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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 Dec. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by Nirmal R Jha from UNITED STATES | Jan. 22, 2020 17:30Reply
Do we need Visa in Kunming?
We are going to Kathmandu,Nepal from SFO from China Eastern Airlines. We've 14 Hrs. layover in Kunming, China. Do we need VISA to go to Nepal?
Asked by Geraldine from USA | Jan. 22, 2020 02:32Reply
US Citizen traveling to Beijing for less than 72 hrs
I am a USA citizen and I'm arriving Beijing from India on April 1, 2020 at 2:40pm, leaving on April 3, 2020 at 8pm, to Philippines. Do I need a Chinese Visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 22, 2020 09:58

No, if Beijing is your only stop in Mainland China.
Asked by Krishna from INDIA | Jan. 22, 2020 00:47Reply
Transit visa to China?
I am indian passport holder living and working in Hong Kong and have to change my flight from xian for further journey to Istanbul. do i need transit visa for my layover of 6.5 hours. Please note i have to change flight and might have to go through security check?

HK -- > Xi'an --> Istanbul

Asked by Jersey Shore from USA | Jan. 20, 2020 12:33Reply
Flying in to beijing from USA and staying for 3 nights before flying to Thailand
Arriving to Beijing from USA on Feb 16, will stay for 3 nights. We want to do tour (Great wall, forbidden city.. etc..) Leaving on Feb 19 to Thailand, so is 72 hour transit visa enough or do i need to apply for visa? Please help
Answers (2)
Answered by Jersey Shore from USA | Jan. 20, 2020 12:34

Just to clarify, Im leaving on Feb 19 from Beijing to Thailand by plane
Answered by Saul | Jan. 21, 2020 08:25

72 hour transit visa doesn't exist. If your only landings are USA-Beijing-Thailand with no other stops then you don't need a visa because you will qualify for 144 hours transit without visa (if your passport is on the list of 53 qualifying countries - you didn't mention it). It's not a visa.
Asked by Beth from USA | Jan. 20, 2020 11:01Reply
Is a transit visa necessary for the following itinerary?
Fly to Beijing from US; train to Tibet; fly to Viet Nam; fly to Shanghai; depart Shanghai for US. Approximately 2 nights in each location.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sara from USA | Jan. 20, 2020 19:36

For your first entry, you need to get a visa as well as a Tibet Travel Permit. For your second entry, you can use the 144h visa-free transit in Shanghai.
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