Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Destinations > Asia > China
Reload this Page >

China 24, 72, and 144 hour Transit Without Visa ("TWOV") rules master thread

China 24, 72, and 144 hour Transit Without Visa ("TWOV") rules master thread

    Hide Wikipost
Old Nov 30, 18, 2:29 am   -   Wikipost
Please read: This is a community-maintained wiki post containing the most important information from this thread. You may edit the Wiki once you have been on FT for 90 days and have made 90 posts.
 
Note: This thread pertains only to entering the People's Republic of China (PRC, mainland China) as a transit passenger. For information on obtaining regular PRC visas in advance of arrival, please see the China Visas Master Thread.
Transit Without Visa (TWOV) and Transit Without Visa (entry permit)

China offers multiple options to facilitate direct transits where you are flying from country A to country B, via China. The type of entry procedure varies depending on the city (or cities) you will transit, and the length of time you will spend in China.

Transit Without Visa / Transit Without Visa (entry permit)

If you are visiting a single city in China, you will be offered a 24-hour transit without visa (TWOV). If you are visiting multiple cities within China you may be offered at 24-hour TWOV (entry permit). This latter category replaces the previous 'transit visa on arrival' which was offered briefly in 2018.

If you hold one of 53 passports, you may be eligible for a longer stay in China, either 72 hours or 144 hours. Admission to China will be an entry permit under the transit without visa program (TWOV).

Restrictions and warnings

There are considerations and potential complexities with each of the entry methods above. These include:
  • city specific restrictions, for example TWOV with entry permit may not be offered if you have a short stay in CAN or PVG (under 8 hours), or if you can't provide hotel reservations.
  • restrictions based on your passport/nationality
  • countries you may have previously visited (for example an entry stamp to Turkey may preclude you being offered TWOV)
  • the time from which your stay is measured (either actual arrival time, or 00:01 the day after you arrive)
  • the region you will be visiting (some regions are 72 hours, some 144 hours)

The information below represents a combination of the official rules (contained in TIMATIC) and anecdotal feedback from passengers who have recently used TWOV and reported any specific problems (for example, Turkey entry stamps, or refusal to allow entry if a stay is considered 'too short').

Note: other 'visas on arrival' mentioned in TIMATIC are unlikely to ever be available to most passengers.

The main problem using TWOV is the potential for misunderstanding of the rules by airline check-in staff. Some airline staff believe a visa is mandatory for China, no exceptions. These misunderstandings are generally resolved at the airport, but you should allow plenty of time. In rare cases where passengers missed their flights, the airlines have provided full compensation (that is, they have acknowledged the rules and guidance on which this thread is based are correct and that their staff have erred).

Current known issues

NOTE 1: Effective end August 2017, 24 hour TWOV involving travel through CAN may be subject to restrictions. The situation is changing on a daily basis. Please check the last few posts of this thread for the latest information.
Updated May 20187: Direct international air-to-air connections are permitted at CAN. Uncertainty remains around whether you are able to leave the airport during longer transits. Passengers with passports only eligible for 24-hour TWOV may be required to remain within the transit area regardless of how long they are in transit. Passenger who would otherwise also be eligible for 72-hour TWOV may be able to leave the airport if their transit exceeds 8 hours (but is less than 24 hours). Passengers with less than 8 hours needing to collect bags in CAN to transfer airlines may not be permitted to enter China for the purpose of collecting bags and re-checking. You may be required to contact the operating airline of your onward flight to collect your bags on your behalf and re-tag them to your final destination.
NOTE 2: Effective February 2018, 24 hour TWOV involving travel through Shanghai may be subject to restriction. The rules are not clear and you should check the last few posts/pages of this thread for the latest information.

