144 Hours China Visa Free Transit 2019/2020

Since 2016, China has started the 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption policy in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang Province of Yangtze River Delta to offer transit convenience for international travelers, and more cities like Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, Guangzhou and so on have been joined in. Under such policy, visitors coming from the appointed 53 countries, holding the valid travel documents and connecting flight tickets to a third country/region, are allowed to enter from specific ports, and stay in certain areas without a Chinese Visa for up to 144 hours (6 days) in China.

Hot News: Since May 1, 2019, Guangdong Province (including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Chaoshan...) has implemented 144 Visa-free Transit Policy to better facilitate tourism in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area.

China 144 Hour Transit Visa Free

At present, there are 17 cities in China implementing the 144-Hour TWOV (Transit without Visa) policy, including the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang), Jing-Jin-Ji Region (Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei), Liaoning (Shenyang, Dalian), Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, Wuhan and Qingdao and Guangdong Province (Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chaoshan). Different (air, railway and cruise) ports of entry are opened in the cities. The visa-free policy provides greater convenience for international transit, as well as more flexibility of short-term travel, business trip and family visit in China. (updated in May, 2019)

Please unfold the 144-hour Visa-free China City List (click here) to know more details of the valid ports of entry in each city and its limited stay area.

China CityPort of EntryPermitted Visa-free Stay Area Implement Date
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing West Railway Station
Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province December 28, 2017
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Shijiazhuang (Hebei Province) Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Qinhuangdao (Hebei Province) Qinghuangdao Port
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Railway Station
Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang Provinces January 30, 2016
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Chengdu January 1, 2019
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport Kunming
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Xiamen Wutong Ferry Terminal
Xiamen International Cruise Center
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Wuhan
Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport Shandong Province
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport Liaoning Province January 1, 2018
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan,Chaoshan, Guangdong Province May 1, 2019
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Chaoshan (Jieyang) Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
China 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Map of China 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Cities

What Are the Requirements of 144-Hour Visa-free Transit ?

If you want to apply for the 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption when passing through China, there are certain requirements you have to meet.

● Foreigners must come from the designated 53 countries

The policy only applies to citizens from the specified 53 nations in Asia, Europe, America and Oceania. The nationality of your passport will be checked if you are eligible applicants. (Check the detailed list of qualified countries below.)

● Foreigners must hold valid international travel documents

A passport is the most common travel document as the proof of visitors’ identity. Visitors can also take other recognized travel documents to certify their nationality and identity. The passport or other document should have a validity of at least 3 months. (Note that Identity Card, Driver Licence are normally not considered an international travel documents.

● Foreigners must hold a connecting ticket bound for a third country (region) within 144 Hours

One of the most crucial condition is that, foreigners have to hold a connecting ticket (usually flight ticket) to a third country/region with confirmed seat, date within 144 hours. You need to provide document presenting fixed departure date, and departure and next destination are different.

Tips: Hong Kong and Macau SARs are regarded as third regions from mainland China. Hong Kong Visa / Macau Visa >>

● Foreigners must enter and exit via specified ports

Passengers are required to get into and leave China from appointed ports, for example, you can only apply for 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing.

Which Countries Qualify for the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy

Now, the 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption policy in China opens to 53 states in 4 continents. So only citizens from one of the 53 members are allowed to apply for the service. The eligible country list is same to that of China’s 72-Hour Transit Visa Exemption. Read the list below to see if you meet the precondition. Read full list of Countries Applicable to 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit >>

European Countries (39)

European Countries under Schengen Visa Agreement (25):

Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Monaco.

Other European Countries (14):

Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, and Belarus.

American Countries (6):

The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Republic of Chile.

Oceania Countries (2):

Australia and New Zealand.

Asian Countries (6):

South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Which Cities Enjoy China 144-Hour Visa-free Transit

◆ 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Yangtze River Delta

Since January 30, 2016, China first launched the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces, for citizens from certain 51 countries (now upgrade to 53 states) holding connecting flight tickets with confirmed seat, date to a third country (region). Transit foreigners can choose any one of the 7 permitted ports to enter and exit Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, and stay for not exceeding 144 hours (6 days) in the administrative regions of Shanghai, any cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang. So you can visit Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Wuxi, Ningbo, Shaoxing, Xuzhou, etc.

