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Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei will implement 144-hour Visa-free transit
Published on: 2017-12-27
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015From December 28th, 2017, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei will implement the 144 hour visa-free transit policy. Passengers from 53 countries or regions with Valid passport and onward tickets to a third country (region) with confirmed date and seat can Exit and Entry from any of the following Ports and can apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit: Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Port, Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Railway West Station, Shijiazhuang International Airport and Seaport of Qinhuangdao, Hebei.

011Which Countries Are Covered in the Policy?

Americans: United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Republic of Chile.
 

European citizens (39 countries): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, and Monaco.
 

Oceania (2 countries): Australia and New Zealand
 

Asia (6 countries): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

014How Are the 144 Hours Calculated?

The 144 hours start counting down from 00:00 following the day of entry. For example, you enter Tianjin at 6am on Dec 1st, 2017; your stay period starts counting down from 00:00 on Dec 2nd and you can stay until 23:59 on Dec 7th. So you actually can have more time than 144 hours if you can find suitable transport.
 

If you are unable to depart on time due to unavoidable reasons, such as flight cancellation, you need to apply for a visa from the Municipal Public Security Bureau.

016144-Hour Transit in 6 Steps

1) Inform your carrier of your intent to use a 144-hour visa-free transit at the check-in.

2) Fill in the arrival and departure card form.

3) After disembarking, follow the signposts within the inspection areas to locate the dedicated lanes for 144-hour visa-exemption transit passengers.

4) Show your tickets, passport, and China arrival card at the inspection area. Tell the immigration officer that you wish to transit without a visa.

5) After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and go through customs as normal.

6) Leave from a designated port before midnight on the sixth full day. There is nothing different from leaving China normally. Hand over your completed departure card at the security inspection.

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