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Note: This thread pertains only to entering the People's Republic of China (PRC, mainland China) as a transit passenger without a visa (TWOV). For information on obtaining regular PRC visas in advance of arrival, please see the China Visas Master Thread.

Visa Free Transit a.k.a. Transit Without Visa (TWOV)

NOTE: 24 hour TWOV is not available to passengers travelling on the following passports: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. See the 24-hour TWOV section below for more details.


NOTE: Effective end October 2016 important changes have been made regarding 72-hour TWOV at Beijing (PEK). The calculation of time at Beijing is now measured from your scheduled arrival to scheduled departure time (this was previously measured from 00:01 the following day). If you have a ticket which is no longer compliant you may be refused boarding at point of origin or any transit point along the way before entry to China.


The TIMATIC extract below dated 15 Jan 2017 reflects the current position.

Key Points

China TWOV has many nuances, which we have attempted to address in this thread/Wiki. For those that aren't interested in nuances, following are the key points with respect to the program:

-if you fly nonstop from country A to China, and also fly nonstop from China to country C, you can avail of TWOV

-Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are treated as separate countries in this case

-flights in your itinerary that don't involve China are completely irrelevant (e.g. if you are flying BOS-ORD-PEK-HKG-BOS, focus solely on ORD-PEK-HKG)

-some airline employees are ignorant with respect to TWOV, so be prepared to advise them that China is the transit country
*in the event that the airline people at your small airport are clueless, focus on getting to the larger airport, and take matters up there

-print the following
*TIMATIC rules applicable to your situation (e.g. Japan-China-USA) link
*receipt for onward flight (from China)
*your China hotel reservation (this is not an official requirement, and you can stay anywhere you please after the fact, but having a hotel reservation in hand can speed things up)

-on arrival in your China POE, it helps to have your onward ticket and hotel reservations in hand

Overview

China offers three distinct opportunities for transit passengers to enter the PRC without a visa - a 24 hour TWOV (transit without visa), 72 hour TWOV and 144 hour TWOV. For each, you must ultimately be departing China to a third country.

Which one you are eligible for depends on whether you have one or more stops in China, the city or cities you intend to visit, and the passport you travel on.

Note: special conditions apply for Urumqi (URC) – see below.


24-Hour TWOV

Note: 24 hour TWOV is not available to passengers travelling under the following nationalities: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The wording in TIMATIC is not overly clear and it may appear the restriction to these nationalities only applies for transits in Urumqi (URC). This is not the case, with several reports in this thread of pax on Malaysian and Thai passports being refused TWOV through other Chinese cities including Beijing (PEK). If you are travelling on one of these passports you are advised to apply for a visa, or route your travel so it does not transit China.

For other passengers:

24 Hour TWOV: available in most cities except Fuzhou (FOC), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ) (current list as of January 2017), and the only option if you have more than one stop or transit in China. (## a limited exception applies to select passport holders for multiple cities under 144-hour TWOV, see detailed information below)

Note: passengers travelling on US and Canadian passports are not permitted to use the multiple-stop transit within China if transiting through Weihai (WEH), Wuhan (WUH).

The 24 hour period is measured from your first scheduled arrival into China, until your last scheduled departure from China. This includes any transits or domestic flights you might undertake.

Note: special provisions apply to Urumqi (URC), where you are permitted to stay in transit for a maximum of 2 hours. You may then proceed to other transit points in China, for a maximum total stay in China of 24 hours (scheduled arrival at first port of entry, to final departure.

You should also read the section 'other important considerations' below.


72-Hour TWOV

NOTE: Effective end October 2016 important changes have been made regarding 72-hour TWOV at Beijing (PEK). The calculation of time at Beijing is now measured from your scheduled arrival to scheduled departure time (this was previously measured from 00:01 the following day). If you have a ticket which is no longer compliant you may be refused boarding at point of origin or any transit point along the way before entry to China.