See the port in each city in detail below:

Shanghai (5):

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai Railway Station

Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal

Shanghai WuSongKou International Cruise Terminal

Nanjing (1):

Nanjing Lukou International Airport

Hangzhou (1):

Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport

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◆ 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei

From December 28, 2017, the State Council approved the implement of 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy in the Jing-Jin-Ji Region, the biggest urbanized metropolitan area in Northern China. The requirements are same as in Yangtze River Delta. During the transit, passengers can enter and leave China through one of the 6 ports in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, and stay in the administrative region in Jing-Jin-Ji Region, for no more than 144 hours.

Beijing (2):

Beijing Capital International Airport

Beijing West Railway Station

Tianjin (2):

Tianjin Binhai International Airport

Tianjin International Cruise Home Port

Hebei (2):

Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airpot

Qinhuangdao Port

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◆ 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Liaoning

From January 1, 2018, Shenyang and Dalian in Liaoning Province, Northeastern China also carried out the 144-Hour Visa Exemption for international transit passengers. Eligible visitors can get in and departure from one of the two air ports, and stay in any cities in Liaoning Province within 144 hours.

Liaoning (2):

Shenyang Taoxian International Airport

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport

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>> 2 Days Essence of Dalian Tour

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144 Hours China Visa - Liaoning 144-Hour Visa-free Cities in Liaoning
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◆ 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Chengdu, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Kunming

From January 1, 2019, the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit begins to take effect in more 5 popular cities in China, including Chengdu, Xiamen, Kunming, Wuhan and Qingdao. Once meeting related rules, foreigners may leave from the same port of entry, and move around in administrative areas within 144 hours without applying Chinese Visa. (Visitors can visit all cities in Shandong Province after entry from Qingdao.) The new measure facilitates transit visitors to enjoy a longer duration of stay, by extending the previous 72 hours to 144 hours.

Chengdu (1):

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Xiamen (3):

Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport

Xiamen Wutong Ferry Terminal

Xiamen International Cruise Center

Wuhan (1):

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport

Qingdao (2):

Qingdao Liuting International Airport

Qingdao Seaport

Kunming (1):

Kunming Changshui International Airport

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144 Hours China Visa 5 New 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Cities
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◆ 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in Guangdong Province

A piece of big news was announced recently, Guangdong Province upgraded the 72-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy to 144 hours from May 1, 2019, by extending the no-visa layover duration, adding more port of entry & exit.

Qualified travelers can enter from one of the three international airports in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jieyang (Chaoshan), visit Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Shantou and any city in Guangdong Province for no more than 6 days without applying a Chinese Visa. Finally, visitors may exit mainland China from 32 valid ports in Guangdong, including airport, railway stations, highway and harbors. For multiple connection between Guangdong and Hong Kong/Macau by air, land and railway, it's super convenient to enjoy a visa-free tour package covering Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area in Pearl River Delta. It gives a great chance to experience the awesome Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB - the world's longest sea-crossing bridge) and the frently-uesed Guangzhou-Hong Kong Kowloon Through Train, and try different types of culture and urban landscape in Greater Bay Area, Southern China.

3 Ports of Entry:

Guangzhou (1):

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Shenzhen (1):

Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport

Jieyang Chaoshan (1):

Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport

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China Guangzhou 144 Hour Visa Free Transit Guangdong Province Map
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144 Hours China Visa Canton Tower in Guangzhou

32 Ports of Exit in Guangdong:

Air Ports (5): Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, Meizhou Meixian Airport, Zhanjiang Airport.

Railway Ports (4): Guangzhou East Railway Station (Tianhe Port), Dongguan Railway Station, Foshan Railway Station, Zhaoqing Railway Station.

Highway/Road Ports (8): Shenzhen Shatoujiao Port, Wenjindu Port, Huanggang Port, Luohu Port, Shenzhen Bay Port, Futian Port Zhuhai Gongbei Port, Zhuhai Hengqin Port.

Harbor/Sea Ports (15):

Guangzhou: Guangzhou Port, Nansha Port, LianHuaShan Port; Shenzhen: Shenzhen Shekou Ferry Terminal, Shenzhen Fuyong Port; Zhuhai: Zhuhai Jiuzhou Port, Wanzai Port, Wanshangang Port, Doumen Gang Port; Jiangmen: Jiangmen Port, Heshan Bay Port; Foshan: Foshan Gaoming Port, Rongqi Port; Dongguan: Dongguan Humen Port; Zhongshan: Zhongshan Port.

