1. How do we get the “Visa-free Permit” and where to meet our guide?

Apply for Visa-free Permit Stamp (Picture I)

Immigration (Picture II)

* Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Airport Terminal 3(The latest update on Feb. 19, 2018)

Step 1: When you get off the airplane please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim”. Please keep walking until you see “24/144-hour International Transfer (Apply for Leaving Airport)”. (The opposite of the boarding gate E11) (Please see the picture I)
Please DO NOT stop on the way, such as: “Exit & Entry Certificate Service Office” and “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”. You might never be allowed to come out.

Step 2: Please waiting for the line at the “24/144-hour International Transfer (Apply for Leaving Airport)”you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp”there. You need to fill a form “Arrival Card for Temporary Entry Foreigners” while you are waiting. (You can get the form at the desk nearby)

Step 3: After you get the Visa-free stamp, please walk to the left and pass through the “China Inspection and Quarantine”, waiting for the line for “Foreigners” to pass through the immigration. (Please see the picture II)

Step 4: After you pass through the immigration, there is an escalator. Please follow the escalator downstairs. Then you will see a little train station.

Step 5: Please get on the train, and get off the train at the terminal station (T3 C).

Step 6: After you get off the train at “T3 C”, follow the sign “Exit” you will see Exit “B“. Pass through the Exit “B”, there is a Starbucks Coffee to the left. Our guide will hold your name and wait you there.

* Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Airport Terminal 2.

Step 1: When you get off the airplane take a escalator up please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine“.
Please DO NOT stop on the way, such as:“Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”; “Entry Visa”; “Visa Application”. You might never be allowed to come out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine” follow the yellow arrow on the ground “144-Hour Visa-free Transit“. At the “CHINA IMMIGRATION INSPECTION” there are several access for “Foreigners“, please go through those access. And then you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp“.

Step 3: Continue follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“ take an elevator down you will see “CUSTOMS“, through the “CUSTOMS” you will see the “STARBUCKS COFFEE” right on the opposite. Our tour guide will hold your name and waiting for you in front of the “STARBUCKS COFFEE”.

According to our experience, the location of “Visa-free Permit Stamp” might change. If you can not find it, please do not hesitation to consult with the airport staff.

Meeting Point

Meeting Point at Starbucks no matter terminal 2 or terminal 3 you arrived

2. Flight delay/cancel & Refund? (Apply to private tours only)

If your flight delays and without your notice, our guide and driver will wait you till you arrives and finish the tour if possible. If there is not time to finish the tour, we will refund you the deposit after deducting the fee for the tour guide and driver.

In case that your flight cancels or delays, please let us know at least 4 hours in advance. This way, we can refund you the deposit in full.

3. How to book a layover tour?

Tell us the itinerary in the website you are interested in and also your modification ideas regarding to the itinerary, by filling an online inquiry form, by email, by phone or by fax. We are available 24 hours every day.

4. How to pay? (Apply to private tours only)

To book a layover tour, please pay 50% of tour fee as deposit in advance. We use PayPal online payment, which is more safe and convenient. Our travel advisor will give further details about it. The balance half could be paid upon arrival directly to the tour guide in cash, either USD or RMB.

5. Are these your best tour prices?

Yes, all of our tour prices are our best prices we can do. But if you can get more people join your tour, the tour price will be cheaper. You can see our Best Price Guarantee Policy at: https://www.beijinglayovertour.com/why-choose-us/.

6. How to assure a layover booking?

We will send you a Tour Confirmation via email (usually within 6 hours) after the receipt of your deposit, passport info and flight info. In this way, your booking is finally confirmed.

7. Luggage storage for the layover/Where to leave your luggage for the layover?

Leave your luggage with your airline. Passengers on layover tours arriving and departing from Beijing Capital airport will normally have their luggage sent to their final destination from their airport of origin.

Leave your luggage with us, load on our vehicle, our driver will watch for you while the tour.

If you’re looking to ditch your bags while you explore Beijing, the airport offers left Luggage counters at all the three terminals. You can leave your luggage for few hours to few days.

For example: A layover in Beijing in between flights from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Manila, the Philippines. Luggage will be sent directly from Amsterdam to Manila. The information is only a guideline and it’s always recommend to check precise details with your airline.

8. Money exchange?

It’s advisable to exchange some money at the airport counters or ATM as you need to purchase meals or other personal expenses. Its handy to have some RMB when you arrive. There are 24 hour currency exchange counters at Beijing airport in all terminals as well as ATMs.

9. Visa-free Policy?

Please see details at: https://www.beijinglayovertour.com/visa-free-policy/.

10. What are the differences with other tour companies? What are the advantages do you have?

Please see this page about the differences between our company with others. https://www.beijinglayovertour.com/why-choose-us/.

102 comments on “How to get the Visa-free Permit

  1. Sanjib Deb says:

    Hi , I am an Indian Passport holder and will be arriving at Beijing International airport (terminal 2) from Jeju by Korean Air flight KE879 at 17.20 Hrs, while my next flight is Air China CA-947 for Delhi at 20.40 hrs from terminal 3.
    Is TRANSIT VISA is required for me to travel from terminal 2 to terminal 3? Whether this 3-hours time gap is sufficient to transit from terminal 2 to terminal 3?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sanjib,

      3 hours is too tight from terminal 2 to terminal 3. It is hard to say if you have enough time to catch your next flight. Sorry about that!

