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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 53 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 53 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 Transit Visa Application Form.
3. One color passport standard photo (33 x 48mm) glued or stapled 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. Or you can entrust someone else, a travel agency or a visa agency to act on your behalf if you can't come in person. Power of attorney is usually not required.
3. Mailed applications are not accepted by most overseas Chinese embassies or consulates.

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 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5

* For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

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Further Reading:

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- Last modified on Feb. 26, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by Jay from IBRAHIM | Mar. 17, 2022 05:06Reply
Which Visa is recommended to go live and get married?
Hello, I want to go to China (already been 3 times on a tourist visa with 1-2 years valid entry) but this time I'm going end of this year and plan on living there for as long as possible. While there I also plan to marry my girlfriend who is a Chinese native citizen and also plan to work remotley (working for a French Canadian company) so what Visa is reccomended for this scenario? Many Thanks

Answers (3)
Answered by Jay | Mar. 17, 2022 05:08

I'm from UK by the way. Autofill put in my Last name.
Answered by Leo | Apr. 21, 2022 23:58

It sees little chance for you to get a China visa currently due to the pandemic, because you and your girlfriend has not been married yet.
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Asked by Gulshan from INDIA | May. 29, 2021 03:10Reply
I want go china meet my friend, so how I can apply, Chinese visa
My name is gulshan I want go to china, I want meet my friend, so which visa is best for me
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 01, 2021 01:53

I'm afraid the possibility for you to get a visa to China is very low during the pandemic period.
Asked by shelley Lalonde from CANADA | Feb. 08, 2020 18:50Reply
do i need a visa for 17 hour layover in Kunming China
I am flying from Vancouver to Thailand but have a stopover in Nanjing China but not deplaning then a 17 1/2 layover in Kunming China. do I need a transit visa.
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Answered by Duke from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 11, 2020 21:23

If the total layover time in China is within 24 hours, you don't need a transit visa.
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