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?

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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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    4.615 Reviews
    Posted on August 17, 2020
    Although we stayed several days in Beijing, we enjoyed the layover tour. We visited many famous spots such as the Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, and Summer Palace…, tired but happy. It was really a worthwhile tour!
    Posted on July 20, 2020
    A high-quality schedule of our 3 days Beijing layover tour! Our tour guide was very hospitable and patient, explaining humorously all the way. Thanks a lot…!
    Posted on July 14, 2020
    We had a short Beijing layover tour when we finished our European travel. In short days, we visited some top attractions and appreciated this charming city. Very grateful for our guide Lily’s thoughtful care, she helped us to organize a wonderful itinerary. Our hotels and cars were comfortable. It was an unforgettable trip and I liked Beijing very much! I would carefully explore it on my next vacation!
    Posted on June 15, 2020
    The consultant and guide of TravelChinaGuide all offered excellent services. The scenic spots we visited were awesome and worth visiting many times. No shopping detour. Highly recommend!
    Robert Mulligan
    Posted on May 19, 2020
    I’d like to strongly recommend this Beijing layover tour with reasonable price and high quality. Candy was our guide who was very helpful and competent. She was able to explain every scenic spot as well as the culture and history of Beijing. She was flexible to adjust the itinerary according to the actual situation and patient towards our questions. The services and facilities at the scenic spots were all of high levels. The Mutianyu Great Wall offers beautiful scenery and the cable car is available here. All in all, it was a happy trip. ... More
    Fabiana Reyes
    Posted on April 19, 2020
    We had three days’ free time in Tianjin before going to Yunnan. So we ordered a 2-days Beijing layover tour on TCG. The trip was quite rewarding, including classic attractions - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The guide was very patient to the questions we had about the stories of the historical sites. The 2 days Beijing trip was excellent and we will use TCG again!
    James Hooper
    Posted on February 23, 2020
    The itinerary of the 4 days Beijing layover tour was wonderful which included the most important attractions as well as interesting activities. Our guide Sara was very fun and informative. She clearly knew a great deal of history about each place we visited. We all appreciated her accompany on this trip. We will definitely contact you to arrange other trips to Shanghai and Xi’an.
    Darren Fuentes
    Posted on January 07, 2020
    The guide Sara was so nice! She boasted rich knowledge and strong organizational and coordination ability. Our Beijing layover tour was well arranged. Thanks to her hard work, we very enjoyed this trip.
    Posted on December 10, 2019
    Thanks to good service of TCG, our families had a delightful holiday. The Beijing layover tour was very great and almost the top attractions were included. The guide Gloria was responsible. A good experience!
    Kamal Khuong
    Posted on November 12, 2019
    We had a classic Beijing tour last week, including Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and Forbidden City. There were so many tourists on that day, so we had enough to appreciate the beauty of those spots. Forbidden City was a magnificent imperial palace, and we had a deep impression of the vivid background stories of our guide. Our trip to Badaling Great Wall was amazing. The scenery on the top was grand and luring. The one day Beijing tour was memorable and wonderful!
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