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 J from CZECH | May. 18, 2019 02:33Reply
Tokyo to Hong Kong via Beijing
We are flying from Tokyo to Beijing and than continue to Hong Kong. Can we apply for the 72/144 hours transit visa if we continue our trip to Hong Kong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Samuel | May. 19, 2019 17:59

I think it is no problem to apply for the 72 or 144-hour visa-free transit based on your itinerary. But there are also two necessary conditions that you need to meet. One is that you have to be the citizen of 53 countries that are opened to apply for 72 or 144-hour visa-free transit in China. The other one is you should take your valid passport and buy the flight ticket to the third country with confirmed date and seat in advance.
Asked by Alison Quinn from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 13, 2019 07:09Reply
144hour visa
I land in Beijing on A Saturday then fly to Vietnam on Tuesday, I will have a visa waiver for Vietnam. I'm staying in Vietnam for 12 nights . I will then flying back to Beijing to catch a flight back to Heathrow , will it be OK to use the 144 hour Visa.
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Answered by Lavinia | May. 13, 2019 17:14

As I know, you are eligible for the 144-hour visa free transit and can apply for the permit at Beijing airport with you valid British passport and the flight ticket to the third country.
Asked by Agus from INDONESIA | Apr. 30, 2019 22:44Reply
Coming to shang hai from bali for 4 days and hongkong for 3 days
I will be depart bali to shanghai for 4 days and continue to hongkong for 3 days and back to bali. Do i need a visa?
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Answered by Christine | May. 05, 2019 02:15

As I know, you are eligible for the 144-hour visa free transit upon arriving at Shanghai airport. And if you hold Indonesian passport, you can enjoy 30 days visa-free policy in Hong Kong.
Asked by Janet from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 28, 2019 22:00Reply
can we qualify for the 144 hour visa?
4 Australians fly into Beijing with a stopover at Guangzhou at 5.30am, stay one night in Beijing, spend 2 nights out at the Wall then another in Beijing, then catch train to Ulaanbaatar the following morning. Do we need visas.
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Answered by Florence | May. 05, 2019 00:48

I am afraid that you are unqualified for the 144-hour visa free transit because you will stop two cities in China. You need to apply for the tourism visa in advance according to your schedule.
Asked by Steve from USA | Apr. 22, 2019 20:38Reply
Hi I am traveling for United States to Vietnam but my connecting flight is in Beijing.
15 hours layover and I don’t have USA passport but I have a Vietnam passport so can I get a 24 hours visa free to travel in Beijing
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Answered by Gina | Apr. 23, 2019 23:55

As I know,there is no nationality restriction in applying for the 24-hour transit visa exemption. You need to submit your valid passport, connecting onward flight tickets with confirmed seat and date, and fill out entry card, and accept inquiries from exit/entry border inspection authorities upon arriving at Beijing airport.
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