The TIMATIC extract below, dated 15 Jan 2017 reflects the current position.


72 Hour TWOV: available in selected cities, and only available if you fly non-stop into and out of China (no transits, ‘technical stops’ or connections are allowed inside China).

Passport holders from select countries are eligible for this scheme. Check your eligibility against the TIMATIC excerpt at the end of this wiki.

The number of cities offering 72 hour TWOV continues to expand slowly and the table below will be updated once cities appear in TIMATIC.

The 72 hour period is measured differently depending on which city you transit as outlined in the table below.

Caution: Most airline staff rely on TIMATIC to determine if you can board the aircraft. If the city you wish to fly to does not appear in TIMATIC, you may be refused boarding even if the city states it has officially launched 72-hour TWOV. Cities which fall into this category are listed separately in the table below.


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72-hour TWOV – time measured from 00:01 the day after you arrive

A number of cities count the commencement time for TWOV from 00:01 the day after you arrive.

These cities are: Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) and Xiamen (XMN)

(note: Hangzhou (HGH), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) have now been moved to the 144-hour TWOV category)


72-hour TWOV – time based on scheduled arrival time

Other cities are 'up to' 72 hours based on the scheduled arrival time of your inbound flight. You must have a departure time no later than 72 hours from the time you were scheduled to land. (If your flight lands early the time is measured from the time the flight was scheduled to land.)

These cities are: Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Kunming (KMG), Shenyang (SHE), Harbin (HRB)


Prospective cities offering 72-hour TWOV

Some cities may advertise the intended availability of 72-hour TWOV however they may not yet appear in TIMATIC. You may be refused boarding as airline staff will usually rely on TIMATIC in deciding whether you are eligible to fly to – and enter – China. These cities will be moved into the appropriate category above once they are in TIMATIC.
Movements of travelers who qualify for 72-hour TWOV are restricted to the city/region of arrival. This limitation varies from city to city, but generally travelers are required to remain within about 100 miles of the arrival airport.

You should also read the section 'other important considerations' below.


144-Hour TWOV

Commencing 30 January 2016 a number of cities are offering 144-hour TWOV.

Passport holders from select countries are eligible for this scheme. Check your eligibility against the TIMATIC excerpt at the end of this wiki.

Similar to 72-hour TWOV, these cities will count the commencement time as 00:01 the day after you arrive.

These cities are: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG).


##Movements of travelers who qualify for 144-hour TWOV may be more generous than those offered for 72-hour TWOV, allowing travel between the provinces participating in the 144-hour program. As this provision is relatively new there has been no feedback on how this operates. This section will be updated when appropriate.

Travellers are indeed allowed to move between Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province and Zhejiang Province, as per info by the Shanghai General Station of Immigration Inspection (http://sh-immigration.gov.cn/listPag...?lx=40&id=4414) Q1. Also the sticker they attach at immigration to your passport clearly states this.


You should also read the section 'other important considerations' below.


Other Important Considerations

• The TWOV rules apply to air travel only at this time (TWOV will reportedly be extended to cruise ship and rail passengers with the introduction of 144-hour TWOV, but as of 30 Jan 2016, there have been no reports of this and how this will operate).

• Passengers must have confirmed onward tickets to a third country (not the PRC, and not the country from which they arrived).

• Except for 24 hour TWOV, passengers must fly non-stop to/from their destination in China using two different countries. For this context, the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau are considered third countries, as is Chinese Taipei/Taiwan/Republic of China/Taiwan Province.


• Duration of stop in third country is irrelevant (e.g., LAX-PVG-NRT-LAX is compliant, even if NRT stop is for only a few hours).

• Travelers making intermediate stops within China, even on the same flight number, are not eligible for 72-hour TWOV (the 24-hour TWOV rule is still valid). All major Chinese airlines have flights of this nature (e.g. CA via DLC/XMN/PVG/CTU, CZ via CAN/XMN, MU via KMG/PVG), so be sure to examine them before booking.

