144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu

The six-day, or 144-hour visa-free transit has been introduced to Chengdu, a fascinating travel destination in China. This benefits citizens from 53 countries who are transiting in Chengdu for a layover not exceeding 144 hours. That is, you are able to stay for as long as six days in Chengdu without applying for a visa in advance if you are from one of the countries. Making use of the visa-free policy will not only save your money, but also give you a chance to enjoy a hassle-free layover tour in Chengdu.

Who can enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit? - List of 53 Qualified Countries

 American Countries: US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

 Other European Countries: UK, Ireland, Russia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, Monaco

 Asian Countries: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Areas Allowed to Stay

Passengers qualifying under the 144-hour visa-free transit are allowed to travel within Chengdu only. It means they cannot leave Chengdu for other cities. In case they indeed need to go to other Chinese cities after arrival in Chengdu, please apply for a visa at the local exit and entry administration.

What Is an Eligible Route?

Departure Country A: ⇒ Chengdu ⇒ The Third Country C

You need to take an international flight to enter Chengdu, and then catch a connecting flight to leave for the third country. NO stop in any other mainland Chinese cities is allowed. Note that A and C can refer to foreign countries as well as Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

What Documents Do I Need?

1. Your passport, valid for at least 3 months at the time of application;
2. A confirmed air ticket to a third country;
3. A visa to the third country if required;
4. An arrival/ departure card.

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit? - A step by step guide

144-hour visa-free transit
1. Inform the airline when boarding
2. Fill an Arrival/Departure Card
3. Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival
4. Claim the luggage
5. Go through the customs
6. Leave the airport

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

If you wish to transit in Chengdu and use the 144-hour visa-free transit facility, only Shuangliu International Airport can be used for your entry and exit. The contact number of the airport is 0086-28-85205555 if you have any further queries.

What Can I Do During the 144 Hours?

Take a close look at the pandas

Wide and Narrow Alley
Wide and Narrow Alley

When mentioning Chengdu, what comes into your mind first? I guess the answer is pandas. They are fluffy and cute, and mostly inhabit Chengdu, China. A Chengdu trip is never complete without greeting with the pandas. The Panda Base, only 10 km (6 miles) from downtown Chengdu, should be absolutely on your destination list. Half a day is enough for the visit.

Explore the most prosperous landmarks

The Chunxi Road Pedestrian Street and the Wide and Narrow Alley nearby are perhaps the most thriving part of the city. There you can see two sides of Chengdu, fashionable and antique. International brands gather here in large shopping malls, while vendors sell small traditional commodities on the streets. You can enjoy a wide variety of Chengdu snacks there, like wonton, boiled glutinous rice balls, or spicy chili skewers.

Sometimes it is nice to sit back and enjoy a nice cup of tea, and embrace the slow lifestyle of Chengdu at a teahouse. Some teahouses offer the ear cleaning service. Time permitting, you can have your ears picked, which makes settles your nerves and is more relaxing. If you arrive at night, you may visit Jinli Street, where you can enjoy a similar travel experience to the Wide and Narrow Alley, but more charming as a night piece.

Enjoy spicy Chengdu hotpot

Hotpot is what makes Chengdu so famous in terms of its food. If you get used to spicy and hot food, do take the chance to challenge your taste buds. There are numerous hotpot restaurants and you can find one easily no matter where you are. In some restaurants, the classical face-changing performance in Sichuan opera is available, adding fun to your meal.

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- Last modified on May. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by matttfletcher from UK | Jun. 16, 2019 07:26Reply
Ok to visit miangyang
I have family coming for a wedding who want to travel around Chengdu but attend 2 day wedding in miangyang Sichuan. Is this visa ok. They will be leaving before 144 hour deadline
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 16, 2019 10:51

Unfortunately, Mianyang is outside of the area allowed for free travel under 144 hours visa free transit.
Asked by Duke from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 14, 2019 12:33Reply
What happens if your 3rd country (country C) is just a transit/layover on way back to (Country A).
Im thinking Bangkok > Chengdu > (but 4 hour layover in Hong Kong first) Bangkok. Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 14, 2019 14:35

This is just fine. In reality, the entire structure of visa free transit regulations within mainland China is based on the immediate points before and after your mainland Chinese destination or better to say place of transit. So, only the immediate points before and after mainland China matter regardless if we talk about short layovers, long stopovers, final destinations or anything else. It is literally enough that the wheels of the plane touch the runway and it already counts as a country A or C. Anything before and after them is literally irrelevant. For example, everything that matters from your itinerary is Bangkok - Chengdu - Hong Kong and Bangkok after Hong Kong is irrelevant. This is all that interests mainland Chinese authorities. In reality your itinerary is definitely eligible for 144 hours visa free transit.
Asked by Dan from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 10, 2019 09:34Reply
Already have single entry visa but suddenly need to go to Thailand
I have already got an single entry visa and in China already for a week now. But needs to go to Thailand for a few days suddenly. My return ticket is from Chengdu-Auckland, do you think I can go to Thailand before flying out of Chengdu, and use the free transit 144 hours visa as the current single entry visa won’t be valid any more once exit to Thailand. Thank you very very much!
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 10, 2019 15:10

Of course you can do that. Everything you should do are the followings steps:

- Just buy a ticket for Thailand and fly there. Nobody in China will really ask anything because they simply don't care when somebody is exiting the country currently covered by valid visa that expires at the very moment of your exit from the country.
- As I can see, you perfectly understand that you are qualified for 144 hours visa free transit in Chengdu, so you will decide how much time will you spend in Chengdu before your flight to Auckland and you will buy your ticket from Thailand to Chengdu accordingly.
- Your ticket from Thailand to Chengdu should not have any additional landing within mainland China!
- Your ticket from Chengdu to Auckland should not have any additional landing within mainland China!

In case that you can comply with the above details, you can definitely enjoy your 144 hours visa free transit.
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