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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.

The information in this wiki was last updated in October 2019.

Disclaimers/Warnings

This thread is based on currently available published information, supplemented by the experiences of actual travelers. A number of us are happy to review prospective itineraries, and can often identify red flags that might warrant attention. That having been said, complying with stated policy does not guarantee entry.

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.

While TWOV is pretty much a guarantee, if your transit is less than 12 hours, and you don't need to go landside in order to pull it off (e.g. PEK T3 to T2 requires this), you might not be granted an entry permit, especially in the case of day time connections.

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).

In all cases, China must be a transit en route to a third country. Your immediate flight out of China cannot be back to the same country you flew into China from.

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.



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.




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)
and


  • area 4: Guangdong Province -- note: we will update this section after we get a chance to review the new sections in TIMATIC, which are a bit confusing, but the gist of it is that you can enter China in Guangdong by air (only CAN, SWA, and SZX), travel throughout the province during the course of 144 hours, and depart from a much longer list of airports and land borders, but you can't depart for HK or Macau if you arrive at SZX.

Movements of travelers who qualify for 144-hour TWOV are more generous than those offered for 72-hour TWOV, allowing travel between the cities (and provinces) within each of the three separate areas participating in the 144-hour program (that is, you can arrive and/or depart from any city or terminal listed within areas 1, 2 or 3 outlined above). However, travel between the three grouped areas is not permitted and requires a regular visa (that is, you can not arrive in one of the areas and depart from any other than the area in which you arrived).

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 TWOV (with entry permit), 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). If you don't have the patience to read the complete TIMATIC rules, which cover every contingency under the sun, we suggest using the following link:
https://www.emirates.com/english/pla...n_results.aspx



Source: [KVS Availability Tool 9.1.8/Diamond - TIMATIC: Country Information: Visa] (requires subscription)


Code:
[Visa Information] China (People's Rep.) (CN) [As of 29 Jul 2019]
 
