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China Visa Free Cities and Regions - Visit Major China Destinations Without Visa

Notice on Latest Visa and Entry Policies for Foreigners Entering China - Updated on June 17, 2024:

1. Breaking News! a. China will be visa free to New Zealand Soon! b. 15 days visa free for citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg has been extended until December 31, 2025.

2. Hong Kong High-speed Rail West Kowloon Station has been added to Guangdong Province 144-hour transit visa-free.

3. China - Georgia Mutual Exemption of Visa, starting from May 28, 2024.

4. 15 Days Visa Exemption Policy is newly available for Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Read more »

5. Booking of flights and hotels, China itineraries and invitation letters are not required for application of Chinese Tourist Visa for U.S.nationals.

6. 15 Days Visa Exemption Policy is now available for other 6 countries including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia. Read more »

7. Appointment is not required for visa application in many embassies and consulates.

8. Starting from 00:00 on November 1, 2023, individuals entering or exiting the country are exempt from filling out the "People's Republic of China Health Declaration Card for Entry/Exit."

9. Norway has become the 54th country whose passport holders can transit without visa up to 72/144 hours in China.

10. Starting from August 30, 2023, individuals traveling to China will no longer be required to undergo pre-entry COVID-19 nucleic acid or antigen testing.

11. U.S. citizens holding multi-year multiple-entry visas issued before March 28, 2020, whose visas temporarily lost entry functionality between March 28, 2020, and March 14, 2023, due to the pandemic, are eligible to apply for compensation. Those who choose to apply for compensation will receive a free 3-year multiple-entry visa. Those who choose to waive the compensation can apply for a new 10-year multiple-entry visa at the regular fee.

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Are you thinking it’s really troublesome to obtain a visa for Beijing or Shanghai in China? You get the right place here! Taking advantage of China’s different visa-free policies is an excellent way to enjoy a China tour without visa, because it ideally saves lots of your time, money and energy making paperwork before departure.
Currently, China provides transit visa exemption (TWOV), firsthand visa-free entry and a few special visa waiver programs in different cities and regions. Just go through related requirements, a fast and convenient entry, a “no-visa” trip to China is at your fingertips.
Top tourist destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, etc are supporting international transit travelers to enjoy a transit visa-exempted layover tour for 1 to 6 days (144 hours). Downtown sightseeing and iconic visiting of Great Walls, Giant Pandas..can be easily achieved. Hong Kong and Macau SARs (Special Administrative Regions), Hainan Province even allows direct visa-free month-long holiday for certain visitors.
Looking for the most suitable city applicable to the free visa? Follow us to find the perfect one matching your travel plan.

China Visa Free Tours Map

China Visa-free Destinations

  • Beijing - A Gateway to Great Walls of China

    Entry Ports (2): Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK); Beijing West Railway Station
    Movement Areas: Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province
    Highlights: Great Wall Hiking, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutongs

    Beijing is the current great capital of China, one world-known magnificent city with distinctive Chinese imperial characteristics and the largest number of UNESCO World Heritages (7 properties). A China Great Wall tour usually begins from Beijing. Now the Beijing Capital Airport flies nearly 35,000 flights to 145 overseas cities of 68 countries and regions. Beijing West Railway Station runs daily high speed bullet train to Hong Kong with a journey of about 9 hours.

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  • Shanghai - The Oriental Paris to Meet Eastern-Western Culture

    Entry Ports (5): Shanghai Pudong (PVG) & Hongqiao International Airport (SHA, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai Wusongkou & Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
    Movement Areas: Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Any City in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces
    Highlights: The Bund, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Word Financial Center, Nanjing Road

    Shanghai is the largest city and the most prosperous and fashionable city in mainland China. It is an international metropolis showing the "Modern China" and a often-used hub for further travel to Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan in Eastern China. Shanghai Pudong Airport is connected with over 110 cities of 48 foreign states. Shanghai Railway Station delivers through normal-speed train (Z99) to Hong Kong weekly. International cruise may dock at Shanghai before heading to South Korea, Japan or to Thailand, Singapore.

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  • Xian - Ancient Capital & Home of Terracotta Warriors

    Entry Port (1): Xian Xianyang International Airport
    Movement Areas: Xian, Xianyang
    Highlights: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell & Drum Tower, Shaanxi History Museum, Hanyangling Museum

    Xian in central-northwest China was the starting point of ancient Silk Road, and now is a top cradle of China’s civilization of 13 regimes and an international tourist city with six World Heritage properties, including the most-known Terracotta Warriors of the First Qin Emperor. While transiting in Xian, you could visit Xian and Xianyang, the two former capitals to witness the authentic Chinese ancient prosperity, old-time society livings through the ancient ruins, historic sites and popular local snacks.

