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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Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
Asked by Queenie from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 15, 2023 20:28Reply
Visa on arrival for Xiamen
Can Australian passport holders obtain visa on arrival for Xiamen
Answers (1)
Answered by Borut | Apr. 17, 2023 09:08

Yes, of course. You should just take care that you have to fly into Xiamen on a nonstop flight from abroad. In other words, you cannot have any landing within mainland China before Xiamen.
Asked by Sven from DENMARK | Feb. 20, 2023 00:11Reply
Is the Xiamen transit visa available?
and do I have to provide proof to airlines that I'm eligible for it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lara | Feb. 21, 2023 18:05

The visa-free transit has been resumed in Xiamen. You may contact the airlines to know if they ask for the proof or not. Different airlines have different standards.
Asked by Ole from NORWAY | Jan. 16, 2020 06:39Reply
Xiamen airport visa free transit for Norwegian passport holder?

I am a Norwegian passport holder, and I am considering purchasing a flight ticket from Oslo, Norway to Taipei, Taiwan with a 2 hour and 25 minutes layover / transit in Ximen airport, and I find the info I've found online a bit confusing.
Do you know if I will need a (transit) visa or can I stay up to 24 hours in the airport visa free?

I just want to make sure one hundred percent before I book, all the info I've found is a bit confusing and contradicting. Thank you very much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kalila from CANADA | Jan. 16, 2020 22:08

No, you don't need a transit visa. You can enjoy the 24 hours visa free policy.
Asked by Nabi from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Jan. 10, 2020 08:56Reply
Incheon - Xiamen - Kinmen - Xiamen - Incheon
Day 1: Incheon to Xiamen
Day 3: Xiamen to Kinmen and Kinmen to Xiamen
Day 5: Xiamen to Incheon

Eligible to 144 hour TWOV? To stay in Kinmen too short doesn't matter?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 11, 2020 04:21

Your itinerary would be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit twice, but the problem is with the first part of your itinerary:

Incheon - Xiamen - Kinmen

Although arriving by air and departing by ship is eligible, the problem is how to obtain a ticket for a ship between Xiamen and Kinmen ahead of your travel! It used to be possible through one website that is down now for roughly 8 months or even more. In reality, you need this ticket or at least some kind of an e-confirmation for this Xiamen to Kinmen route before your departure from Incehon because without it, they cannot allow you to board the plane.

Your return journey:

Kinmen - Xiamen - Incheon can be done without any problem because you will book your ship ticket for Kinmen - Xiamen route on the spot and you will also have a flight ticket Xiamen - Incheon in your hand at the moment of your check-in for a ship in Kinmen.

You can try to contact Klook agency and ask them if the can procure you a ticket or an e-confirmation for Xiamen - Kinmen ship ticket, so that you have a proof of your transit intention at your check-in in Incheon.

If this fails, you will have to find an alternative option like:

Incheon - Taipei - Kinmen by plane

and after that to your original route

Kinmen - Xiamen - Incheon

At the time being I really cannot see and other feasible option beside the mentioned one, especially if Klook has no ability to make a reservation for a ticket from Xiamen to Kinmen.
Asked by Lasse from DENMARK | Jan. 08, 2020 01:06Reply
Stopping over in Beijing
I have just been studying in Xiamen for half a year, with only a single entry Visa. Now i will travel a bit at the end of the semester and use the Xiamen transit visa to get back into Xiamen to catch my flight back to Denmark.
I am coming from Thailand to Xiamen for one day and then my flight is from Xiamen to Denmark but not with a direct route. It is with a connection in Beijing for around 2 hours between Xiamen and Denmark.

Am i not allowed to enter Xiamen after coming from Thailand, just because of my connection flight in Beijing? If it was a direct route from Xiamen to Copenhagen I was eligible, but not when having a connection flight in Beijing. Is that correctly understood? Or does connection flights not count, becuase i do not leave the airport in Beijing?
Answers (9)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 08, 2020 14:37

Lasse, your itinerary:

Thailand - Xiamen - Beijing - Denmark

Is eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you should calculate your entire transit time, from your first scheduled landing, in your case in Xiamen, until your final scheduled departure, in your case from Beijing. So, you can stay in China for exactly 24 hours and not a minute more than that. Otherwise, you will need a visa to travel on this itinerary.

