Visas exemption (carried out from Jan 1, 2013 on)
Since 2013, approved
by the State Council of China, a 72-Hour Visa-Free transit
policy has been implemented in 15 cities' airports, including
Beijing, Dalian,Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Sheanyang,
Dalian, Hangzhou, Guilin, Kunming, Xi¨an, Xiamen, Harbin,
Wuhan and Tianjin. The policy will benefit passengers from
51 countries who hold valid international travel documents
and joint way tickets with confirmed dates and seats that
plan to departure for third countries/regions within 72 hours.
for the 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy (51)
1. European member countries of Schengen Visa Scheme (24)
Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
2. Other European
Russia, the U.K., Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine,
Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia,
3. American countries
the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
4. Oceania countries
Australia, New Zealand
5. Asian countries
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab
of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:
* This regulation does not apply to passengers who travel
on a return flight (e.g., USA - Beijing - USA), which means
the destination and place of departure can not be in the same
* The 72-hour visa-free stay only applies to transit via Airport.
Passengers by train or any other vehicles should still apply
for a visa in advance.
* Visitors are not allowed to leave the transit city to other
cities during the 72-hour visa-free period. They can only
travel around in the transit city (or the province).
* If visitors are unable to depart on time due to unavoidable
reasons, such as flight cancellation or treatment of sudden
disease, they need to apply for a visa from Municipal Public
Security Bureau (PSB).