Beijing Layover Tours

The 144-hour visa-free transit policy has been in effect 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?

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.
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    5.05 Reviews
    Katrina Cooreman
    USA
    Posted on October 15, 2019
    This classic Beijing tour included Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Badaling Great Wall. We learned a lot about China’s history and culture from our knowledgeable guide. A meaningful tour!
    Morrell Xavier
    Canada
    Posted on September 16, 2019
    The Beijing layover tour was pretty and met my parents’ wishes to visit Beijing. The whole journey was well organized and we visited highlights of Beijing. We truly enjoyed this trip! 5 stars!!
    Sarah
    Australia
    Posted on September 03, 2019
    I traveled to Beijing with my parents. They were satisfied with this Beijing trip! The guide Candy gave a careful and excellent explanation of the Forbidden City and Mutianyu Great Wall. The whole journey was well organized. I highly recommend Candy if you want to have an amazing Beijing layover tour!
    Isaac Sianturi
    Australia
    Posted on August 21, 2019
    This Beijing layover trip was certainly not taken in vain. After our Japan trip, we spent several days in Beijing, where we visited many top attractions such as the Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, and the Summer Palace. From the wonderful interpretation of our guide, we had a deep understanding of Beijing architecture and culture. Our guide was accommodating and warmhearted. Besides, we had a reasonable itinerary, polite driver, and comfortable hotels, all excellent! Very appreciated for all the good services provided by Travel China Guide. 5 stars!!! I hope I can have another chance to explore Beijing on my next trip! ... More
    Mark
    Canada
    Posted on August 01, 2019
    Our one day classic Beijing tour was arranged well. We visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Badaling Great Wall in one day. Our guide was warmhearted and responsible. There was no shopping detour. A great trip!