
Qingdao Airport 0086-532-96567
Nanjing Airport 0086-25-968890
Changsha Airport 0086-731-96777
Xiamen Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-592-5706805
- Last updated on Jan. 30, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit FAQ
Asked by Kam from HONGKONG | Jan. 30, 2023 00:45Reply
HK/Macao/Taiwan to China and back
Hello I would like to understand whether the free visa transit can be done HK-China-Macao/Taiwan?
Does Macao and Taiwan count as third countries?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Feb. 05, 2023 17:12

Your route is fine. Macao and Taiwan are counted as third regions.
Asked by J Tilley from USA | Jan. 19, 2023 12:18Reply
is a 72 hours free visa done at the Beijing Airport?
do flights in/out of Beijing need to be issued all on one ticket vs. each individual airline.

thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna | Jan. 19, 2023 16:58

Yes, it has been done in Beijing. The tickets can be seperate ones.
Asked by angel from SPAIN | Jan. 19, 2021 22:33Reply
transity between Beijing´s different airports
hello, i plan to flight from Vladivostok Russia to Hong Kong, but the flight from Vladivostok arrives in one Beijing´s airport and depart to Hong Kong in other airport, Can I have the 72 hours transit visa ?
Answers (1)
Answered by angel | Jan. 19, 2021 22:35

obviusly when all return to the normality
Asked by Francisco Cunha from MACAU SAR | Oct. 05, 2020 20:59Reply
Portuguese Nationals transiting in Shanghai for 20 hours during October need visa?
Hi. I am a national from Portugal. I am flying from Macau to Shanghai (Pudong) to transit for 20 hours en route to Hong Kong and Manila, on October 9th.
As I am staying only 20 hours in Shanghai do I still need to get any kind of visa to transit through Pudong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlie | Oct. 14, 2020 01:41

Yes, you need to get a transit visa because the visa-free transit policy has been suspended.
Asked by Yousfani USA | Sep. 06, 2020 20:44Reply
Traveling from NY to Pakistan with 2-3 days
I am planning to travel in November 2020 from NY with US passport to Pakistan with 2-3 days stay in Shanghai.
Do I need to apply for Chinese visa in advance?
Answers (4)
Answered by Grace | Sep. 09, 2020 23:10

Dear, it needs to be determined by the transit policies at that time. If the 72-hour and 144-hour visa free transit will resume, you won't need a visa. If not, you will need a visa.
Answered by Kaleem | Sep. 10, 2020 01:38

So at present Travellers wouldn’t be given 72/144 hours entry to China ?
Answered by Grace | Sep. 14, 2020 02:01

No, they won't be give the free entry.
Answered by Thomas | Sep. 21, 2020 04:13

Tourists are not allowed to enter China at the moment.
And when you wanna stay in Shanghai for a few days, you have to be in quarantine for 14 days at first before you can visit Shanghai (at present time).
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