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 May. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
Asked by Jayme levan from USA | Jun. 17, 2019 18:01Reply
I will depart Tokyo on the Princess cruise line & arrive in Xiamen, China where we will be for appro
8 hours. We will then go to Vietnam. Do I qualify for a 144 hour visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Moria from CANADA | Jun. 17, 2019 19:55

Since you only stop in Xiamen less than 24 hours and don't stay in other mainland cities, you are qualified with 24-hour free visa transit and no visa is needed.
Asked by Eric Khor from MALAYSIA | Jun. 05, 2019 10:09Reply
I'm traveling KUL-Xiamen-Singapore total less than 72 hours and i hold a Malaysian passport.
Am i eligible for the 72 or 144 hour visa ? It is not listed in the 53 country but when i do a check on the china government website. It says i am eligible and the airlines says otherwise. Kindly advice. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Hank from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 05, 2019 20:23

Hi, I'm afraid the Malaysian passport is not eligible for the policy and you need to apply for a visa in advance.
Asked by Janna Maglinao from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 01, 2019 03:34Reply
Kinmen-Xiamen-Hong Kong
Hi! I'm a Philippine Passport holder and I am aware that my passport is only eligible for the 24-hr TWOV. But may I know if the Wutong Pier/Gaoqi issues such visa upon arrival? Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Sean from USA | Jun. 03, 2019 00:58

Generally, if you stay in mainland China less than 24 hours, there is no problem for you to get 24-h TWOV at Wutong Pier/ Gaoqi Airport. Only Gaoqi Airport issue 5-day VOA.
Asked by Steven from AUSTRIA | May. 22, 2019 14:43Reply
Hi, I am planning the following route: Fly (non-stop) Hong Kong-Xiamen
Stay in the city for 1-2 days
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?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | May. 22, 2019 15:15

Steven, your itinerary is eligible for 144 hours visa free transit and your booking confirmation for a ferry from Wutong Port to Kinmen is acceptable. Immigration officials at both airport and Wutong port are aware of this rules and you will be allowed to perform your planned route. Also, you will be allowed to board the plane from Hong Kong to Xiamen, but you should have your ferry booking confirmation in hard copy.
Asked by JA from GERMANY | May. 22, 2019 06:28Reply
Taiwan-Xiamen-Hong Kong
Do i need a visa if travel Taiwan to Xiamen stay 5 days and then leave for Hong Kong with two different tickets?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | May. 22, 2019 12:17

This itinerary is perfectly eligible for 144 hours visa free transit. You can use separate tickets without any problem. You should just bring your flight tickets and your accommodation booking in hard copy.
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