 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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 Shenzhen (SZX) when
 passengers are traveling to Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao
 (SAR China).
 - This TWOV facility does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC),
 Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
 transiting through Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG) or Xi'an
 (XIY) 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Changsha (CSX), Chongqing (CKG)
 or Xi'an (XIY) 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
 transiting through Guilin (KWL) or Harbin (HRB) 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Guilin (KWL) or Harbin (HRB)
 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
 transiting through Chengdu (CTU) 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 the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination; and
 - stay in the administrative area of Chengdu Municipality.
 (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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Chengdu (CTU) 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 the same airport; and
 - have documents required for the next destination; and
 - stay in the administrative area of Chengdu Municipality.
 (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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
 transiting through Kunming (KMG) or Wuhan (WUH) 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 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Kunming (KMG) or Wuhan (WUH)
 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 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates with a
 confirmed onward air or cruise 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:
 Qingdao (TAO) or Qingdao 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen with a confirmed onward air or cruise 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:
 Qingdao (TAO) or Qingdao 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates
 transiting through Xiamen (XMN) with a confirmed onward air
 or cruise 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:
 Xiamen (XMN), Xiamen International Cruise Center or Wutong
 Passenger Wharf; 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen transiting through Xiamen (XMN) with a confirmed
 onward air or cruise 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:
 Xiamen (XMN), Xiamen International Cruise Center or Wutong
 Passenger Wharf; 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), 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 one of the following airports: Guangzhou (CAN),
 Shantou (SWA) or Shenzhen (SZX); and
 - depart from one of the following locations: Guangzhou
 (CAN), Meixian (MXZ), Shantou (SWA), Shenzhen (SZX),
 Zhanjiang (ZHA), Dongguan Humen Sea Port, Dongguan Railway
 Port, Doumen Sea Port, Foshan Gaoming Sea Port, Foshan
 Railway Port, Guangzhou Sea Port, Guangzhou Tianhe Railway
 Port, Heshan Sea Port, Jiuzhou Sea Port, Jiangmen Sea Port,
 Lianhuashan Sea Port, Nansha Sea Port, Rongqi Sea Port,
 Shekou Sea Port, Shenzhen Airport Support Sea Port, Shenzhen
 Bay Port, Shenzhen Futian Port, Shenzhen Huanggang Port,
 Shenzhen Luohu Port, Shenzhen Shatoujiao Port, Shenzhen
 Wenjindu Port, Wanchai Sea Port, Wanshan Sea Port, Zhaoqing
 Railway Port, Zhongshan Sea Port, Zhuhai Gongbei Port or
 Zhuhai Hengqin 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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 one of the following airports: Guangzhou (CAN),
 Shantou (SWA) or Shenzhen (SZX); and
 - depart from one of the following locations: Guangzhou
 (CAN), Meixian (MXZ), Shantou (SWA), Shenzhen (SZX),
 Zhanjiang (ZHA), Dongguan Humen Sea Port, Dongguan Railway
 Port, Doumen Sea Port, Foshan Gaoming Sea Port, Foshan
 Railway Port, Guangzhou Sea Port, Guangzhou Tianhe Railway
 Port, Heshan Sea Port, Jiuzhou Sea Port, Jiangmen Sea Port,
 Lianhuashan Sea Port, Nansha Sea Port, Rongqi Sea Port,
 Shekou Sea Port, Shenzhen Airport Support Sea Port, Shenzhen
 Bay Port, Shenzhen Futian Port, Shenzhen Huanggang Port,
 Shenzhen Luohu Port, Shenzhen Shatoujiao Port, Shenzhen
 Wenjindu Port, Wanchai Sea Port, Wanshan Sea Port, Zhaoqing
 Railway Port, Zhongshan Sea Port, Zhuhai Gongbei Port or
 Zhuhai Hengqin 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. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).
 - 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.).
 - 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 Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay of 144
 hours: before departure, a notification must be sent by the
 carrier to immigration.
 - Warning:
 For TWOV through Changsha (CSX) or Guilin (KWL) for a
 maximum stay of 72 hours: before departure, a notification
 must be sent by the carrier to immigration.
 - Warning:
 For TWOV through Dalian (DLC) or 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 required.
 
 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) .
 - Nationals of China (People's Rep.) with a Travel Permit to
 and from Hong Kong and Macao when arriving from Hong Kong or
 Macao (SAR China).
 - Nationals of China (People's Rep.) with a Public Affairs
 Hong Kong and Macao Travel Permit when arriving from Hong
 Kong or Macao (SAR China).
 - Nationals of China (People's Rep.) 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,
 Qatar 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 Bahrain, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Rwanda, San Marino, Switzerland and
 Uruguay with a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90
 days.
 - Nationals of Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, 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, Botswana, 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, Niger, Nigeria,
 Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sao Tome and
 Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, 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 North Macedonia (Rep.) and Uruguay with an
 official passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Botswana, Cambodia, Dominica, Korea (Dem.
 People's Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Lesotho, Mongolia, Nepal,
 Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, 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 Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda and San
 Marino with a service passport for a maximum stay of 90
 days.
 - Nationals of Algeria with a service 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 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, Niger, Philippines, Russian
 Fed., Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone,
 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 Bahrain with a special passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Egypt, Kuwait, South Sudan and United Arab
 Emirates with a special passport for a maximum stay of 30
 days.
 - Passengers with a residence permit issued by China (People's
 Rep.).
 - Chinese Taipei passengers with a multiple-entry Mainland
 Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).
 [[TIRULES/R210]]
 - Chinese Taipei passengers with a single-entry Mainland
 Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) for a
 maximum stay of 3 months. [[TIRULES/R210]]
 - 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 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.
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Alien Permanent
 Identity Card.
 - 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, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico,
 Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North
 Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal,
 Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia,
 Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Ukraine with a
 normal passport arriving at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay
 of 30 days. They must have:
 - a stamped name list or an invitation letter from a tourist
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China; or
 - a confirmed hotel reservation and a return/onward ticket
 and present them at the travel agent counter in the arrival
 hall prior to immigration.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality British
 Citizen arriving at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay of 30
 days. They must have:
 - a stamped name list or an invitation letter from a tourist
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China; or
 - a confirmed hotel reservation and a return/onward ticket
 and present them at the travel agent counter in the arrival
 hall prior to immigration.
 - Nationals of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand with a normal
 passport arriving at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay of 30
 days. They must have a stamped name list or an invitation
 letter from a tourist agent registered in Hainan province
 and approved by the National Tourism Administration of
 China. The list or the letter must have been applied 24
 hours prior to arrival.
 - 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,
 Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Norway, Philippines,
 Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia, Singapore,
 Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand,
 USA and Ukraine with a normal passport arriving at Haikou
 (HAK) for a maximum stay of 30 days. They must have a
 stamped name list or an invitation letter 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) for a maximum stay of 30
 days. They must have a stamped name list or an invitation
 letter 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, San
 Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Tonga and United Arab
 Emirates.
 - Visa required, except for Merchant Seamen who are nationals
 of Poland with a seaman book issued by Poland.
 - Visa required, except for Merchant Seamen who are nationals
 of Ukraine with a seaman book issued by Ukraine.
 
