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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 Jan. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by Mikhail from CANADA | Jan. 23, 2019 12:43Reply
Prague to Chengdu via Zhengzhou to Vancouver
I am a Canadian Passport holder. Will travel from Prague to Chengdu , stay in Chengdu for 2 days and fly to Vancouver via Zhengzhou. Chengdu to Vancouver is one ticket and there is a layover in Zhengzhou for 2 hours.

Will I need any visa for this trip ?

thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from GREECE | Jan. 23, 2019 19:39

You are able to apply the 24h twov in China. No need to apply for visa for this trip.
Asked by Louis Tran from USA | Jan. 23, 2019 12:01Reply
Us resident Vietnamese passport Holder
Dear Admin i'm Us resident Vietnamese passport Holder, i will transit at XMN airport 16 hours, do i need visa to entry to the city? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Shirley | Jan. 23, 2019 19:29

You could apply 24h twov in Xiamen. You can have a try.
Asked by Kaye from G | Jan. 22, 2019 11:49Reply
Seoul- Shanghai - Los Angeles - Canada
I have a Canadian passport travelling from Seoul - 2 hour layover in Shanghai airport - then off to Los Angeles then off to Canada. Do I need to get any 24 hour transit visa with that layover?

Answers (1)
Answered by Hunter from EGYPT | Jan. 22, 2019 18:02

You can get any 24 hour free transit with that layover.
Asked by Nursultan from NIKHANBAYEV | Jan. 22, 2019 05:26Reply
Kazakhstan passport holder, roundtrip Tokyo-Beijing-Astana
I am Kazakhstani passport holder, and currently, I am a university student in Japan. I want to visit Kazakhstan by using roundtrip flight Tokyo-Beijing-Astana. I was wondering whether I need any visa permission in order to use this flight.

Thank you very much
Answers (2)
Answered by Gonzalez | Jan. 22, 2019 18:01

If the layover time in Beijing is less than 24 hours, you could get 24h twov. No visa will be needed.
Answered by Nursultan from KAZAKHSTAN | Jan. 22, 2019 19:27

Thank you very much, for the reply!
The layover time in Beijing is 16 hours. So I guess I should be ok.
Asked by Khan Sahab | Jan. 20, 2019 23:50Reply
US Passport holder with a ticket Karachi-Beijing-New York- Karachi
Do need to do any thing else or just present to Immigration at Beijing airport for 4 days stop over.
Answers (1)
Answered by Greene from UKRAINE | Jan. 21, 2019 17:35

There are 6 steps to apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit at Beijing airport:
1. Inform the carrier when boarding
2. Fill an Arrival/Departure Card
3. Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival
4. Claim the luggage
5. Go through the customs
6. Leave the airport
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