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China Transit Visa (G)

Chinese transit visa, aka the G visa, is issued to those who intend to transit through mainland China for a short time to a destination country. The validity is usually three months with the allowed maximum duration of each stay ranging from 7 to 10 days. The fee appears to be the same as for a tourist L visa, so check whether you might as well get a tourist visa instead for longer stay duration.

Do I need a transit visa? - See China's Visa-Free Transit Scheme

Foreigners do not need the transit visa for China if covered by the following visa-free transit policy and they are allowed to leave the transit port to take some sightseeing tours.

For foreigners who have booked seats on international airlines, ships or trains transiting through China to a third country, if the stay is less than 24 hours, they can enjoy the 24-hour visa-free transit. In case they want to leave the specified transit zone, they can ask for a temporary stay permit at the immigration counter. The 24-hour direct transit facility benefits almost all countries and is available in most China ports.

Passport holders of 54 countries and regions can be granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours while transiting via Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Xi'an, Guilin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Changsha, and Xiamen.

Passengers of the same 54 countries can stay for up to 144 hours when transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Liaoning.

For passengers don't meet any of the above requirements, here provides necessary information for Chinese transit G visa application.

China Transit Visa Requirements & Documents

1. A passport valid for at least six months and having at least one blank page and a copy of the passport's info page.
2. One accurately and truthfully completed China Visa Application Form.
3. One color passport standard photo (33 x 48mm) attached on the application form.
4. A valid visa or residence permit to the destination country if required.
5. An air / train / ship ticket to the destination country with confirmed departure date and seat.

How to Apply for China Transit Visa

1. You can personally submit the application to the consular office of the Chinese Embassies, Consulates, China Visa Application Centers (CVASC), and other Chinese diplomatic missions which hold consular jurisdiction over your residence.  
2. Mostly, an appointment is not needed before lodging the submission.
3. Mailed applications are not accepted by most overseas Chinese embassies, consulates and CVASCs.

Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days.
2. Express Service: 2-3 working days processing; extra US$ 20 will be charged.
3. Rush Service: 1 working day processing; extra US$ 30 will be charged.

Chinese Transit Visa Cost

The fees are subject to your nationality and the number of entries. Generally speaking, only single-entry and double-entry transit visa are issued. Please see the below fee table about applying for a transit visa for reference.

China Transit Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 140 CAD 137.15 GBP 130 AUD 94.5
Double Entries USD 140 CAD 137.15 GBP 130 AUD 117.5

* For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

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Further Reading:

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- Last updated on Apr. 17, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by shiva from IRAN- KOREA | Jun. 19, 2024 02:30Reply
I'm Iranian and now I'm in Korea. I need a transit visa for travel from korea to iran
hello. I am Iranian. how can I get visa in Korea to travel from Korea to Iran with China transit? am I have to go to China embassy in Korea to do it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joshua | Jun. 19, 2024 20:19

If your transit in China is less than 24 hours, then you will naturally enjoy the 24-hour visa free transit, no need to apply for a visa.
Asked by mary rose from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 06, 2024 01:01Reply
Filipino traveling from Dubai to Japan and transit in Guangzhou
Hi there! I'm a Filipino citizen holding a UAE residence visa, planning to travel from Dubai to Japan with a 2-hour transit in Guangzhou. I'd like to confirm if I am eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit in Guangzhou before booking my flight. Thank you for your assistance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Daniel | Jun. 06, 2024 19:40

Yes, you are eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Aphixay from LAOS | May. 25, 2024 14:07Reply
Transit Visa Required Enquiry
Hello, i'm from Laos, i will have a flight from Hungary to Laos, transiting through shanghai with 13hrs Layover. Do i need a transit visa for that? Budapest -> Shanghai (13hrs layover) -> Vientiane
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | May. 27, 2024 01:13

No, you are covered by the 24-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Bala from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 17, 2024 04:43Reply
I am a British / SriLankan citizen and would like to land at CGO airport and sight see for 2 days .
To stay around CGO airport for 2 days on transit to Colombo srilanka. Would I need a G visa ?
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Answered by Marcy | May. 21, 2024 00:48

I'm afraid you need.
Asked by Shin from VIE | May. 06, 2024 11:49Reply
UK to Shenzhen to Vietnam
I am Vietnamese and my friend Malaysian, will be travelling from UK and transit in Shenzhen International Airport and final stop at Vietnam.

Do we need to apply for a visa or just get a 24-hour free transit visa at the immigration counter ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | May. 08, 2024 01:25

If your layover time is no more than 24 hours in Shenzhen then you two naturally enjoy the visa-free transit, no meed to apply for it at the immigration counter, just get your boarding pass of next flight then wait. If you plan to leave the airport, then you two need to go to the immigration counter to get a temporary entry permit.
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