 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.
 - Crew Members holding a C visa must travel on duty.
 Deadheading crew are allowed to enter China (People's Rep.)
 to operate commercial/cargo flights out of China (People's
 Rep.), if holding:
 - a passport, and
 - China "C" visa, and
 - a company ID, and
 - proof of the purpose of travel and trip itinerary, such as
 a general declaration (GENDEC) or company letter which has
 been submitted to China Inspection and Quarantine.
 
 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 visa on
 arrival at Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Fuzhou (FOC),
 Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Jinan (TNA), Ningbo (NGB),
 Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenyang (SHE), Shenzhen (SZX),
 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 visa on
 arrival 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 visa on
 arrival 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 visa on
 arrival 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 visa on
 arrival 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 visa on
 arrival 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 visa on
 arrival 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) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival 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, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco,
 Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia
 (Rep.), 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, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania,
 Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), 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 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.
 - Passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of
 China Taiwan) passport and a national ID card issued by
 Chinese Taipei (Taiwan Identity Card) can obtain a transit
 visa at Beijing (PEK), Changchun (CGQ), Changsha (CSX),
 Changzhou (CZX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian
 (DLC), Fuzhou (FOC), Guangzhou (CAN), Guilin (KWL), Guiyang
 (KWE), Haikou (HAK), Hailar (HLD), Hangzhou (HGH), Harbin
 (HRB), Hefei (HFE), Huangshan (TXN), Jinan (TNA), Kunming
 (KMG), Nanchang (KHN), Nanjing (NKG), Nanning (NNG), Ningbo
 (NGB), Qingdao (TAO), Quanzhou (JJN), Sanya (SYX), Shanghai:
 Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong (PVG), Shenyang (SHE), Shenzhen
 (SZX), Taiyuan (TYN), Tianjin (TSN) , Urumqi (URC), Weihai
 (WEH), Wenzhou (WNZ), Wuhan (WUH), Wuxi (WUX), Xiamen (XMN)
 Xi An (XIY), Xining (XNN), Xuzhou (XUZ), Yancheng (YNZ),
 Yanji (YNJ), Yantai (YNT), Yinchuan (INC), Zhangjiajie (DYG)
 and Zhengzhou (CGO) for a maximum of 3 months. They must
 have 2 passport photos.
 
 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 and Iraq with a service passport
 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.
 - Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and
 Turkey with a normal passport 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.
 - Stamped residence permits are not valid for entry.
 - Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused
 entry.







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Old May 1, 19, 5:30 am
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But how when checking in for a flight to Guangzhou are you going to be able to satisfy the clerk that you're exiting overland at Luohu? There's no actual in-hand ticket available for those crossings till you're in the Mainland, if tickets are available at all, e.g., Luohu.