• Proof of onward flights is required. Flights must be ticketed — reservations alone, without an actual ticket number, will not be sufficient. You may also be asked for proof of hotel booking(s) by immigration at your point of entry to China.

• Onward flight can be on a separate ticket.

• You do not need to be traveling on Chinese carriers for any part of your itinerary.

• Different airlines for inbound/outbound are permitted, even on separate tickets (example: arrive Cathay Pacific, depart Lufthansa is ok).

• Most TWOV problems will occur with the carrier at the country of departure due to airline employees' misunderstanding of the rules. To avoid issues, it is wise to have a copy of the current TIMATIC version of the rules, along with confirmed onward tickets



TIMATIC

Sometimes members request official PRC documentation of these rules, but documentation from TIMATIC is typically more useful, as it's the most up-to-date source, and the one the airlines actually rely upon.

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February 2016 addition by moondog: There are occasional reports of airline staff at outstations having difficulty with TIMATIC as a credible data source. Beijing bound passengers can contact Beijing Exit/Entry Inspection directly on:

http://www.bjbj.gov.cn/
+86 10 5609 5400
Wechat: bjbianjian

(best to use Chinese whether you call or message them)
The TIMATIC text below is provided by KVS Tool and will only be updated when material changes to the TWOV rules are implemented. As such, travelers are advised to obtain a copy of the most recent TIMATIC data immediately before traveling. Besides KVS Tool and ExpertFlyer, some airline and alliance websites provide TIMATIC interfaces.


IMPORTANT: When looking up China TWOV rules in TIMATIC, be sure to input China as the transit country, not the destination (e.g., origin = USA, destination = Hong Kong, transit country = China).
Source: [KVS Availability Tool 8.3.8/Diamond - TIMATIC: Country Information: Visa] (requires subscription)

Code:
[Visa Information] China (People's Rep.) (CN)          [As of 15 Jan 2017]
 
 TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
 
 - Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets for
 a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time of 24 hours. Transit
 incl. multiple stops within China (People's Rep.), with a
 total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted. They must
 travel to a third country. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE 46798)
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou
 (FOC), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ). 
 - This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).
 - This does not apply to nationals of Syria in transit
 through Guangzhou (CAN).
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,
 who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong
 Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card
 format) together with their Hong Kong ID. 
 - Nationals of Canada and USA are not permitted to use the
 multiple-stop transit within China, if transiting through
 Weihai (WEH) or Wuhan (WUH). 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 
 - Holders of confirmed onward airline tickets, in transit
 through Urumqi (URC), for a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time
 of 2 hours. Transit incl. multiple stops within China
 (People's Rep.), with a total transit time of max. 24 hours,
 is permitted. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE 46798) 
 - This does not apply to nationals of nationals of
 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria,
 Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab
 Emirates and Yemen.
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,
 who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong
 Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card
 format) together with their Hong Kong ID. 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria,
 Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark,
 Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
 Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania,
 Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Mexico, Montenegro,
 Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania,
 Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding
 confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country, if
 arriving in and departing from the same city: 
 - at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian
 (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan
 (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time
 of 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the
 day of entry. 
 - at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming
 (KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72
 hours; 
 
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria,
 Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark,
 Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
 Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania,
 Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Mexico, Montenegro,
 Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania,
 Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding
 confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third
 country, arriving and departing from any one of the
 following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG),
 Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG) for a
 maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day
 following the day of entry. (SEE NOTE 75232)
 NOTE 75232: This also applies to passengers traveling
 from/to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,
 Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and
 Shanghai Railway Station. 
 