  2. Teacey says:

    We are booked on a tour in a few days time, I have been doing some reading on how long it takes to get through the 24/144 hour transit line and some people are saying it has taken up to 4 hours. Is this normal, is there anything we can do to make the process quicker? And will our guide wait as we are not likely to have access to email?

    • admin says:

      Hi Teacey,

      4 hours to get through the visa free access did happened several times, but it not normal. No more than ten times a year.

      Normally it will take 1-2 hours (1-1.5 hours Monday to Friday; about 2 hours on Saturday or Sunday).

      There isn’t any way to quicker the process, but please go to the queue as quick as you can after you get off the plane (follow our instructions on the tour confirmation). Do not stop anywhere on the way and do not waste any time on the way. Try to wait for the queue ahead of the other passengers from your flight.

      This is a private tour, our guide and driver will wait for you as long as you still have enough time to do the tour. Please do not worry.

  3. Carla Pierce says:


    I will be traveling to PEK from Bangkok and arriving at 0125 with China’ air. The departure time of my second flight is 1200pm April 16. Do you all offer a tour to the Great Wall early enough in the morning to be back in time for the 1200 noon flight? If so what is pricing?

  4. Arni says:

    I am a Philippine passport and a US green card holder. I have a 6hr and a 9hr layover in Beijing using Air China. Do I need to get the 24/144 visa still? And how long does it take? For my 9hr layover, I arrive at 640am and leave 4pm. Am I able to do Great Wall of China day tour?

    • admin says:

      Hi Arni,

      Thank you for your asking!

      The Philippines is not belongs to Beijing visa-free countries. Please apply the Chinese entry visa in Chinese Embassy in advance if you want to do a layover tour in Beijing.

  5. Anna says:

    My husband and I are looking at a flight from BKK-PEK (Thai Airways) arriving 0530 and PEK-IAD (United Airlines) departing 1425. Will we be able get the permit free visa? We would love to do a layover tour but are unsure about the visa. Our return trip is IAD-PEK arriving 1515 and PEK-BKK departing 1705 the next day.

    Thank you.

  6. Dilma says:

    Hi, do you think I need a visa free permit to do the tour? I´m going to be less 24 hours. PEK (China)
    April 1st Sun 19:25 (arrival)

    PEK (China)
    April 2nd Mon 13:25 (departure)

    • admin says:

      Hi Dilma,

      Yes, you have to get the visa-free permit at Beijing airport first. Then you can get out of the airport and take the tour.

  7. Kathleen says:

    My husband and I will arrive in Beijing at 7:45 am and our flight leaves at 4::00pm. We want to take tour.
    We have been to Beijing and visited the major sites, but don’t mind going again. With this time restraint, what do you suggest? We are open to suggestions. We love this city. We don’t know which site of the Great Wall that we saw.

    • admin says:

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      we recommend you visit the Mutianyu Great Wall layover tour, which is the most beautiful and close to the airport section. And you can take the toboggan at there. Have you been there?

      We just sent you an email about detailed tour itinerary, please check.

  8. Fatma Gregory says:

    Hi there,

    We are US Citizen 2 people, we would like to join the small group: Tour Code: BTG-BLT-200
    Tour Type: Small Group & Fixed Itinerary
    Starting Date: Everyday
    Tour Length: 4 hours

    Tour Itinerary:
    ~Be met your tour guide at Beijing airport terminal 3 arrival hall meeting point at 7am.

    Our Flight will be arrive on Wed Nov 15 at 5:55PM stay at the transit hotel from the Air China STPC hotel. We want to join the small group on Thursday Nov 16. early morning go to Mutianyu the great Wall. the best early as possible we can do it. Because out connecting flight on Thursday at 3.50PM. Please let us know.
    Thank you,

    ~Drive to Mutianyu Great Wall (7:00-8:00)

    ~Visit Mutianyu Great Wall (8:00-10:00)

    ~Transfer you back to airport (10:00-11:00)

    • admin says:

      Hi Fatma,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Our join-in group tour itinerary is fixed. We will pick you up at 7am. If you want to start the tour earlier, you can book our private tour.

      We just sent you an email, please check it out.

  9. Pat says:


    Is it possible to join a small group tour (fixed tour schedule) only upon arrival at Starbucks T3 meeting point and pay for the tour price with the tour guide? This would alleviate any stress if my flight is late and I cannot advise in advance to cancel while in the air.

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Pat,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to our group tour booking policy, you would have to pay the tour fee in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, please email or call us 4 hours before the scheduled pick-up time. Then we will refund you in full.

      We think this way is reasonable.

    • admin says:

      Hi Shawn,

      If your flight arrive in Beijing airport terminal 3, you will need 1.5-2 hours to meet our guide at Starbucks.

      If your flight arrive in Beijing airport terminal 2, you will need 1 hour.

    • admin says:

      Hi Slawomir,

      Sorry, I do not think you will have enough time to do a layover. Since the airport have changed the get visa-free permit process. You will take longer time than before.

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