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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

The 144-hour visa-free transit policy has been carried out in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Guangdong to facilitate international travelers to China. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in the above cities or provinces for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.

 Note: Though Guangdong has approved this visa-free transit scheme, it hasn't implemented the policy yet. Passengers can expect it to take into effect soon. Before planning your visa-free trip in Guangdong, confirm with your airline about the policy.

 Areas Allowed to Stay

 If transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang: passengers can move around the three places.

 If transiting in Guangdong, passengers can travel within Guangdong Province.

 List of Qualified Countries

Countries having access to this policy are the same as those enjoying 72-hour visa-free transit policy, including:

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

 Eligible Transit Ports

The 144-hour visa-free transit program has been implemented in Nanjing Lukou Airport of Jiangsu, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport of Zhejiang, and all air, sea and railway ports of Shanghai, including Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusong Passenger Transport Center and all railway stations in Shanghai. Passengers can enter and leave from any of the above ports.

As for Guangdong, passengers can enter via Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an Airport, or Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, but they can exit from any port in Guangdong.

 What Can You Do during the 144 Hours?

 For tourists entering from Shanghai, you can have a weeklong tour around the eastern coastal area of China. You can visit the Bund and Huangpu River in Shanghai, appreciate the modern skyscrapers, and travel to Suzhou to see the classical Chinese gardens and elegant water towns. A stroll by the West Lake in Hangzhou and a taste of the delicious local snacks must be a perfect ending of the trip.

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If you enter from Guangzhou, a night cruise on the Pearl River should be a must try. You can extend the trip along China's south coast to Shenzhen, Foshan, or Zhuhai within Guangdong Province, to feel the energetic economic development along with the well-preserved traditions.

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 For businessmen, six days are enough to attend the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, or various trade fairs and conferences in Shanghai, conduct market research, review suppliers' factories, or sign contracts with partners.

 For cruise passengers, they can disembark in Shanghai or Guangdong and then take a flight back home. Of course, they can arrive in Shanghai or Guangdong first, and then begin the cruise trip.

 Conditions for Application

 Passengers should hold an onward ticket with a confirmed seat and date as well as a valid visa to a third country or region. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan count as third regions in term of immigration affairs. For example, the route UK-Guangzhou-UK is not eligible because the passenger does not fly to a third country or region, while the routes UK-Shanghai-Hong Kong, Japan-Nanjing-US, Canada-Guangzhou-Seoul-UK, and Russia-Seoul-Shenzhen-Macau are fine.

 Passengers are required to enter and leave from the eligible transit ports only, but the entry port and exit port do not have to be the same. For instance, one can land in Guangzhou Baiyun Airport but leave from Shenzhen Bao'an Airport, or one can take a cruise to Shanghai and then leave by air from Nanjing or Hangzhou.

 The layover time should be limited to 144 hours. However, the 144-hour free stay period counts from 00:00 of the day following passengers' arrival. That is to say, the allowed time to stay is actually a little bit longer than 144 hours. If one arrives at 6:00am on July 1, the layover time counts from 00:00 of July 2 and the passenger should have a ticket with the scheduled departure time before 23:59 of July 7.

 Documents Needed for Application

 Valid passport
 Confirmed onward ticket
 Visa for a third country/region (if needed)
 A fully completed Arrival/Departure Card

 Application Procedures

Inform the carrier when boarding - Fill an Arrival/Departure Card - Apply for the 144-hour stay permit upon arrival - Claim the luggage (if needed) - Go through the customs - Leave airport

1. It is necessary to inform the carrier before you arrive, so that they can declare your request to the immigration office for processing.

2. There is a counter/lane dedicated for the 144-hour visa-free transit at the immigration inspection, so passengers can go there directly by following the signs.

3. After your request to enjoy this policy is approved, the officer will stamp a stay permit on your passport, which shows your allowed stay duration.

4. If you have a valid visa for China, but you don't want to use it this time, remember to tell the officer that you need to use the 144-hour visa-free transit.

5. After leaving the airport, remember to register at local police station within 24 hours. If you live in a hotel, you don't need to do that because the hotel will do it for you. Otherwise, you should go to the police station in person to register your stay.

6. If passengers have to go to other cities or they can't leave within 144 hours, they should go to the local Public Security Bureau and apply for a normal visa. Otherwise, they may be faced with a fine.

7. If a passenger has to go back to the country of departure after he has obtained the visa-free transit facility, in most cases he can go back without troubles as long as he leaves before the deadline.

 Notice: As the policy is newly adopted in Guangdong, airlines may still not allow passengers to use it in some ports in Guangdong. Passengers should confirm this with the airport and airline before taking a trip.

For more information, please contact:

Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection 0086-21-51105100
Nanjing Lukou Airport 0086-25-968890
Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport 0086-571-96299
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 0086-20-36066622
Shenzhen Bao'an Airport 0086-755-82327700
Jieyang Chaoshan Airport 0086-663-3828770

 In addition to this policy, cruise passengers who enter China from Shanghai and exit China with the cruise can enjoy a 15-day visa-free stay in China provided that they are received by a travel agency. They can visit other coastal areas as well along with the ship, like Beijing, Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. See 15-day Visa-Free Policy for Cruise Tour Groups to Shanghai.