Note that W Kowloon -- HSR from the Mainland to Hong Kong -- is not listed as an exit point.
Yes this is a big deal. It is also very hard to buy the train tickets from GZ to HK. I guess that they won't accept my subway pass as proof. I expect very few airline gate employees to understand that you can walk to HK.
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Old May 1, 19, 6:18 am
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This is going to generate lots of confusion and discussion I suspect. Given this thread is already unbrowsable at 5700 posts, maybe we should set up a separate thread solely for questions related to 144-hour Guangdong TWOV.
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Old May 1, 19, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by 889 View Post
This is going to generate lots of confusion and discussion I suspect. Given this thread is already unbrowsable at 5700 posts, maybe we should set up a separate thread solely for questions related to 144-hour Guangdong TWOV.
Its going to be very interesting with the entry and exit ports being different.
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Originally Posted by CDKing View Post
Its going to be very interesting with the entry and exit ports being different.
And why is West Kowloon not a valid port of exit? The HSR is the easiest thing to "book ahead" compared to walking over from Luohu to Lowu or Huanggang (but not Futian?) to Lok Ma Chau.
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Old May 3, 19, 3:24 am
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TWOV Turkey Issue PEK

Just wanted to add another example of the potential issues with TWOV at PEK, especially for anyone who has visited Turkey.

We arrived PEK from HND this morning and were refused a 144 hour TWOV. The person at the desk explicitly said they couldn't tell us why. We were one of 7 groups at a set of chairs near the desk that had been refused TWOV, there may have been others we didn't speak to, (given that people don't stay there for hours and most people don't want TWOV this seems like a considerable percentage of people who were expecting to get them). The only thing that seemed universally true is that the individuals had been to Turkey. Two groups had only some members refused and those members had been to Turkey and those accepted hadn't been to Turkey. There was an 8th group, whose member was told, and I quote, that they were rejected because "you travel too much", who hadn't been to Turkey.

I am confident we were compliant with the rules for the 144 hour TWOV, and the check in agent in Tokyo had checked it as well. We actually got a 144 hour TWOV in Shanghai three weeks ago on the same passports etc.

Once you are rejected for a TWOV expect to be pushed pretty soon, and pretty hard, to arrange alternative travel out fast. At least one group were pressured into booking £800+ per person Air China flights back to London. We resisted long enough to find some reasonably priced Cathay flights via HK online (you can't get to a ticket desk and the transfer desk who we were told can help would be flattered by the word useless). Speaking to the Japan Airlines rep who was sent to escort us through to airside for our replacement flight and she said that incidents like this were becoming more common.
I think it's unlikely that we'll get the additional flight and hotel covered by our insurance, even though they are rated pretty well, because they tend to see things like this as transport document issues and not cover them so that's ~£1,000 gone

Our two visits to Turkey were short stopovers in Istanbul for about 5 days combined in early 2015 so neither recent or extended stays.

Personally I'd suggest anyone considering TWOV to weigh up the relative cost of getting a visa against the cost and inconvenience of potentially being rejected (even if they haven't been to Turkey) based on a completely opaque decision with no opportunity to appeal; if they are still interested then I would also check very carefully about expectations around insurance and what your flight options are if your TWOV is rejected.
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Old May 3, 19, 4:22 am
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And if "you travel too much" is grounds now for being turned back, maybe just forget about travel to China entirely.
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Old May 3, 19, 5:28 am
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And if "you travel too much" is grounds now for being turned back, maybe just forget about travel to China entirely.
I promise that I genuinely heard the person being told that in those exact words. I don’t think I’d have believed it myself if I hadn’t.

There’s an Irish couple spending two nights airside at PEK because they were refused TWOV and can’t afford earlier flights. They weren’t allowed to get their checked bags so had only the items in a single carry on bag, I swear this isn’t made up, AND HER CRUTCHES!

A French guy was pressured into buying a flight back to Japan. A British Indian families father was staying in the airport until the following night (36 hours) but his wife and kid were given 144 hour TWOVs and were going to the hotel.
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Old May 3, 19, 6:24 am
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There goes my theory that maybe this was tit-for-tat against Americans because some Chinese bigshot was recently refused entry at JFK.