Update March 2018: TWOV is still operational in Shanghai however new rules are supposedly in operation - at least at PVG - limiting the ability for passengers to enter China and leave the airport. Passengers with: (1) short stays (under four hours), (2) same-day transfers (more than four hours, but with an onward flight on the same day as arriving), (3) a transit within 24 hours but without confirmed hotel accommodation, and/or (4) who do not need to collect bags and recheck for their onward flight may all be affected. Passengers in any one of these categories may be directed to the transfer line with direct air-side transfer (not allowed to enter China/leave the airport).
NOTE 3: 24 hour TWOV is may 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. The most recent version of TIMATIC appears to have lifted this exemption for all cities except XMN. But there are no recent reports to confirm this.

NOTE 4: passengers seeking TWOV in China who have previously visited Turkey (entry stamps) may be refused entry.

WARNING for passengers flying American Airlines (AA) on itineraries USA-China-USA:
in cases where either your outbound or inbound to China has a short transit in a third country (for example LAX-xNRT-PVG-LAX, or LAX-PVG-xHKG-LAX), you may be denied boarding as AA will insist you need a Chinese visa. This is incorrect and AA have admitted liability in cases where boarding has been refused in these circumstances. Despite this there have been several recent reports where AA check-in staff do not interpret TIMATIC correctly and instead apply IATA ticketing rules (that is, that the intermediate transit must instead be a stopover of longer than 24 hours to make it count as a 'third country'). You are advised to arrive at your embarkation point with plenty of time in case this becomes an issue.


Key Points

To avail yourself of transit provisions, you MUST be travelling from country A, via China, to Country B (a 'third country').

-Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are treated as separate countries in this case (special provisions apply to Shenzhen, where travel to the SARs is not permitted for TWOV purposes)

-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 misunderstand TWOV procedures, 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 four distinct opportunities for transit passengers to enter the PRC without a visa - a 24 hour TWOV (transit without visa, including a separate TWOV with attached entry permit), 72 hour TWOV and 144 hour TWOV

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: please see warnings, restrictions, and 'current known issues' sections above for CAN, Shanghai, and passports excluded from using TWOV.

In circumstances where you are eligible for TWOV, the 24-hour period is measured from your first scheduled arrival into China, until your scheduled departure from China.

Note: special provisions apply to Urumqi (URC), where you are permitted to stay in transit for a maximum of 2 hours.

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

New rules became effective from September 2018. These rules govern when you can leave the airport, which cities offer TWOV, which routes restrict TWOV, and which nationalities are eligible.

These new rules are:

24-hour TWOV - entry permit (multiple stops allowed)

Passengers with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket to a third country within 24 hours can obtain an entry permit on arrival. They must have documents required for the next destination. When passengers have obtained an entry permit, they can have multiple transit stops within China (People's Rep).

Excludes holders of BNO, Hong Kong/Macao (SARs-China) or Republic of China (Chinese Taipei) passports.

Exclusions: does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi (URC) and Yanji (YNJ). Does not apply to nationals of Syria transiting through Guangzhou (CAN). Does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen transiting through Xiamen (XMN).

24-hour TWOV - other

Available to passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Exclusions: this TWOV facility does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi (URC) and Yanji (YNJ) or to nationals of Syria through Guangzhou (CAN).

This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen transiting through Xiamen (XMN).

This TWOV facility does not apply to holders of BNO, Hong Kong/Macao (SARs-China) or Republic of China (Chinese Taipei) passports (see below).

24-hour TWOV Hong Kong/Macao passport holders

Passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macau (SAR China) passport transiting through Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai (PVG) or Beijing (PEK) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport.

TWOV Urumqi (URC)

Passengers transiting through Urumqi (URC) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 2 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

Exclusions: nationals of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and Yemen.

Also excluded are holders of BNO, Republic of China (Chinese Taipei), Hong Kong/Macao (SARs-China) passports.

Note: eligible passport holders may also be able to obtain a 24-hour TWOV (with entry permit) if they have multiple stops within China in addition to Urumqi.

24 hour TWOV Shenzhen (new, September 2018)

Passengers transiting through Shenzhen (SZX) with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket within 24 hours to a third country can obtain an entry permit on arrival. They must have documents required for the next destination.

