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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy to implement in more China cities

Date: 2018.11.19 Author: Celia Tang

According to the National Immigration Administration, from January 1st 2019, people of 53 nationalities will be able to enjoy the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy when transiting through Xiamen City and several other cities in China. The valid personal passport, the confirmed connecting flight ticket and valid visa to a third country/region are required for this policy.


The 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy will be implemented in other five cities, including Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Kunming. Foreigners from 53 countries will be allowed to stay in the same city for up to 144 hours before they need to exit the country. Those who transit through Qingdao will also be allowed to stay elsewhere in Shandong Province during the period. At present, such passengers are allowed a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours in those five cities.


Since 2013, the State Council has approved 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit for eligible foreign travelers across 18 cities, and later extended the period to 144 hours in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu Province, as well as the cities of Shenyang City and Dalian City in Liaoning Province.