When traveling on 24 hour visa free transit, you never know whether you will be allowed to exit the airport or to be precise whether you will be granted a temporary entry permit to be allowed to exit the airport. In reality, you can almost count as certain that you will be granted a temporary entry permit upon your landing in Xiamen because your next flight segment is formally a domestic one. So, you will approach 24 hour visa free transit upon your landing in Xiamen where you will apply for a temporary entry permit. After you have been granted a permit, you will exit the airport and after a short stay in Xiamen, you will continue with a flight to Beijing and then to Copenhagen.

So, the main detail you have to take care about is that your itinerary is not longer than 24 hours even just for a minute. By the way, visa free transit rules take into consideration every single stop regardless of its nature. Also, two stops always limit you to 24 hours.
Answered by Lasse from DENMARK | Jan. 09, 2020 10:39

Thank you! I will be in China for less than 24 hours between arriving in Xiamen and leaving from Beijing.
My concern is that i have gotten information today elsewhere saying I am not allowed to go to fly to Beijing even if i am within 24 hours. For this I would need visa. Can you confirm or deny this for sure? I will not even need to enter Xiamen anyway anymore, i will only stay in the airports to simplify matters.
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Jan. 09, 2020 18:41

If so, you might as well confirm with your airline.
Answered by Lasse from DENMARK | Jan. 09, 2020 20:29

I have emailed Air China as well now, thank you
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 10, 2020 14:37

I seriously doubt you will get any useful information from an airline because they simply refuse to take any responsibility and beside that, they are mostly clueless about this details. In reality, you are definitely allowed to travel on this route and the information you have received is definitely wrong. You should consult Timatic that you can find at Air New Zealand website and you will see that you are eligible for 24 hour visa free transit.
Answered by Lasse from DENMARK | Jan. 12, 2020 00:44

Thank you very much Zupan! I have just one last point, I am not sure if I made that clear enough:

So this will work if i booked the full itinerary Bangkok - Xiamen - Beijing - Copenhagen.

Does it change anything that i don't have the travel on the same initerary? Bangkok to Xiamen is a ticket for itself, and then i have to 'join' my original initerary once i arrive in Xiamen.

I cannot address how thankful I am for you providing this service! I found it so confusing everywhere else.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 12, 2020 09:16

This situation is perfectly allowed. Since the very introduction of visa free transit policy, separate tickets and a travel on unrelated airlines were allowed. So, you can travel on this route, but it is true that all your tickets have to be bought at the time of your check-in in Bangkok. You are supposed to have all of them in the form of the printout. Again, you should just take care that your entire transit time in China is less than 24 hours and this is calculated from your first scheduled landing, in your case in Xiamen, until your final scheduled departure, in your case from Beijing.

You are advised to arrive at the airport a bit before than you would be usually done it. The reason is simple. You never know what quality and how well trained will the airport staff be in Bangkok, although they have proved to be quite efficient regarding visa free transit in China. So, if you encounter less trained person at the counter, it will take you some time until everything is resolved. You should be just patient and just kindly point them to Timatic where they will realize that you are perfectly allowed to perform your journey. This is valid for both, Thai Airways and XiamenAir.

Just be relaxed and again, arrive at the airport an hour before your original plan. You will be grateful. In reality, I would be the happiest if you will write here, after your successful travel, that this hour could have been spent better than at the airport :) Everything will be just fine.
Answered by Lasse from DENMARK | Jan. 12, 2020 20:35

I am much more calm now, Thank you! I left Xiamen yesterday through the airport and also asked an immigration officer. He confirmed everything you say, so that is amazing!
Answered by ZUPAN | Jan. 13, 2020 13:59

Lasse, as I have told you, everything will be fine and it really was :)

Nice to read your feedback!
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