Approved by the State Council, citizens with passports from 53 countries holding valid international travel documents and onward flight tickets with a confirmed seat to a third country (region) within 72 hours or 144 hours after arrival are allowed 72/144hour transit visa exemption via some selected Chinese airports.
|Transit Point||Is a Chinese Visa required?||Maximum Stay|
|Xiamen||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||72 hours|
|Beijing||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||72 hours|
|Hangzhou||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||144 hours|
|Xi'an||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||72 hours|
|Dalian||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||72 hours|
|Tianjin||Citizens of 53 countries qualify for a visa exemption||72 hours|
The information is published by the Entry and Exit Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security.
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 and Switzerland.
15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania, Monaco and Belarus.
6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
2 Oceania Countries: Australia and New Zealand.
6 Asian Countries: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Passengers holding valid international travel documents and onward flight tickets with a confirmed date and seat to a third country (region) within 72/144 hours after arrival are allowed to stay in the designated Chinese city area for 72/144 hours without a Chinese visa.
1、Holding valid international documents.
2、Compliance with the condition of entry into the third country (region). Passengers should hold valid visa of the third country (region).
3、Book onward ticket. Foreigners who are citizens of any of the 53 qualified countries must have a confirmed seat on an onward international flight before entering China.
4、Passengers are required to go to a different third country or region. The 72/144hour transit visa exemption policy applies to foreigners who are citizens of any of the 53 qualified countries，going to a third country or region after transiting via one of the Chinese airports approved by the Ministry of Public Security. It is very important to know that the policy requires an itinerary that departs from a country, transit via any of the approved visa-free transit airports in China and head to a different third country or region. For instance, passengers, who depart from Vancouver Canada, transit in Xiamen China and return to Toronto Canada, are not applicable to the 72/144hour transit visa exemption policy.
Pre-requisite: You need to let the airline staff know about your travel plan before you arrive in China so that arrangements can be made to make sure you can go through the immigration formalities successfully in China.