Since December 28, 2017, Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province allow travelers from 53 countries to stay in certain cities for up to 144 hours (6 days) without applying for a Chinese travel visa to experience local culture and life. You can enjoy a journey in China easier. China Travel has listed here the most important information you may need for planning a short trip to China.
Which countries are covered in the policy?
America (6 countries): United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile
Europe (39 countries): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania, Monaco, The Republic of Belarus
Oceania (2 countries): Australia and New Zealand
Asia (6 countries): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar
Which ports of entry are involved in the policy?
Beijing: Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station
Tianjin: Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Hebei Province: Hebei Shijiazhuang International Airport, Hebei Qinhuangdao Seaport
Meeting the Qualifying Criteria
You must be in transit to a third country or region (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are included among possible third regions). For example, USA–Beijing–Taiwan is acceptable for a 144-hour transit visa in Beijing, but USA–Beijing–USA is not.
Your transit time is no more than 144 hours (from the first 00:00 hrs after you enter).
You enter and leave from one of the eligible ports of entry. Your arrival port and departure port can be different. For example, you can arrive in Beijing and leave from Hebei Province.
You can travel around Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province within 144 hours but you arenot permitted to go to other provincial level areas in China.
How to calculating the 144 Hours?
On arrival at one of the entry points, eligible foreign passengers will be issued a temporary entry permit by immigration officials. The 144 hours starts from 00:00 hrs immediately following the time of entry. Passengers can stay in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province without a Chinese visa for up to 144 hours from then.
For example, if you enter Beijing at 6a.m. on December 29, 2017, your permissible stay period starts counting down from 00:00 on December 30, 2017 and you can stay until 23:59 on January 4th. Soyou may actually stay longer than 144 (but still less than 168) hours, depending on arrival and departure times.
If you come to China from Tianjin port and leave China from Beijing airport, if your stay in China is within 144 hours, you can qualify for a transit visa exemption.
What Documents Necessary for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit?
Valid international travel documents (including passport) and onward air/boat/train tickets to a third country (region), with confirmed date and seat within 144 hours of the first 00:00 hrs after arrival.
Visa for a third country/region (if needed)
Arrival and departure cards (completely filled in)
144-Hour Transit in 6 Steps
1. Inform your carrier agent that you wish to use a 144-hour visa-free transit at the check-in.
2. Submit the arrival and departure card form.
3. Locate the dedicated lanes for 144-hour visa-exemption transit passengers within the entry inspection areas after arrival.
4. Show your tickets, passport, and China arrival card to the immigration officer for inspection and tell to them you wish to transit without a visa.
5. After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and go through customs as normal.
6.Departure from a designated port before midnight on the sixth full day. There is nothing different from leaving China normally. Hand over your completed departure card at the security inspection.