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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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.
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.
Seoul - Xiamen (transit only) - Hainan and
Hainan - Xiamen (1 day) - Hainan.
Can I travel without any Visas ?
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.
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.
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 ?
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.