When passengers have obtained an entry permit, they can have multiple transit stops within China (People's Rep)

Exclusions: does not apply when passengers are traveling to Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China).


72-Hour TWOV

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.


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), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) and Xiamen (XMN)

(note: Hangzhou (HGH), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Tianjin (TSN) (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: Guilin (KWL), Kunming (KMG), 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, grouped in three areas, 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:
  • area 1: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan)
    International Cruise Terminal or Shanghai Railway Station
and
  • area 2: Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN), Shijiazhuang (SJW), Beijing West Railway Station, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port or Qinhuangdao Sea Port.
and
  • area 3: Dalian (DLC) and Shenyang (SHE)

Movements of travelers who qualify for 144-hour TWOV are more generous than those offered for 72-hour TWOV, allowing travel between the provinces of the three areas participating in the 144-hour program. You can arrive and/or depart from any city or terminal listed within the grouped areas outlined above.

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


Other Important Considerations

• The TWOV rules apply primarily to air travel but 144-hour TWOV variants are extended to select rail and cruise ship terminals. See the respective sections of this wiki for full details. .

• 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 TVOA, 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. (NOTE: for TWOV at Shenzhen (SXC), travel is not permitted to Hong Kong/Macao (SARs China))


• 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 72/144-hour TWOV (the 24-hour TVOA 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. Travellers can arrive and depart from different airports in different provinces within the same 144-hour TWOV areas.

• 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.

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. Try this one: https://skyteam.traveldoc.aero/


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 8.5.9/Diamond - TIMATIC: Country Information: Visa] (requires subscription)


Code:
[Visa Information] China (People's Rep.) (CN) [As of 03 Sep 2018]
 
 Visa required.
 
 TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
 - Passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport transiting
 through Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai (PVG) or Beijing (PEK)
 with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third
 country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international
 transit area of the airport and have documents required for
 the next destination. (SEE NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport transiting
 through Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai (PVG) or Beijing (PEK)
 with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third
 country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international
 transit area of the airport and have documents required for
 the next destination. (SEE NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers transiting through Urumqi (URC) with a confirmed
 onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 2
 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of
 the airport and have documents required for the next
 destination. (SEE NOTE 88975)
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of
 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi
 Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey and Yemen.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport with nationality British National
 (Overseas)".
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Macao (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a
 third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the
 international transit area of the airport and have documents
 required for the next destination. (SEE NOTE 88975)
 - This TWOV facility does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC),
 Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi
 (URC) and Yanji (YNJ).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of Syria
 transiting through Guangzhou (CAN).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of
 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri
 Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen
 transiting through Xiamen (XMN).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport with nationality British National
 (Overseas)".
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Macao (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train
 ticket to a third country within 24 hours can obtain an
 entry permit on arrival. They must have documents required
 for the next destination.
 When passengers have obtained an entry permit, they can have
 multiple transit stops within China (People's Rep.).(SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 - This TWOV facility does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC),
 Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi
 (URC) and Yanji (YNJ).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of Syria
 transiting through Guangzhou (CAN).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of
 Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri
 Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen
 transiting through Xiamen (XMN).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport with nationality British National
 (Overseas)".
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 - This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a
 Macao (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers transiting through Shenzhen (SZX) with a
 confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket within 24 hours
 to a third country can obtain an entry permit on arrival.
 They must have documents required for the next destination.
 When passengers have obtained an entry permit, they can have
 multiple transit stops within China (People's Rep.).(SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 - This TWOV facility does not apply when passengers are
 traveling to Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China).
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates transiting through
 Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Guangzhou
 (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen
 (XMN) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third
 country within 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day
 following the day of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU),
 Chongqing (CKG), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Wuhan
 (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) with a confirmed onward
 ticket for a flight to a third country within 72 hours,
 starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry.
 They must:
 - arrive at and depart from the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates transiting through
 Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB) or Kunming (KMG) with a confirmed
 onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 72
 hours. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB) or
 Kunming (KMG) with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to
 a third country within 72 hours. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam , Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates with a confirmed
 onward air, cruise or train ticket to a third country within
 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day
 of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following locations:
 Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Shanghai: Hongqiao (SHA) and
 Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,
 Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan) International Cruise Terminal
 or Shanghai Railway Station; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket
 to a third country within 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on
 the day following the day of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following locations:
 Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing (NKG), Shanghai: Hongqiao (SHA) and
 Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,
 Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan) International Cruise Terminal
 or Shanghai Railway Station; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam , Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates with a confirmed
 onward air, cruise or train ticket to a third country within
 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day
 of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following locations:
 Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN), Shijiazhuang (SJW), Beijing
 West Railway Station, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
 or Qinhuangdao Sea Port; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen with a confirmed onward air, cruise or train ticket
 to a third country within 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on
 the day following the day of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following locations:
 Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN), Shijiazhuang (SJW), Beijing
 West Railway Station, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port
 or Qinhuangdao Sea Port; and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam , Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates with a confirmed
 onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 144
 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of
 entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following two
 airports: Dalian (DLC) or Shenyang (SHE); and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a
 third country within 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the
 day following the day of entry. They must:
 - arrive at and depart from one of the following two
 airports: Dalian (DLC) or Shenyang (SHE); and
 - have documents required for the next destination. (SEE
 NOTE 88975)
 NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when
 passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA,
 Guam or Northern Mariana Isl..
 - Warning:
 All transiting passengers are subject to a check by
 immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or
 other documents accepted to enter China (People's Rep.).
 - This does not apply at Beijing (PEK) when passengers stay
 in the international transit area.
 - Warning:
 For TWOV through Chengdu (CTU): before departure, a
 notification must be sent by the carrier to immigration at
 [email protected] .
 - Warning:
 For TWOV through Changsha (CSX) or Xiamen (XMN) for a
 maximum stay of 72 hours: before departure, a notification
 must be sent by the carrier to immigration.
 - Warning:
 For TWOV through Shenzhen (SZX): before departure, a
 notification must be sent by the carrier to immigration.
 - Warning:
 When passengers have obtained an entry permit, they can have
 multiple transit stops within China (People's Rep.).
 
