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/.

126 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. razi says:

    when i arrived at Beijing Airport can i availed your service on Beijing Airport for tours or sites and paid your services charges by hand.

    • admin says:

      Hi Razi,

      Please book the tour before you landing Beijing, then we will have time to arrange your tour. If you book the tour when you in Beijing, we will no time to send our guide and driver to meet you.

  2. Aliza says:

    Hello, I have a 14 hour layover (0100-1500) in Beijing with a group of 18 (3 adults and 15 students). What is the possibility of a tour to either the Great Wall or the Forbidden City/Tiananmen Square? Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Aliza,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, you can do the Great Wall or Tiananmen Square/Forbidden City layover tour. We just sent you an email about detailed itineraries and prices, please check it out.

    • admin says:

      Hi Tatiana,

      Thank you for asking!

      Sorry, your arrival time is too late, we do not have tours at that time.

  3. Brad says:

    Hello. I’m a US citizen and will have a 9 hour layover on Dec 27. Arriving at 11:20am, and departing 9:00pm. I’d like to inquire about the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square layover tour. I’m travelling alone and I dont want to spend the 1 person rate. Please advise. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Brad,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, you will have plenty of time to visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. But we do not have group tours to Forbidden City on Dec. 27, 2016. Only private tours available. Sorry about that!

  4. Antonio Romeo says:


    In few weeks i will transit to Beijing on my way to bangkok, and i m planning to apply for the 72 hours transit visa. I will depart from Czech Republic. I have ticket to Beijing, to bangkok as well but not back home, since i m planning to visit southeast asia for I don’t know how long. Is that ok for applying for transit visa?

    Thank you


  5. Allan says:

    Hi, My wife, son and I are Philippine passport holders travelling to the USA this Dec 26. We have an overnight layover of about 21 hours in Beijing. If we want to get a layover tour, do we need to have entry visa? How much does hotel/tour cost for all three of us? Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Allan,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      The Philippines is not belong to the 72-hour visa-free countries. But according to our experience, you still can get out of airport if you layover in Beijing within 24 hours. And we will email you a Description Letter in Chinese after you book the tour, please show to the customs officer. It will help you to get through easier.

      Please provide us your arrival & departure time, then we will make a tour itinerary for you.

  6. Erica says:

    Hello! My husband and I are arriving into Beijing at 14:25 on a Friday and then leave at 00:15. Do you offer an evening tour that works with these times?

    • admin says:

      Hi Erica,

      Thank you for your asking!

      According to your layover time, I recommend you visit Hutongs and Tiananmen Square. Since other attractions will be closed in the late afternoon. No place is better to read the Old Beijing than in the Hutong, where old Beijingers lived and are still lived by local people. Besides, tour in Shichahai Lake and several cultural relics and ancient buildings along the Hutong area is also included.

      We just sent an email about detailed itinerary and price, please check it out.

  7. Anna Garland says:

    I will be landing in Beijing at 7:30 pm on Nov. 18th from Mongolia headed home to Canada. I have an overnight stay and leaving Beijing for home at 2:30 pm on the 19th. Wondering if it would be possible to see the “Wall” early morning on the 19th from an airport hotel and be back to the airport for 12 noon. I’m not sure which hotel yet but it will be an airport hotel.
    Can you tell me how much will the trip cost?
    Thanks anna

    • admin says:

      Hi Anna,

      Thank you for your asking.

      Yes, we can pick you up from your hotel on Nov. 19, 2016 morning, then take you to visit Great Wall. And we will transfer you back to airport after the tour. We just sent an email to you, please check.

  8. Crystal says:

    Hello – if I have two 8 hour layovers in Beijing can I obtain entry (VISA) to China twice? 1st layover Feb 3 (Los Angeles-Beijing-Bangkok) the 2nd layover Feb 18 (Phuket-Beijing-Los Angeles)
    I wanted to do 3 tours Great Wall, Forbidden City & Pandas. Is it possible to see all 3 in the two layovers?

    • admin says:

      Hi Crystal,

      Thank you for your message.

      Yes, you can get temporary visa twice at Beijing airport. Many our previous clients did two layover tours with us. Could you please provide us your flight times? Then we will know if you have time to do these tours.

