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/.

Even you fit all the policies above, the immigration officers still have right to object you for some reasons (sometimes they will tell you the reason sometimes they don’t).

If you want to be 100% sure, please apply for the visa in advance in Chinese Embassy.

We found some reasons that cause you can not obtain the Visa-free.

1. The validity of your passport less than 3 months.

2. Worked or been to Iraq, Turkey.

There must be more reasons but we just don’t know yet. (The latest update on Apr. 24, 2018)

As a tour company, if we agree to arrange tour for you that is means your flights information, layover time and your nationality fit the visa free policy requirements.

But there are still some other issues might happen that might cause you can not obtain the visa-free or can not get out of the airport.

We don’t take any responsibility if it happens. And according to our refund policy, we will deduct our tour guide and driver airport transfer cost accordingly and refund the rest of tour fee to you. (Most companies are non-refundable)

Hope for your understanding!

176 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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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