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”.

There are several Starbucks Coffee in the airport, please make sure you are waiting at the right one. 

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. If you want to pay the rest of tour fee by credit card via PayPal as well, please pay before you landing Beijing.

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/.

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

  1. Gina says:

    I’m traveling from Stuttgart, Germany to Manila, Philippines on Dec. 22 & I have a layover in Beijing for 14 hours. I will be arriving in Beijing Terminal 3 at 4:45 on Dec. 23 & departing for Manila at 18:55. Which layover tour would you recommend that would best fit my layover time. How much will be the cost & further details of the tour, payment options, etc.?

    • admin says:

      Hi Gina,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, we recommend you visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. We just sent you an email about tour details, please check it out.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, I will be landing at Bejing in January. I’ve heads that it’s really cold during this month and I have 13 hours layover in Beijing. Any suggestions?

    • admin says:

      Hi Elizabeth,

      According to your layover time, you can visit the Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City. This is the most popular itinerary for who have a long layover in Beijing. If you do not have warm coats, we can prepare for you to use free of charge.

  3. Lilia says:

    We arriving 5:30Am Beijing airport then flying back 8pm what places do you recommend to visit during layover. We are US passport holder do we still need to apply for a visa. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Lilia,

      Thank you for connecting us!

      You do not need apply the visa in advance. You can get the visa-free permit when you landing Beijing.

      We recommend you visit Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City or Summer Palace during your layover in Beijing.

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

  4. Mercado-Chávez says:

    We are a couple traveling with our 1 year old daughter. Our flight is via airchina from madrid-manila and vice versa. However, we have a layover of 15 hrs in Peaking airport. We were informed by the airlines that we will get a free hotel since we have a long hours of layover. My husband and my daughter is Spanish and I’m a Philippine passport holder with resident visa in Spain. My question is, will they allow me to go out of the airport? Or Can I atleast get a 24 hour temporary or transit visa? I Googled this info but the answers I got are very confusing.


    • admin says:

      Hi Mercado-Chavez,

      Yes, you can get the temporary if your layover in Beijing within 24 hours.

      We have many Philippine passport holders did our layover tours. And we will email you a Description Letter in Chinese after you book our layover tour, please show to the customs officer. It will help you to get through easier.

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