 - Holders of British passports endorsed  British Citizen 
 holding confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country,
 if arriving in and departing from the same city: 
 - at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian
 (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan
 (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time
 of 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the
 day of entry. 
 - at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming
 (KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72
 hours; 
 
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page holding
 confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third
 country, arriving and departing from any one of the
 following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG),
 Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG) for a
 maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day
 following the day of entry. (SEE NOTE 75232) 
 NOTE 75232: This also applies to passengers traveling
 from/to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,
 Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and
 Shanghai Railway Station. 
 
 - Holders of diplomatic or official passports issued to
 nationals of Japan holding confirmed onward airline tickets
 to a third country, if arriving in and departing from the
 same city: 
 - at Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou
 (CAN), Hangzhou (HGH), Qingdao (TAO), Shanghai Hongqiao
 (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan (WUH),
 Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72
 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of
 entry. 
 - at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming
 (KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72
 hours; 
 
 - All transiting passengers are subject to a check by
 immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or
 passport replacing documents that are accepted for entry
 into China (People's Rep.). For more details on document
 requirements, please enter China (People's Rep.) as a
 destination.
 - This does not apply at Beijing (PEK) if staying in the
 international transit area. 
 
 - Leaving the transit area is allowed. (SEE NOTE 43503) 
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,
 who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong
 Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card
 format) together with their Hong Kong ID. 
 
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl. 
 
 
 Visa required.
 
