144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao

As of January 1, 2019, Qingdao will carry out the 144-hour visa-free transit. Passengers from the 53 countries qualified for the Qingdao 144-hour transit without visa (TWOV) will take a free transit in the city, and they will 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 Qualified 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 allowable area to visit 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 getting 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 144h 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. 
If reaching Qingdao’s railway stations, which are not the entitled ports of Qingdao TWOV, those passengers are required to show valid visa 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.
144-hour visa-free transit

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 at the grand occasion. Or go to the famous Qingdao Beer Museum at No. 56, Dengzhou Road to get to know the hundreds years history of Tsingtao Beer.

Admire the fascinating natural scenery 

Qingdao is a coastal city boasting pretty coastline views. Besides the picturesque seascape, you don’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 will have a look at the Confucius Temple, the Confucius Family Mansion & Cemetery, and have a better understanding of the Confucian culture. 
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