Do you need a Chinese Visa? A foreigner doesn’t need a Chinese Visa as long as he or she meets any following circumstances:
From January 1, 2013, China implemented the 72-Hour Visa-free Transit policy for citizens of certain 53 countries who meet the criteria to via and travel some certain China Cities within 72 hours (3 days), Including Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guilin, Kunming, Harbin, Xiamen, Wuhan, Qingdao and Changsha, in total of 11 cities (until February 28th, 2018). For people who are planning to apply for this visa free transit, you have to hold your flight tickets with specific date and seats to a third country or region (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) within the 72 hours.
Within this policy, visitors cannot leave the stay area during the visa-free 72 hour. And there are three types at below.
Also, this policy is only acceptable for visitors who enter/exit China from the appointed air ports, which means that you can only travel to China by flights, but not by train, ship, or other means of transportation. Please click 72-hour Visa-free China City List to know more details of the valid ports of entry in each city and its limited stay area.
Until 2018, there three parts in China has implemented the 144-hour Visa Free Transit policy for some foreign people to China, which are the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang), the Jing Jin Ji Area (Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei) and Liaoning Province. Please see more about visa exemption policy of each region at below.
From January 30, 2016, citizens from the appointed 53 countries who meet the specific stipulates can transit and stay in the Yangtze River Delta, namely the administrative regions of Shanghai, Jiangsu province, and Zhejiang province without visa for up to 144 hours (6 days). It provides a better chance for visitors spend have more time appreciating the awesome highlights in a lot of nice destinations along the Yangtze River, including the Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, etc.
Administrative region of Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province
From December 28th, 2017, citizens from the certain 53 countries can have a visa-free transit and travel in the Jing Jin Ji Area in China for 144 hours if he/she holds the tickets to the third country (region) with specific seats and dates and meets the criteria. According to the policy, visitors can spend 6 days traveling in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province without visa to enjoy a good vacation with the classic attractions, activities, food, culture and history of this prosperous economic area in northeastern China.
Administrative region of Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province
The new 144-hour Visa Free Transit implementation to Liaoning Province was published on January 1st in 2018. It allows citizens from the appointed 53 countries on the list to via and travel in the whole Liaoning Province also for up to 144 hours without visa. Therefore, people meeting the criteria will have 6 days to explore the must-sees and must-dos in this province including cities like Dalian, Shenyang, etc. However, this policy is only suitable for people who enter and exit China by flights and from the specified air ports.
Administrative region of Liaoning Province
Tickets: visitors should hold onward tickets with specified dates and seats to the third country or region (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) within the 72 hours before you applying for the visa free transit. Furthermore, your onward flight/train/ship should not make a layover in any other cities in mainland China. Also, your departure place to China and destination from China should be in different country or region.
Ports: visitors should choose either one of the specified ports for you entry in a certain region of the 144-hour Visa Free Transit, and you can exit by any of the port in that only one region. However, entering and exiting by different ports in two regions of 144-hour Visa Free Transit is not acceptable.
Stay within the Specified Area: visitors should stay within the specified area of that one 144-hour Visa Free Transit and cannot go to other cities in China within 144 hours, also cannot go to other regions implementing such transit policy within the period.
See more about the detail cities, 53 countries, conditions, tips, examples, etc. of the 144-hour Visa-free Transit Policy in China to plan a wonderful visit to China.
From May 1st, 2018, foreigners with a valid passport from the 59 countries are free of Chinese visa for a visiting up to 30 days in Hainan Island (Hainan Province) if he/she meets the circumstances. These 59 countries are:
America Countries (6): the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Republic of Chile.
European Countries (40): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco, and the Republic of Belarus.
Oceania Countries (2): Australia and New Zealand.
Asian Countries (11): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.
So, travelers could feel free to plan you tour in Hainan Island in a much better pace to enjoy the sun, beach, palm trees, sea food, and passion of this island province at the southernmost China.
Foreigners from any country that has established diplomatic relations with China and has already stayed in Hong Kong or Macau can enjoy the visa-free travel to the Pearl River Delta within 6 days. Within the 144 hours, visitors can enter the delta region from Hong Kong or Macau and stay in the administrative region of cities in Guangdong Province, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and Huizhou to enjoy the culture, history, buildings and food of Lingnan. And for the application, visitors must meet the following circumstances:
Note: the 144-hour Visa Free Transit policy in Guangdong that enables visitors enter and exit China by ports in Guangdong Province is under planning, and we will update the news according to the new official notice.
It is exempted from Chinese visa if a foreign citizen transits directly through China by international flights, trains or ships, but only can stay in the port for less than 24 hours. Another precondition is that he/she must have a confirmed seat of a flight, train or ship to a third country or region (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).
A foreigner with a valid passport from Singapore, Brunei or Japan is exempted from the Chinese visa if whose purpose of visiting the mainland China is for tourism, business or visiting friends and relatives. He/she can stay in China for up to 15 days, but has to enter China from ports opened for foreigners. A Chinese visa is required if staying overtime, or going to China for study, work, government business, journalism, or other diplomatic activities.
Visitors who hold the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Travel Card can enter China multiple times within the valid period of the travel card with each stay up to 2 months during the card’s validity. But his/her image and biometric date must exactly match that on the card.
A foreign citizen is free of new visa for the second or multiple entries if he/she has obtained any kind of D, Z, J1, Q1, S1 or X1 visa (Chinese Visa Types), and at the same time has already got the residence permit from local public security authorities during the previous entry.
Up to know, China and 93 countries have concluded agreements on mutual visa exemption. Citizens whose purpose of visiting China is for diplomatic activities, official activities, etc, are exempted from Chinese visa. Check the List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption Between the People’s Republic of China and Foreign Countries.
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