Source: Travel China Guide

China’s 144-hour visa-free transit policy is carried out in ShanghaiJiangsu, and Zhejiang, as well as BeijingTianjin, and Hebei, to facilitate international travelers. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions to transit in either Shanghai-Jiangsu-Zhejiang region or Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.


   Who can enjoy the 144-hour visa exemption? – List of 53 Qualified Countries

 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.

   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 AirportHongqiao 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 has 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.

2. Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei

 Beijing: Capital International AirportBeijing West Railway Station

 Tianjin: Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port

 Shijiazhuang of Hebei: Zhengding International Airport

Qinhuangdao of Hebei: Qinhuangdao Port

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

 Note: The 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Guangdong is just about to take effect, and passengers will be allowed to enter via Guangzhou AirportShenzhen Airport, or Jieyang Airport, and travel within Guangdong Province.

   How do I request the 144-hour TWOV China: transit without a 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 stay 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. Valid Passport

2. Onward Ticket + Visa to a Third Country

Passengers should hold an onward ticket with a confirmed seat and date as well as a valid visa to a third country or region. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan count as third regions in this case. Eg:

×  UK-Guangzhou-UK
√  UK-Shanghai-Hong Kong, US-Nanjing-Japan, Canada-Hangzhou-Seoul-UK

3. Fully Completed Arrival/Departure Card

   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.

    Further Contact Information

Beijing Capital International Airport Immigration Inspection 0086-10-56095400
Beijing West Railway Station 0086-10-56092165

 

Please refer to Travel China Guide website for more information.