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. An arrival/ departure card

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 Feb. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
Asked by Choy from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 09, 2019 17:38Reply
Can I visit Mt. Wuyi Within the 144 day visa free policy?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul from USA | Feb. 10, 2019 03:55

No, you are required to stay in Xiamen city limits. Mount Wuyi is around 500km outside of Xiamen.
Asked by Randy Bednar from UNITED STATES | Feb. 08, 2019 06:24Reply
Xiamen Connecting Flight Process
I keep hearing all these stories about having to go collect your luggage, go out the door of the terminal, go through Chinese customs again, apply for a Transit Visa and then check myself and or my luggage on to my connecting flight at Xiamen Terminal. I'm flying LAX - Xiamen - Hong Kong in Business. My question is, would having a Chinese Visa upon landing allow me to skip this process or is it the same process either way, except for the need to acquire a Transit Visa?
Asked by Madison Campbell from UNITED STATES | Feb. 01, 2019 05:26Reply
Reason For Travel in Xiamen
Is it ok to use the 144 visa free transit for work? Or is it just for tourism?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul from USA | Feb. 01, 2019 15:33

You can do business related stuff all of this will depending on your routing. You must be traveling from Country A > B via Xiamen so USA > Xiamen > USA for example is not allowed routing.
Asked by beatrice Hautier from FRANCE | Jan. 14, 2019 20:04Reply
I'm French and I go to Xiamen in March 2019.
Good morning,
I have a flying ticket : March 7 Sydney (Australia) to XM and March 11 XM to Sydney.
Am I eligible to 144 hour visa free transit.
Is there a form to fill out before leaving or everything is done when arriving at the airport
In advance thank you
Best regards.
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul from USA | Jan. 24, 2019 15:44

You need a visa as Australia > Xiamen > Australia is not a transit but a trip to China
Asked by José from PORTUGAL | Nov. 27, 2018 00:49Reply
arrive Xiamen via ferry from Kinmen/Taiwan, then onward travel from Xiamen airport to third country
Hi, i would like to ask if it Will be possible to arrive Xiamen on a local ferry from Taiwan (Kinmen/Keelung), stay visa free for 2-3 days, then take an international flight from Xiamen airport to another country.
Answers (1)
Answered by Trevor | Nov. 29, 2018 11:57

That's not currently possible without a visa.
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