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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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