144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China
China's 144-hour visa-free transit policy is carried out in Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Liaoning, Chengdu, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, and Kunming as well as Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, to facilitate international travelers. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in Guangdong Province, Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Liaoning Province or Chinese cities of Chengdu, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, and Kunming for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.
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 areas in China, and you cannot have a cross-area visa-free tour among them:
2. Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
3. 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 Beidaihe International Airport
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
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5. Xiamen: Gaoqi International Airport and sea ports
6. Wuhan: Tianhe International Airport
7. Kunming: Changshui International Airport
8. Qingdao: Liuting International Airport and sea ports
Passengers are permitted to stay in the whole Shandong Province.
See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao
The 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong has come into effect since May 1, 2019, and passengers are 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.
* Hotel reservations may be required if you want to leave the airport.
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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3 Days Guangzhou City Tours from $269
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|
|Qinhuangdao||Qinhuangdao Beidaihe International Airport||0335-7520000|
|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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I have a doubt. I will land from Vladivostok (Russia) to Beijing on the 4th August. My idea is to ask for a 144h visa, but I want to travel by bus and train to Mongolia. I see in one of your images (regions adopting 144 hours visa free policy) that inner mongolia is not painted, so I guess is not possible to travel in that area.
Basically, I need to know if I can apply for 144 hours visa even crossing Inner Mongolia on the way to Mongolia, or I have to apply for a normal toursit visa.
Thanks a lot.
In the highly unlikely event of being refused entry, immigration will escort you to a ticketing counter and you will be allowed to purchase an outbound ticket to your destination of choice. Again this is all highly unlikely if everything is in order.
I would like to ask if the following trip is ok for the 144h visa free transit:
Bangkok - Shenzhen(or Guangzhou) - Ferry from Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport
Would I meet the requirements for the 144h visa transit if I show the immigration the ferry ticket on arrival in Shenzhen/Guangzhou?
But therefore it would be better to travel via train to HK?
Zupan: here is Timatic's exact text on 24-hour entry permit:
This TWOV facility does not apply at Shenzhen (SZX) when passengers are traveling to Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China).
Guangzhou is not mentioned here.
To summarize you have two most viable options: either arrive in Guangzhou and take the through train to HK, or arrive in Shenzhen and take the ferry. If money is not a factor then you can fly Giangzhou-HK as well.
By the way, I was really concerned about the possibility that Chinese immigration could make problems regarding the ferry transfers from Shekou to HKIA because of the fact that a traveler really never enters properly Hong Kong as it is just in transfer from the moment of ferry docking at HKIA Skaypier until the very departure. I understand that you have told me that it is essentially important for mainland Chinese authorities that you are leaving the country at eligible port of entry/exit without caring of your status after that.
To conclude, Simon, you have several options and it is important for you to know that you have to book your ticket from mainland China to Hong Kong before your travel from Shenzhen. You can book your ticket through CKS - Chu Kong Passenger Transport Company website. You will get an e-voucher that will be just fine for your travel and you will exchange it for a real ticket upon arrival at Shekou port.
Regarding the details about the Guangzhou–Kowloon through train and details regarding this issue, just take a look at the post, just before yours, where it was explained to Rachel from New Zealand.
- You cannot depart within 24 hours from Guangzhou to Hong Kong using any other mean of transport beside the plane. Simply speaking, you have to wait at least 25 hours before you are allowed to take train or ferry. Only like this you can become eligible for 144 hours visa free transit. If you insist on departing from Guangzhou as soon as possible, then you will rely on plane and this will be 24 hours visa free transit. The rule of 24 hours visa free transit for Shenzhen and Guangzhou does not allows transfers by any other mean of transport to Hong Kong and Macau beside the plane.
- You are not allowed to take high speed train, but so called Guangzhou–Kowloon through train that departs from Guangzhou East railway station and after a bit less than 2 hours reaches Hung Hom railway station in Hong Kong. You can book your ticket at Guangdong Line Schedule - MTR Intercity Through Train website. Keep in mind that you will receive an e-confirmation and after you arrive in Guangzhou you will have to convert that e-confirmation in real paper ticket at the lobby of Grand Palace hotel in Guangzhou. You will have to take exactly that train that you have bought your tickets for!
- Your second part of itinerary, i.e. Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Thailand is fine, but if your intention is not to stay longer than 24 hours, then it will be again 24 hours visa free transit.
So, these are the rules and you will decide what will you choose and how will you plan your entire itinerary.
I have a ticket Guatemala -Atlanta - Shanghai, then it’s due to return in December.
I have a separate ticket to take me to HK 5 days later, is it possible to get the visa for this or will I have an issue ?
I am Swiss!