 
 Visa Exemptions:
 - Nationals of China (People's Rep.).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Travel Document (Lu
 Xing Zheng).
 - Passengers with a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and
 Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card format) .
 - 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).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Exit and Entry
 Permit, with an endorsement to travel to China (People's
 Rep.).
 - Nationals of Mauritius for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Bahamas, Barbados, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada and
 Tonga for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Bosnia and Herzegovina and San Marino with a
 normal passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Belarus, Serbia, Seychelles and United Arab
 Emirates 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".
 - 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, Malaysia,
 Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), 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 Ghana, Macedonia (FYROM), 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, Iceland,
 Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
 Spain and Sweden with a diplomatic passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 70951)
 NOTE 70951: The maximum 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, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo,
 Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,
 Gambia, Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's
 Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania,
 Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines,
 Sao Tome and Principe, 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 Panama with a consular 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, Myanmar, Pakistan, Samoa, Serbia,
 Slovenia, Sudan, Thailand and Viet Nam with an official
 passport.
 - Nationals of Macedonia (FYROM) and Uruguay with an official
 passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Cambodia, Dominica, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
 Korea (Rep.), Lesotho, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama,
 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 Ghana, 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, Cameroon,
 Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia,
 Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's
 Rep.), Mauritania, Mozambique, Philippines, Russian Fed.,
 Sao Tome and Principe, 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" for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 (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.
 - 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 [[TIRGL/EEU]] for a maximum stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE
 70951)
 NOTE 70951: The maximum stay is granted within 180 days.
 - Nationals of Azerbaijan, 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, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.), Russian Fed. or
 Turkmenistan for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,
 Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep.,
 Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
 Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan,
 Kazakhstan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
 Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco,
 Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 Thailand, USA and Ukraine with a normal passport arriving at
 Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 They must have a registration form from a tourist agent
 registered in Hainan province and approved by the National
 Tourism Administration of China.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen arriving at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for a
 maximum stay of 30 days. They must have a registration form
 from a tourist agent registered in Hainan province and
 approved by the National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao
 People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines,
 Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam arriving at Guilin (KWL)
 and traveling as part of a tourist group (2 or more people)
 to Guilin for a maximum stay of 6 days. Tours must be
 organized by a travel agent registered in China (People's
 Rep.).
 - 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 required, except for Merchant Seamen who are nationals
 of China (People's Rep.).
 - Visa required, except for Merchant Seamen who are nationals
 of Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei
 Darussalam, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Japan, Mauritius,
 Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Tonga,
 Ukraine and United Arab Emirates.
 - Visa required, except for Merchant Seamen who are nationals
 of Lithuania and Russian Fed. They must arrive by ship.
 
