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Visa-Free Policy

How to Get Visa-free Transit Permit & Visa-free Policy

24 Hours Beijing Layover

144 Hours Beijing Layover

24-Hour without visa, TWOV for almost all countries by air, cruise or train transiting in China. Counted from the landing time, multiple stops.

Starting: scheduled arrival time

Ending: scheduled departure time

About: How to go through the 24hours/144hours “visa free access” at Beijing Capital International Airport?

If wishing to leave the transiting area to explore the city during the layover, passengers are supposed to apply for a free temporary stay permit at the immigration counter upon arrival.

Please follow the instructions below if your flight is landing at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3.

Step 1: When you get off the airplane please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim”. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine”. (Opposite the boarding gate NUMBER 11)

Please DO NOT stop on the way, with signs such as: “ Exit & Entry Certificate Service Office” and “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”. You might never be allowed to get out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine”, where you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp” at “24/144-hour International Transfer (Apply to Leave the Airport)” (Please see the picture below).

Step 3: After you get the Visa-free permit, please follow the Queue on the right side to get though the immigration.

Step 4: After you pass through the immigration, there is an escalator. Please take the escalator downstairs. Then you will see a little train station.

Step 5: Please get on the train, there are 2 stops please get off the train at the terminal station (T3 C).

Step 6: Get off the train at “T3 C”, follow the sign “Exit” you will see Exit “B“. Pass through the Exit “B”, there is a “STARBUCKS Coffee on the left. Our guide will be holding your name waiting for you there.

According to our experience, the location of “Visa-free Permit Stamp” might change. If you cannot find it, please do not hesitate to consult with the airport staff.

Please follow the instructions below if your flight is landing at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 2.

Step 1: When you get off the airplane take an escalator up and please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim”. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine”.

Please DO NOT stop on the way, with signs such as: “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”; “Entry Visa”;“Visa Application”. You might never be allowed to get out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine” follow the yellow arrow on the ground “144-Hour Visa-free Transit”. At the “CHINA IMMIGRATION INSPECTION” there are several accesses for “Foreigners”, please go through those accesses and then you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp”.

Step 3: Continue to follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim” then take an elevator down then you will see “CUSTOMS”, through the “CUSTOMS” you will see the “STARBUCKS COFFEE” right on the opposite side. Our tour guide will be there holding your name waiting for you in front of the “STARBUCKS COFFEE”.

According to our experience, the location of “Visa-free Permit Stamp” might change. If you cannot find it, please do not hesitate to consult with the airport staff.

Note :

As a tour company, if we agree to arrange tour for you that is means your layover time is enough to join the tour.

Sometimes some other issues might happen that might cause you can not obtain the visa-free or can not get out of the airport. It's a national policy, and we can't change it.

We don’t take any responsibility if it happens. And according to our refund policy, we will deduct your tour guide and driver cost accordingly and refund the rest of tour fee to you.

(Most companies are non-refundable)

Wish for your understanding!

If you want to be 100% sure, please apply for the visa in advance in Chinese Embassy before come to China.

beijing 144-hour visa-free transit policy

The 144-hour visa-free transit policy in China allows air, train and ship passengers from 53 countries to transit and stay for up to six days without a visa. You must be in transit to a third country or region (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are included) with a departure time within 144 hours for the country you are traveling to.

NOTE: 144-hour Visa-Free is valid for the following passport holders:

24 Schengen Agreement 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-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

How the 144 Hours are calculated?

Be advised that the 144 hours begin the moment you receive permission for transit and not when your plane lands in China.

i.e.: If one arrives at 6:00 am on July 1, the layover time counts from 00:00 of July 2 and the passenger should hold a ticket with the scheduled departure time before 23:59 of July 7. In this case, the allowed stay period is 162 hours in maximum.

About: How to go through the “visa free access ” at Beijing Capital International Airport

If wishing to leave the transiting area to explore the city during the layover, passengers are supposed to apply for a free temporary stay permit at the immigration counter upon arrival. Inform the carrier when boarding and fill an Arrival/Departure Card and upon arrival follow the following steps.

Please follow the instructions below if your flight is landing at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3.

Step 1: When you get off the airplane please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim”. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine”. (Opposite the boarding gate NUMBER 11)

Please DO NOT stop on the way, with signs such as: “Exit & Entry Certificate Service Office”, “Customs”and “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”. You might never be allowed to get out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine”, where you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp” at “24/144-hour International Transfer (Apply for Leaving Airport)” (Please see the picture below).

Step 3: After you get the Visa-free permit, please follow the Queue on the right side to get though the immigration (Please see the picture below).

Step 4: After you pass through the immigration, there is an escalator. Please take the escalator downstairs. Then you will see a little train station.

Step 5: Please get on the train, there are 2 stops please get off the train at the terminal station (T3 C).

Step 6: Get off the train at “T3 C”, follow the sign “Exit” you will see Exit “B“. Pass through the Exit “B”, there is a “STARBUCKS Coffee on the left. Our guide will be holding your name waiting for you there.

According to our experience, the location of “Visa-free Permit Stamp” might change. If you cannot find it, please do not hesitate to consult with the airport staff.

Please follow the instructions below if your flight is landing at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 2.

Step 1: When you get off the airplane take an escalator up and please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim”. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine”. Please DO NOT stop on the way, with signs such as: “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”; “Entry Visa”;“Visa Application”. You might never be allowed to get out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine” follow the yellow arrow on the ground “144-Hour Visa-free Transit“. At the “CHINA IMMIGRATION INSPECTION” there are several accesses for “Foreigners”, please go through those accesses and then you can get the “Visa-free Permit Stamp”.

Step 3: Continue to follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“ then take an elevator down then you will see “CUSTOMS“, through the “CUSTOMS” you will see the “STARBUCKS COFFEE” right on the opposite side. Our tour guide will be there holding your name waiting for you in front of the “STARBUCKS COFFEE”.

According to our experience, the location of “Visa-free Permit Stamp” might change. If you cannot find it, please do not hesitate to consult with the airport staff.

Designated Ports of Entry

Transit without a visa is permitted for 144 hours if you arrive in one of the following entries:

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If wishing to leave the transiting area to explore the city during the layover, passengers are supposed to apply for a free temporary stay permit at the immigration counter upon arrival.

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If wishing to leave the transiting area to explore the city during the layover, passengers are supposed to apply for a free temporary stay permit at the immigration counter upon arrival.

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If wishing to leave the transiting area to explore the city during the layover, passengers are supposed to apply for a free temporary stay permit at the immigration counter upon arrival.

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