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

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

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