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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit will be Implemented in Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Chengdu and Kunming

Published: Nov. 16, 2018

From January 1, 2019 on, five cities including Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Kunming will be added to the list of 144-hour visa-free transit. The qualified tourists from 53 countries can transit in any of these cities for at most 144 hours without a China visa. It’s a further optimized the current policy of 72-hour visa-free transit. Comparing with before, the stay time will be extended and more transit ports will be available.

More and more China cities begin to implement the 144-hour free-visa transit and 72-hour free-visa transit. This undoubtedly offers great convenience for business men and tourists who want to have a short visit to China. Now, check if you are eligible for the policy.    

Who can enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit?

The tourists from 53 countries who comes from country/region A to China, and leaves for country/region C. Application documents include the passport valid for at least three months, visa (if applicable) and onward ticket to the third country or region.

53 Countries List:

24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Available Transit Ports:

Two seaports in Xiamen and Qingdao will be added and all the eligible ports are as follow: Xiamen airport, Xiamen seaport, Qingdao airport, Qingdao seaport, Wuhan airport, Chengdu airport and Kunming airport.

Other China Cities Applicable of 144-hour Visa-Free Transit:

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province;
Shanghai, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province;
Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning Province.

  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by Jane Lee from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 12, 2019 07:53Reply
    Cruise Visa requirements
    We are UK citizens taking a cruise with Holland & America from Hong Kong to Shanghai (2days), Quingdao (1 day) and Tianjin (Beijing- 2days) from 20 Mar to 26 Mar inclusive of sea days. We're having problems finding out if the 144 day visa exemption will cover us or is there an issue as we are visiting 2 areas of china? not sure about the cross over of areas. After China we go on to Japan and go home from here? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you, Jane.
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Ben from NEW ZEALAND | Feb. 12, 2019 17:40

    Hi, I'm afraid you cannot enjoy the free-transit policy and applying a visa in advance is necessary. Because the policy is only implemented in separate cities and you can't use it in so many cities for one time. For example, if you enter China from Shanghai, then you can only enjoy it in Shanghai,Jiangsu and Zhejiang. You can't go to Beijing without a visa. Hope helpful.
    Asked by Naomi from USA | Dec. 04, 2018 23:52Reply
    traveling from the Philippines included
    US passport holder originating from the Philippines to Shanghai overnight one night then cruising onward to Hong Kong, Singapore and back to Manila then Returning to US apply to 144 Visa?
    Answers (1)
    Answered by Banner from CANADA | Dec. 05, 2018 19:32

    Yes, it is available. Have a nice trip!
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