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Kunming 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy

Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province and an important gateway city to travel to major destinations in Yunnan Province. To offer great convenience for international tourists, since January 1st 2019, Kunming has extended the former 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy to a longer 144 hours (6 days) for traveler who come from 53 countries, hold valid international travel documents and onward air ticket to a third country or region with confirmed date and seat.

Are you planning a layover tour in Kunming? Check the following details to figure out if you are lucky to get transit visa exempted at the airport and get chance to have a visa-free stopover tour in Kunming.

What are the Requirements to Apply for 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption in Kunming?

According to official laws and regulations, applicants going to use the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit must meet all requirements as requested.

Requirements includes:

⒈ From appointed 53 foreign countries included in the 144-hour Visa-free Transit Program;

⒉ Hold a valid passport or international travel document with a validity of minimum 3 months;

⒊ Hold a departing flight ticket with confirmed seat and departure date (leaving Kunming) to a third country or region within 144 hours. Usually, you can prepare your e-ticket.

Before arrival, you must make sure you have booked flight ticket leaving Kunming no later than 144 hours. The next destination should be different from your last departure to Kunming.

⒋ Transit in, enter and exit Kunming via Kunming Changshui International Airport.

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Required Documents for Kunming 144-Hour TWOV

Which Countries can Enjoy the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming?

The total number of countries applicable to China’s 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy remains the same 53 as the 72-Hour TWOV Program. The list includes U.S.A, UK, Australian, New Zealand, Singapore, Ireland, and else territories in 4 continents worldwide.

Continent Number Transit Visa Free Countries
Europe 39 Countries under Schengen Visa Agreement (24):
Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Other Countries (15):
Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and Belarus.
America 6 United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, the Republic of Chile.
Oceania 2 Australia, New Zealand.
Asia 6 South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar.

Attention: The above mentioned nationality is just one of the preconditions to apply the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming. If your country is included, it does not mean you will be approved entry without visa successfully. Others excluded the list shall get a pre-arrival China Visa from overseas Chinese Embassy or Consulate in advance.

Useful Links:

- Download the full visa free countries list in jpg format

- How to Get a Visa for China: Requirements, Application Process, Fees and Tips

Special Notices about Routes, Stayed Area, Port and Duration

1. About Travel Route

Your flight route should be: country (region) A --> Kunming --> country (region) B

Valid Routes Examples:

Sydney --> Kunming --> Kathmandu

Bangkok --> Kunming --> Phuket

Malaysia --> Kunming --> Hong Kong or Macau

2. About Stay Area

Under the policy of Kunming’s 144-Hour Visa-Free layover, transit travelers are only allowed to stay administrative region of Kunming, including 7 municipal districts, 1 county-level city, 3 countries and 3 autonomous counties.

Thus, you can visit Kunming Stone Forest, Kunming Gragon Gate, Green Lake (Cui Hu), Yuantong Temple, Western Hill, Dian Lake, Guandu Ancient Town, Flowers & Birds Market, and other sites in Kunming.

3. About Port of Entry and Exit

The Kunming Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场, IATA:KMG) is the only port of entry and exit for 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy in Kunming.

4. About Visa-Free Period The visa-free 144 hours count from the 00:00am the next day upon arrival, not from the date you land at the airport. Frankly speaking, you will normally get more than 144 hours to stay if approved.

Tips: 1.) Visitors must make accommodation registration within 24 hours after entry. If stay in hotel, the hotel staff will register for you, if not, you or your host have to do the registration to the local Public Security Bureau. 2.) Please go to the local Exit&Entry Administration of Kunming Public Security Bureau for further help, if you will overstay for irresistible causes. 24-hour service line: 13888556307.

5. About Ticket Booking

To make full use of the visa-free layover to tour Kunming City, we suggest you book refundable tickets in two different sections with a longer stopover time. Customs officer may consider your connection time to decide whether give you 144 hours free visa. The flight ticket will be checked when apply for Temporary Entry Permit at the airport.

6. About Number of Application

It’s fine to apply for the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit more times as long as your travel routes and situation qualified to all the requirements.

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

First Tourist Applying Kunming 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Kunming Yunnan Map (click to enlarge)

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Kunming Changshui International Airport

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Foreigners Enjoy Trip to Stone Forest

How to Apply 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit at Kunming Airport?

Step 1 - When boarding, inform the air company staff that you will apply 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Kunming. They will transfer your request to the Immigration Authority at Kunming Airport in advance.

Step 2 - After landing at Kunming Changshui Airport, fill in the Arrival Card (blue version) at specialized desk, and then follow guide to 144-Hour Transit Visa Exemption counter. There you shall wait and submit application with passport, connecting flight ticket to onward destination, and related travel itinerary.

Step 3 - The Exit and Entry Immigration officer will seal a Temporary Entry Permit on your passport to grant your short-term entry to Kunming after verification.

