144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chongqing

As of December 1, 2019, the 144-hour visa-free transit has come into force in Chongqing. Passengers from 54 countries can make use of it to enjoy a visa-free layover tour in Chongqing given that they can meet the requirements.

Who Can Enjoy the Chongqing 144-hour TWOV? - List of 54 Qualified Countries 

 25 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

 15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

 6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

 2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

 6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Areas Allowed to Stay

Passengers are allowed to stay in downtown and suburban Chongqing. It’s worth to mention that the counties in the charge of Chongqing Municipality are also allowed to travel.

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

Eligible Ports Contact Information
Chongqing Jiangbei Airport 0086-23-966666
Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport 0086-23-58538509

What Is the Qualified Travel Route for Using the Chongqing 144-hour Free Transit?

Country A ⇒ B: Chongqing ⇒ Country C
Note that Country A and Country C should be different countries. Different cities in a same country do not work.

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Chongqing

144-hour visa-free transit
Required documents include:
1. Passport valid for at least 3 months.
2. A confirmed departure ticket to the Country C mentioned above and a visa for it if required.
Note that you are likely to be refused entry under the following conditions: 1) your passport’s remaining validity is shorter than 3 months; 2) you have records of illegal immigration, stay and work in the recent 5 years.

What Can I Do During the 144 Hours?


Enjoy the Night Piece of the Mountain City Chongqing

There is a saying that “you have never been to Chongqing if you did not take in the night piece there”. The unique landscape of the Mountain City Chongqing enables tourists to see layers of lights no matter where they stand. Taking a night cruise on the Yangtze River and Jialing River is the best way to admire the night piece. On the
way, you can see the dazzlingly decorated Hongya Cave, a large-scale stilt house complex by the river.

Appreciate the Dazu Rock Carvings

As a world cultural heritage which can rival the renowned Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, Dazu Rock Carvings is always appealing to tourists. The exquisite Buddha carvings
demonstrate colorful Buddhist culture in ancient China. You will marvel at the numerous vivid elegant statues created with brilliant carving skills.

Explore the Natural Karst Wonders in Wulong

As the filming set of many movies, the Wulong Karst National Geology Park is undoubtedly a highlight for your layover tour in Chongqing. It seems that you go
downward to the earth in Wulong. Naturally formed bridges, caves and giant holes here fully present the magic force of nature. 
 Further Reading on China 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy:

144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Liaoning
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong
XiamenWuhanQingdaoChengduKunming, Xi'an

- Last updated on Nov. 21, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chongqing
Asked by Jane from SINGAPORE | Feb. 18, 2024 18:59Reply
would i be able to transit in chongqing if this are my flight itinenary? I have the options of 8hrs or 22hrs transit before flying back to Singapore. Instead of staying 8hrs in the airport, i would very much prefer to get out for 22hrs
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Feb. 19, 2024 00:30

Both Tibet and Chongqing are in mainland China and it is not an eligible transit route.

However, since you are a Singaporean citizen, then you will be allowed to enter mainland China without a visa and stay for at least 30 days. In other words, you can transit in Chongqing without a visa.
Asked by Matt | Jun. 19, 2023 05:34Reply
Four-step travel route?

I am wondering if I first travel from Taipei to Hong Kong, then take a flight from Hong Kong to Chongqing and afterwards fly back to Taiwan, am I eligible for the 144-hour visa?

Thank you for your help.
Answers (2)
Answered by Borut | Jun. 19, 2023 11:05

Yes, you are. The only thing that really matters is that immediate points before and after your Chinese destination, Chongqing in your case, are located in two different countries or eligible territories. Eligible territories are: Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau who act as third countries in this regard. In other words, your itinerary is eligible for 144 hour visa free transit because your immediate points before and after Chongqing are in Hong Kong and Taiwan. You are good to go.
Answered by Cindy | Jun. 19, 2023 17:49

What's your nationality? It also matters.
Asked by Zic Lim from SINGAPORE | Apr. 15, 2023 00:40Reply
Chongqing 144 hour visa
I will be flying to Chongqing from Singapore. However, there’s no direct flight. If I transit in Bangkok before flying to Chongqing, will this effect the 144 hour Visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Apr. 16, 2023 05:13

Actually, there is no any obstacle why would not you travel via Bangkok. This is perfectly fine.

Anyway, to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit, your immediate destination after Chongqing cannot be in Thailand and you also cannot have any additional landing within mainland China.

So, if your final itinerary is something like this:

Bangkok - Chongqing - Hong Kong

You will be definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Chongqing area (entire Chongqing Municipality).
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