I seem to recall that in previous cases of refused entry, the traveller's been told the reason behind the refusal: it hasn't been treated like a big secret.

If the Chinese believe a single visit to Turkey for a few days six years ago marks a Westerner as a security risk meriting the enormous hassle of refused entry at Beijing, then the rationality of the entire entry process has to be questioned. It's that far beyond reasonable.

So if you're planning to visit China at the moment on TWOV, my strong advice would be, Don't.

(And yes, the U.S. has rules restricting visa-free entry if you've visited certain countries, but the rules are public and you can apply for a visa instead.)

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So what's so sensitive in PEK these days? The B&R summit is over. Maybe the real reason for TWOV rejection is the May Day crowd at all attractions? "The 35th of May" is coming up, so this may last for a long while...
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In the last 4-5 days, reports and anecdotes are now appearing on other forums and through messages and emails to me. Specifically about PEK with conforming transits from eligible passport holders from a variety of nations. At first I thought it was the 24-hour TWOV but no, denials for those with Turkey stamps are now being issued to 144-hour TWOV passengers. Very bad. And it doesn't seem to be happening anywhere except PEK.

As noted above, the Belt and Road Summit is well behind us, and I doubt if the holiday is the issue. The only thing I can think of is that there has been an imminent threat identified that is specific to Beijing targets and is Uighur/Turkey-connected. For foreign travelers, it's an unfortunate truth that security concerns will override established visitor protocols like TWOV and that this can be done without warning, at any time. Since we will never get a reason or explanation from the Chinese government, and don't know how long this situation could last, I would recommend that anybody who has yet to travel, is planning on TWOV (especially leaving the airport on long 24-hour or on any 144-hour TWOV), AND has a Turkey stamp in their passport, reconsider. And either get a Chinese visa, have a Plan B in case you get denied and turned back, or re-route your travels to avoid at least PEK transits.

I'd further suggest that anybody who needs to transit frequently through China and also visits or transits Turkey on a regular basis, get a second passport if you are from a country that has this program. (The US does, for instance, for special circumstances). So you can keep the records separate at least what's visible in a passport. It doesn't seem like the China-Turkey tension is going away in the foreseeable future.
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Old May 3, 19, 10:34 am
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I'd further suggest that anybody who needs to transit frequently through China and also visits or transits Turkey on a regular basis, get a second passport if you are from a country that has this program. (The US does, for instance, for special circumstances). So you can keep the records separate at least what's visible in a passport. It doesn't seem like the China-Turkey tension is going away in the foreseeable future.
Or use your national ID to enter Turkey (some european countries are allowed to do so).
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Well, you know, it is in our wiki. While some were reasdy to dismiss this potential restriction, and although the restriction may come and go, and apply at different ports at different times, the advice to get a visa if you have previously visited Turkey is probably a good one.
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Old May 3, 19, 8:00 pm
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Originally Posted by LHR/MEL/Europe FF View Post
Well, you know, it is in our wiki. While some were reasdy to dismiss this potential restriction, and although the restriction may come and go, and apply at different ports at different times, the advice to get a visa if you have previously visited Turkey is probably a good one.
I renewed my passport to get rid of the Turkish Stamp. I had visited in 2013. Passport was due for renewal next year anyway so I did it early. Does this seem like it will solve the problem? I don't see anyone mentioning that. A new passport is cheaper than a visa, especially if it's almost time to renew anyway.
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Old May 5, 19, 5:32 am
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I renewed my passport to get rid of the Turkish Stamp. I had visited in 2013. Passport was due for renewal next year anyway so I did it early. Does this seem like it will solve the problem? I don't see anyone mentioning that. A new passport is cheaper than a visa, especially if it's almost time to renew anyway.
I know someone posted on here that they'd been required to show their old passport when they used a recently issued passport for TWOV and fortunately had it with them.
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Old May 5, 19, 5:56 am
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They usually ask for the old passport for a visa application, not TWOV.
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