 Visa Exemptions:
 - Nationals of China (People's Rep.). 
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Travel Document (Lu
 Xing Zheng).
 - Passengers with a Travel Permit to and from Hong Kong and
 Macao when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).
 - Passengers with a Public Affairs Hong Kong and Macao Travel
 Permit when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Travel Permit to and
 from Taiwan (Lu Bao Zheng, purple booklet) when arriving
 from Chinese Taipei.
 - Passengers with a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and
 Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card format) . 
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Exit and Entry
 Permit, with an endorsement to travel to China (People's
 Rep.).
 - Nationals of Bahamas, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Mauritius,
 Tonga for a maximum stay of 30 days. 
 - Nationals of San Marino with a normal passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Seychelles with a normal passport for a maximum
 stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Mongolia with a normal series  E  passport for
 a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and Singapore with a
 normal passport for a maximum stay of 15 days.
 - Nationals of Korea (Dem. People's Rep.) with a  Passport For
 Official Trip".
 - Nationals of Serbia with a normal passport which has a
 sticker stating  For Business Purposes Only  (Poslovno u
 Kinu). 
 - Passengers with a British diplomatic passport. 
 - Passengers with a British official passport containing a
 "Visa Exempted" label issued by China (People's Rep.). 
 - Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia,
 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and
 Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam , Cape Verde, Chile,
 Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus,
 Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia,
 Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Lithuania, Macedonia
 (FYROM), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),
 Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland,
 Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia,
 Slovenia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey,
 Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Viet Nam with a
 diplomatic passport. 
 - Nationals of Mali, San Marino, Switzerland and Uruguay with
 a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90 days. 
 - Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Rep.,
 Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,
 Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden
 with a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 (SEE NOTE 70951) 
 NOTE 70951: The max. stay is granted within 180 days. 
 - Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a diplomatic passport
 for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Angola, Barbados, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo,
 Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,
 Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.), Korea
 (Rep.), Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal,
 Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa,
 South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Togo,
 Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates,
 Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe with a diplomatic passport for a
 maximum stay of 30 days. 
 - Nationals of Ireland (Rep.) with an official passport if
 accompanying a Minister of the Irish government on an
 official visit. 
 - Nationals of Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia,
 Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Equatorial
 Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia,
 Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Samoa,
 Serbia, Slovenia, Sudan, Thailand and Viet Nam with an
 official passport. 
 - Nationals of Barbados, Cambodia, Dominica, Korea (Dem.
 People's Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Lesotho, Nepal, Nigeria,
 Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
 Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Zimbabwe with
 an official passport for a maximum stay of 30 days. 
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bolivia,
 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Comoros, Costa
 Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia,
 Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
 Lithuania, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Myanmar, Oman,
 Poland, Romania, Samoa, Slovakia, Sudan, Tajikistan,
 Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Venezuela with a
 service passport. 
 - Nationals of Mali and San Marino with a service passport for
 a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a service passport for
 a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Angola, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo,
 Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,
 Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.), Mozambique,
 Philippines, Russian Fed., Senegal, Suriname, Timor-Leste,
 Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe with a
 service passport for a maximum stay of 30 days. 
 - Nationals of Jordan, Oman, Peru, Sudan and Turkey with a
 special passport. 
 - Nationals of Egypt, Kuwait, South Sudan and United Arab
 Emirates with a special passport for a maximum stay of 30
 days. 
 - Passengers with a multiple-entry Mainland Travel Permit for
 Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng). 
 - Passengers with a single-entry Mainland Travel Permit for
 Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) for a maximum stay of 3
 months.
 - Passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card [[TIRULES/R35]] 
 valid for travel to "CHN". (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203)
 (SEE NOTE 74206) The card is valid for the countries listed
 on the back of the card.
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Nationals of Uruguay with an official passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days.
 - Passengers with a residence permit issued by China (People's
 Rep.). 
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Alien Permanent
 Identity Card. 
 - Passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the European
 Union for a maximum stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 70951)
 NOTE 70951: The max. stay is granted within 180 days. 
 - Nationals of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.),
 Russian Fed. and Turkmenistan traveling as a tourist as part
 of a tour group accompanied by a representative of a tour
 operator accredited in both China (People's Rep.) and
 Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.), Russian Fed.
 or Turkmenistan for a maximum stay of 30 days. 
 - Nationals of Germany, Korea (Rep.) and Russian Fed. arriving
 at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) and traveling as part of a
 tourist group (2 or more people) to Hainan province for a
 maximum stay of 21 days. Tours must be organized by a travel
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
 France, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Ukraine arriving at Haikou
 (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) and traveling on an organized tour to
 Hainan province in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a
 maximum stay of 15 days. Tours must be organized by a travel
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page arriving at
 Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) traveling on an organized tour
 to Hainan province in a tourist group of 5 or more people
 for a maximum of 15 days. Tours must be organized by a
 travel agent registered in Hainan province and approved by
 the National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Tourists traveling in a group organized by a Chinese
 international tour operator or registered travel agency for
 a maximum stay of 6 days if:
 - arriving from Hong Kong or Macao to take a trip to the
 Zhujiang Delta in Guangdong province; and
 - arriving at/departing from Dongguan (DGM), Guangzhou
 (CAN), Huizhou (HUZ), Shantou (SWA), Shenzhen (SZX) or
 Zhuhai (ZUH); and
 - being a national of a country having diplomatic relations
 with China (People's Rep.). 
 
 Merchant Seamen:
 - Visa not required:
 - for those mentioned under the visa exemptions applicable to
 normal passports holders. 
 - for nationals of Ukraine arriving in Beijing (PEK),
 Guangzhou (CAN), Nanjin (NKG), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or
 Hongqiao (SHA), Tianjin (TSN) or Xiamen (XMN);
 - for nationals of Poland arriving in Beijing (PEK),
 Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or Hongqiao (SHA),
 Tianjin (TSN) or Xiamen (XMN);
 - for nationals of Lithuania and Russian Fed. arriving in
 Beijing (PEK), Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or
 Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA).
 - Merchant Seamen arriving by air in order to board a ship, or
 arriving by ship and proceeding to the airport must travel
 on duty, hold a Port Visa Notification, Letter of Employment
 or Letter of Guarantee issued by a Chinese shipping company,
 Seaman Book, onward tickets and all documents required for
 their next destination.
 
 Crew Members:
 - Visa not required for nationals of:
 - United Arab Emirates when traveling on Emirates Airlines.
 - Luxembourg. 
 - Visa is not required for crew members of airlines that have
 an agreement with the government of China (People's Rep.)
 exempting crew members.
 - Note: Crew Members holding a C visa, must always travel on
 duty. 
 
