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:




54 Responses to “Visa-free Policy”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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