How to Apply for China 144 Hour Transit Visa ?

Applying the visa-free transit in a airport, seaport or railway port is much easier and faster than application in a Chinese Embassy or Consulate abroad. Once successfully approved, your passport will stamp a stay permit, instead of a whole stick on a visa page.

Required Documents:

a. Personal valid international travel documents with a validity of at least 3 months from the date of entry;

b. Onward (flight/train/cruise) ticket to a third country (region) with confirmed seat and date within 144 hour on arrival;

c. Completed Arrival Card for Temporary Entry Foreigners;

d. Valid visa to the third country or region (if requires).

Application Process:

Normally, there are 6 steps to follow to apply for the 144-Hour Visa-exemption Transit. Meanwhile, Shanghai has adopted an easy and fast online application system pre-arrival since November 2018. Let’s see what you should do to take the transit visa exemption.

Option One (Most Common Procedure):

A. You should notify the carrier that you would apply for the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit when boarding. They will convey your need to the immigration office.

B. Follow signs at customs area, and get to the dedicated counter/channel immigration department set for 144-Hour Visa-free Transit applicants.

C. If get approved, your passport will be stamped a stay permit by the officer, which shows the issuing date, the permitted duration of stay.

D. If you have a valid Chinese Visa, and don’t want to use it this time, you should tell the immigration officer you will enter and transit by applying the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit.

E. After leaving airport, you must register yourself within 24 hours upon arrival at the local police station or Public Security Bureau (PSB). If you will stay in hotel, the hotel staff will do the registration for you.

F. You’re required to apply for a new Chinese Visa from the local PSB, if you intend to travel other cities or stay longer than 144 hours. Otherwise, your illegal stay will face fines and other serious consequences.

144 Hours China Visa Passport and Connecting Flight Ticket are Required Documents
144 Hours China Visa Indicator for 144 Hours China Visa Free Transit
144 Hour Visa Free Shanghai 144 Hour Visa Free Transit Application Area

Option Two (Online Applivation Only Available in Shanghai):

1.) Log on the official website (https://gaj.sh.gov.cn/crj/144zy.jsp) and fill in the online electronic application abroad in advance; Type all individual details, planed places to stay, contact number and proposed departure & arrival date and transportation. Submit the application, then you will get a QR code. The system will give useful tips and feedback promptly when your situation is not suitable.

2.) After landing in Shanghai Hongqiao or Pudong International Airport, go to the special 144-Hour Visa-free Transit area. Scan your passport/international travel documents or the generated QR code on a self-service kiosk, print the Arrival Card filled and submitted before arrival. (If you didn’t apply online, you can also complete the application and print them out though the machines.)

3.) Apply in the visa counter, prove valid travel document, arrival card, connecting flight tickets. And accept inquiry and inspection by the exit & entry authority.

144 Hour Visa Free Shanghai Self-service Kiosk in Shanghai Airport

Important Notes of Transit Route, Entry Date & Restrictions

The 144-Hour Visa-free policy is only applicable for foreigners’ short transit in China. If you want to take advantage of such convenience and tour chance during the layover, you should meet all requirements, comply with all regulations and laws. Here we give you more useful guide and tips about it.

Transit Route

The 144-Hour Visa-free Transit policy is suitable for visitors who transit the specified area with onward transfer to a third country/region. Therefore, the departure and next arrival destination must be different.

For example:

a. Australia – Beijing – Tianjin – Singapore is OK (✔).

b. Australia – Beijing – Shanghai – Singapore is NOT OK (✔).

c. Australia – Beijing – Dalian – Tianjin – Singapore is NOT OK (✘).

d. Australia – Shanghai - Xian - Singapore is NOT OK (✘).

e. Sydney - Shanghai - Hong Kong -Sydney is OK (✔).

f. New Zealand - Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Shanghai - New Zealand is OK (✔).

g. New Zealand - Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong/Macau - New Zealand is OK (✔).

Area of Movement

The 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy appoints different range of activity in different cities. Namely, foreigners must transit and stay in one city/area only, not allowed to travel beyond the permitted area.

