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The 144-hour Visa Free Transit

Q: What is the 144-hour Visa Free Transit?

A: A citizen from certain countries can transfer in China via certain ports without a Chinese visa for 144 hours.

Q: Who can enjoy the 144-hour Visa Free Transit?

A: List of 53 Qualified Countries:

a. 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

b. 15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

c. 6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

d. 2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

e. 6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Q: In which Chinese cities can I get the 144-hour Visa Free Transit?

a.  Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang
Passengers can enter and exit from any of the ports below and can stay within the administrative precincts of Shanghai, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for 144 hours.
Shanghai: Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
Hangzhou of Zhejiang: Xiaoshan International Airport
Nanjing of Jiangsu: Lukou International Airport

b. Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei
Passengers can enter and exit from any of the ports below and can stay within the administrative precincts of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province for 144 hours.
Beijing: Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station
Tianjin: Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Shijiazhuang of Hebei: Zhengding International Airport
Qinghuangdao of Hebei: Qinhuangdao Port

c. Liaoning
Passengers can enter and exit from any of the ports below and can stay within the administrative precincts of Liaoning Province for 144 hours.
Shenyang of Liaoning: Taoxian International Airport
Dalian of Liaoning: Zhoushuizi International Airport

d.  Guangdong
Passengers can enter from any of the ports below and can stay within the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province for 144 hours. Passengers can exit from any of the ports open to the outside of world in Guangdong Province.
Guangzhou: Baiyun Airport
Shenzhen: Bao An Airport
Jieyang: Chaoshan Airport

Q: What documents are needed for application?

A: Valid passport / Onward ticket / Fully Completed Arrival & departure Card

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

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

Q: How to count the layover time of 144 hours?

A: 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.

Q: If I am a citizen of Singapore, a country covered in both the 144-hour visa free transit policy and the list of countries whose nationals can enter China without Chinese visas, what kind of immigration inspection procedures will I go through when traveling to China? 

A: China implements a 15-day visa exemption policy to citizens from Japan, Brunei and Singapore whose purposes of visit include tourism, business and transit. The immigration inspection authority will conduct entry immigration inspection procedures for transit passengers with ordinary passport from these three countries in compliance with the 15-day visa exemption policy in order to facilitate their travel. 

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