 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) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport 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.
 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 can obtain a single entry
 visa at Changchun (CGQ), Changzhou (CZX), Chongqing (CKG),
 Dalian (DLC), Guiyang (KWE), Hailar (HLD), Harbin (HRB),
 Hefei (HFE), Huangshan (TXN), Kunming (KMG), Nanchang (KHN),
 Nanning (NNG), Quanzhou (JJN), Taiyuan (TYN), Tianjin (TSN)
 , Urumqi (URC), Weihai (WEH), Xining (XNN), Xuzhou (XUZ),
 Yancheng (YNZ), Yanji (YNJ), Yantai (YNT), Yinchuan (INC)
 and Zhangjiajie (DYG) 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 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).
 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 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 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) and have 2 passport photos; or
 - have an expired Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan
 Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) and have 2 passport photos.
 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 can obtain a single entry
 visa at Zhengzhou (CGO) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 passport photos. The passenger must not arrive
 on a direct flight from Chinese Taipei. Before departure,
 notification must be sent by the carrier to CGO immigration.
 
 - 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 can obtain a single entry
 visa at Wenzhou (WNZ) for a maximum stay of 3 months. 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 can obtain a single entry
 visa at Changsha (CSX) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 photos and carriers must send a telex
 notification and a filled application form to the CSX
 immigration office before departure.
 - Passengers with a Port Visa Notification can obtain a visa
 on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,
 Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep.,
 Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
 Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia,
 Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Malta,
 Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA and Ukraine with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Haikou (HAK) for a maximum stay of 15 days. They
 must have a passport valid for at least 6 months on arrival
 and 2 passport photos.
 Payable in cash and local currency only.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen can obtain a visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) for a
 maximum stay of 15 days. They must have a passport valid for
 at least 6 months on arrival and 2 passport photos.
 Payable in cash and local currency only.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,
 Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep.,
 Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
 Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Latvia,
 Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malaysia, Malta,
 Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 Thailand, USA and Ukraine with a normal passport can obtain
 a visa on arrival at 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; and
 - a hotel reservation; and
 - an invitation letter from Tourist Agency or other
 corporations/organizers/sponsors; and
 - contact information from a local person; and
 - documents that prove the purpose of visit.
 Payable in cash only. Local currency or US Dollars are
 accepted.
 Carriers must notify the SYX immigration office before
 departure.
 - Nationals of Korea (Rep.) with a normal passport can obtain
 a visa on arrival at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay of 15
 days. Their personal number on the bio-date page does not
 start with 125 or 225. They must have:
 - a passport valid for at least 6 months on arrival; and
 - 2 passport photos; and
 - a hotel reservation; and
 - an invitation letter from Tourist Agency or other
 corporations/organizers/sponsors; and
 - contact information from a local person; and
 - documents that prove the purpose of visit.
 Payable in cash only. Local currency or U.S dollar are
 accepted.
 Carriers must notify the SYX immigration office before
 departure.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen can obtain a visa on arrival at 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; and
 - a hotel reservation; and
 - an invitation letter from Tourist Agency or other
 corporations/organizers/sponsors; and
 - contact information from a local person; and
 - documents that prove the purpose of visit.
 Payable in cash only. Local currency or US dollar are
 accepted.
 Carriers must notify the SYX immigration office before
 departure.
 - 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.
 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.
 (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. (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 USA;
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2565: Facility not applicable to:
 - nationals of Canada, Israel, 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 passport 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.
 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 USA;
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2568: Passengers with a British passport are required
 to hold a letter of invitation by the Chinese authorities
 and 1 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 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.
 - 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 permit 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 permit or working
 permit is also required.
 - Only sticker type residence permits are accepted. Stamped
 residence permits are not valid for entry.
 - Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused
 entry.
China Forum Ambassadors: moondog----------anacapamalibu----------jiejie----------mnredfox
Print Wikipost

