China's 72/144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy
Approved by the State Council, citizens with passports from 53 countries holding valid international travel documents and onward fligid="mht tickets with a confirmed seat to a third country (region) within 72 hours or 144 hours after arrival are allowed to transit via some Chinese airports without applying for Chinese visas.
Airports with Transit Visa Exemption Policies Where Xiamen Airlines Operates International Routes
|Transit City||Maximum hours allowed to stay||Areas allowed to stay|
|Xiamen||144 hours||administrative area of Xiamen|
|Beijing||144 hours||administrative area of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province|
|Shijiazhuang||144 hours||administrative area of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province|
|Hangzhou||144 hours||administrative area of Shanghai, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province|
|Dalian||144 hours||administrative area of Liaoning Province|
|Xi’an||72 hours||administrative area of Xi'an and Xianyang|
|Tianjin||144 hours||administrative area of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province|
|Qingdao||144 hours||administrative area of Shandong Province|
The above information can also be found on the website of the National Immigration Administration.
53 Eligible 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 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.
Requirements for the 72/144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy
1. Passengers must be citizens from one of the 53 eligible countries specified above;
2. Passengers must have a valid international travel document and a valid passenger ticket for connecting travel (airplane ticket or ship ticket) to a third country/region with a confirmed seat and that the departure time is within 144 hours after arriving in cities mentioned above.
For example, a South Korean citizen travels from Seoul via Xiamen to Europe can apply for 144-hour visa-free transit. However, if he/she comes to Xiamen from South Korea and return to South Korea directly from Xiamen, or he/she doesn’t hold a connecting travel ticket with confirmed date and seat before he/she enters Xiamen, he/she cannot apply for visa-free transit.
Requirements and Notifications for Transit via Xiamen
1. Xiamen Ports of Entry and Exit for the 144-hour Visa-free Transit
Citizens of the 53 eligible countries can only apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit when entering and exiting via Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Wutong Wharf and Xiamen International Cruise Center.
2.Duration of Stay in Xiamen.
The duration of stay as referred to in the 144-hour visa-free transit policy will begin from 00:00 o'clock the following day after entry into Xiamen. For example, if a 144-hour transit visa-free passenger enters at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport today, starting from 00:00AM tomorrow, he/she is allowed to stay in Xiamen for 144 hours. The duration of stay will be specified on the temporary entry permit issued by the Chinese immigration inspection authority on his/her passport.
3.E-application System for 144-hour Visa-free Transit at Ports of Entry in Xiamen
Effective from 1st Jan 2019, passengers can use the E-application System for 144-hour Visa-free Transit to apply for visa-free transit via Xiamen in advance.
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.