144-hour Visa-free Transit in Kunming
Who qualifies for the 144-hour visa-free transit? - List of 53 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
Currently, passengers transiting in Kunming are only allowed to move around in this city if they wish to enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit. It means those who want to take a tour to Lijiang, Dali, Xishuangbanna, or other cities need to get a normal visa.
What Is an Eligible Route?
Departure Country A: → Kunming → The Third Country C
It indicates that:
1) Passengers can only stop in one mainland Chinese city, namely Kunming. Multiple domestic stops are not allowed;
2) Passengers need to enter Kunming from Country A and then leave for Country C. A and C should be different countries, which means they cannot return to the departure Country A immediately after the layover in Kunming.
Note that Country A and C can be foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.
What Are the Required Documents?
1. Your passport, valid for not less than three months at the time of entry
2. A flight ticket to a third country with confirmed date and seat (standby flight ticket doesn’t work)
3. A visa to the third country if required
4. The Arrival / Departure Card
How to Apply for a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in 6 Steps
1. Inform the airline when boarding
2. Fill out an Arrival/ Departure Card
3. Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival
4. Claim your luggage
5. Go through the customs
6. Leave the airport
What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?
In Kunming, the 144-hour visa-free transit is only available at Changshui International Airport. It means you have to fly in and fly out. Land ports in Yunnan do not issue a 144-hour visa-free stay permit.
Inquiry No. of Changshui Airport: 0086-871-96566
What Can I Do in Kunming During the 144 Hours?
Tour around the Dianchi Lake
If the length of your stay is short, you can take a tour around Dianchi Lake, which is about 40 km (25 mi) from the airport. Choose one from the Grand View Park or Haigeng Park to take in the beauty of the lake. If your visit is during the period from October to March, you can see a wide range of migrant birds wintering in these parks. Yunnan Nationalities Village also lies near the lake, where you can appreciate the architecture and folk customs of 26 of China's ethnic groups.
Marvel at the Stone Forest
The Stone Forest, located in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County of Kunming, is about 2 hours' drive from the airport. Here you can see many karst limestone formations created by nature, resembling caves, animals, and giant columns. Direct tourist buses between Changshui Airport and the scenic area are available, making it easy to arrange a day trip.
Take a photography tour to Dongchuan Red Land
Unless your flight schedule is tight, it's a great idea to take a two-day visit to the Dongchuan Red Land. Here swathes of bright red soil contrast with the colors of seasonal crops and plants and is often compared to an artist's palette overturned by God. Shutterbugs should not miss the chance to take a stopover tour in Dongchuan Red Land, especially when your visit is during late April to early May, late August to early September, or mid-November to December when the colors are most vibrant.
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My partner and I (Canadian citizens) are flying China Eastern from YVR --> NKG -->KMG --> BKK leaving Dec 29 and arriving Dec 31 and it says we need to do a self-transfer. Since the flight number is the same for YVR --> NKG and NKG --> KMG but different for KMG --> BKK I imagine the only self-transfer we need to do is at KMG? On the skyscanner website it says we "must pass through security and passport control during each connection and [we] will need a visa if [our] connection is in a country that requires one". Will we need to / be able to get a free 24 hour visa to get our bags and go back through security? We only have a 3.5 hr layover in KMG so we will not be leaving the airport.
Thanks so much!
Kate, we need more information about the details of your itinerary, especially the portion that passes through China. The most important detail is your entire transit time, calculated from your first arrival in China, in your case in Nanjing, until your final departure from China, in your case from Kunming.
You will be obviously fly on China Eastern flight MU216 from Vancouver to Kunming with a short layover in Nanjing. After that, I assume that you will continue also on China Eastern flight MU757.
If I'm right, your first arrival will be at 14:45 (2:45pm) in Nanjing and your final departure will be at 14:30 (2:30pm) from Kunming. So, if this is the case, you are perfectly eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa because your entire transit time in China will be less than 24 hours.
As far as your luggage is concerned, this detail always depends on airline, in your case, China Eastern policy and you can expect the range from collecting and rechecking your luggage at every stop, until the possibility that your luggage is tagged all the way to Kathmandu. My experience tells me that this could be the most likely outcome. This detail you will know only during your check-in in Vancouver where you should not forget to ask for this very important detail.
You will print out your flight tickets and have those printouts with you. Also, you will declare at check-in in Vancouver that you will travel to Kathmandu via China using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane. Again, you should not forget to ask about your luggage!
Upon your arrival in Nanjing, you will apply for a temporary entry permit at 24 hour visa free transit counter that will be definitely granted to you because the next portion, Nanjing to Kunming, although on the same plane and under the same flight number, is considered a domestic flight. You can also expect that those passengers that proceed to Kunming, will get a herd leader that will take care of the formalities. If this happen to be the case, youst follow him/her and listen to his/her instructions. The stamp that you will receive here will allow you to exit the airport in Kunming and to have a decent sleep after such a long journey.
Basically, this is it and I would suggest you to look at your flight itinerary, so that we can confirm everything above mentioned. In reality, this will be less stressful than you think about it right now. It is essential that you travel relaxed because this 24 hour visa free transit system is already used by literally millions.
OK, hear from you soon.
I am travelling from South Korea to Myanma via Qingday Liuting International Airport, via Changshui International Airport. Is it available to stay in the city with "144-hour visa-free transit"?
For reference, I do not go outside the airport in Qingdao.
But I will leave the airport and stay overnight in the city. The combined time for both airports is 19 hours.
You will just print out your flight tickets and have those printouts with you. Also, you will declare at check-in in South Korea that you will travel to Myanmar via China using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane.
Upon your arrival in Qingdao, you will approach 24 hour visa free transit counter where you will apply for a temporary entry permit that will be granted to you because your next flight is purely domestic. Upon your arrival in Kunming, you will go to your hotel to have an overnight and after that you will proceed by your flight to Myanmar.
Hyun, you are advised to calculate carefully your entire transit time in China where you have to take into account also a time spent on a domestic flight between Qingdao and Kunming.
When I go to Myanmar from Korea, I arrive at Qingdao at 15:25(January 1). And the departure time from Kunming to the third country is 14:20(January 2). Therefore, staying in China is about 23 hours including flight time between China and China. Is it possible to issue a 24 free transit visa?
And when I go back to Korea, I go via Kunming.
Myanmar-Kunming(stay 5hours at Kunming airport)-South Korea is my schedule.
Therefore, when I go to Myanmar on January 1, I will stay in China for 23 hours, and when I return to Korea on January 8, I will stay in China for 5 hours.
So, should I get a paid visa? Or is it possible with a "24-hour visa free"?
You should do exactly as I have written in my first post and you will enjoy your travel through China and even make a short exploration of Kunming during your transit. You can really travel with complete peace of mind because all that you have presented is within the rules.
Also, you are perfectly eligible for 24 hour visa free transit for your journey back to South Korea. You really don't have to good anywhere to ask for visa or any other formality. Just print out your flight tickets, appear at check-in and enjoy your travel. You are perfectly fine :)
Can I also travel back to Paris via Kunming?
Paris - Kunming - Chiang Mai (or Luang Prabang)
Chiang Mai (or Luang Prabang) - Kunming - Paris
It is important that Kunming remains your only stop within mainland China and you will be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit both ways.
Also, you are perfectly allowed to travel on separate tickets and on unrelated airlines. You are suppose to print out your flight e-tickets so that a 14 digit ticket number is visible and to have those printouts with you.