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/.

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.

There must be more reasons but we just don’t know yet. (The latest update on Apr. 24, 2018)

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!

176 comments on “Visa-free Policy

  1. Sanjay Deshpande says:

    I am travelling to India from Auckland in Nov 16. I am on Indian passport, can I get a transit visa to visit city etc.? If so what is the cost? Can I apply for transit visa online before arriving?


    • admin says:

      Hi Sanjay,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Since the Indian is not belongs to “72 Hours Visa-free” 51 countries. If you would like to take a layover tour, please apply the Chinese entry visa from your local Chinese embassy before you landing Beijing.

  2. Kristene ODell says:

    We arrive in Beijing at 1am from Thailand. Upon going to Thailand we experienced that not much is open in this airport during this time. Can we get our visa online somehow?

    • admin says:

      Hi Kristene,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Normally, you can get 72-hour Visa-free at that time. Our clients did that before.

      There is no Visa-online service in Beijing.

      Would you like to book a layover tour?

  3. Eduardo says:

    I would like to confirm how to calculate the duration of the 72 hours transit visa exemption when transiting via Beijing (PEK airport).

    My inbound flight from Japan arrives in PEK airport at 11h20 (Aug 29th 2016). My outbound flight to South Korea leaves PEK airport at 11h50 (Sep 1st 2016).

    As per airlines’ scheduled time of landing and departure, it is 72 hours and 30 minutes.

    However, I read that 72 hours’ time actually start counting from 0:01 on the day following entry, is that right?

    • admin says:

      Hi Eduardo,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Yes, the “72 hours” start counting from midnight following arrival. So your flights should be fine. We’ve had clients did so.

  4. Sina says:

    Hi, I am travelling with three other adults (4 of us in total) we have a 6 hour and 40 minute lay over in Beijing on July 2. We arrive in Beijing at 6:20 and depart at 13:00, would this be enough time to do the great wall of china tour?

    • admin says:

      Hi Sina,

      Thank you for your message.

      Yes, you will have time to do the Great Wall layover tour. We just sent an email about detailed tour itinerary and price to you, please check.

      If your flight delay more than 0.5 hour, please do inform us in advance. Then we will cancel your tour and refund you in full.

  5. Jose Eleuterio Limcaoco says:

    I am a Philippine passport holder but a US green card holder, traveling with 3 family members that are US passport holders, we would like to avail of your Mutianyu and Hutong tour on March 30; we only have a 10-hour layover, how fast is it to get the 72hour visa free policy if we apply at the airport in the Philippines? Our flight to Beijing is 4 hours.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jose,

      Thank you for your message.

      According to our experience, you can get out of airport and take the tour. Many Philippine clients did our tours before. Please apply temporary Visa when you landing Beijing.

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