Reply

Old Aug 22, 16, 4:23 pm
  #2311  
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Programs: Flying Blue Platinum, Oman Air Sindbad Gold, BAEC Silver, Hilton Honors Diamond, IHG Platinum
Posts: 167
Many thanks Jiejie. I've had to present my hotel booking at XMN on my three TWOVs there.
Andrew_G is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 24, 16, 1:01 pm
  #2312  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3
Have a trip next week planned US -> Toronto -> (Aug 1) Beijing -> (Aug 3) N Korea.

Wanted to make sure there wouldnt be a problem at check in so I called Air Canada today about making sure I had everything in order. They seemed to think that because they didnt have a relationship with Air Koryo who are taking me to N Korea that they can't let me proceed to China to use TWOV.

I have the flight confirmation from PEK to N Korea as well as a N Korean visa so I assumed it wouldnt be a problem but apparently it is? Anyway around this to make them believe I am eligible for the program?

Was an extensive 30 minute conversation where the rep contacted his supervisors so it seemed to be researched on their end. I tried to explain that it didn't matter who I flew out of Beijing with as long as it was to a 3rd country and within 72 hours of arrival but they didnt seem to get it.

Would it be worth maybe buying a refundable ticket to another country from Beijing just to get on the flight to China? Is that info sent to China ahead of time where it'd get me in trouble? My tour group recommended doing the 72 hour TWOV and they dont seem to have had any problems before in Beijing so this is a bit surprising.

Last edited by nikolajz1; Aug 24, 16 at 1:07 pm
nikolajz1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 24, 16, 1:53 pm
  #2313  
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: European: ZRH, Asian: SIN
Posts: 7,056
Just show up at the airport on time and with documentation of your flight to the DPRK and your intention to use TWOV and it will be all fine. I'd not overthink it. Your case is clearly - very clearly - within TWOV. Your tour group is perfectly right. TWOV is the way to use when visiting the DPRK and staying a bit before/afterwards in PEK.

The staff at the airport have access to TIMATIC and usually can use it (Yes, we had a few cases here where illiterate staff was working at airports..)

Apparently, those (probably outsourced call center) Air Canada guys you range up have no clue at all - they probably didn't even know what TWOV is at all, and probably thought "ummm.. I read like 45 years ago when I started my job that everyone needs a Visa to go to China.."

Unfortunately in today's corporate world, a complaint about terrible, fully wrong customer service isn't worth a complain.
YuropFlyer is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 24, 16, 2:08 pm
  #2314  
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: China and Canada
Posts: 1,536
The people at the airport check-in are more familiar with this than anybody that you will reach by phone.
JPDM is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 24, 16, 7:49 pm
  #2315  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by JPDM View Post
The people at the airport check-in are more familiar with this than anybody that you will reach by phone.

Oh yeah definitely. I think they may have been confused because the Chinese console's website says "confirmed interline flight" on it and that's what they were sourcing from.

Last edited by nikolajz1; Aug 24, 16 at 7:56 pm
nikolajz1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 11:53 am
  #2316  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3
Onward ticket trouble

Hi all, new to site.

I've talked to my ticketing agencies (United & Air China) and haven't found an answer.

