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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Can we use the 144 Visa-Free Transit for Xiamen?
Would cruising to Hong Kong be considered another China port?
We will visit China with a Single Entry VISA, then go to Taiwan. And then come back again to China. Many people say, it is hard to get China Visa when we are in Taiwan. So Can we apply Single Entry Visa to China again when we are still in China. Thanks.
Just to clear one detail. In reality, it is possible to obtain a new visa while in China, but the new visa validity begins when the old one expires because you cannot have two concurrent visas. This means that a new visa cannot be exported outside China in order to be used to enter China. It is only valid for the continuity of your stay in China.
- Your arrival in Xiamen should not have any additional landing in mainland China and Taiwan of any kind
- You need a ticket or an e-confirmation for Xiamen - Kinmen ferry with your name in your hand before your check-in in Europe
If the above conditions are fulfilled, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Xiamen.
Australia - Xiamen - Australia
You can become eligible by introducing a third country or territory, for example Hong Kong or Singapore or some other destination and that will allow you to be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Xiamen.
Australia - Xiamen - Hong Kong - Australia
The above is one example of eligible itinerary.
Beside the mentioned you are eligible with your original itinerary for 3 day Xiamen visa on arrival. This visa is obtained upon arrival at Xiamen airport and its validity starts from the next day of arrival. In other words, your stay can be even a bit longer than 3 days if your arriving flight arrives in Xiamen in the morning and your departing flight departs late on the third day. Please, keep in mind that your flights to and from Xiamen are not allowed to have any other stop within mainland China.
So, you know your needs best and you can now plan your trip in the best way.