What Are the Requirements for Foreigners to Apply for the 72/144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in China?
Question: Hello, our company would like to invite foreign clients to China for urgent business talks at very short notice. What are the requirements for foreigners to apply for the 72/144-hour visa-free transit in China?
Answer: Hello, thank you for your interest in and support for our immigration management. Any foreigner applying for the 72/144-hour visa-free transit needs to meet the following three conditions:
1. He/she must be a citizen of one of the countries entitled to the 72/144-hour visa-free transit (Please check the table below for the list of the countries entitled. ↓↓↓);
List of Countries Entitled to the 72/144-Hour Visa-Free Transit
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia
Other European countries
Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania, Monaco, Belarus
United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
Australia, New Zealand
South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar
2. He/she must hold a valid international travel document (valid for no less than three months) that can prove his/her nationality and identity, and meet the conditions for entering a third country/region;
3. He/she must hold a connecting ticket to a third country/region with a confirmed date and seat for departure within 72/144 hours or relevant certificates as per the amount of time applied for the visa-free transit, fill out the Arrival Card for Temporary Entry Foreigners, and accept inquiries from the entry-exit border inspection authority.
Foreigners who meet the above conditions can apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit at the entry-exit border inspection authorities in 20 cities in China, or the 72-hour visa-free transit in three cities. Application is not possible in the cities that have not yet implemented this policy.
Province (autonomous region)/region
Name of Port
Destinations for Staying
144-Hour Visa-Free Transit
Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province
The three administrative divisions of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region jointly implements the 144-hour visa-free transit policy.
Foreigners who meet the requirements of the policy can enter through any applicable port in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and stay in Beijing Municipality, Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province for no more than 144 hours before exiting from the applicable ports.
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing West Railway Station
Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province
Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province
Port of Qinhuangdao
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province
The three administrative divisions of the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai region jointly implement the 144-hour visa-free transit policy.
Foreigners who meet the requirements of the policy can enter through any applicable port in the Jiangsu-Zhejiang-Shanghai region and stay in Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province for no more than 144 hours before exiting from the applicable ports.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Port of Shanghai
Shanghai Railway Station
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Ningbo, Zhejiang Province
Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Nanjing, Jiangsu Province
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Foreigners who meet the requirements of the policy can enter through any applicable port in Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Jieyang and stay in Guangdong Province for no more than 144 hours before exiting from any of the 32 international ports with passenger transport capabilities in the province. For specific information, please check the link: http://gdga.gd.gov.cn/xxgk/zcjd/wjjd/
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Jieyang, Guangdong Province
Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
Shenyang, Liaoning Province
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Foreigners who meet the requirements of the policy can enter through any applicable airport in Shenyang and Dalian and stay in Liaoning Province for no more than 144 hours before exiting from either airport in Shenyang or Dalian.
Dalian, Liaoning Province
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Qingdao, Shandong Province
Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport
Port of Qingdao
Chengdu, Sichuan Province
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chengdu, Leshan, Deyang,
Suining, Meishan, Ya'an,
Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong,
Luzhou and Yibin
Xiamen, Fujian Province
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Port of Xiamen
Kunming, Yunnan Province
Kunming Changshui International Airport
Wuhan, Hubei Province
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Xi'an and Xianyang
72-Hour Visa-Free Transit
Changsha, Hunan Province
Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Harbin, Heilongjiang Province
Harbin Taiping International Airport
The border control authorities will not issue temporary entry permits to a foreigner if:
- His/her passport or any other international travel document is expiring in less than three months, or any of his/her travel documents has a rejection stamp by a visa-issuing agency in China;
- He/she has a record of illegal entry or exit, illegal residence, or illegal employment within the last five years.
Foreigners under these circumstances are not entitled to the 72/144-hour visa-free transit.