MNL -> PEK -> AKL

(arrive at PEK @ 11:20 on Nov 6, leave for AKL @ 01:00 on Nov 8)

I have over 24 hrs between arriving in PEK and taking off for AKL. Therefore, I won't have my onward ticket to AKL. Air China says they will not print an onward ticket until 24 hrs before take off.

Will this be a problem for trying to get the 72 hr TWOV? Thanks in advance.
Devin Resko is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 12:18 pm
  #2317  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Boulder
Programs: AA Plat, CX Silver
Posts: 2,213
You don't need a boarding pass. Just print out the receipt and itinerary.
txflyer77 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 12:48 pm
  #2318  
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 214
Just to hear your thoughts.

I am flying as follows on China Southern on one ticket:
-Frankfurt-Changsha
-Changsha-Shenzhen
-Shenzhen-Sydney

-Sydney-Guangzhou
-Guangzhou-Changsha
-Changsha-Frankfurt

Important note: I know there is a plane flying Guangzhou-Changsha-Frankfurt, but I am NOT booked on this plane. For the domestic flight sector it's really a seperate domestic flight, another flight number, and another plane type (A320 respectively 787).

I am a German citizen, the total layover in China is far less than 24 hours each way.

I should therefore be able to apply for the 24 hours transit visa at my point of entry (changsha on the way out and Guangzhou on the way back).

So far so good.

I have just a very little concern on the way out, when I travel via Changsha (point of entry) and Shenzhen (point of exit).

Timatic says:
"TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline
tickets for a max. transit For details, click here time of 24 hours.
Transit incl. multiple stops within China (People's Rep.),
with a total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted.

- Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou
(FOC), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).
- This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline
tickets, in transit through Urumqi (URC), for a max. transit"


From my understanding the exception would only be an issue if I use Shenzhen as a point of entry, but not a point of exit, like in my case. What are your thoughts?
Reifel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 4:14 pm
  #2319  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: SDF
Programs: former Olympic Airways Gold (yeah - still proud of that!)
Posts: 12,618
Originally Posted by Devin Resko View Post
Hi all, new to site.

I've talked to my ticketing agencies (United & Air China) and haven't found an answer.

MNL -> PEK -> AKL

(arrive at PEK @ 11:20 on Nov 6, leave for AKL @ 01:00 on Nov 8)

I have over 24 hrs between arriving in PEK and taking off for AKL. Therefore, I won't have my onward ticket to AKL. Air China says they will not print an onward ticket until 24 hrs before take off.

Will this be a problem for trying to get the 72 hr TWOV? Thanks in advance.
Hi and welcome to FT.

As txflyer77 points out, a boarding pass is not a requirement for transit without visa, however you must be able to show evidence of an onward ticket.

An itinerary is fine, as long as it has a ticket number on it. The e-ticket receipt for PEK-AKL is the other option.
LHR/MEL/Europe FF is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 6:07 pm
  #2320  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 1
Hi guys,
I've got a quick question. I'm German but currently staying in Vietnam for 3 months. I'm planning on going to Shanghai in 2 weeks. My flight route would be Ho Chi Minh-> Shanghai -> Ho Chi Minh. Does that qualify me for the 144h Visa ? I'm not sure in what context third country is meant, if it has to be different than your country of nationality or country of arrival to China. Thanks for your help !
donbronco is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 6:22 pm
  #2321  
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Programs: AAdvantage Platinum
Posts: 1,457
That does not qualify, donbronco. Your flight out of China has to take you to any country other than Vietnam in this case. You could connect in, say, Japan, and then continue on to Vietnam. But your immediate flight out cannot be to the country from where you came.
SJOGuy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 6:56 pm
  #2322  
Ambassador, China
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Beijing
Programs: TG, OZ, UA, AA
Posts: 6,589
Originally Posted by Reifel View Post
Just to hear your thoughts.

