144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao

Qingdao has introduced the 144-hour visa-free transit. Passengers from the 54 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 54 Qualifying 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 - 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 updated on Nov. 21, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao
Asked by Johan from INDONESIA | Oct. 03, 2023 21:36Reply
I'm Indonesian, I have transit flight schedule ICN - TAO - PVG - CGK,can I have 24 hour transit visa
I have flight ICN - TAO - PVG - CGK, and our flight have transit in TAO for about 24 hour, can I get 24 hour free transit visa? I'm Indonesian. Thanks
Answers (3)
Answered by Green | Oct. 07, 2023 01:35

If your total stay in TAO (Qingdao Airport) and PVG (Shanghai Pudong Airport) is over 24 hours, you are not eligible for the 24-hour visa-free transit and you have to obtain a visa in advance.
Answered by Johan | Oct. 07, 2023 11:05

Thanks for your respond, if I stay below 24 hour, can I get free 24 hour visa? Thanks
Answered by Green | Oct. 07, 2023 18:17

Yes, you will be covered by 24-hour visa-free transit if the scheduled landing in Qingdao to scheduled departure from Shanghai is less than 24 hours.
Asked by Sid from SINGAPORE | Jun. 14, 2023 08:58Reply
Qingdao Jiaodong airport
Hi, would you happen to know if the 144hr visa-free transit is still valid at the new Qingdao Jiaodong airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Flora | Jun. 14, 2023 20:33

Yes, of course. The new airport is also eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Attila from JAPAN | Jan. 25, 2020 23:33Reply
Can I use weidong ferry to enter/leave on the Qingdao 144 hour transit visa?
For example,
1. enter Tokyo - Qingdao by airplane
2. Leave Qingdao - Incheon by weidong ferry
Answers (1)
Answered by Bradley from FRANCE | Feb. 01, 2020 20:38

Yes, it will be ok. Don't worry.
Asked by Mikiela from USA | Dec. 29, 2019 13:04Reply
How can I get to qingdao on the 144 VISA from united staged?
My only destination location is QD. From lax to QD and back to lax
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 30, 2019 14:58

You can do that by introducing a third country in your itinerary. For example, you can add an overnight in Seoul in South Korea. In reality, your itinerary can look like this:

Los Angeles - Qingdao - Seoul - Los Angeles


Los Angeles - Qingdao - Seoul - Qingdao - Los Angeles

As you can see with the first option, you will have one 144 hour visa free transit in Qingdao and with the second option, twice.

You have to add a third country in any case to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit and now it's up to you to look after the prices and different combinations to find the most suitable itinerary in every sense.
Asked by Saji from INDIA | Dec. 16, 2019 21:42Reply
I am an Indian, I hold a Schengen visa. During my sail in cruise from Fukuoka to Qingado can I enter
Without any China tourist visa can I enter Qingado or do I need to apply visiting Visa...I am staying in Italy now
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 17, 2019 15:54

You can enter Qingdao on 24 hour visa free transit if the immediate ports of call before and after Qingdao are located in different countries.

For example, if your itinerary looks like:

Fukuoka (Japan) - Qingdao (mainland China) - Busan (South Korea)

Then you are eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you can enter the city based on this type of transit or in other words, you will be granted a temporary entry permit upon your docking in Qingdao.

Anyway, if your itinerary has another port of call, immediately after Qingdao, in mainland China, then you need a tourist (L) visa obtained in advance. The same thing is if your itinerary has a port of call, immediately after Qingdao, in Japan. This is also not eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and also in this case, you need a tourist (L) visa obtained in advance.
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