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  • Guangzhou - Door to Guangdong-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area

    Entry Port (1): Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
    Movement Areas: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Any City in Guangdong Province
    Highlights: Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Guangzhou Tower, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Shamian Island

    Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province located in Pearl River Delta, is a thriving international business center as well as a huge and comprehensive transportation hub in Southern China. Famous for the annual Canton Fair and representative economic power, Guangzhou also own many ancient ruins and modern revolutionary sites. It is the ideal place to experience notable Lingnan culture and delicious Cantonese Cuisine. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the only port used for 144-Hour Visa-free Transit passengers, which operates approximately 200 international air routes to 91 cities in 52 countries.

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  • Shenzhen - China’s Silicon Valley & Neighbor of Hong Kong

    Entry Port (1): Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX)
    Movement Areas: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhuhai, Any City in Guangdong Province
    Highlights: Window of the World, China Folk Culture Village, Happy Valley, Dafen Oil Painting Village

    Shenzhen is the first Special Economic Zone in China that precisely proved success of China’s Reformation and Opening, a leading technology and innovation city highly reputed as home base of Tencent, Huawei, ZTE, DJI, BYD, and a vital bridge connecting Hong Kong and mainland China. Shenzhen Bao’an Airport so far has linked with about 60 international destinations in the world. Want to travel Shenzhen and Hong Kong without visa? better plan a stopover tour in Shenzhen first and then move on to Hong Kong via specific 9 exit ports in Shenzhen.

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  • Chengdu - Home of the Giant Pandas

    Entry Port (1): Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU)
    Movement Areas: Chengdu, Dujiangyan, Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya'an, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Luzhou, Yibin (11 cities within Sichuan Provinces)
    Highlights: Chengdu Giant Panda Tour, Mt. Qingcheng, Kuanzhai Alley, Wenshu Yuan Monastery, Renmin Park, Jinli Old Street, Sichuan Cuisine, Sichuan Opera

    Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province, is the hometown to Pandas and gateway to Jiuzhaigou Valley and else destinations in Sichuan, also an important transportation hub in Southwestern China. A China Panda Tour always comes first for each Chengdu visitors. A 6-day layover is enough to experience leisure life style of Chengdu, taste spicy Sichuan food, view delicate Sichuan embroidery, get to cultural and historical spots, or make a sweaty trekking in the renowned Taoist mountain Qingcheng.

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  • Chongqing - Mountain City for Yangtze River Cruise

    Entry Port (1): Chongqing Jiangbei Airport
    Movement Areas: Chongqing, Dazu, Wulong
    Highlights: Three Gorges Museum, Hongya Cave, Ciqikou

    Chongqing is a national modern manufacturing industrial base neighboring Chengdu to the west, an elusive “Mountain City” famous for spicy hotpot. It is also the upstream point of Yangtze River Cruise and the best place to know the spectacular China's Three Gorges. During the transit, you can visit downtown Chaotianmen, try spicy hot pot, transfer to World Heritages - Dazu or Wulong. A downstream cruise of Three Gorges along Yangtze River is only valid if obtained a China Visa.

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  • Xiamen - Beautiful Coastal City with Gulangyu Island

    Entry Ports (3): Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN), Xiamen Wutong Ferry Terminal, Xiamen International Cruise Center
    Movement Areas:Guyangyu Island, Xiamen
    Highlights: Gulangyu Island, Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen University, Zhongshan Road Walking Street

    Xiamen is a Special Economic Zone city in Fujian Province, which is famed for the World Cultural Heritage - Gulangyu Island, very comfortable climate, fresh air, pretty island scenery and title of “Most Romantic Leisure City” in China. The city encourages both air and cruise tourists to stop by and quickly look and feel its charm and light-some atmosphere. You may have a Hakka Tulou Tour from Xiamen if holding a regular China Visa.

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  • Tianjin - The Biggest Harbor City in Northern China

    Entry Ports (2): Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN), Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
    Movement Areas: Tianjin, Beijing, Chengde (Jinshanling Great Wall), Any City in Hebei Province
    Highlights: Huangyaguan Great Wall, Five Great Avenues, Ferris Wheel-Eye of Tianjin, Italian Style Street

    Tianjin is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities in China, which borders Beijing and Hebei Province. Tianjin has played important role in canal transport since ancient times, and till now, it still serves as an vital port in Northern China. During the 144-hour layover, you’re strongly suggested to pay a quick visit to Huangyaguan Great Wall, western style architectures and other major attractions in Tianjin, then transfer to Beijing to explore the profound capital city of over 3,000 years’ history.

