1. How to get the “Visa-free Permit” and where to find our booking counter?

Apply for Visa-free Permit Stamp (Picture I)

Immigration (Picture II)

* Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 3(The latest updated on Aug. 28, 2019)

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 arrival 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”, you can see our booking counter on your right side.

* Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Capital 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”, please go to “Gate 5 or 7” to take the 24 hours free shuttle bus to terminal 3, our booking counter is on the second floor arrival hall.

* Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Capital Airport Terminal 1.

Terminal 1 is a domestic terminal, there is no “Immigration” or “Customs”, after your arrival, please go to “Gate 5” to take the 24 hours free shuttle bus to terminal 3, our booking counter is on the second floor arrival hall.

Notice: Our booking counter working time is 6am-3pm every day. Please book the tour with our travel advisor during this time frame. Thank you!

Our couneter is on the 2nd floor at terminal 3 arrival hall (between the Exit B and Currency Exchange)

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 “Visa” & Find Our Counter

  1. Sunny says:

    Hi, I will have 11 hrs layover-Canadian pp
    arriving 4am, leaving 1530 both terminal 3. What time I should be back to carryon my journey

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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