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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Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by Póngpet Riley from THAILAND | Jan. 26, 2020 16:31Reply
Visa-free travel for that citizen?
I am a Thai citizen and have a booking bkk-ctu-sfo then sfo-ctu-bkk a month later

I'd like to spend a day or 2 in Chengdu (ctu) in both directions. I don't see Thailand on the 144hr visa waiver. Is there a similar plan for me?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sonia from CANADA | Jan. 31, 2020 19:31

Well, as I know, you can only enjoy the 24 hours visa free policy. If the layover is more than 24 hours, you need to apply for China Visa in advance in your country.
Asked by NOIK from GERMANY | Jan. 21, 2020 13:58Reply
My intinerery
20.02 London LHR 2205 - 21.02 Chengdu 16:55
22.02 Chengdu 1:50 - Sydney 15:50

12.03 Sydney SYD20:40 - 13.03 Beijing PEK04:40
13.03 Beijing PEK 12:20 - London LHR15:55

what about my flights - is it a visa free transit? may a take a short trip to chengdu ?
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Answered by Nina from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 21, 2020 17:45

I think you are entitled to 144 hour visa free transit.
Asked by Paul van Rijswijk from NEDERLAND | Jan. 08, 2020 03:00Reply
Is this itinerary okay for 144 hours visa ?
Is this itinerary okay for 144 hours visa ?

Amsterdam- Chengdu 6 days
Return Changsha- Frankfurt-Amsterdam
Answers (3)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 08, 2020 14:41

I assume that you have mistaken when you have written Changsha instead of Chengdu, right?

If your itinerary is:

Amsterdam - Chengdu - Frankfurt

Then you are definitely eligible for 144 hours (6 days) visa free transit in Chengdu area. By the way, you should be aware that your above mentioned flights have to be non stop.
Answered by paul van Rijswijk from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 08, 2020 21:57

Thanks for the reply.
The return is Chengdu-Changsha-Frankfurt.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 10, 2020 14:42

Unfortunately, your itinerary is not eligible for any kind of visa free transit option because you will have two consecutive stops within China and your stay will be longer than 24 hours. You will have to apply and obtain a Chinese tourist (L) visa in advance.
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?
Answers (1)
Answered by Saul | Nov. 25, 2019 00:33

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?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 22, 2019 15:49

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

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

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

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

Thank Zupan this is the complete fly intinerary

What do you think?
Answered by Roland from ITALY | Nov. 27, 2019 02:37

Thanks Kim
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 27, 2019 12:07

Your itinerary is perfectly eligible for 144 hour visa free transit :)
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