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 54 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 54 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, Norway, 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, Shuangliu International Airport and Tianfu International Airport can both be used for your entry and exit. The contact number of the Shuangliu 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 updated on Jun. 11, 2024 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by Matteo R. from ITALY | Jun. 11, 2024 00:55Reply
Extend a 15-day China visa free entry, to a regular visa while in China?
Anyone know if it's possible to extend a 15-day China visa free entry, to a regular visa while in China?

Thanks! :)

If so, where?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 11, 2024 07:12

Honestly I am not aware of such a possibility, although it is possible that it could exists. However, I would like to inform you that you are allowed to exit toward Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, for example a short ferry ride from Shenzhen to Hong Kong, and immediately return back to mainland China with brand new 15 days.
Asked by fany from MEXICO | Jun. 04, 2024 07:48Reply
Can I visit Chongqing with this visa?
If I arrive to Chengdu, could I visit Chongqing with this visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 04, 2024 23:20

No, unfortunately, Chongqing is a separate transit area of its own, so you are not allowed to travel there while on 144 hour visa free transit in Chengdu transit area. You are allowed to stay and explore the wide area of Chengdu and also other 10 cities in Sichuan, including Zigong, Luzhou, Deyang, Suining, Neijiang, Leshan, Ziyang, Yibin, Ya'an, and Meishan.
Asked by Fany from MEXICO | Jun. 04, 2024 07:46Reply
Can I apply for this is I am from Mexico?
I am a mexican student living in Australia , I'm flying from Sydney to Dubai and I have to go to Chengdu and decided to stay 4 days . Can I apply for this 144 visa?

Sydney- Chengdu - Dubai
After Dubai I am going to Greece and other countries and then return back to Sydney
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 04, 2024 23:17

Fany, this is not a visa, but just 144 hour visa free transit. This is a transit status and not any type of visa. It is important to accept this detail to avoid any possible misunderstandings.

Your itinerary is definitely eligible and you will stay in wider Chengdu area and explore it in the way as you wish absolutely visa free. You are advised to printout your flight tickets as well as your hotel booking confirmation for at least the first overnight in Chengdu area.

Upon your check-in in Sydney you will declare that you are traveling to UAE (Dubai) via Chengdu based on 144 hour visa free transit. After a short check, you will be allowed to board the plane. Upon your landing the first you will do is to approach 144 hour visa free transit counter where you will apply for a temporary entry permit by presenting the above mentioned documentation. This is all free of any charge. After a short time you will be granted a permit and you will proceed to immigration and after that you will explore wider Chengdu area as you wish.

It is important that your flights to and from China do not have any additional landing of any kind within mainland China.
Asked by Aric from USA | May. 31, 2024 13:32Reply
Can I enter at Tianfu and Leave from Shuangliu?
Do I have to enter and exit from the same airport? Or can i enter at one and leave from the other?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 02, 2024 23:20

You can use both airports, one to enter Chengdu area and another to leave it. This is perfectly acceptable because they are located within the same transit area that covers wider area of Chengdu city. You should just have in mind that beside the airports within Chengdu area, you are not allowed to have any additional landing within mainland China or in other words, you have to arrive into Chengdu from one and depart from Chengdu to another country on nonstop flights. Instead of the countries you can also use eligible territories like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Asked by Michelle from PAPUA NEW GUINEA | May. 07, 2024 21:16Reply
Papua New Guinea passport holder transiting final destination Malaysia.
Would I need a transiting visa to transiting to Malaysia
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | May. 08, 2024 23:39

Michelle, the citizens of Paua New Guinea are allowed to use 24 hour visa free transit and they do not need a visa if their itinerary is eligible. For example, if you are flying form a country A (Japan for example) via country B (this is China) to country C (Malaysia in your case) and if you layover in China is shorter than 24 hours then you do not need any kind of visa or plainly speaking, you will travel through China absolutely visa free. It is just important to have in mind that 3 different countries have to be involved within the itinerary and that your transit time in China is shorter than 24 hours. Basically, this is it.
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