 Military:
 - Same regulations as for passengers apply. 
 
 Visa Issuance:
 -  Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain
 a single entry visa at Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Fuzhou
 (FOC), Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Jinan (TNA), Ningbo
 (NGB), Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenyang (SHE), Wuhan
 (WUH), Wuxi (WUX), Xi An (XIY) and Xiamen (XMN) for a
 maximum stay of 3 months. 
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain
 a single entry visa at Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC),
 Kunming (KMG) and Tianjin (TSN) for a maximum stay of 3
 months. They must have 2 passport photos. 
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain
 a single entry visa Guiyang (KWE) for a maximum stay of 3
 months. They must have 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Shanghai: Hongqiao
 (SHA) and Pudong (PVG) for a maximum stay of 3 months. The
 passenger must have never applied for a Mainland Travel
 Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) or the passenger
 must have an expired Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan
 Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Hangzhou (HGH) and
 Nanjing (NKG) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They must have
 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa Fuyang (FUG) for a
 maximum stay of 3 months.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for
 a maximum stay of 3 months. The passenger must have  never
 applied for a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents
 (Tai Bao Zheng). The visa on arrival facility is available
 from 09:00 until 22:30 and the carrier must obtain a
 pre-clearance after informing immigration authorities.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for
 a maximum stay of 3 months. The passenger must  have an
 expired Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao
 Zheng) and 2 passport photos. The visa on arrival facility
 is available from 09:00 until 22:30.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Zhengzhou (CGO).
 They must have 2 passport photos. The passenger must not
 arrive on a direct flight from Chinese Taipei. Carriers must
 notify the CGO immigration office before departure.  
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain
 a single entry visa at Wenzhou (WNZ). They must have 2
 photos and  carriers must notify the WNZ immigration office
 before departure. 
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) or a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese
 Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Changsha (CSX).
 They must have 2 photos and  carriers must send a telex
 notification and a filled application form to the CSX
 immigration office before departure. 
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia,
 Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Russian Fed., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand can
 obtain a visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for
 a maximum stay of 15 days. They must have a passport valid
 for at least 6 months on arrival and 2 passport photos. 
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight. 
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page can obtain a
 visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for a maximum
 stay of 15 days. They must have a passport valid for at
 least 6 months on arrival and 2 passport photos. 
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight. 
 - Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Beijing (PEK) for a maximum stay of 3 months if
 they have confirmation that a visa has been approved before
 departure. The airline must  fax all documents to the
 station manager prior to arrival and the passenger must
 - have a confirmation from the Immigration authorities that
 the visa will be issued on arrival; and
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the
 sticker-type visa; and
 - have 2 passport photos and a letter of invitation issued
 by the Chinese authorities or by a sponsor (approved by
 Chinese authorities), who must meet passenger on arrival. 
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight.
 They can apply to extend their stay up to 6 months with an
 Immigration judge (if coming on business purposes) (SEE NOTE
 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206) 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Chengdu (CTU), Shanghai (Hongqiao (SHA) or Pudong
 (PVG) for a maximum stay of 1 month if they have
 confirmation that a visa has been approved before departure.
 The passenger must:  
 - have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese
 authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities
 that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos
 and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and 
 - passport contains at least one blank visa page; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival. 
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight. 
 (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206) 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Fuzhou (FOC) or Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay
 of 1 month if they have confirmation that a visa has been
 approved before departure. The passenger must  
 - have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese
 authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities
 that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos
 and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and 
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival. 
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight. (SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE
 NOTE 2565) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE
 74206)
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to: 
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA; 
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2565: Facility not applicable to: 
 - nationals of Israel, Canada, Korea (Rep.), South Africa
 and Vatican City (Holy See); 
 - holders of British passports.
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers who are part of tourist groups of travel agencies
 belonging to the Zhejiang Province can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Hangzhou (HGH) for a maximum stay of 1 month.
 (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206) 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passports arriving at Chongqing
 (CKG), Guangzhou (CAN), Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Kunming
 (KMG), Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenzhen (SZX), Weihai
 (WEH), Xi An (XIY) and Yantai (YNT) can obtain a visa on
 arrival if they have confirmation that a visa has been
 approved before departure and:  
 - that a visa will be issued on arrival; and
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the
 sticker-type visa; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival.
 Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be
 informed before arrival of the flight.
 They can apply to extend their stay. 
 (SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE NOTE 2568) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE
 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206) 
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to: 
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA; 
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2568: Holders of British passports are required to
 hold a letter of invitation by the Chinese authorities and
 one passport photo. 
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Merchant Seamen can obtain a transit visa at Dalian (DLC)
 (SEE NOTE 2558) for a maximum stay of 7 days if passenger:
 - holds confirmed onward tickets;
 - is a national of a country having diplomatic relations
 with China (People's Rep.). 
 - This does not apply to passengers with a travel document
 issued by Hong Kong (SAR China) and Macao (SAR China). 
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to: 
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA; 
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 
 Additional Information:
 - Extension of stay possible for holders of normal passports
 issued to nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and
 Singapore by applying for a visa at an Exit & Entry
 Administration Ministry of Public Security Office.
 - Travel on a one-way ticket is allowed. Visitors must hold
 proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents
 required for their next destination. 
 - Valid visas or resident permits in expired passports are
 accepted if holding a new valid passport of the same
 nationality. The personal information on both passports must
 be the same. 
 - When a visa is used, a round entry stamp is placed in the
 passport (i.e. a used single entry visa contains one round
 entry stamp, a used double entry visa contains two round
 entry stamps). 
 - Passengers traveling to Tibet must hold a special Tibet
 Entry Permit. 
 