I am flying as follows on China Southern on one ticket:
-Frankfurt-Changsha
-Changsha-Shenzhen
-Shenzhen-Sydney

-Sydney-Guangzhou
-Guangzhou-Changsha
-Changsha-Frankfurt

Important note: I know there is a plane flying Guangzhou-Changsha-Frankfurt, but I am NOT booked on this plane. For the domestic flight sector it's really a seperate domestic flight, another flight number, and another plane type (A320 respectively 787).

I am a German citizen, the total layover in China is far less than 24 hours each way.

I should therefore be able to apply for the 24 hours transit visa at my point of entry (changsha on the way out and Guangzhou on the way back).

So far so good.

I have just a very little concern on the way out, when I travel via Changsha (point of entry) and Shenzhen (point of exit).

Timatic says:
"TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline
tickets for a max. transit For details, click here time of 24 hours.
Transit incl. multiple stops within China (People's Rep.),
with a total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted.

- Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou
(FOC), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).
- This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).
Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward airline
tickets, in transit through Urumqi (URC), for a max. transit"


From my understanding the exception would only be an issue if I use Shenzhen as a point of entry, but not a point of exit, like in my case. What are your thoughts?
This is a very interesting question and I'm not sure I've heard any on-point experiences. The Shenzhen prohibition is quite new and is a bit baffling. My guess is that it's some sort of internal power/economic struggle and Guangzhou + CAN airport authorities used their political clout to put the kaibosh on rival Shenzhen city and their airport.

If you read the TIMATIC in its most conservative interpretation, you are not supposed to have a Shenzhen stop in any part of any TWOV. This would seem to include having it as part of a double-stop transit. So your understanding that you can't enter but can exit SZX is illogical and I believe, incorrect.

As to what will happen in real time if you try this, I don't know. The brief length of time in China is clearly not an issue. But if anybody reading the TIMATIC closely enough picks up on the Shenzhen commentary, you could be prevented from boarding in FRA. In CSX Arrival Immigration, you may or may not be flagged for having SZX in the mix--my guess "not likely to be flagged" since I suspect the desk officers there may not even be aware of this new little Shenzhen stinker in the TWOV mix. Finally, at SZX Exit Immgration, they may catch this, but at that point, you'd be exiting the country and could plead ignorance. I'd feel confident that I personally could talk my way out of trouble on this one, but you may not have the same perspective.

Ironclad ways to guarantee your TWOV would be a) change your ticket to get Shenzhen out of the mix or b) get a Chinese visa. If you decide to do neither of these and just go with what you have, please report back after that first journey. We'd be interested in the outcome.

Last edited by jiejie; Aug 28, 16 at 7:09 pm
jiejie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 11:05 pm
  #2323  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by LHR/MEL/Europe FF View Post
Hi and welcome to FT.

As txflyer77 points out, a boarding pass is not a requirement for transit without visa, however you must be able to show evidence of an onward ticket.

An itinerary is fine, as long as it has a ticket number on it. The e-ticket receipt for PEK-AKL is the other option.
Thanks for the welcome, and thanks both of you for your insight.

What do you mean as 'ticket number' on the itinerary? And for the 'e-ticket,' do you mean the email showing proof of purchase for the flight out of PEK?

I feel as a last resort, the Air China ticket counter in PEK could provide proof of an onward flight, right?

Man, as someone who has flown quite a bit, I sure do feel lost on this topic. Thanks again for everyone providing help!
Devin Resko is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 11:33 pm
  #2324  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Shanghai
Posts: 27,300
You're over thinking this. The itinerary printout should show your ticket numbers.
moondog is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Aug 28, 16, 11:40 pm
  #2325  
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 3
Originally Posted by moondog View Post
You're over thinking this. The itinerary printout should show your ticket numbers.
I feel like once I've purchased a Tour, the airlines unexpectedly adds 24 hrs to your layover, and you're going to China, I'm allowed to overthink this

Yes I see on my email confirmation, there are both e-ticket numbers and e-ticket itinerary and receipt for confirmation.

So as long as no one sees a red light anywhere on this, we're good. As always, thanks!
Devin Resko is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: