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Beijing Layover Tours

The 144-hour visa-free transit has been carried out in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei since Dec. 28, 2017. It enables more people to take a layover tour in Beijing and its surrounding areas for up to 6 days. We have specially designed some hassle-free trip options to make your Beijing layover tour planning much easier.

What can I do during my visa-free transit in Beijing?

3 to 4 Days Layover in Beijing

Tailor Your Beijing Private Tour

How to Apply for 144-hour Visa-Free Transit?

FAQs on Visa-free Transit

My flight lands in Beijing at 08:00 from New York, and I'll connect a flight to Osaka at 19:00 later that day. Am I able to do your one day layover tour?

Yes, we can customize a layover tour for you according to your schedule. You will have enough time to visit the Great Wall of Beijing during the period.

Can I visit Xian from Beijing during my 144-hour layover?

Sorry. Tourists can move around Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei freely within 144-hour visa-free transit. Visa is needed if you travel from Beijing to Xian.

I will fly from Los Angeles to Beijing and then fly back to New York. May I use the visa-free transit?

Sorry. The place of departure and destination should not be in the same country or region. If you fly from Los Angeles to a third country or region such as Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau and so on via Beijing, then you qualify for this policy.

What documents are required to apply for the free visa at the airport?

To apply for the free visa, you need to present your valid passport, visa for a third country or region if required, a full completed Arrival and Departure Card and an onward ticket with confirmed seat to the staff at the Transit Service Counter.

I will transit in Beijing on my way to Bangkok. However, I do not need a Thai visa according to the regulations, so I cannot present a visa for a third country or region. Am I still able to apply for the visa-free transit?

Yes, you can still apply for the transit permit in Beijing without a visa for the third country or region if you meet its visa exemption requirements.

I will arrive in Tianjin by an international cruise ship. Can I enjoy the 144-hour visa exemption?

Yes, Tianjin International Cruise Terminal is one of the ports that travelers can apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit. If the departure place and the terminal are not in the same country or region, clients can choose to arrive and depart by cruise, arrive by cruise and depart by flight, or arrive by flight and depart by cruise.

I will take a connecting flight from Detroit to Beijing via Hong Kong, and I will not go out of Hong Kong airport during the stopover. After visiting Beijing for 3 days, I'll fly to Hong Kong. Can I apply for the visa-free transit?

Sorry, your situation is not compliant with the visa-free transit policy since your arrival flight actually comes from Hong Kong. The place of departure and destination should not be in the same region or country. If you fly from Detroit directly to Beijing, and then visit Hong Kong later, you apply to this policy.
Questions & Answers
Asked by sarina from MALAYSIA | Mar. 18, 2019 11:10Reply
do i need apply transit visa at airport or from my place?
i am a Malaysian pasport holder. and early of May i will take flight from Canada to Malaysia but transit in Beijing for 23 hours. i will arrive at Beijing at 5 pm. and i want to out from airport for sightseeing city. do i need to apply visa? and if yes, do i need to apply at Beijing airport or from Canada?thank you
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Answered by Karin | Mar. 18, 2019 17:39

As I know, you can apply for the 24-hour visa-free transit when you arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport. And you should take your passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry and your onward air ticket with confirmed seat and date.
Asked by Arno Vd voort from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 13, 2019 04:17Reply
Amsterdam to Beijing to Manilla
Hello, I booked a roundtrip Amsterdam - Beijing. I did not yet book the trip to manilla. So thuis Will be a different carrier on a different ticket.
If I Will do seperately later on and have a ticket to Manilla within 144 hrs after Arrival in Beijing, Will I be elegible for the 144 hr visa? Thanks for your information.
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Answered by Grace | Mar. 13, 2019 17:58

If you are Netherlander and your travel route is Amsterdam - Beijing - Manilla and you book all flight tikets in advance with confirmed seat, I think you may apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit at the Beijing airport.
Asked by John doe from UNITED STATES | Mar. 04, 2019 16:54Reply
Indonesian Passport holder
Hi, thank you for the information! Very helpful, I have a question if you don’t mind, for Indonesian passport holder, do I need to apply for visa? Or I can do the visa free transit for 20 hours layover, I didn’t see Indonesia on one of the list here, but when I go the China gov website I see Indonesia...
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Answered by Lavinia | Mar. 04, 2019 21:48

As I know, you can apply for the 24-hour visa-free transit if you hold a connecting flight ticket and transit from China to a third country or region and stay in China for not more than 24 hours and do not leave the port of entry.
Answered by John Doe from USA | Mar. 05, 2019 06:19

leaving port of entry meaning the airport? I was thinking that we can go to the city for couple hours, is that possible?
Answered by Lilian | Mar. 05, 2019 19:05

If you get the 24-hour visa-free transit at Beijing airport, you can visit Beijing City no more than 24 hours and then get back to the Beijing airport to catch the next flight.
Answered by John Doe from USA | Mar. 06, 2019 12:40

Thank you Lilian!!
Asked by Lraze from USA | Mar. 03, 2019 14:43Reply
Do I have to take a formal tour for the 144 hour layover or may I just tour on my own?
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Answered by Brooks | Mar. 03, 2019 17:37

Yes. You can take a trip in Beijing on your own since it is the capital city and one of metropolis of China. But I think if your take a tour with local guide and driver, it will save more your time and make you learn more about Chinese history and culture.
Asked by Anthony John Middleditch from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 09, 2019 08:10Reply
Is my trip eligible for 144-hours Visa Free Transit
We depart from our cruise in Hong Kong on 17th April at 13-00. Stay in Hong Kong until 19th April then fly to Beijing until 22nd April and then fly home to London England.
Can we apply for a 144-hour visa free transit and can I apply at Beijing airport?
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Answered by Kevin | Feb. 10, 2019 16:31

You are eligible for the 144-hour visa free transit and can apply for the permit at Beijing airport. What's more, you should take your valid passport and the flight ticket to London with confirmed dates and seats.
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