72-Hour/144-Hour China Transit Visa

What is 72-hour/144-hour China Transit Visa?

Nationals from following 53 countries who transit via mainland China to a third country/region can be granted a visa-free stay up to 72 hours/144 hours on a city or region basis. Within the permitted region, visitors can choose any of the permitted port to leave China.

China trainsit visa 144 hours and 24 hours

County List for China 72-hour and 144-hour transit visa (TWOV)

Europe: 24 Schengen countries - 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,

15 other European countries - Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco, Belarus

America: United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

Asia: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar

List of China cities for 72-hour/144-hour Transit Visa (TWOV )

Entry City Port of Entry for 144-hour transit visa Port of Entry for 72-hour transit visa Permitted Area for TWOV
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing West Railway Station
Beijing Daxing International Airport
Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province
Tianjin Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province
Shijiazhuang Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province
Qinghuangdao Qinghuangdao Port Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei Province
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
Nanjing Nanjing Lukou International Airport Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang Provinces
Ningbo Ningbo Lishe International Airport Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang Provinces
Hangzhou Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Jiangsu, Zhejiang Provinces
Kunming Kunming Changshui International Airport Kunming
Chengdu Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Chengdu, Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya'an, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Luzhou, Yibin (11 cities in Sichuan Province)
Xiamen Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Xiamen Wutong Ferry Terminal
Xiamen International Cruise Center
Wuhan Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Wuhan
Qingdao Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Qingdao International Cruise Home Port
Shandong Province
Dalian Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Liaoning Province
Shenyang Shenyang Taoxian International Airport Liaoning Province
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Chaoshan, Guangdong Province
Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Chaoshan, Guangdong Province
Chaoshan Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Chaoshan, Guangdong Province
Xian Xian Xianyang International Airport Xian, Xianyang
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Chongqing
Guilin Guilin Liangjiang international Airport Guilin
Harbin Harbin Taiping International Airport Harbin
Changsha Changsha Huanghua International Airport Hunan Province

Who can enjoy 72-hour and 144-hour transit visa?

From the above, you may note that the transit must via mainland China and head to a third country or region (Hong Kong and Macau are regarded as region, which means that both of them can be deemed as the third destination).


London – Chengdu – Singapore

New York – Shanghai – Hong Kong

Dubai – Guangzhou – Shenzhen - Hong Kong – Dubai

Sydney – Hong Kong – Guangzhou - Sydney

London – Beijing – London (Not to the third country/region)

London – Beijing – Xian – Singapore (Xian is neither the third country/region nor in the permitted region of Beijing entry)            

London – Beijing – Tianjin – Tokyo (Beijing & Tianjin are in the permitted region)

How to calculate the time of 72 hours & 144 hours?

Instead of counting from the time of your arrival in China, the starting point to calculate is 00:00 of the next day after entry, and the ending point is 24:00 of the 3rd/6th day after entry.

Example: Your flight arrives at Beijing on 9am of 9rd October; the time will be counted from 00:00 of 10th October. You will have to leave Beijing (2 airports) or Tianjin (airport or cruise port) before 24:00 of 15th October.

Important notes: If you’re unable to depart China on your scheduled day due to unavoidable reasons, like flight cancellation, you need to apply for a China visa at Municipal Public Security Bureau.

China Transit Visa 72 hours

How to apply for 72-hour/144-hour China Transit Visa?

Required Documents:

  • Passport with a validity of at least 3 months from the date of entry;
  • Flight/Train/Cruise ticket to a third country/region with confirmed seat and date within 144 hour on arrival;
  • Completed Arrival Card for Temporary Entry Foreigners;
  • Valid visa to the third country or region (if requires).
  • 6 steps to apply for 72-hour/144-hour China Transit Visa

    Step 1: Inform the carrier when boarding that you would apply for the transit visa when arrive in the transit city.

    Step 2: Fill in an Arrival/Departure Card, which can be obtained from the carrier to China.

    Step 3: Follow the signs to 72-hour/144-hour transit visa counter at the immigration inspection upon arrival. Fill in the Visa-free Transit Application and answer questions from the immigration officer. If you have a China visa but do not want to use it this time, do remember to tell the immigration officer.

    Step 4: Get approved and your passport will be stamped a stay permit by the officer. The permitted duration of stay is shown on the stamp.

    Step 5: Clear customs and leave airport to your hotel.

    Step 6: Show your passport to check in hotel. If you do not stay in hotel, you must register yourself within 24 hours upon arrival at the local police station or Public Security Bureau.

    What to do with China 72-Hour/144-Hour Transit Visa

    Best City Tours for China 72-Hour/144-Hour Transit Visa holders:

    5 Days Beijing Family Tour with China visa exemption

    3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour with 72-hour transit visa

    4 Days Chengdu Classic Tour with Mt. Emei and Leshan

    Pre-cruise and Post cruise visa-free China tours:

    5 Days Pre/Post Cruise Tour to Tianjin & Beijing

    3 Days Pre/Post Cruise Shanghai & Suzhou Tour

    Best China Bus Tours for 72-Hour/144-Hour Transit Visa holders:

    One day Mutianyu Great Wall Bus TourUS$35

    Xian Half Day Terra Cotta Warriors Bus TourUS$59

    One day Li River Cruise and Ancient Yangshuo Bus TourUS$69

    One day Chengdu Panda & Giant Buddha Bus TourUS$52

    Best Short China Tours for 144-Hour Transit Visa holders:

    5 Days Shanghai Suzhou Tongli Tour

    9 Days Visa-free Tour to China Greater Bay Area 

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