 Minors:
 - An individual visa is not required for children traveling on
 the passport of a parent or guardian, if their name is
 endorsed in the visa of the passport holder. 
 
 Warning:
 - Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and
 Turkey must hold a visa issued in their home country. If
 visa is issued in a third country, a residence visa or
 working permit is also required.
 - Holders of normal passports issued to nationals of Sri Lanka
 must hold a visa issued in their home country. If visa is
 issued in a third country, a residence visa or working
 permit is also required.
 - Only sticker type residence permits are accepted. Stamped
 residence permits are not valid for entry.
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Old Jan 1, 14, 9:43 pm   #1
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Please be aware of ongoing changes with PRC Visa Free Transit program, and be sure to read the wikipost first.

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China Visa Free Transit / Transit Without Visa / TWOV Program Master Thread

I have a question about the technicality of "3rd country"... if I were to book DTW-NRT-PVG-DTW... could I say that I am coming from Japan to China en route to America? Technically that is the case.

Or will they say I am an American national, and regardless of which flight I took in to PVG, I can't use America as my 3rd country....

If this is the case, and that routing is not possible... can someone confirm that DTW-PVG-NRT-DTW is acceptable, as I will show proof that I am transiting to Tokyo within 72 hours and all should be cool, right?
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I have a question about the technicality of "3rd country"... if I were to book DTW-NRT-PVG-DTW... could I say that I am coming from Japan to China en route to America? Technically that is the case.
The ONLY thing that matters is that you arrive nonstop from one country and depart nonstop to a third. Connections that take place outside of China are completely irrelevant insofar as TWOV is concerned.
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The ONLY thing that matters is that you arrive nonstop from one country and depart nonstop to a third. Connections that take place outside of China are completely irrelevant insofar as TWOV is concerned.
So you're saying, as an American passport holder, DTW>NRT>PVG>DTW will be ok, as they only see it as NRT>PVG>DTW ?

