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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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- Last modified on Nov. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by Bryan Jesus Dayrit from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 19, 2019 00:27Reply
Holding PH Passport transitting guangzhou transferring to sanya to delhi
Do I need a transit visa for Guangzhou transferring to sanya? I do have almost 5 hours layover in china
Asked by elena manalansan from PHILIPPINESE | Nov. 19, 2019 00:25Reply
hi! if the lay over is more than 24 hours do i need to get transit visa to china?
hi! if the lay over is more than 24 hours do i need to get transit visa to china?
Asked by Elena manalansan from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 18, 2019 17:46Reply
Transit visa
I am travelling from phils to sfo and i have long lay over to guangZhou and wuhan for 21 hrs do i need transit visa? Pls reply
Answers (1)
Answered by Tracy from CANADA | Nov. 18, 2019 19:14

Elena, if the total time in China is not more than 24 hours, you don't need the transit visa.
Asked by Angelo from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 18, 2019 10:13Reply
Transit Visa (Philippine Passport holder)
I am travelling from The Philippines to San Francisco (USA) and have a 2.5 hrs layover Guangzhou and 3 hrs in Wuhan. Do I need to get a transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sharon from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 18, 2019 19:13

If your total time in China adds up to not over 24 hours, you don't need the transit visa.
Asked by jon from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 15, 2019 22:12Reply
Philippines passport holder
I'll be travelling from Singapore-Shenzhen-Manila. Transit is less than 24 hours.

Do I need to apply transit visa? How much in SGD?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from USA | Nov. 17, 2019 19:29

You don't need to apply for transit visa.
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