1. Countries qualified for the 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing Capital International Airport now (since Dec. 28, 2017) adopts 144-hour visa-free transit to the holders of passports issued by the following 53 countries:Albania, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Belarus, 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, Monaco, 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 144-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: https://www.beijinglayovertour.com/beijing-layover-tour-tips/.

120 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. Ann-Kathrin Klein says:


    I am a German passport holder and my question considers the transit visa requirements for the 144 hours free visa in Beijing. My boyfriend and I will be traveling from Frankfurt International airport to Hanoi, Vietnam. There we will be staying for about two weeks to continue our journey to Beijing. There we will be staying for 4 days. Afterwards we will fly over Hanoi (only transit stay for 3 hours) back to Frankfurt International airport.
    Does the 144 hours free visa apply for us as well?

    Thank you for your answer in advance.

    Greetings from Germany

    • admin says:

      Hi Anni,

      Thank you for asking!

      If you coming from Vietnam and going back to Vietnam, you can not apply for the free visa. According to Beijing visa-free policy: The destination and place of departure cannot be the same.

  2. Sean says:

    I am a US citizen and will be flying from US to India, stay in India for 14 days, then from India to Beijing, stay in Beijing for 4 days then continue on from Beijing to USA.

    Do I qualify for the 144 hr visa free transit?

  3. Austin says:

    Hi so I have a 11 hour layover with two friends. Anyway we can get a 24 hour visa pass to checkout the night life in Beijing? Our flight lands in beijing aroub 21 and we leave in the morning at 9ish.

    • admin says:

      Hi Austin,

      Please check the visa-free policy, if you conform to the terms and conditions, then you can get out of airport.

  4. simon yau says:

    Hello. I am planning to apply for the 144 hours Beijing transit visa on arrival. this will be in May. I am a UK passport holder (but born in Hong Kong) and British Citizen as stated in passport. My trip will be UK- Amsterdam – Beijing- Hong Kong- Amsterdam. Wouls I be eligible for the 144 hours transit vias? And also would you suggest a tour itinerary (and a tour operator?) that covers The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Chinese theatre? Thanks in advance.

    • admin says:

      Hi Simon,

      Yes, you can get the visa-free if you layover in Beijing within 144 hours.

      How many people do you have? How many nights will you in Beijing?

    • admin says:

      Hi Labas,

      The Mutianyu Great Wall is located Beijing area. So you can visit it if you get Beijing visa-free.

  5. Workq says:

    Hi I will be travelling from South America to ny to Beijing to Bangkok. On my way back from Bangkok I will be stopping in Beijing for 2 days then back to ny then to South America. I am the holder of a Canadian passport. Do I need a visa for my two days in Beijing or can I qualify for the 144 hour visa free?

  6. Liz says:

    We are coming to China on a cruise ship from South Korea to Tianjin, then back to S.Korea before ending the cruise at Shanghai.

    I have read that a visa free policy applies if you are travelling to a third country within 144 hours
    We have confirmed tickets for the onward cruise to Shanghai (via S. Korea), and for our flights back to the UK ……all within within the 144 hours.

    My 2-questions are:-
    1) Will we be able to get 144 hour Free Transit visas at both Tianjin and Shanghai ??
    2) Do we collect Transit visas at the Cruise terminal Immigration when we get off the ship ??

    • admin says:

      Hi Liz,

      According your cruise itinerary, you are not able to get the Visa Free Transit at Tianjin port. You would have to apply Chinese entry visa in advance. But you can get the Visa Free Transit at Shanghai Cruise terminal Immigration. So you only need to apply single entry visa for Tianjin.

      • Liz says:

        OK…….Thanks……….I understand.
        However, as we are staying aboard the ship while in Tianjin Port, would we be allowed to leave/and return each day under, the 24 hour Transit ??

        • admin says:

          Hi Liz,

          If you do not have Chinese entry visa, we do not think you can go though the immigration. Even within 24 hours.

  7. Michael Blackwood says:

    Does the144-hour Visa-free Transit apply at Tianjin Cruise Port ?
    We arrive on a cruise ship on 27th March, and would like to go on Tours in Beijin area, before ship leaves on 29th March to South Korea.
    As UK citizens can obtain a Visa Free Transit at Tianjin Port……..This would save us getting full tourist visas, and we can then spend money on tours !
    I hope you can help.

      • Michael Blackwood says:

        Thanks,…….that’s good news.
        Do you know if this Visa Free Transit is issued at Tianjin Cruise Terminal when we arrive, or do we have to apply some other way ?
        Also, Our next and final port is …..Shanghai( via a technical stop at South Korea where we will not get off the ship). Are we still ok for the144-hour Visa-free Transit at Tianjin Cruise Port and Shanghai ? We fly back to UK from Shanghai 2-days after embarkation in Shanghai.

        • admin says:

          Hi Michael,

          You can get the Visa free transit at Shanghai Port as well. Since you cruise will from South Korea to Shanghai, this is in line with the visa-free policy.

          • Michael Blackwood says:

            Thanks, you have been very helpful.
            I dont like to bother you too much over this, but I do have one more question………. We also visit Seoul(S. Korea) before Tianjin………and then back to Jesu Island(S. Korea) for the technical stop, before embarkation in Shanghai.
            My question is……..Can we still obtain the Visa Free Transit at Tianjin Cruise Terminal as we are coming from S.Korea and then back to S.Korea before Shanghai ??

            • admin says:

              Hi Michael,

              According to this situation, I am afraid it is not suitable Visa Free Transit policy. You would have to apply Chinese entry visa in advance. But you can get Visa Free Transit in Shanghai. So you only need to apply single entry visa for Tianjin.

  8. Beatrice says:

    Me and my boyfriend will be going to the Philippines on July and we have 4 hours stop over in Beijing. Do we need any visa to be able to go out from the airport? What can we see on 14 hours? Thanks 🙂

  9. Karen says:

    My situation is similar to Ahmet. I will be in Beijing next month for 6 days. I will travel to Hong Kong for 7 days after with confirmed ticket. I am Canadian…I have read on the internet that Hong Kong does not require Visa, but my travel agent said it’s part of China. Can you please confirm if I need a Visa?

    Thanks, Karen, Canada

  10. tito says:

    am a philippine passport holder and planning to go to hongkong with 1 hr 20 minutes stop over in beijing. am i required to get visa

  11. Ahmet Bozkurt says:


    I will travel to Beijing in april 2018, and will stay 96 hours in Beijing. After that, I will travel to Hong Kong. I already have a plainticket for Hong Kong. I do have a Dutch passport (Netherlands). Normally Beijing does have a 72 hour free entry without visum. Everywhere it says this is extended to 144 hours from 28 december 2017. But no official visum agency confirmed this until know on their website. Is the 144 hours free entry for sure in 2018?

    thanks, A. Bozkurt, Netherlands

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