Visa-free Policy

72-Hour Visa Free Transit

Please go though “Visa Free Transit” when you landing Beijing

1. Countries qualified for the 72-hour Visa-free Transit in Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport now adopts 72-hour visa-free transit to the holders of passports issued by the following 51 countries:  Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Macedonia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Republic of Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.


2. Restrictions of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit

It only applies to passengers who transit through Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing. The destination and place of departure cannot be the same.(e.g Auckland – Beijing – Auckland).


3. About how to go through the “visa free access” at Beijing airport

Please see details at:




66 Responses to “Visa-free Policy”

  1. Hi there I’m a Latvian EU citizen and traveling through Beijing airport
    I wanna know if I will be needing a visa free permit stamp to leave the airport for a Beijing layover tour and if so will it cost me anything

    • admin says:

      Hi Davis,

      Yes, you will need get visa-free permit stamp first, then you can get out of airport. That is free of charges. Our travel advisor has been replied your email, please check.

  2. Sandra Wolf says:

    I have a US passport. I will be arriving from Sri Lanka into Beijing on Friday, Dec 1 at 11pm. I will leave Saturday, Dec 2 at 5:30 pm.
    1. Since I have less than 24 hours in Beijing, do I need a visa?
    I would like to be picked up from my hotel on Saturday and returned to the airport.
    2. I would like to do the Muutianya wall and one other stop. What would you recommend?
    It is just me traveling, so I think I need a private tour.
    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, you can get visa-free permit for sure. I recommend you visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. This is the best tour itinerary for who have a long layover in Beijing.

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

  3. Alex says:


    can I fly from Taipei to Beijing stay there 72 hours and take the same flight back to Taipei?
    I’m asking because it is not a real transit flight, is it still possible?
    You help is appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Hi Alex,

      No, you cannot get the Visa-free permit. According to Beijing Visa-free policy, the destination and place of departure cannot be the same. You would have to apply Chinese entry visa in advance.

  4. wendy says:

    Hi i will be flying from usa to beijing then on to Tokyo i have 2 hours 40 mins on way over so can i just stay airport for connecting flight do i need visa for this? Canadian passport.I will return from Tokyo just under two weeks later on return flight stop 23 hours layover can i get visa for this if i have flight on way over then return to US confused by visa .

  5. Divya says:

    is the 24hr transit visa applicable to Kunming as well? do you have day tours for Kunming and Beijing? can you send me the details please? What time do the tours start?

    • admin says:

      Hi Divya,

      About Kunming visa-free policy, you’d better contact Chinese Embassy to confirm. We do not have tours in Kunming. Sorry about that!

  6. Divya says:

    Hi, I have an Indian Passport and I am traveling from US to Australia with layover in Beijing or Guangzhou, will I need a visa? or do I qualify for the 72-hourvisa free transit. I dont think so but I just wanted to confirm.

    • admin says:

      Hi Divya,

      If you layover in Beijing or Guangzhou within 24 hours, you will not need the visa.

  7. Macy says:

    I am a travelling to Mongolia from Seoul. My flight is on Jul 27th and will arrive in Beijing at 9:40 in the morning. My connecting flight to Mongolia will be at 9:10 in the evening. Roughly I have a 10-hour layover. is it possible to join a group tour to Great wall? Also, I am a Philippine passport holder but I am currently living in Korea as a student. Will I need a visa for the transit? Will I need a visa to go on a day tour to The Great Wall?

    Thank you in advance. More power!

  8. Hi, just want to clarify if travelling from Thailand to Beijing with layover and tour to Great Wall in China, will I be required to get Visa to leave airport for tour, or will my passport work?
    Sorry if this is a copy of another inquiry.

  9. Emma says:

    Hello – I just wanted to clarify the visa policy, as the phrasing I read online looked like you had to be flying to a Chinese destination. If I am flying from Japan to London, am I allowed into China for the visa free travel? Is it the same rule for the 72hr and 144hr transit allowances? I am a U.K. citizen.

    Thanks so much for your help!


    • admin says:

      Hi Emma,

      If you fly from Japan to London and stop Beijing on the way, so you would not need a Chinese visa. And this situation is suitable for the 72 hours visa free policy.

  10. Thuy says:

    I will arrive at 5am in Beijing. My friend would like to do a tour to the great wall and other places. How does this work? My flight leaves at 5pm to Tokyo. I would like to be at the airport by 3pm.

  11. Leah santos says:

    I booked my ticket today and I just wondering if do I need to get a visa if I have my layover in Beijing? Philippines passport holder. Thank you. Your reply is highly appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Hi Leah,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Normally the Philippines passport holder can get through the immigration smoothly without visa within 24 hours layover. But it happens sometimes not allowed. We have no idea what is the reason and we can not control it.

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