* Foreigners transiting in one of the 7 ports in Shanghai - Jiangsu - Zhejiang area, can enter (and exit) and stay from any port permitted, and visit Shanghai, and all cities in neighboring Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces.

* If you have a short layover in one of the 6 ports in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, you could enter (and exit) and stay in Beijing, Tianjin and all the cities in Hebei Province.

* Foreigners transfer in Shenyang Airport and Dalian Airport, can exit from either one air ports, and stay in any cities of Liaoning Province.

* There is only one local air port in Chengdu, Wuhan, Kunming and Qingdao separately. The movement is restricted to the administrative area.

Say if you enter from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, you can visit Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street, Kuan Zhai Alley in downtown area, and Mount Qingcheng, Dujiangyan Irregation Prpject, Dujiangyan Panda Base in suburb Chengdu.

* If you will transit in one of the 3 mentioned air ports in Guangdong Province, you are freely to visit any cities in Guangdong Province, and can exit from 32 opened ports in Guangdong Province.

Calculation of Entry Date

The 144-hour visa free transit officially counts from 00:00 on the next day after entry, not from the time when the flight land at the airport, or the time you get the stay permit. So you actually stay more than 144 hours. For example, if you arrive at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 7:00 on March 1st, 2019, so the visa-free transit begins from 00:00 on March 2. Therefore, you can stay in Shanghai, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang and leave before 24:00 on March 7th, 2019.


① Must check carefully if you meet all the application qualifications.

When you belong to one of the following situations, you can NOT use the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit in China.

1.) The exit & entry border check authority confirmed your visit to Chin is prohibited according to relevant laws and regulations; 2.) Passport or other international travel documents you hold is not valid for 3 months, or stamped visa refusal; 3.) You had illegal entry/exit, stay and work record in China within 5 years; 4.) You had violation of accommodation registration and caused serious cases in China within 2 years.

② Prior to arrival, you need to report the visa-free transit request to the immigration authority through the airline company or personally.

③ You’re required to fill in Arrival Card (the blue one, not the yellow slip get on plane) on arrival, fill up the Departure Card at counter when leaving.

④ Your movement is strictly limited in certain areas in the transiting city. Travel outside the area needs applying for a Chinese Visa.

How to Spend 144 Hours (6 Days) in China During Transit

It’s really a great chance to explore Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Kunming and other cities during your 6-day transit trip in China. Depending on relevant regulations, you may have an in-depth local city tour or a short-term side trip. Travel with China Discovery, we will provide you high-quality tour packages, including iconic sightseeing, featured activities, convenient transfer, dining and accommodation, etc. Select our most popular 144 visa-free tours below or contact us to customize your own one.

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Top Popular 144-Hour Visa-free Cities in China

Beijing Forbidden City


Highly advise to spend your days to admire the capital city in China and magnificence of ancient royal family.

Highlights: the Forbidden City, the Great Walls, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Beijing Hutongs, etc.

The Bund in Shanghai


Shanghai Pudong Airport and Hongqiao Airport both serve you the visa-free transit to enjoy the city highlights.

Highlights: The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Jinmao Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, etc.

Guangzhou Pearl River


one of the best gateways for you to transit with a great numbers of international flights crossing by.

Highlights: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Yue Xiu Park, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Shamian Island, etc.

West Lake


Xiaoshan Airport serves you to visit the best scenery and culture of the heaven on earth.

Highlights: West Lake, National Tea Culture Museum, Linyin Temple, Wuzhen Water Town, etc.

Chengdu Panda


hometown of giant panda, Chengdu the leisure city gives you another life style.

Highlights: Giant Panda, Wuhou Memorial Temple, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street, Wenshu Temple, etc.

Stone Forest in Kunming


gathering many minorities,it offers different traditional local life by visiting various ethnic villages.

Highlights: Yunnan Nationalities Village, Green Lake, Stone Forest, Dongchuan Red Land, Jiuxiang Scenic Area, etc.


as the prosperous “Eastern Chicago”, it prepares the amazing profound Chu history for your appreciation.

Highlights: Hubei Provincial Museum, Yellow Crane Tower, Guiyuan Temple, East Lake, Heptachord Terrace

Lingering Garden


A wonderful destination to see the elegant ancient gardens, water towns, etc.

Highlights: the Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Suzhou Museum, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli …

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