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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 August 2023.

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.


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. Below the asterisks, you can view a complete version of China visa free transit that was in effect when KVS last updated it in 2019. According to KVS, the full (i.e. for all conceivable combinations of nationality, origin, transit city, and destination) text is no longer provided;. This means, individual prospective travelers should make their own queries as their trips draw near and print out (or save to phone) the applicable text along with proof of accommodation and onward transportation.

Here are just a few sites (there are many others, and we don't know which ones are the closest to real time) that host TIMATIC interfaces:
https://www.united.com/en/us/timatic/
https://skyteam.traveldoc.aero/
https://www.emirates.com/english/pla...n_results.aspx


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

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


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[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 Jan 1, 14, 9:43 pm
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China 24, 72, and 144 hour Transit Without Visa ("TWOV") rules master thread

This post (previously a placeholder) is now a quick summary of the wikipost, which has grown somewhat lengthy over the past decade since we started the thread.

1. China allows nearly all people with internationally recognized passports to transit visa free for 24 hours and passport holders from the most common countries to transit for up to 144 hours (as long as they remain within certain zones)
2. In order to satisfy their definition of "transit", you need to arrive (on a plane, boat, train*, or bus*) directly from one country and depart directly to another. This means SFO-NRT-PVG-HKG-SFO is okay (NRT-PVG-HKG is all they look at), whereas SFO-NRT-PVG-NRT-YVR is not (they see this as Japan-China-Japan, so not a transit)
3. Use a TIMATIC web interface to determine the specific rules that apply to your case (e.g. if you input CAN as your entry point, you will learn where you can go during your visit and what departure points are permissible)
4. Upon arrival, be prepared to show the border control people proof of onward travel (e.g. nonstop flight to any country other than the country you came from; HK, Macau, and Taiwan are all different for this purpose) and proof of accommodation (a simple hotel reservation should suffice)
5. You might also want to save proof of #3 for airline check-in and/or border control, even though they presumably know the rules themselves

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Old Jan 7, 14, 4:21 pm
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China Visa Free Transit / Transit Without Visa / TWOV Program Master Thread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Old Feb 3, 14, 3:19 pm
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Hi everyone.. planning a trip LHR -> HKG -> PVG -> LHR. I don't have time to get a visa, to planning TWOV. Is my itinerary valid? I'll be stopping in HK for the day (arrive AM, leave PM) but will likely be on the same booking.

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

Thanks in advance!


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

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

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

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

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

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