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 melisa widjaja from INDONESIA | Dec. 07, 2019 22:11Reply
Can I get pass through immigration?
Hi, I was indonesian passport holder, will be having a 1hr 55mins in Xiamen with this route :
Seoul - Xiamen - Singapore
My flight will have a transit in Xiamen for only 1hour 55 mins, and I don't have any plan to get out from the airport during those time. But apparently I just found out that I still have to get pass through immigration in Xiamen airport even though its only a transit.

Can I get pass the immigration without any visa?
Thank u so much in advance for your help.
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 08, 2019 01:05

This is not a problem at all because your itinerary is definitely eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa.

I assume that you are flying on a single (through) ticket provided by XiamenAir because otherwise, it would be quite problematic to catch your connecting flight if traveling on two separate tickets. Anyway, don't forget to ask at check-in in Seoul whether your luggage will be tagged all the way to Singapore.

You should print out your flight tickets and bring those printouts with you. Also, you will decalre at check-in in Seoul that you will travel to Singapore via Xiamen using 24 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection of your tickets, you will be allowed to board the plane.

Upon your arrival in Xiamen, you will just follow the sign "transfer/transit" and if really necessary, you will also obtain a temporary entry permit at 24 hour visa free transit counter by presenting them your flight tickets. This is all free of any charge. After you have cleared the formalities, you will just proceed to the boarding gate for your flight for Singapore.
Asked by EC from REPUBLIC OF KOREA | Dec. 03, 2019 04:10Reply
Can this work (Seoul - Xiamen - Hainan)?
I have a South Korean passport and I traveling from
Seoul - Xiamen (transit only) - Hainan and
Hainan - Xiamen (1 day) - Hainan.
Can I travel without any Visas ?

Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 03, 2019 14:07

Unfortunately, you cannot. As you can see, you are not in transit because there is no third country and you also cannot apply for Hainan VOA or Haian 30 day visa free access because to be eligible for these options, you are supposed to arrive to Hainan from outside of mainland China.

To be completely clear, you need a Chinese tourist (L) visa obtained in advance and this visa will cover your entire itinerary that you have mentioned above. Of course, you have to see with the authorities of CVASC in South Korea, where you will obtain your visa, whether the length of validity of your visa (usually 30 days) will cover your entire stay in China. If your intended total stay in China is less than 30 days, you really don't need to ask anything, but just obtain a visa.
Asked by sally from USA | Dec. 02, 2019 13:23Reply
Traveling by air from Florida to Hong Kong then by ship to Singapore via Xiamen for 1 day
We are US Citizens. We fly into Hong Kong with one night hotel stay near airport. We board ship on next morning departing from Port of Hong Kong the next morning. We have one port of call in China at Xiamen where we are in port from 8a-6p only 1 day. Then we depart out of China with calls in other countries until we arrive into Singapore 14 days later and fly home to the US at that time. Are we eligible for 144 hour visa exemption or any other exemption?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Dec. 03, 2019 14:00

Sally, your itinerary is perfectly eligible for 24 hour visa free transit and you don't need any kind of visa.

As you can see, your itinerary is:

Hong Kong - Xiamen - X country (different than both mainland China and Hong Kong)

You are eligible for 24 hour visa free transit because your entire transit time (arrival - departure) is less than 24 hours. You will be able to explore the city as you wish based on a temporary entry permit that will be granted to all the passengers of your cruise.
Asked by Budi Antolis from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 26, 2019 21:10Reply
How can I use/get a Ferry Ticket for proving that I have a confirmed ticket out of China ?
If I want to use "144-hour Transit China without Visa" as below:
Melbourne--> Singapore--> Xiamen (Airport) --Xiament (Wu tong Ferry port))> Taiwan.
From Xiamen to Taiwan I will take Ferry depart from Wutong port to Shui Dou port (Jin Men Taiwan).
My question is : How do I provide a prove that I will going to third country (Taiwan). Can we buy Ferry ticket advance (one month/several weeks before my departure from Melbourne)? Is Ferry have electronic file to show a confirmed ticket ?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 27, 2019 12:32

Yes, your intended itinerary is definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit. Anyway, since recently it was quite easy to book a ticket in advance and to receive an e-confirmation from amoytrip.com, but for some reason this website is now down and inaccessible. I would say that your only chance is to make a contact with klook.com and to ask them to book this ticket for you and to send you an e-confirmation that is absolutely indispensable to be allowed to board the plane in Singapore. Klook is very reliable address, although they will definitely take a commission on the ticket that costs 150 CNY if bought in person.

I apologize for not be able to assist you in the proper way because the disappearance of amoytrip.com has transformed this itinerary in just a theory. When we talk about this and if you decide to contact klook.com, I would really appreciate your feedback, so that we know what we could tell to the passengers that intend to potentially use this route in the future. Thank you.
Asked by Gerardo from GUATEMALA | Nov. 26, 2019 05:31Reply
Hi. I live in Taiwan. I am from Guatemala. I will be flying to Xiamen on dec 22
Then to LAX, can I apply for the 143 hrs visa policy?
Answers (4)
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 26, 2019 12:35

No, unfortunately, Guatemalan citizens are not eligible for 144 (not 143) hour visa free transit. You are allowed to use 24 hour visa free transit or in other words, there should not be more than 24 hours during your transit in Xiamen, counting from your scheduled arrival in Xiamen, until your scheduled departure from Xiamen. So, if your entire transit time in Xiamen is less than 24 hours, you can travel using this visa free transit option and you don't need any kind of visa.
Answered by Gerardo from GUATEMALA | Nov. 26, 2019 17:08

Thanks for your reply. In my staying at Los Ángeles. Being from Guatemala, Can I go to the Chinese consulate there to get a transit visa for my return fly to Taiwan?, I go from LAX to Qingdao to Fuzhou to Taipei
Answered by Henry from MALAYSIA | Nov. 26, 2019 18:25

There is no transit visa. It is 24/144 hour visa free transit and you don't need to apply for it in advance.
Answered by ZUPAN | Nov. 27, 2019 12:10

Actually, yes. Since your itinerary has two consecutive stops within mainland China and Fuzhou airport is not eligible for any kind of visa free transit, your by far the best option is to obtain a Chinese transit (G) visa at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles.
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