  9. Vincent says:

    Hi! I’m a Philippine Passport Holder with a US Permanent Residency card (green card) and will be travelling with my mom who is a Philippine Passport holder with a valid US Visitor’s visa. We have a 15-hour layover in Beijing (Houston-Beijing-Manila). I was wondering if my mom needs to apply for a transit visa ahead of time. Much thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Vincent,

      You can apply for a temporary visa when you arrive in Beijing airport. Would you like to book a layover tour?

  10. Sanjay Deshpande says:

    I am travelling to India from Auckland in Nov 16. I am on Indian passport, can I get a transit visa to visit city etc.? If so what is the cost? Can I apply for transit visa online before arriving?


    • admin says:

      Hi Sanjay,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Since the Indian is not belongs to “72 Hours Visa-free” 51 countries. If you would like to take a layover tour, please apply the Chinese entry visa from your local Chinese embassy before you landing Beijing.

  11. Kristene ODell says:

    We arrive in Beijing at 1am from Thailand. Upon going to Thailand we experienced that not much is open in this airport during this time. Can we get our visa online somehow?

    • admin says:

      Hi Kristene,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Normally, you can get 72-hour Visa-free at that time. Our clients did that before.

      There is no Visa-online service in Beijing.

      Would you like to book a layover tour?

  12. Eduardo says:

    I would like to confirm how to calculate the duration of the 72 hours transit visa exemption when transiting via Beijing (PEK airport).

    My inbound flight from Japan arrives in PEK airport at 11h20 (Aug 29th 2016). My outbound flight to South Korea leaves PEK airport at 11h50 (Sep 1st 2016).

    As per airlines’ scheduled time of landing and departure, it is 72 hours and 30 minutes.

    However, I read that 72 hours’ time actually start counting from 0:01 on the day following entry, is that right?

    • admin says:

      Hi Eduardo,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Yes, the “72 hours” start counting from midnight following arrival. So your flights should be fine. We’ve had clients did so.

  13. Sina says:

    Hi, I am travelling with three other adults (4 of us in total) we have a 6 hour and 40 minute lay over in Beijing on July 2. We arrive in Beijing at 6:20 and depart at 13:00, would this be enough time to do the great wall of china tour?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sina,

      Thank you for your message.

      Yes, you will have time to do the Great Wall layover tour. We just sent an email about detailed tour itinerary and price to you, please check.

      If your flight delay more than 0.5 hour, please do inform us in advance. Then we will cancel your tour and refund you in full.

  14. Jose Eleuterio Limcaoco says:

    I am a Philippine passport holder but a US green card holder, traveling with 3 family members that are US passport holders, we would like to avail of your Mutianyu and Hutong tour on March 30; we only have a 10-hour layover, how fast is it to get the 72hour visa free policy if we apply at the airport in the Philippines? Our flight to Beijing is 4 hours.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jose,

      Thank you for your message.

      According to our experience, you can get out of airport and take the tour. Many Philippine clients did our tours before. Please apply temporary Visa when you landing Beijing.

  15. Erika Grill says:

    My friend and I are going to be in Bangkok for the next week and a half for vacation. We are traveling back home to the U.S. April 4th and have an 11 hour layover in Beijing (Bangkok – Beijing – New York City) We were wondering if we need a visa to leave the airport and do some sight seeing or if there is some sort of exemption since we will be in the city for only 11 hours? Any information would be helpful! Thank you!!

    • admin says:

      Hi Erika,

      Thanks for your message.

      You can apply temporary Visa when you landing Beijing. We will send an email about tour details to you now, please check.

  16. hanin says:

    I am from the Philippines and we would like to have a tour in Beijing for 4-5 days on December this year. Do we need a visa? I heard China is a visa-free country.

  17. Pia says:

    we are US citizen and on our way to the Philippines we have a 15 hour layover.We would like to purchase some tours that will include the Great Wall of China and Forbidden City and for only around 12hrs we don’t wanna used all the 15hours. Please send me info on all tour packages. Thanks
    Do we need to get a Visa?

  18. Noel says:


    We are US permanent residents with Philippine passport and we plan to stay there for a night during our layover. Do we need to get a Chinese Visa?

  19. Mark says:

    Hello, I have a 6 and half hour layover in Beijing on my way to Thailand from 6:50pm to 1:25am and a 7 hour layover on my way home from 7:00am to 1:50pm. Are there any tours or sites that will be open on my way there (for the night layover)? Any good tours for my way home as well that would compliment my first layover? I just want to see as much as possible.

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