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
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

144-hour Visa-free Transit Route

 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
3. Liaoning

 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.

 Eg:
×  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

Regions adopting 144-hour visa-free policy

 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.

See more about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
 

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.

See more about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
 

3. Liaoning Province

 Dalian: Zhoushuizi International Airport

 Shenyang: Taoxian International Airport

Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from either of the two ports and move around the whole province.

See more about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Liaoning
 

4. Chengdu: Shuangliu International Airport - from January 1, 2019

See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu
 

5. Xiamen: Gaoqi International Airport and sea ports - from January 1, 2019

See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Xiamen
 

6. Wuhan: Tianhe International Airport - from January 1, 2019

See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Wuhan 
 

7. Kunming: Changshui International Airport - from January 1, 2019

See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Kunming
 

8. Qingdao: Liuting International Airport and sea ports - from January 1, 2019

Passengers are permitted to stay in the whole Shandong Province.

See more about 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Qingdao
 

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

how to apply for 144-hour visa-free transit

 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

British passport

2. Ticket to a third country with confirmed seat and date

International Flight Tickets

3. Fully completed Arrival/Departure Card

China 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.

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
Nanjing Lukou Airport 0086-25-968890
Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport 0086-571-96299
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 Port 0086-335-3099676
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport 0086-411-96600
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport 0086-24-96833
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 0086-20-36066622
Shenzhen Bao'an Airport 0086-755-82327700
Jieyang Chaoshan Airport 0086-663-3828770
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport 0086-28-85205555
Xiamen Gaoqi Airport 0086-592-96363
Qingdao Liuting Airport 0086-532-96567
Wuhan Tianhe Airport 0086-27-96577
Kunming Changshui Airport 0086-871-96566

 Note:
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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- Last modified on Dec. 12, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit
Asked by kim from USA | Dec. 12, 2018 13:04Reply
Flying into Shanghai, leaving via cruise ship, do i need visa?
I am flying into Shanghai and leaving via a cruise ship within 36 hours. 1 US citizen, 1 Canadian citizen.
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 12, 2018 16:37
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You don't if your flight does not stop elsewhere in Mainland China and your cruise does not stop elsewhere in Mainland China either.
Asked by Simon Ying from UNITED STATES | Dec. 12, 2018 10:49Reply
JFK/HKG/PEK/HKG/JFK
I AM GOING PEKING FOR 5 DAYS , DO I NEED A VISA ?
USA PASSPORT
Answers (1)
Answered by Trevor | Dec. 12, 2018 10:52
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Yes, you need a visa for that visit to China.
Asked by Smilla from ITALY | Dec. 12, 2018 08:49Reply
can I combine two separate tickets for transit?
My main A/R ticket would be: MUC-NRT, return ticket PVG-MUC with Lufthansa.
From NRT or HKG I would buy a separate ticket to Shanghai, like NRT-PVG.

Can the inbound ticket to China be from another carrier (not Lufthansa) and separate from the main ticket or needs to be one only?
thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Shay from FRANCE | Dec. 12, 2018 19:03
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If your trip would be MUC-NRT-PVG-MUC, you can get the free transit policy in Shanghai. No visa will be required.
Asked by Sun from FINLAND | Dec. 12, 2018 04:57Reply
About back journey
If I flying from Europe to e.g., Nanjing, I understand that I can enjoy the 144 hours stay in Nanjin (=Zhejiang province), then I fly to Hongkong. My question is - for my back journey, can I fly from Hongkong to Nanjing and from Nanjing to Europe if I'm not leaving the airport in Nanjing?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 12, 2018 11:21
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That's fine. You are also allow to arrive/depart from Shanghai and Hangzhou instead of Nanjing.
Asked by Yvette Clark from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 11, 2018 20:23Reply
BNE/SIN/BJS/NRT/BNE
How long do you have to stop in NRT? Does it have to be overnight or can you transit NRT?
Answers (1)
Answered by Day from FINLAND | Dec. 11, 2018 22:11
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You can just transit in NRT.
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