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 and other 10 cities in Sichuan Province 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 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

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 Nov. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by Jimmy from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 24, 2019 23:18Reply
If I have not long ago left Chengdu on a single visitor visa how long must I wait to come visa free?
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Answered by Saul | Nov. 25, 2019 00:33
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As soon as you want. There's no such time limits.
Asked by Roland from ITALY | Nov. 22, 2019 09:04Reply
Area allowed for the Chengdu is 144 Hours by now right?
HEllo next week i have to fly from Italy to Chengdu via Doha i will get there on sunday afternoon the 30the and leave the 4th of December destination Doha where i stop for 2 days holiday and later come back to Italy .
Is it that ok?
Thanks
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Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 22, 2019 15:49
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Unfortunately, this is not OK because you are not eligible for any kind of visa free transit because of this portion of your itinerary:

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:

- Leshan
- Ya'an
- Meishan
- Deyang
- Suining
- Ziyang
- Neijiang
- Luzhou
- Zigong
- Yibin
Answered by ROLAND from ITALY | Nov. 25, 2019 15:08
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Ok thanks what about Venice Chengdu and Chengdu Ho chi Minh City Vietnam than back to venice directly from HCMC? Is this ok?
Answered by Kim from SINGAPORE | Nov. 25, 2019 17:16
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If it is Venice-Chengdu-Ho Chi Minh-Venice, then you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 26, 2019 13:31
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Anyway, the question is where you will have another stop between Venice and Chengdu because we both know that there is no direct flight between Venice and Chengdu. Please, be very careful because this could ruin your eligibility for 144 hour visa free transit.
Answered by Roland from ITALY | Nov. 27, 2019 02:34
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Thank Zupan this is the complete fly intinerary
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?
Answered by Roland from ITALY | Nov. 27, 2019 02:37
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Thanks Kim
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 27, 2019 12:07
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Your itinerary is perfectly eligible for 144 hour visa free transit :)
Asked by Laura Höijer from SUOMI | Nov. 21, 2019 04:07Reply
24h visa: is it OK to have two stops in China?
Hi

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?

Best wishes
Laura
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Answered by Coral from GERMANY | Nov. 21, 2019 22:58
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According to the situation, you are eligible for the 24 hours visa free policy.
Asked by James from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 09, 2019 19:52Reply
Is there a mandatory number of hours that one has to be in the 3rd country before one fly home?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 10, 2019 03:21
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Of course not. When you leave China to some other country, Chinese authorities are totally uninterested how many seconds, minutes, hours or days you will spend in the 3rd country. All they care is that you leave China in the way as you have mentioned to them upon your arrival. If you have an itinerary that is eligible for visa free transit, you can do whatever you want before your departure from a country A and after your arrival in the country C. This is no more of interest for Chinese authorities.
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