144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
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?
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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leave from Wutong Passenger Port to Jinmen/Kinmen
According to the information I found, it should be permitted to enter at Gaoqi Airport and exit at Wutong harbour with 144-hour exemption, correct? Would an online booking confirmation for the boat to Jinmen be enough?
Has anyone successfully done this? I am more worried about the airline not allowing me to board in HK, but I don't know how passengers who are joining ships are handled in practice. I also wasn't able to find an e-mail address for the Xiamen Entry-Exit Bureau. Maybe someone on here has one?