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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 Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xiamen, Qingdao or Kunming can enjoy a free stay of 144 hours. 

Passengers transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang can enter and exit from Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, Nanjing Lukou 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 Port.

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. 

Note that Guangdong is aslo planning to adopt this policy. Those who transit in Guangdong can enter from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an Airport, or Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, and leave from any port in Guangdong.

 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 modified on Mar. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit FAQ
Asked by Lexy R from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 17, 2019 01:40Reply
What about Shenzhen??
I am Australian and We are having a less than 24 hour layover in Shenzhen from Tokyo on our way to London. Arriving and departing from Shenzhen Bao. Do I need to apply for a visa as this airport is not listed above?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lexy R from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 17, 2019 01:40

PS - we will leave the airport and check into a hotel as we land at 11pm and fly out 2pm the next day.
Answered by Thomas | Mar. 17, 2019 11:22

You're fine for the 24h transit and you don't need a visa.
Asked by macy from UNITED STATES | Mar. 14, 2019 11:43Reply
Two 72hr transit visas
Can you get two 72 hr transit free within a short period of time? For ex, we want to fly into Guilin, spend 3 days then fly to Thailand and perhaps Cambodia. If we then go back to China (Beijing), spend 3 days before flying back to US, would we be able to get the 72 hr twovs for both Guilin and Beijing within such a short time frame?
Answers (4)
Answered by Thomas | Mar. 14, 2019 13:43

Are you flying from the US to Guilin?
As far as I know there are no nonstop flights from the US to Guilin.
If you have another stop in China you're not eligible for the 72h twov (it's not a transit visa).

Otherwise you can use the twov as much as you want, there's no time limit.
Beijing doesn't have the 72h twov anymore but the 144h twov.
Answered by macy from UNITED STATES | Mar. 15, 2019 09:38

Thank you for your response. I didn't realize it had to be a direct flight, I thought if we were just changing planes it wouldn't count. If we do it the other way, fly into Beijing, then go to Cambodia, then to Guilin then Thailand I guess it would work? Of course, we will play with this to make it manageable but I just wanted to be sure that going back into China within a 2 week period would not disqualify one from getting the second twov.
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 15, 2019 10:15

As long as you will be directly arriving from a country and departing to a different country it will work (e.g., US-Beijing-Cambodia, then Cambodia-Guilin-Thailand). There are also no limit on how many times or how often you can do this.
Answered by Thomas | Mar. 15, 2019 13:53

Well there are not many international flights to Guilin (Thailand and Malaysia are the only 2 destinations in SE Asia).

Flights from Siem Reap have a stop in China (Shanghai, Nanning or Guangzhou)
Asked by Mandy from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 14, 2019 07:06Reply
How many visa do I need?
I'm travelling from Sydney to Chengdu (overnight at Guangzhou) as my connecting flight to Chengdu is next morning. I'm applying a normal tourist l because I will be in Chengdu for 10 days.

Do I need to apply for a transit g for my overnight stay in Guangzhou?

Or my normal tourist l will cover Guangzhou and Chengdu?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 14, 2019 07:23

A Chinese visa is valid for all parts of Mainland China except Tibet.
Asked by Wynne Austin from AUSTRALIAW | Mar. 12, 2019 18:50Reply
I am Australian - how do I apply for a visa to leave Guangzhou airport
I will be leaving Guangzhou airport for approx 16 hours on the way from Sydney to Tashkent and then for another 8 hours on the way back from Bishkek to Sydney
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Answered by Christ from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 12, 2019 20:09

You can apply for 24h direct transit at the airport. Go to the transit immigration line and fill out the paperwork, then an officer will give you a 24-hour entry permit, then clear customs.
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