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. Kate says:

    I am flying into Beijing from Australia, but I stop in Nanjing for 17 hours first. I will be in Beijing for 21 hours. Would I qualify for any of the visa exemptions?

    • admin says:

      Hi Kate,

      According to our experience, you can get visa-free in Nanjing airport. And you can get out of Beijing airport.

  2. Leo says:

    Hi, I’d like to go to discover Beijing in September. My flight would be Paris-1h stop in London-Beijing. Then, 5 days later, Beijing- 1h stop in Frankfurt-Paris.
    Will the immigration consider Paris to be the arrival and exit destination or will they consider London and Frankfurt to be? As I’d you like to enter China with a 144h transit stamp.
    Thanks and looking forward to meet you in Beijing.

  3. Rene Pella says:

    Is this order of the travel plan OK to get access to BJ with the “144h-visa-free”.
    Or is it necessary to travel at first to BJ and leaving China via HK?

  4. Karen George says:

    I will arrive Beijing on Sept 1st at 4am, will the counter for the visa free stamp be open? If no, what time are they usually open? I have a layover of 13 hours, which tour group would you recommend? I have my eye on The Great Wall, Forbidden City and/or Tienanmen Square.

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, the via-free counter will be opened by then. You can take the Great Wall & Forbidden City Join-In Group Layover Tour A (7AM-3PM).

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