144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen

Xiamen is carrying out the 144-hour visa-free transit scheme in Gaoqi International Airport and all sea ports within the city. The visa-free transit policy states that passport holders from the designated 53 countries including USA, UK, New Zealand, and Australia are able to transfer in Xiamen for a layover not exceeding 144 hours on their way to a third country.

Who are eligible 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

When using the 144-hour visa-free transit facility in Xiamen, the allowed areas to stay is limited to Xiamen City only, including the outskirts. Passengers are not permitted to visit any other cities in mainland China.

What Is an Eligible Route?

Departure Country A: → Xiamen → The Third Country C

Note: A and C refer to different foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

It's the most essential thing to confirm that your route is eligible before departure. You are supposed to enter Xiamen from Country A, stay for not more than 144 hours, and then leave for Country C. During the period, you cannot stop over in any other mainland Chinese cities.

Eligible: Singapore - Xiamen - Seoul
NOT Eligible: Singapore - Xiamen - Shanghai -Seoul

Eligible: Singapore - Xiamen - Seoul
NOT Eligible: Singapore - Xiamen - Singapore

How to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit?

144-hour visa-free transit

What Documents Do I Need to Show?

1. Your passport with at least three months left
2. An air or cruise ticket to a third country with confirmed seat and departure date within 144 hours
3. A visa to the third country if required
4. The Arrival Card for Temporary Entry

Note: Visitors had better also prepare hotel bookings in case of immigration check.

What Are the Eligible Transit Ports?

In Xiamen, the eligible ports include Gaoqi International Airport and all international cruise ports, indicating both air and ship passengers have access to the 144-hour visa-free transit scheme.

Contact information of the airport: 0086-592-96363

What Can I Do During the 144 Hours?

Enjoy leisurely time in Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island is definitely the most rewarding attraction in Xiamen, however it requires you to have at least two days for the travel. Passengers with long layover are highly recommended to book a tour to Gulangyu Island, a garden on the sea, to fully indulge in the leisurely atmosphere. Shuzhuang Garden, Organ Museum, and Bright Moon Garden are the must-see attractions. On the Sunlight Rock, you can have a bird's view of the whole island with century-old exotic architectures scattered here and there. Artistic bars, cafes, bookstores and restaurants are all good places to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Visit South Putuo Temple & Xiamen University

South Putuo Temple is a prosperous Buddhist temple in China with lots of pious pilgrims. Dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907), it remains traditional Chinese architectural style. A whole visit takes about 2 hours, and then you can climb the rear mountain of the temple. It's worth mention that the vegetarian food in the temple is really nice. If time permits, pay a visit to the nearby Xiamen University, which is ranked as one of the most beautiful colleges in China.

Ride along the Island Ring Road

Rent a bike at Hulishan Fortress or Xiamen University and start a cool trip along the Island Ring Road. The fabulous sunshine, golden beaches, gentle seashore breezes, and tall coconut trees will make you fall in love with Xiamen.

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- Last modified on Aug. 12, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
Asked by Grace from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 17, 2019 03:18Reply
Cruise from Japan to Xiamen to Vietnam to Hong Kong to Taipei
We are Australians. Our cruise goes from Japan to Xiamen to Vietnam to Hong Kong to Taipei and then back to Japan.

Can we use the 144 Visa-Free Transit for Xiamen?

Would cruising to Hong Kong be considered another China port?

Thank you.
Asked by Budi Antolis from INDONESIA | Aug. 15, 2019 01:46Reply
Can we apply a Single Entry VISA for China when we are in China ?
We will visit China with a Single Entry VISA, then go to Taiwan. And then come back again to China. Many people say, it is hard to get China Visa when we are in Taiwan. So Can we apply Single Entry Visa to China again when we are still in China. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 15, 2019 09:49

No, you cannot. You need a Chinese visa obtained in advance and it is also true that it is hard to obtain a Chinese visa while in Taiwan. In my opinion, your best option is to carefully book your tickets from Taiwan through China to be eligible for 24 hour visa free transit. In other words, your entire transit time through China should be less than 24 hours. If you do that, you will travel through China without the need to obtain any kind of visa.

Just to clear one detail. In reality, it is possible to obtain a new visa while in China, but the new visa validity begins when the old one expires because you cannot have two concurrent visas. This means that a new visa cannot be exported outside China in order to be used to enter China. It is only valid for the continuity of your stay in China.
Asked by Nick from SPAIN | Aug. 12, 2019 02:19Reply
Is the Kinmen ferry eligible for a 144 visa free visit?
Itinerary would be: fly in from europe, stay in xiamen for less than 144 hours, take the ferry to Kinmen, and continue on to Taipei
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 12, 2019 10:37

Yes, Kinmen ferry is eligible because Xiamen Wutong Port, from where Kinmen ferries depart, is eligible for that purposes, but you should have in mind the following:

- Your arrival in Xiamen should not have any additional landing in mainland China and Taiwan of any kind
- You need a ticket or an e-confirmation for Xiamen - Kinmen ferry with your name in your hand before your check-in in Europe

If the above conditions are fulfilled, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Xiamen.
Asked by Stephen from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 08, 2019 02:56Reply
Can I travel Sydney Aus to Xiamen and then to Melbourne Aus?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 09, 2019 09:51

No, you cannot use any kind of visa free transit options with the itinerary:

Australia - Xiamen - Australia

You can become eligible by introducing a third country or territory, for example Hong Kong or Singapore or some other destination and that will allow you to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Xiamen.

Australia - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Australia

The above is one example of eligible itinerary.

Beside the mentioned you are eligible with your original itinerary for 3 day Xiamen visa on arrival. This visa is obtained upon arrival at Xiamen airport and its validity starts from the next day of arrival. In other words, your stay can be even a bit longer than 3 days if your arriving flight arrives in Xiamen in the morning and your departing flight departs late on the third day. Please, keep in mind that your flights to and from Xiamen are not allowed to have any other stop within mainland China.

So, you know your needs best and you can now plan your trip in the best way.
Asked by Vi Mai from VIETNAM | Aug. 02, 2019 02:41Reply
Vietnam - Xiamen - LAX
Hi! I am a Vietnamese passport holder but i do have F1 visa. I will transit in Gaoqi airport for 9hrs. Will i be eligible for 24hr-TWOV to go outside? Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 02, 2019 14:55

Your itinerary is definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit (TWOV) in Xiamen. I suppose that you will fly on a single ticket using Xiamen Air. Anyway, you should have in mind that 24 hour TWOV doesn't grant you an exit from the airport. To be allowed to exit the airport, you will have to apply for 24 hour free entry permit upon landing in Xiamen. As you can see, here we have two separate things. You are definitely eligible for 24 hour TWOV, but you have to know that an entry permit is issued strictly upon discretion of immigration authorities on the day of your arrival in Xiamen.
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