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, 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!

204 comments on “Visa-free Policy

    • admin says:

      Hi Labas,

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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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