1. Countries qualified for the 24/144-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.

According to our experience, some of the countries are not belong to the 144-hours visa free countries, but if your layover time within 24 hours in Beijing, you still can obtain the visa free for 24 hours. Such as: India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Norway, Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, Dominican Republic, etc.

2. Restrictions of the 24/144-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, Pakistan.

There must be more reasons but we just don’t know yet. (The latest updated on Jan. 2, 2019)

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!

196 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. Blake Ellis says:

    I am flying brussels-beijing-manchester and staying in Beijing for 6 days. Will this enable me to obtain the 144 hour Visa?

  2. AA says:

    I am flying MUC-BKK-MUC with long layover in Beijing both ways (14 & 19 hrs).
    I am interested in Budget Join-in Group tours as I will be travelling alone. I wanted to make sure that I am eligible for 24hours free visa. I am holding a myanmar passport. Would appreciate much if I could get a response 🙂

    • admin says:


      We arranged tours for the Myanmar passport holders with 24 hours visa free. But we cannot guarantee that you can get the visa free as well. No one can guarantee that. It is all up to the immigration officers. They have right to stop you in the airport even was happened for the US passport holders. So if you want to be 100% sure, please apply for a visa in Chinese Embassy in advance. Thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hello there,
    I am flying from New York, JFK to PEK arriving at 5:30 am on Friday February 22nd, I would like to join the 7 am – 3 pm Great Wall and Forbidden City tour, is this enough time for me to get through customs and obtain my visa and meet the tour? My flight departing PEK leaves at 5:30 pm Friday February 22nd.
    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      It is all up to how long the queue at the visa free counter. We can not make sure that you can meet our guide at 7am. And the group tour is not available for Feb. 22, 2019 yet. Because our group tour departure with minimum of 2 people. Will you travel alone?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I have a layover in Beijing on Monday, March 25th. I arrive at 9:45 AM from Seoul and I depart at 5:00 PM to fly back to the U.S. (I am a U.S. citizen). That’s a 7 hour layover. I would like to see the Great Wall during my layover, but I’m also open to other tour recommendations. Please let me know what can be arranged, thank you!

  5. Chris says:

    2 of us travelling to BKK. My flight is from
    – US to BKK with layover at Beijing. Arriving at Beijing 5:20am and departure is 7:30pm
    – BKK to US with layover at Beijing. Arriving at Beijing 1:25am and departure is 9:00pm

    Please suggest the tour we need to do for going and returning. If you can provide detail how much for each person and how do I pay, I will appreciate.

    • admin says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      We just sent you an email about the tour options, please check it out.

  6. Giselle says:

    I will be traveling from New York City (US Citizen) to Bangkok, layover in Beijing for 8 hours arriving at 5:20 am.
    wondering if that’s enough time to do the Great Wall tour and whether we will be granted the 24 hr transit visa?
    Thank you

  7. captain says:

    I have a ticket from Istanbul to Melbourne with two transfers in China , first is Beijing second is Guangzhou. Total time in China is not over 24 hours. I have a Australian visa and I am a Turkish citizen. So am I eligible for 24 hours twov?

    • admin says:

      Hi Captain,

      Sorry, we do not think you can get the visa free stamp and get out of airport. But you can stay in the airport. You can try to apply the visa free when you landing Beijing.

  8. Svenja says:


    I’m planning to visit Beijing and Philippines next year.

    Due to our flight times, we will have a 13-hour-long Transit on our way to Philippines, as well as a four-days-long stay after our time in the Philippines (about 3 weeks later).

    Do you know, if it is possible to use the 144 hour visa free stay TWICE (on our way to the Philippines AND back), so that we can do a layover tour during our 13 hour Transit and come back three weeks later for a longer stay?

    Thank you very much!

    • admin says:

      Hi Svenja,

      According to your flight itinerary, you can get the visa free twice.

      We have to know your flights times, then we will know which tours are suitable for you.

  9. Emir Himzari Latif says:

    Hi, I’m Indonesian transiting via Beijing for about 23 hrs with my family. I do not hold any Visa. Can I enter China with Temporary Stay Permit visa during the transit time? And how much does it cost to apply the visa upon arrival?

    • admin says:

      Hi Emir,

      We arranged many tours for Indonesian passport holders who have a layover in Beijing within 24 hours without visa. But the airport have right to stop you in the airport without any reason even was happened for the US passport holders. So if you want to be 100% sure, please apply for a visa in advance. About how to get the visa-free permit. Please see details at: http://www.beijinglayovertour.com/beijing-layover-tour-tips/. It is free of charge.

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