144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China
China's 144-hour visa-free transit policy is carried out in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Liaoning as well as Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, to facilitate international travelers. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in either Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region or Liaoning Province for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.
As of January 1, 2019, Chengdu, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, and Kunming will also adopt the 144-hour visa-free transit, and Guangdong is likely to implement this scheme as well.
Who can enjoy China 144-hour visa exemption? - List of 53 Qualified Countries
|China 144-hour visa sample|
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
* The same as countries enjoying 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit.
What is an eligible transit route?
A → B: one of the allowed areas in Mainland China → C
A and C should be different countries or regions out of Mainland China.
* Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can be the Destination A or C, so the route "UK-Shanghai-Hong Kong" is acceptable as the typical route "US-Hangzhou-Japan".
B refers to only one of the following three areas in China, and you cannot have a cross-area visa-free tour among the three:
1. Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
2. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
Key point: The international flights flying in and out of China – from A to B and from B to C – should be non-stop, without a stopover anywhere in Mainland China.
× UK – Guangzhou – Shanghai - Hong Kong
× US – Beijing – Shanghai - France
Note: Both of Beijing and Shanghai are eligible for this policy, but you can only have one between the original country and the third country.
√ US – Dalian - South Korea
√ Singapore – Shanghai – Hangzhou - Malaysia
Note: Shanghai and Hangzhou (provincial capital of Zhejiang) are within one visa-free area.
In which Chinese cities can I get a visa exemption for 144 hours?
1. Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang
Shanghai: All air, sea and railway ports, including Pudong Airport, Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusong Passenger Transport Center and all railway stations.
Hangzhou of Zhejiang: Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport
Nanjing of Jiangsu: Nanjing Lukou Airport
Entry and Exit Ports
Passengers can enter and leave from any of the above ports. Eg: One can take a cruise to Shanghai and leave by air from Hangzhou or Nanjing.
Areas Allowed to Stay
Passengers can move around Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. If one have to go to other cities or can't leave within 144 hours, he/she should go to a nearby Public Security Bureau to apply for a visa.
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2. Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei
Beijing: Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station
Tianjin: Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Shijiazhuang of Hebei: Zhengding International Airport
Qinghuangdao of Hebei: Qinhuangdao Port
Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from any of these ports and move around the three places.
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3. Liaoning Province
Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from either of the two ports and move around the whole province.
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4. Chengdu: Shuangliu International Airport - from January 1, 2019
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5. Xiamen: Gaoqi International Airport and sea ports - from January 1, 2019
6. Wuhan: Tianhe International Airport - from January 1, 2019
7. Kunming: Changshui International Airport - from January 1, 2019
8. Qingdao: Liuting International Airport and sea ports - from January 1, 2019
Passengers are permitted to stay in the whole Shandong Province.
9. Guangdong - coming soon
The 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong is just about to take effect, and passengers will be allowed to enter via Guangzhou Airport, Shenzhen Airport, or Jieyang Airport, and travel within Guangdong Province.
Other Cities Promissing to Adopt the Scheme: Chongqing, Xi'an
How do I request the 144-hour TWOV China: transit without visa?
6 Steps to Apply for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit:
1. Inform the carrier when boarding
2. Fill an Arrival/Departure Card
3. Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay permit upon arrival
4. Claim the luggage
5. Go through the customs
6. Leave the airport
Note for Step 3:
Upon arrival, find the 144-hour visa-free counter at the immigration inspection to apply for the entry permit, which will be stamped on your passport indicating the allowed stay time. Remember to tell the officer if you have a visa for China but don't want to use it this time.
Documents Needed for Application
1. Passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry
2. Ticket to a third country with confirmed seat and date
3. Fully completed Arrival/Departure Card
* Prepare a valid visa if the third country or region in your plan requires.
How to count the layover time of 144 hours?
It counts from 00:00 of the day following passengers' arrival. That is to say, the allowed time to stay is actually longer than 144 hours.
Eg: If one arrives at 6:00 am on July 1, the layover time counts from 00:00 of July 2 and the passenger should hold a ticket with the scheduled departure time before 23:59 of July 7. In this case, the allowed stay period is 162 hours in maximum.
What can I do during the 144 hours?
Weeklong Tour in China
Convenient transportation among Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei endows tourists with a smooth trip, whether they enter by air, cruise ship, or international train. It's a must to visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City to explore China's long history and traditional culture. The Ancient Cultural Street in Tianjin and Shanhaiguan Great Wall in Hebei should not be missed either.
If using the visa-free transit in Shanghai, after visiting the Bund, Huangpu River, and skyscrapers, one can travel to Suzhou to see the classical Chinese gardens and elegant water towns. A stroll by the West Lake in Hangzhou and a taste of the delicious local snacks must be a perfect ending of the trip.
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After the policy's implementation in Guangdong, a trip to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, or Zhuhai along China's south coast is a good choice to feel the energetic economic development.
Business Conferences and Trade Fairs
6 days are enough to attend various trade fairs or forums in Beijing, Shanghai, or the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, conduct market research, review suppliers' factories, or sign contracts with partners.
Further Contact Information
|Shanghai||General Station of Immigration Inspection||0086-21-51105100|
|Beijing||Capital International Airport Immigration Inspection||0086-10-56095400|
|West Railway Station||0086-10-56092165|
|Tianjin||Binhai International Airport||0086-22-24905908|
|International Cruise Home Port||0086-22-25605128|
|Shijiazhuang||Zhengding International Airport||0086-311-88027961|
|Dalian||Zhoushuizi International Airport||0086-411-96600|
|Shenyang||Taoxian International Airport||0086-24-96833|
Note that if 1) you are not able to show any of the required documents listed above, 2) or your route does not qualify, 3) or you have overstayed in a country or been refused in visa application before, you may face the possibility of being refused at the 144 visa-free counter. For fear of inconvenience caused by such case, please make sure that you are eligible or apply for a regular visa in advance.
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Am I eligible for the free transit?
Sorry forgot to mention I am flying back to Brisbane from Singapore.
Do we need to apply for a visa because of a double entry in China or can we settle for a 24 hours transit in Hong Kong and also a 24 hours transit in Shanghai. And can we arrange that when we are on the ship or in the plane.
As a UK national, If I arrive at Shanghai Pudong from London, travel to Wuxi for a day or two then return to Pudong to fly home, can I do all this on a free-transit?