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  • Kunming - Spring City in Colorful Yunnan

    Entry Port (1): Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG)
    Movement Areas: Kunming City
    Highlights: Stone Forest, Green Lake (Cui Hu), Gragon Gate, Flower & Birds Market

    Located on Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau in Southwestern China, Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province. It is a essential gateway to South and Southeast Asia for China, a famous “Spring City” with pleasant days all year round and a frequently-used transportation hub to Dali and Lijiang in Kunming. When transiting through China in Kunming, you may visit the Stone Forest - a World Natural Heritage of Karst formation, go to Green Lake to watch local daily life or visit ethnic village to catch a glimpse of diverse minority culture.

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  • Qingdao - City of Sail & Tsingtao Beer

    Entry Ports (2): Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO), Qingdao Port
    Movement Areas: Qingdao, Jinan, Yantai, Weihai, Rizhao, Any City in Shandong Province
    Highlights: Qingdao Beer Museum, Laoshan Scenic Area, Olympic Sailing Center, May Fourth Square, Zhaoqian Pier, Golden Beach, Qingdao Catholic Church

    Qingdao is a nice sea port city and capital of Sailing in China, a world-known beer city situated in east coast of Shandong Province. Gorgeous seaside landscape, exotic buildings, different kinds of themed museums (wine, film, Olympic sail, tobacco, etc. ) and the very excellent-tasted Tsingtao Beer are all must do things for each foreign guest.

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    Guilin - Hideaway in Idyllic Beauty

    Entry Port: Guilin Liangjiang Airport
    Destinations: Guilin, Yangshuo, Longsheng
    Highlights: Li River Cruise, Yangshuo Biking, Longsheng Rice Terrace, Feed Flute Cave...

    Situated in Guangxi, Guilin has been long world known as a beautiful destination with amazing Karst scenery and terrific countryside walking experience.During 72-hour stopover tour in Guilin, it’s highly recommended to view the moving painting by a Li River Cruise, take a Yangshuo Biking, or spend some days on beautiful lined rice terrace in Longsheng. Tourists can fly to Guilin from Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Bangkok, and else cities in South and Southeast Asia.

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    Harbin - Eastern Moscow & City of Ice and Snow

    Entry Port: Harbin Taiping Airport
    Destination: Harbin
    Highlights: Ice and Snow World, Yabuli Ski Resort, Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, Saint Sophia Cathedral...

    Harbin is the capital city of Heilongjiang Province, serving as transportation hub in Northeastern China. Notable as “Ice City”, Harbin is a super popular winter destination where you can experience skiing, view large-scale and lifelike ice sculptures, buildings in Baroque style, and touch the real Frozen world. Harbin Airport currently runs flights to South Korea, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Vietnam, mainly to destinations in Southeast Asia and North America.

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    Changsha - the Gateway City to Zhangjiajie

    Entry Port: Changsha Huanghua International Airport
    Destinations: Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Hengyang, Yueyang, Any City in Hunan Province
    Highlights: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Fenghuang Ancient Town, Mt. Heng

    Changsha is the capital city of Hunan Province, known for the Mawangdui Tomb of Han Dynasty and current transportation hub in China. Most tourists travel to Zhangjiajie from Changsha, or transfer to Fenghuang Ancient Town or other destinations within Hunan. You can fly to/off Changsha from Mandalay, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Bangkok, Frankfurt, Osaka, Singapore, Tokyo, etc.

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5 Visa-Free Regions in China - Direct Entry Without Visa

Except the above transit visa free cities and areas, below are five regions available for direct entry, no transit routes required, but there are limitation of nationality and transport form, group size.

Eligible Countries: 170 countries / territories
Duration of Stay: 7 days - 180 days
Top Places to Visit: Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, Lantau Island, HK Disneyland, Repulse Bay
Eligible Countries: 79 foreign countries or regions
Duration of Stay: 14 days - 1 year
Top Places to Visit: Ruins of St. Paul's, Macau Tower, Macau Museum, A-Ma Temple
Qualification: Foreign Tour Groups Traveling from HK/Macau
Duration of Stay: 144 hours (6 days)
Destinations: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Shunde, Jiangmen, total 10 cities in PRD
Eligible Countries: 59 foreign countries
Duration of Stay: 30 days
Destinations: Sanya, Haikou, Any City in Hainan Province
Eligible Countries: Foreign Cruise Group Tours organized by Chinese Travel Agency
Entry Ports: Shanghai - 2 (Shanghai Port & Wusongkou International Cruise Terminals)
Duration of Stay: 15 days at most
Destinations: Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Xiamen, Hainan,... (3 cities & 8 provinces in coast area)

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