What is 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy of China

China visa exemption policy mainly applies to 10 groups of people, including 24-hour direct transit passengers, 53 countries’ passport holders enjoying 72-hour or 144-hour visa-free transit. The visa-free transit policy was first introduced by the government in 2013 in an effort to boost tourism and allows travelers from 53 countries to stopover in the city for a set period of time without obtaining a Chinese visa.

How to Obtain Chinese Visa Exemption

To obtain a transit visa exemption, travelers should review eligibility requirements, and confirm their eligibility with their local Chinese embassy. After confirmation, travelers must communicate their intention to obtain a transit visa exemption to their airline prior to travel. In order to obtain visa exemption, travelers need to produce transport tickets showing that they will be leaving China (the PRC) within six days.

Know the Chinese Cities Where Travellers can Enjoy Visa-Free Transit

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Kunming
  • Qingdao
  • Shanghai
  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Xiamen
  • Hebei Province
  • Jiangsu Province
  • Zehjiang Province

A List of 53 Countries who can Enjoy China 144-hour Visa Exemption

  • Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sl ovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco
  • American Countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
  • Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand
  • Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Why China Relaxed Visa Requirements?

Chinese authorities have revealed that they are relaxing visa requirements for foreign professionals as well as for highly skilled workers. Xinhua News Agency reports that the country “is in the middle of its biggest ever influx of foreign-educated professionals” and that this is an attempt “to bridge the talent gap” faced by the nation. According to government authorities, visa waiver candidates in this category include entrepreneurs, scientists and those who work in the technology sector.

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