144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao

Qingdao has introduced the 144-hour visa-free transit. Passengers from the 53 countries qualifying for the Qingdao 144-hour transit without visa (TWOV) can stop over in the city, and they are be able to travel within the whole Shandong Province for 6 days without applying for a Chinese visa in advance. But the travelers are required to enter and exit from Qingdao only. 

Who Can Enjoy the Qingdao 144-hour TWOV? - List of 53 Qualifying Countries 

 24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, 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 - the Whole Shandong Province

For those people who are eligible for the Qingdao 144 hours TWOV, not only the city of Qingdao, but also all other places of Shandong are areas included for visits during the 6 days transit time. For instance, if you are interested in the Confucius Temple in Qufu or want to explore the Baotu Spring Park in Jinan, it will be fine for you to leave Qingdao for the two cities of Shandong after obtaining the 144-hour free transit.
Please note that though you can go to other Shandong cities to spend the 6 days, you need to go back to Qingdao to leave the country. 

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

The passengers from the 53 foreign countries can apply for the Qingdao 144-hour visa-free transit scheme at its air and cruise ports. In other words, the 144-hour free transit exemption will be issued to the eligible tourists only after their arrival at Qingdao Liuting International Airport and Qingdao cruise port. 
When arriving via Qingdao’s railway stations, which do not qualify for the Qingdao TWOV, passengers will need a valid visa in order to enter the city.
Eligible Ports Contact Information
Qingdao Liuting International Airport 0532-96567
Qingdao Cruise Port 0532-82983871


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

A: departure country ⇒ B: Qingdao ⇒ C: the third country or region

The travel itinerary should be country A – Qingdao – country C. Make sure that country A differs from C. 

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Scheme in Qingdao

First, please inform the airline or cruise company at check-in that you want to use the free transit in Qingdao. Then you'll be granted the TWOV and entry permit when clearing immigration upon arrival.
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What Can I Do During the 144 Hours?

Have a taste of the renowned Tsingtao Beer

If visiting Qingdao from Jul. to Sept., you might catch up with the International Beer Festival. This carnival enables all the guests to enjoy various kinds of beer and have a wonderful time during the grand occasion. Or go to the famous Qingdao Beer Museum at No. 56, Dengzhou Road to get to know about the history of the centuries of the brewing of Tsingtao Beer.

Admire the fascinating natural scenery 

Qingdao is a coastal city boasting pretty coastline views. Besides the picturesque seascape, you won’t want to miss the mountain over the sea - Mt. Laoshan, either. Having a sumptuous seafood feast would add more value to your Qingdao trip. 

Experience the Confucian culture in Qufu

Located in southwest Shandong, Qufu is famous for being the hometown of the great educator Confucius. Paying a visit in there, you can see the Confucius Temple, the Confucius Family Mansion & Cemetery, and gain a better understanding of the Confucian culture. 
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Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao
Asked by Zach from USA | Nov. 21, 2019 17:11Reply
Multiple stops in China.
My friend has a ticket going from Hanoi-Shenzhen-Qingdao, then Qingdao-Guangzhou-Bangkok. He wants to do the transit visa in the city, is this possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Caroline from GERMANY | Nov. 21, 2019 22:24

No, according to the situation, you are not eligible for the 144 hours visa free policy. You need to apply for the visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Tonny from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 25, 2019 20:00Reply
Dutch passport traveling from Asian country
I'm from the Netherlands and want to visit Qingdao for 2 days for business. I'm staying in Vietnam though and travel from here. It's a Saigon - Qingdao - Saigon. Am I eligible for the 144 hour visa free.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 26, 2019 02:47

Tonny, here we have two problematic situations:

1) There are no direct flights between HCMC and QD
2) Your itinerary is just a round trip and not a transit.

You are not eligible for any kind of visa free transit with this itinerary. I suggest you to use an airports in eligible territories around mainland China. For example, an eligible itinerary for 144 hour visa free transit is:

HCMC - Hong Kong - QD
QD - Taipei - HCMC

It is essential that the immediate points before and after QD are in different countries or eligible territories and not in mainland China.
Asked by Monique from USA | Oct. 17, 2019 07:31Reply
Manila to Qingdao
Hello I’m flying Manila - Qingdao - Yangon on China Southern Airlines but there is a 2 hour layover in CAN. Will this effect my ability to get the 144 hour visa?
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Answered by Trish from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 18, 2019 01:27

Yes, it will effect. You can only have one stop in mainland China. Otherwise, you need to apply for the Chinese visa in advance in your country.
Answered by Monique from USA | Oct. 20, 2019 03:11

Thank you so much for your help! I’ll check out other flights.
Asked by Abakeh p b dawson from ENGLAND UK | Oct. 14, 2019 10:16Reply
I'm thinking of travelling
London-qingdao-hong kong return hong Kong-qingdao-london I'm I legible for 144 hour visa free?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 14, 2019 11:38

Yes, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Qingdao twice. Anyway, you are warned that Qingdao has to be your only mainland Chinese stop!
Asked by INAL1212 | Sep. 02, 2019 05:37Reply
Amsterdam- Paris- Seoul

I live in Netherlands and has Dutch nationality..
I am flying from Amsterdam to Paris and from Paris to Seoul. Back ticket is from Seoul to Amsterdam.

I want to visit Qingdao for 2 days and go back to Amterdam like Qingdao- Seoul- Amsterdam..

Can I get visa for 144hours?

Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 02, 2019 15:33

Look, the problem is with your arrival in Qingdao. You have presented the portion of your itinerary for your travel back from Qingdao, but we miss the part of your arrival.

I assume that you plan to travel on a return ticket from South Korea to Qingdao, so your itinerary would look like

South Korea - Qingdao - South Korea

An that is not allowed under any kind of visa free option because this is treated as a return trip or a visit to China.

So, you will have to obtain a Chinese tourist (L) visa in advance, rearrange your flights or simply forget about visiting Qingdao. When I say to rearrange the flights, you can do something like this at relatively affordable prices:

Seoul - Qingdao - Osaka - Seoul

This would be an eligible itinerary that would allow you to enjoy 144 hour visa free transit in Qingdao area.
Answered by INAL1212 | Sep. 05, 2019 07:00

Ok, thanks..

one more question. I found a ticket Qingdao to Fukuoka (transfer Seoul) and Fukuoka-Seoul.

What happends if I don't take the flight from Seoul to Fukuoka and just stay in Seoul? is that allowed?
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 05, 2019 13:32

Unfortunately, you simply cannot do that. Having a ticket as you have describe it, is again a return flight:

South Korea - Qingdao - South Korea

The rules of visa free transit for China clearly state that only the immediate points immediately before and after your Chinese destination matter. Everything before and after is irrelevant. So, again, your flight from Qingdao has to be a direct, nonstop flight to a third country and to to South Korea. It can be Japan, and even Taiwan because it is considered as eligible third country for visa free transit purposes.

I just hope you didn't book that ticket yet because it is useless and the South Korean authorities will not allow you to board the plane in the first place.
Answered by ZUPAN | Sep. 05, 2019 13:35

Just to correct this sentence that was incorrectly written above:

So, again, your flight from Qingdao has to be a direct, nonstop flight to a third country and NOT to South Korea.

South Korea can follow only after you have really departed for a third country.
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