China 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Written by Sally Guo Updated Oct. 1, 2021

Some areas and cities of China allow travelers from 53 countries to stay in a certain region for up to 144 hours (6 days) without a visa.

This means that these visitors can experience the local culture and life without having to apply for a Chinese travel visa. You can enjoy your trip to China easier.

Here, we list the most important information you may need to plan a visa-free trip to China.

Which Countries Qualify for the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy?

There are 53 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

Other European Countries (15):

Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria. Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, Monaco

Which City Enjoys China 144-Hour Visa-free Transit?

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei area

Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing Daxing International Airport

Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang area

Guangdong Province

Liaoning Province

Shandong Province

Other Cities

Meeting the Qualifying Criteria

Mobile Terminal check-in
Mobile Terminal check-in

For example, if you get to Shanghai, you can only travel around Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang areas. If you arrive in Beijing, you can only travel around Beijing, Tianjin, and the Hebei area.

If you arrive in Chengdu, you can only tour Chengdu. (Since December 1, 2019, Leshan, Ya'an, and other 8 cities have been included in the Chengdu area.)

Feel free to tell us your queries if you need any tour help.

How to calculate 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 start from 00:00 hrs immediately following the time of entry.

Passengers can stay in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang without a Chinese visa for up to 144 hours.

For example, if you enter Chengdu at 6 am on May 1, 2021, your stay period starts counting down from 00:00 on May 2. So you can stay until 23:59 on May 7.

So you may stay longer than 144 (but still less than 168) hours, depending on arrival and departure times.

If you want, we can help you to create a 144-hour visa-free tour to make the best of your time and meet your interests. 

What Documents Necessary for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit?

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. After arrival, pass through the 144-hour visa-exemption transit inspection channel within the entry inspection areas.

4. Show your tickets, passport, and arrival card to the immigration officer for inspection. And then tell 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.

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