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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- Last modified on Jul. 31, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao
Asked by Edralin ishizaki from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 31, 2019 08:42Reply
Flying from yangon to qingdao
I am a philippine passport holder but currently living in yangon myanmar with a one year visa and have a permanent visa in japan. I just wanna watch my sons gothia cup in qingdao 2019. Ist possible to obtained the visa on arrival or even the 144 hour transit visa. Thank you in advance...
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 31, 2019 13:23

As I have already mentioned in your similar post in the other part of this forum, you will have to obtain a Chinese tourist (L) visa in advance since there is no Qingdao VOA. There is 24 or 144 hour visa free transit, but you obviously are not in transit and also, as a Philippine citizen, you are eligible for just 24 hour visa free transit.
Asked by dino from ITALY | Jul. 22, 2019 08:44Reply
if i fly from: Milan to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to Qingdao
coming back Qingdao Seoul Hong Kong Milan
Can i use 144 hours visa free policy

Many tks
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 24, 2019 13:43

The part that interests Chinese immigration authorities is:

Hong Kong - Qingdao - Seoul

If the above mentioned itinerary does not have any additional landings, especially within mainland China, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Qingdao.
Asked by Ewald Kulhanek from AUSTRIA | Jul. 11, 2019 03:52Reply
Europe - Qingdao - Europe via differnt air ports
If I´m flying from Austria via Germany to Qingdao and back direct to Austria (or via South Korea ), is that fine for the 144hr visit?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 11, 2019 15:20

Yes, it is. It is important that your immediate points before and after the Chinese destination, in your case Qingdao, are in different countries to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.

So, eligible itineraries are:

Germany - QD - Austria
Germany - QD - South Korea

There has to be a formula A - B - C

By the way, be very careful because there are no direct flights from QD to Austria, so take care that your itinerary does not appear like:

Germany - QD - Germany

Remember... Only the immediate points before and after matter!
Asked by Browneyedgirl from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 10, 2019 04:30Reply
Qingdao 144 hour visa exempt
I am looking to travel direct from the Uk To QD then to Seoul Korea. The return to the city and then back to the Uk. Can I enter twice using the 144 hour visa exempt? Also, is this ok for a 10 year old child to apply for?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 10, 2019 14:26

If your itineraries are:

UK - Qingdao - Seoul
Seoul - Qingdao - UK

You are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Qingdao twice. Of course, you and a 10 year old child.

I hope that you have reported all your stops within your itinerary.
Answered by Browneyedgirl from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 10, 2019 18:21

Yes that would be all the stops we would make. Thank you so much for your help.
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