144-hour Visa-free Transit 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 and other 10 cities in Sichuan, including Zigong, Luzhou, Deyang, Suining, Neijiang, Leshan, Ziyang, Yibin, Ya'an, and Meishan. Unfortunately, the famous Jiuzhai Valley is not within this region.
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
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|
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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Is it that ok?
Doha - Chengdu - Doha
As you can see this is a round trip flight and not a transit. Cities immediately before and after your Chinese destination have to be in different countries. If you want to retain this itinerary, you will have to obtain a Chinese visa in advance or alternatively to rearrange your flights.
By the way, Chengdu is eligible for 144 hour visa free transit and starting from December 1 also these localities within Sichuan province:
QR 126N 06DEC VCEDOH*HK1 1555 2320 VENICE DOHA
QR 860N 07DEC DOHCTU*HK1 0150 1355 DOHA CHENGDU
CZ4119E 11DEC CTUSGN HK1 0055 0330 CHENGDU SAIGON
EK 393K 15DEC SGNDXB*HK1 2355 0425 SAIGON DUBAI
EK 135K 16DEC DXBVCE*HK1 0935 1315 DUBAI VENECE
What do you think?
Our plan is:
Helsinki - Chengdu (3 hour stop)
Chengdu - Guangzhou (8 h stop)
Guangzhou- Phu Quoc (Vietnam)
so we are only transiting through China, on our way to Vietnam, within 24 hours. But we will have a domestic flight, so two stops in China
Is this a problem? Do we need a visa?