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 Feb. 14, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by Troyge | Feb. 14, 2019 01:08Reply
Sichuan Airlines said you can only stay 48h in Chengdu without visa.
The 144h is not in effect. They said it is the same for Beijing & Shanghai.
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Answered by Paul from USA | Feb. 14, 2019 04:21
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Is this the person at the airport that said this? Phone agent with airline usually are wrong about it, there has been a 72 hour transit in Chengdu for many years, this was just extension to 144 hours. They are completely wrong about Beijing and Shanghai which is not new so they probably don't know what they are talking about.

This assumes your route qualifies and you have one of the 53 approved passports. It must be country A > Chengdu > Country B and no other landings in mainland china.
Asked by Eva Horvath Sydow from UNITED STATES | Jan. 24, 2019 22:26Reply
Can I visit Leshan Buddha with the 144-hour TWOV? Thanks!
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Answered by Abigail from DENMARK | Jan. 28, 2019 18:18
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No, I am afraid not. You can only travel within Chengdu City.
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