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/.

126 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. Ari says:

    HI, to be sure: is it necessary to have a single ticket for transit?
    We’re flying in from Dubai with Emirates, leaving two days later with ANA to Japan, and would like to apply for a 72hr transit. All flights are confirmed. Thnx!

    • admin says:

      Hi Ari,

      If your nationality belongs to 51 visa-free 51 countries, you can get 72 hours transit visa for sure.

  2. MA LEA says:

    We are a family of 4, all Philippine passport holders and greencard (not US citizen). We will be back to US on August 2018 (already bought tickets for summer 2018). Our connecting flight wait time is 39 hours (arrival from Phils Sun 10:30 am – departure for US Mon 10:35 pm). Philippines is not included in the 72-hour transit VISA. We want to visit Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great wall, and the tomb. Is it possible? Please advise.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ma Lea,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Since your layover time is more than 24 hours, so you would have to apply Chinese entry visa in Chinese Embassy in advance.

      We can arrange the tour for you after you get the visas.

  3. Nadia says:

    I am a Malaysian with Indefinite leave to remain in the UK. I will be travelling from the UK with 24hrs transit in PEK airport to Kuala Lumpur. Do I need to apply for a visa if I want to leave the airport?
    Many thanks,

    • admin says:

      Hi Nadia,

      We arranged tours for Malaysian 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.

  4. malu bacani-pulz says:

    i will be having a 12 hrs layover in Beijing on Jan 9, 2018 and i am interested to join your Great Wall & Forbidden City Group tour. Do you accept credit card or can i pay the tour upon arrival? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Malu,

      Yes, we accept credit card via PayPal. According to our group booking policy, you would have to pay the full payment in advance.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ashwin,

      Sorry, you are not able to get 72 hours visa-free permit. You would have to apply Chinese entry visa in advance.

  5. Melanie says:

    HI! I’m a philippine passport holder but currently a U S green card holder.I will be going home to the Philippines in November 15 and planning to visit great wall then to Philippines .do I need a visa to stay in Beijing for 2 days ?thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Melanie,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Yes, you need apply Chinese entry visa in advance.

      • Andy says:

        im a philippine passport holder, will travel from singapore-beijing-tokyo this Nov 22, 2017 and will land Beijing at 6AM with 9 hours layover wanted to do great wall tour, do i still need a visa or they would allow me?And that 6AM land, can i still join the 9AM tour?

        • admin says:

          Normally, you can get visa-free permit if your layover in Beijing within 24 hours. We did many tours for the Philippine Passport holders. But it is up to the immigration officers. They have right to stop you leaving the airport without any reasons.

  6. Tasneem Fredericks says:


    I would like to do a layover tour when i land in Beijing to the Great Wall of China. Is this possible with a South African passport? and if this possible what do i need to do once i land at the airport to get the visa free access?


    • admin says:

      Hi Tasneem,

      South Africa is not belongs to visa-free countries. I am afraid you are not able to get out of airport.

      We suggest you apply the Chinese entry visa in advance. Thank you!

  7. Sean says:

    If I travel from USA -> Dubai -> China -> Dubai -> USA, can I get the 72 Hours Visa Free in Beijing International Airport?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sean,

      We donot think you can get the visa-free permit. According to visa-free policy, the destination and place of departure cannot be the same.

  8. Davis Dizgalvis says:

    Hi there I’m a Latvian EU citizen and traveling through Beijing airport
    I wanna know if I will be needing a visa free permit stamp to leave the airport for a Beijing layover tour and if so will it cost me anything

    • admin says:

      Hi Davis,

      Yes, you will need get visa-free permit stamp first, then you can get out of airport. That is free of charges. Our travel advisor has been replied your email, please check.

  9. Sandra Wolf says:

    I have a US passport. I will be arriving from Sri Lanka into Beijing on Friday, Dec 1 at 11pm. I will leave Saturday, Dec 2 at 5:30 pm.
    1. Since I have less than 24 hours in Beijing, do I need a visa?
    I would like to be picked up from my hotel on Saturday and returned to the airport.
    2. I would like to do the Muutianya wall and one other stop. What would you recommend?
    It is just me traveling, so I think I need a private tour.
    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, you can get visa-free permit for sure. I recommend you visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City. This is the best tour itinerary for who have a long layover in Beijing.

      We just sent you an email about detailed tour itinerary, please check it out.

  10. Alex says:


    can I fly from Taipei to Beijing stay there 72 hours and take the same flight back to Taipei?
    I’m asking because it is not a real transit flight, is it still possible?
    You help is appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Hi Alex,

      No, you cannot get the Visa-free permit. According to Beijing Visa-free policy, the destination and place of departure cannot be the same. You would have to apply Chinese entry visa in advance.

  11. wendy says:

    Hi i will be flying from usa to beijing then on to Tokyo i have 2 hours 40 mins on way over so can i just stay airport for connecting flight do i need visa for this? Canadian passport.I will return from Tokyo just under two weeks later on return flight stop 23 hours layover can i get visa for this if i have flight on way over then return to US confused by visa .

  12. Divya says:

    is the 24hr transit visa applicable to Kunming as well? do you have day tours for Kunming and Beijing? can you send me the details please? What time do the tours start?

    • admin says:

      Hi Divya,

      About Kunming visa-free policy, you’d better contact Chinese Embassy to confirm. We do not have tours in Kunming. Sorry about that!

  13. Divya says:

    Hi, I have an Indian Passport and I am traveling from US to Australia with layover in Beijing or Guangzhou, will I need a visa? or do I qualify for the 72-hourvisa free transit. I dont think so but I just wanted to confirm.

    • admin says:

      Hi Divya,

      If you layover in Beijing or Guangzhou within 24 hours, you will not need the visa.

  14. Macy says:

    I am a travelling to Mongolia from Seoul. My flight is on Jul 27th and will arrive in Beijing at 9:40 in the morning. My connecting flight to Mongolia will be at 9:10 in the evening. Roughly I have a 10-hour layover. is it possible to join a group tour to Great wall? Also, I am a Philippine passport holder but I am currently living in Korea as a student. Will I need a visa for the transit? Will I need a visa to go on a day tour to The Great Wall?

    Thank you in advance. More power!

  15. Tracy Williams says:

    Hi, just want to clarify if travelling from Thailand to Beijing with layover and tour to Great Wall in China, will I be required to get Visa to leave airport for tour, or will my passport work?
    Sorry if this is a copy of another inquiry.

  16. Emma says:

    Hello – I just wanted to clarify the visa policy, as the phrasing I read online looked like you had to be flying to a Chinese destination. If I am flying from Japan to London, am I allowed into China for the visa free travel? Is it the same rule for the 72hr and 144hr transit allowances? I am a U.K. citizen.

    Thanks so much for your help!


    • admin says:

      Hi Emma,

      If you fly from Japan to London and stop Beijing on the way, so you would not need a Chinese visa. And this situation is suitable for the 72 hours visa free policy.

  17. Thuy says:

    I will arrive at 5am in Beijing. My friend would like to do a tour to the great wall and other places. How does this work? My flight leaves at 5pm to Tokyo. I would like to be at the airport by 3pm.

  18. Leah santos says:

    I booked my ticket today and I just wondering if do I need to get a visa if I have my layover in Beijing? Philippines passport holder. Thank you. Your reply is highly appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Hi Leah,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Normally the Philippines passport holder can get through the immigration smoothly without visa within 24 hours layover. But it happens sometimes not allowed. We have no idea what is the reason and we can not control it.

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