Thanks for the quick response, you rock.
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So you're saying, as an American passport holder, DTW>NRT>PVG>DTW will be ok, as they only see it as NRT>PVG>DTW ?

Thanks for the quick response, you rock.
It's well within the rules and fine with the Chinese officials, but you might have trouble with DL letting you board, as I did with this routing, even after a several day stopover in Tokyo.

Be sure to bring TIMATIC printouts with you and allow lots of extra time for arguments.
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It's well within the rules and fine with the Chinese officials, but you might have trouble with DL letting you board, as I did with this routing, even after a several day stopover in Tokyo.

Be sure to bring TIMATIC printouts with you and allow lots of extra time for arguments.
Thanks! We ended up routing DTW>PVG>NRT>DTW... I think this will make it easier to convince Delta that PVG is a "transit" en route to Japan, even though it's 2 days in Shanghai and 1 day in Tokyo.

As advised, I printed out the TIMATIC screen showing the TWOV details, I contacted the China consulate in Chicago but they only will let you leave a voice mail and - shockingly - the mailbox is full.

I'm also hoping, perhaps naievely, that since DTW is their Asian hub and my home departure airport, they'll be a little more experienced with this.

I'll also be arriving PVG and departing SHA, but everything I read said that's ok. Someone shout if it's not
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DL has mostly/entirely their own employees at DTW, which is sadly no longer the case in NRT post-merger. Thus I agree with your assessment that stopping at NRT on the return is likely to result in fewer problems. However, you play the price in the schedule: IMO it's much more pleasant to depart Shanghai late in the afternoon rather than in the morning so that passengers on the flight can catch the DL TPAC connections at NRT. Moreover, doing USA-PVG-NRT-USA allows you close to 72 hours in Shanghai, versus USA-PVG-NRT-USA, where you lose close to a day doing TWOV.

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Hi everyone.. planning a trip LHR -> HKG -> PVG -> LHR. I don't have time to get a visa, to planning TWOV. Is my itinerary valid? I'll be stopping in HK for the day (arrive AM, leave PM) but will likely be on the same booking.

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Hi everyone.. planning a trip LHR -> HKG -> PVG -> LHR. I don't have time to get a visa, to planning TWOV. Is my itinerary valid? I'll be stopping in HK for the day (arrive AM, leave PM) but will likely be on the same booking.

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I think it is valid the way you have it although if you can wait for others to chime in it is probably better for safety.
If you can switch it to LHR>PVG>HKG>LHR I would feel better about it although I may be wrong so wait for the experts before changing things?
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If you can switch it to LHR>PVG>HKG>LHR I would feel better about it although I may be wrong so wait for the experts before changing things?
Would you feel more comfortable if the HKG -> PVG flight was on a separate booking? I.e. I booked 3 separate tickets..?
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Would you feel more comfortable if the HKG -> PVG flight was on a separate booking? I.e. I booked 3 separate tickets..?
I don't think you need to do that.

What I would be concerned with is that they don't let you board in LHR saying you don't have the proper visa.
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HK is fine. It is considered a different country. You plan is ok.
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Thanks JPDM and TRAVELSIG!
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Hi guys,

I have the following ITIN: SFO-LAX-ORD-NRT (AA) NRT-PVG (JL on separate ticket) PVG-LAX-SFO (AA)

I hold a US passport. Does anyone know whether this a valid itinerary for TWOV in SHA? I'd like to spend a couple of days there on the way home. I'm pretty nervous about the NRT-PVG leg whether JL will let me board.
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Hi guys,

I have the following ITIN: SFO-LAX-ORD-NRT (AA) NRT-PVG (JL on separate ticket) PVG-LAX-SFO (AA)

I hold a US passport. Does anyone know whether this a valid itinerary for TWOV in SHA? I'd like to spend a couple of days there on the way home. I'm pretty nervous about the NRT-PVG leg whether JL will let me board.
You're good to go.
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