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 Aug. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
Asked by TC from UK | Aug. 10, 2019 10:23Reply
Chendu transit without a visa boundaries
Can I visit the Jianchuan Museum Cluster during a transit without a visa stay in Chengdu?
Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 10, 2019 13:16

Yes, you can. The town of Anren is within the boundaries of Chengdu city.
Answered by TC from UK | Aug. 15, 2019 04:21

Thank you,
Is it possible to visit Leshan giant Buddha area, Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum or Xichang (Yi's Slavery Museum, Lushan Mountain) under the Chengdu transit without a visa boundaries?
Answered by TC from UK | Aug. 15, 2019 04:25

Ah I just found a map of the transit area. I'm still unsure whether I can go to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum however?
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 15, 2019 09:59

Unfortunately, none of the three places are within the Chengdu transit area.
Asked by heinrich from AUSTRIA | Aug. 07, 2019 01:32Reply
i am flying into chengdu from austria - my onward flight after3days will be to Thailand.
BUT China Eastern flight has a StopOver (2hours) in Kunming. Is that OK?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 07, 2019 13:16

Heinrich, this is not OK and this itinerary requires a visa. You are not allowed to travel through two Chinese transit zones in a row regardless of the nature of your stops. Traveling through two or more transit zones within mainland China is allowed only if traveling on 24 hour visa free transit. Sorry.
Asked by Andrea Tiburli from ITALY | Aug. 06, 2019 21:09Reply
From a A to Chengdu and back to A
Dear Sirs,
can I arrive to CD from Italy, stay 5 days and come back to Italy without VISA?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 07, 2019 13:13

No, you cannot. This would be a visit to China and a visit requires a visa. Anyway, if you can insert the third country within your itinerary, then you would be eligible. In reality, this so called creative itineraries are in most times more expensive compared to obtaining a tourist (L) visa.
Asked by David from ESPAÑA | Aug. 01, 2019 00:04Reply
Travel Bangkok to Chengdu (Thay Lion Air) and Chengdu to Barcelona (transfer in Amsterdam)
Hi I'm from Barcelona, I'm in Thayland now, I want to visit CD (China) for a couple of days and after take the flight return to Barcelona with one stop in transit in Amsterdam (Holland) only for two hours.
Can I use the stopover transit in CD for 144 hours without VISA right?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 01, 2019 10:29

Yes, your itinerary:

Bangkok - Chengdu - Amsterdam - Barcelona is definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Chengdu. You should have your flight tickets in hard copy and preferably your accommodation booking.

Please, keep in mind that for the transit visa purposes, the portion of your itinerary that really matter is:

Bangkok - Chengdu - Amsterdam

Everything before and after is not relevant because only the immediate points before and after your Chinese destination matter.
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