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?

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 Denise from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 24, 2019 03:32Reply
Mongolia China Australia what visa??
I will arrive by train from Mongolia stay two days in Beijing and the fly to Australia- what visa do I need? can I apply for the 144 hour transit visa?
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Answered by Jack | Jun. 24, 2019 17:39
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Yes, you are eligible for 144 hour visa free if you travel by train from Mongolia to Beijing and then fly to Australia.
Answered by Denise from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 10, 2019 04:59
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Thanks also can I apply for the visa 2 months before I need it.
Answered by Jack | Jul. 10, 2019 17:32
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As I know, 144-hour visa free can only be applied on arrival at Beijing.
Answered by Denise from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 10, 2019 17:49
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I am presuming there be a place/desk at the train station on arrival in Beijing from Mongolia to apply for this visa...... Is this the case??
Answered by Jack | Jul. 10, 2019 19:53
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Yes, you can find the 144-hour visa free counter at Beijing west railway station.
Answered by Denise from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 10, 2019 21:51
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Is that the station (Beijing west) that the train from Mongolia will arrive at??
Answered by Sammy | Jul. 11, 2019 17:25
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I have checked that the train will arrive at Beijing railway station, but there is no 144-hour transit visa counter there.
Answered by Denise from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 11, 2019 18:17
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So how do I get the 144 hour visa if I cannot get it at the station that I arrive at?.
Answered by Sammy | Jul. 11, 2019 23:44
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As Beijing railway station does not has 144 hour transit visa counter, you cannot apply for it. Maybe you need a Chinese tourist visa for Beijing tour.
Asked by khayam husain from UNITED STATES | Jun. 18, 2019 12:18Reply
Flying I’m from Dubai to Beijing for 3 nites can I take train to Shanghai & fly out from there?
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Answered by Lily | Jun. 18, 2019 19:06
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According to the policy, you are not eligible for 144-hour visa free if you want to travel from Beijing to Shanghai. 144-hour visa free is applied to the passengers who travel from a country to another country and transit in only one of the permitted areas in China, but Beijing and Shanghai belongs to two different areas separately. However, if you want to travel from Beijing to Shanghai, you need a Chinese visa.
Answered by Khayam Husain from UNITED STATES | Jun. 18, 2019 20:19
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So if I fly from Dubai to Beijing and then return to a third country only THEN I can get the 144 hour visa?
Answered by Lily | Jun. 18, 2019 20:51
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Yes.
Asked by lORRAINE wEBB from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 15, 2019 01:15Reply
I am flying frOM uk singapore and then china for 4 days and back to singapore do I need a visa
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Answered by Elsa | Jun. 16, 2019 17:13
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If your route is UK - Singapore - China - Singapore and you want to tour the city in China for 4 days, then you need a tourist China visa.
Asked by Kirill from FINLAND | Jun. 11, 2019 04:47Reply
Can i stay in Beijing for 144 hours arriving by train from Mongolia?
Central railway station
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Answered by Tom | Jun. 11, 2019 17:35
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As I know, 144 hour visa free is applied to the travelers who travel from one country to a third country, and transit in one of the permitted areas of China. If you will travel from Mongolia to Beijing and then to another country, then you are eligible for 144 hour visa free.
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