Step 4 - Go through customs and immigration formalities, and you can leave Kunming Airport, enter and stay in administrative region of Kunming without visa for a 6-day stopover tour.

China 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Sample of Temporary Entry Permit
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Transit in Kunming Airport - Kunming Airport Layover Guide

Kunming Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场, IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP) is a major airport serving tourism in Kunming and Yunnan Province, as well as an crucial hub to South and Southeast Asia. Here is its location, transportation instruction for your Kunming tour.

>> Where is Kunming Airport?

Address: Changshui Viallge, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan 云南省昆明市官渡区长水村

The airport is located about 24.5km northeast of downtown area, and is connected by highway, metro line (Kunming Metro Line 6) and airport shuttle buses.

>> Kunming Airport Transportation

Kunming Airport to City Center: it takes about 1 hour by taxi

Kunming Airport to Major Attractions:

To Stone Forest: about 1h 20 mins (85km) by drive

To Western Hill: around 1 hour (50km) by drive

To Green Lake: about 40~50 mins (27km) by drive

To Flowers & Birds Market: about 50 mins (27km) by drive

To Dongchuan Red Land: about 3 hrs (170km) by drive

Airport Shuttle Express:

There are also frequent airport shuttle expresses running from/to Kunming Airport every day. There has total 6 routes lines, and Route No.6 can take you traverse from Kunming Airport to Kunming Railway Station.

It’s highly suggested to travel with China Discovery, because we will offer worry-free pick-up service from Kunming Airport and convenient transfer bettwen attrastions and your hotel. It’s quite confusing to travel around by checking local transportation by yourself.

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Kunming Airport Transportation Map
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Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Kunming Airport Shuttle Express

>> Flights to/off Kunming

Kunming Changshui International Airport, together with Urumqi Diwopu International Airport are two main gateway hub airports in China. Until end of 2018, Kunming Airport has opened more than 300 flights, including around 270 domestic airlines and about 80 international/regional routes. The airport has more than 300 weekly flights to 36 cities in South Asia and Southeast Asia, which is the top airport with the most lines to South & Southeast Asia areas.

* Non-Stop International (Regional) Air Routes: Kunming <-->Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Singapore, Calcutta (India), Phuket, Bangkok, Chiengmai, (Thailand), Mandalay, Rangoon (Myanmar), Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi (Malaysia), Seoul (South Korea), Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), etc.

* Domestic Air Routes: Kunming <-->Lijiang, Dali, Shangri-La, Shanghai, Chongqing, Haikou, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Qingdao, Xiamen, Lanzhou, and so on.

How to Spend 144 Hours (6 Days) in Kunming?

Kunming, situated in northeast of Yunnan Province, is a very famous national historic and cultural cities in Southwest China. The mild and pleasant weather earns Kunming a good reputation of “Spring City”. Gorgeous natural scenery and distinctive ethnic culture (nearly 30 minority groups) are the two best highlights you can’t miss.

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Kunming Stone Forest

Kunming 144 Hour Visa Free Transit

Dongchuan Red Land

Kunming Day Trips

For 1-day tour in Kunming, our advice is to visit scenic spots (Yuantong Temple, Green Lake, Flowers & Birds Market) in downtown area, or mainly spend half a day on Stone Forest, a World Natural Heritage showing exotic Karst landscape (a little bit far away from city center) and visit the nearby Nuohei Viallge - a Yi Minority village with 600 years’ history.

You can also contact us to get more travel ideas and highlights in Kunming.

Kunming Tours within 3 Days

With more time, you can have a Kunming tour at a slower pace, see more attractions, experience more local life and customs apart from those mentioned sites. Jiuxiang Scenic Area - a large Karst cave, Western Hill and Dragon Gate, Yunnan Nationalities Museum are good places to catch a glimpse of plateau view and ethnic group culture.

Most Recommended Kunming Tours:

Kunming 4~ 6-Day Trips

If time permitted, take an in-depth Kunming tour to fully feel the “Spring City”. Drive 3 hours from Kunming downtown to view the beautiful and amazing Dongchuan Red Land, and then have a trip to Shuipingzi and Luoxiagou Valley, enjoy the pretty sunset. Like some unique experience? Go outdoor and take a relaxing golf tour in the green land. Surely, we will guide you to more attractions during this journey.

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Travel with China Discovery

China Discovery is a professional and experienced travel companion who offers high-value and worry-free tours for you. We not only design ideal itinerary covering sightseeing, dining, transfer and hotel, but also can provide any support & help you need to travel to China. No matter you are interested in China Visa-Free Tour or plan to travel to Lijiang, Shangri-La, Dali from Kunming, we could offer any visa-related assistance to fulfill your dream tour in China. To explore different kinds of landscape, culture and history of China, we suggest you apply for a full Chinese Visa in advance to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu and more magnificent destinations.

Please feel free to contact us to join in our top popular Kunming tours, or let us customize a once-in-a-lifetime trip for you.

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