144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China

China's 144-hour visa-free transit policy is carried out in Guangdong, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, LiaoningChengduXiamenQingdaoWuhan, 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
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 areas in China, and you cannot have a cross-area visa-free tour among them:

1. Guangdong
2. Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang
3. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei
4. Liaoning
5. Chengdu
6. Xiamen
7. Qingdao
8. Wuhan
9. Kunming

 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 international 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 Beidaihe International Airport

Passengers are allowed to enter and exit from any of these ports and move around the three places.

 Note: Passengers taking international trains to / from Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, and North Korea cannot enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei zone, while those takings trains to / from Hanoi and Hong Kong are eligible.

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
 

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

5. Xiamen: Gaoqi International Airport and sea ports

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

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

9. Guangdong

Passengers are allowed to enter via Guangzhou AirportShenzhen Airport, or Jieyang Airport, and travel within Guangdong Province.

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

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 Temporary Arrival 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.

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 Beidaihe International Airport 0335-7520000
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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Questions & Answers on 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit
Asked by Abi from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 19, 2019 11:33Reply
144 hour visa
Hi, I am travelling from the Uk to shanghai, staying there for a couple of days then flying the Beijing, staying there for a couple of days, then flying to Tokyo. Can I use a 144 hour visa for this?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 19, 2019 12:34
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Unfortunately, you cannot enjoy 144 hour visa free transit because you are not eligible with your itinerary for any visa free transit option. The reason is simple... You are not allowed to have two consecutive stops within mainland China within the period that is longer than 24 hours. If you only had just one destination within mainland China, like:

UK - Shanghai - Tokyo

You would be eligible for 144 hour visa free transit. Of course, a more complex itinerary would allow you to visit two mainland Chinese destinations, like this one:

UK - Shanghai - Hong Kong (or Macau)
Hong Kong (or Macau) - Beijing - Tokyo

This would imply one flight more than you have planned, but this itinerary would cover your both mainland Chinese destinations, each with 144 hour visa free transit.
Asked by ben from FRANCE | Oct. 18, 2019 22:11Reply
visa exemption for 144 hrs
I am traveling from France - Guangzhou. Then I need to go to Jinan (Shandong). Then come back to Guangzhou to take a flight to Singapore. So it is France - Guangzhou - Jinan - Guangzhou - Singapore.
Is this possible?
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Answered by John Doe | Oct. 19, 2019 06:34
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You need a standard tourist visa for that.
Asked by Luiz Silva from BRASIL | Oct. 18, 2019 15:02Reply
Sao Paulo-Munich-Xangai-Cingapura-Sao Paulo
Em outubro de 2020 vou para Munique na Octoberfest e depois quero visitar Xangai por 2 dias e seguir minha viagem pelo Sudeste Asiatico .Posso visitar Xangai por 2 dias com um visto de transito?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 18, 2019 16:11
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If you are a Brazilian citizen and your key portion of the itinerary is:

Munich - Shanghai - Singapore

And you don't have additional landings of any kind within the above mentioned destinations, you are definitely eligible for 144 hour visa free transit in Shanghai.

Please, be informed that this is not a "transit visa", but a transit without a visa. There is no visa at all. It is important to use correct terminology, to avoid any possible misunderstandings.
Answered by Luiz Silva from BRASIL | Oct. 18, 2019 16:32
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Sou Brasileiro.
Vou entrar na China saindo de Munique e volto para Brasil saindo de Cingapura.
Farei outras viagens de aviao durante minha visita no Sudeste Asiatico.
Ex- Xangai para Bangkok , Hanoi para Da Nang , Phuket para Cingapura etc.
Como devo proceder ao descer do aviao em Xangai? Devo seguir placas indicando onde fazer meu visto de transito ? Muito obrigado por me responder...Thank you.
Answered by Luiz Silva from BRASIL | Oct. 18, 2019 16:32
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Sou Brasileiro.
Vou entrar na China saindo de Munique e volto para Brasil saindo de Cingapura.
Farei outras viagens de aviao durante minha visita no Sudeste Asiatico.
Ex- Xangai para Bangkok , Hanoi para Da Nang , Phuket para Cingapura etc.
Como devo proceder ao descer do aviao em Xangai? Devo seguir placas indicando onde fazer meu visto de transito ? Muito obrigado por me responder...Thank you.
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 19, 2019 07:00
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It is irrelevant how many flights you will have before and after your crucial portion of the itinerary that is, I will repeat:

Munich - Shanghai - Singapore

So, your flights Munich to Shanghai and Shanghai to Singapore have to be nonstop. Everything before Munich and after Singapore is irrelevant and really does not interests Chinese immigration authorities.

You will print out your flight tickets and have those printouts with you. There has to be a 14 digit number (this is a flight ticket number) visible on your printout for each of your flight tickets. You will declare at check-in in Munich that you will travel to Singapore via Shanghai using 144 hour visa free transit. After a short inspection, you will be allowed to board the plane.

Upon your arrival in Shanghai, you will follow the signs and you will reach 144 hour visa free transit counter where you will fill out a blue form. When you are done with it, you will hand over your documents to Chinese immigration authorities and after a short inspection, you will get a stamp in your passport (for free - there is no charge) and you will be allowed to exit the airport.

Basically, this is it.
Answered by Luiz Silva from BRAZIL | Oct. 19, 2019 08:32
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Agora entendi...Acredito que serei capaz de fazer isso sozinho,nao parece ser dificil. Muito obrigado.
.
Now i understood.i think that i can do it alone ,not looks to be dificult. Many thanks .You helped me a lot.
Answered by ZUPAN | Oct. 19, 2019 12:37
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You can do this perfectly by yourself. This is just a formality. One more detail... It is advised that you have a booking t least for the first overnight in Shanghai because when you will fill out the blue form at 144 hour visa free transit counter, you will encounter several questions regarding your accommodation. This is it.
Asked by Ira from DENMARK | Oct. 18, 2019 08:25Reply
144 hours visa
Good day!i want to fly from Copenhagen -Shanghai-Taiwan - Shanghai - Copenhagen .Is it acceptable route ?With this route can i use 144 hours visa twice ?

Thank you !
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Answered by Saul | Oct. 18, 2019 13:43
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The route is fine. It's not 144 hours visa, it's a transit without a visa.
Asked by Hannah MacLean from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 18, 2019 08:13Reply
Hi, can I travel UK to Guangzhou to Hong Kong then back to UK? Thanks
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Answered by Saul | Oct. 18, 2019 13:42
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Yes of course.
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