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 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
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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(Flight 2) CD -- AbuDhabi 2/3 night stay
(Flight 3) AbuDhabi -- UK
It seems to me that you need to have a 3rd country - if you do a stop over in Abudhabi on the way home then does this count as transit?
And then you would just show your booking in Shuangliu Airport - which would show your outgoing flight would be to AbuDhabi?
And of course the other way round - so having a small vacation in AbuDhabi first, and then flying to CD, and then flying to the UK? The UK is still the first and final destination, but AduDhabi is being used as a second holiday destination?
UK is still the first and last destination, it is just the flight connection in a different country?
I will be travelling to Phuket, Thailand and will be transiting in a couple of Chinese cities on the way back home.
From Phuket, the first flight will arrive in CD City. After an 8 hour layover, the next flight will take me to Shanghai Pudong. After a 19 hour layover in Pudong the next flight will be to go back to Canada.
Will I need a Visa to transit from CD to Pudong?
1. Phuket, Thailand (HKT) to Chengdu,China (CTU)
Depart from: HKT 4:00 AM- April 25th | Terminal 1
Arrive at: CTU 8:50 AM - April 25th | Terminal 1
*** Might need a VISA to enter Shanghai
2. Chengdu, China (CTU) to Shanghai Pudong, China (PVG)
Depart from: CTU 3:50 PM- April 25th | Terminal 2
Arrive at: PVG 6:50 PM - April 25th | Terminal 1
LAYOVER: 17H 10M
3. Shanghai,China (PVG) to Toronto, Canada (YYZ)
Depart from: PVG 12:00 PM- April 26th | Terminal 1
Arrive at: YYZ 2:25 PM - April 26th | Terminal 3
We will be in china for 27H 10M from the landing time of 8:50 AM on April 25th. If we check in before 8:50 AM at PVG will we still be able to leave the China?
May I go visit the Longchi national forest park for example under the 144 hours visa exemption ?
Thanks in advance for your answer
My flights are scheduled as such :
Amsterdam to CD
then CD to Taipei
and back to Paris from Taipei.
I will stay less than 72 hours in CD.
Could you please tell me if the visa-free transit will be granted ?
Is the local police at the airport truly aware of the visa-free transit ?
Thanks in advance for your answers.
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.