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

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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 Visa on Arrival (TVOA)

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

Transit Visa on Arrival

For passengers with multiple stops within China, a new Transit Visa on Arrival is now being offered. This is the only option if you have multiple stops within China crossing multiple 'regions'. This limits your time in China to 24 hours, measured from the time of arrival of your first flight to the time of departure of your last flight out of China.

Transit Without Visa

If you are visiting a single city in China, you will be offered a 24-hour transit without visa (TWOV).

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

Restrictions and warnings

There are considerations and potential complexities with each of the entry methods above. These include:
  • city specific restrictions, for example TWOV 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.
  • 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)
  • a minimum 3 month validity remaining on your passport

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').

Transit visa on arrival has been offered since January 2018, but there has been little feedback on its use. This may be due to passengers not appreciating the difference between TWOV and TVOA. (Note: this specific transit visa on arrival is applicable to transit only. Other visas on arrival mentioned in TIMATIC are unlikely to ever be available to most passengers.)

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

Current known issues

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

Update March 2018: TWOV is still operational in Shanghai however new rules are supposedly in operation - at least at PVG - limiting the ability for passengers to enter China and leave the airport. Passengers with: (1) short stays (under four hours), (2) same-day transfers (more than four hours, but with an onward flight on the same day as arriving), (3) a transit within 24 hours but without confirmed hotel accommodation, and/or (4) who do not need to collect bags and recheck for their onward flight may all be affected. Passengers in any one of these categories may be directed to the transfer line with direct air-side transfer (not allowed to enter China/leave the airport).
NOTE 3: 24 hour TWOV is may not available to passengers travelling on the following passports: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. See the 24-hour TWOV section below for more details. The most recent version of TIMATIC appears to have lifted this exemption for all cities except XMN. But there are no recent reports to confirm this.

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


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

-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), 72 hour TWOV and 144 hour TWOV, and a 24-hour Transit Visa on Arrival (TVOA). For each, you must ultimately be departing China to a third country.

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

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

You must have a minimum 3 month validity on your passport to be eligible for any of the transit entry options.


24-Hour TWOV

NOTE: Effective end August 2017, 24 hour TWOV involving travel through CAN may be subject to restrictions. The situation is changing on a daily basis. Please check the last few posts of this thread for the latest information.

Updated May 20187: Direct international air-to-air connections are permitted at CAN. Uncertainty remains around whether you are able to leave the airport during longer transits. Passengers with passports only eligible for 24-hour TWOV may be required to remain within the transit area regardless of how long they are in transit. Passenger who would otherwise also be eligible for 72-hour TWOV may be able to leave the airport if their transit exceeds 8 hours (but is less than 24 hours). Passengers with less than 8 hours needing to collect bags in CAN to transfer airlines may not be permitted to enter China for the purpose of collecting bags and re-checking. You may be required to contact the operating airline of your onward flight to collect your bags on your behalf and re-tag them to your final destination. Transit including multiple stops within China is permitted at CAN only when the first transit point is Beijing (PEK). The total maximum transit time is 24 hours.
Note: 24 hour TWOV is may not be available to passengers travelling under the following nationalities: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The wording in TIMATIC is not overly clear and it may appear the restriction to these nationalities only applies for transits in Urumqi (URC). This is not the case, with several reports in this thread of pax on Malaysian and Thai passports being refused TWOV through other Chinese cities including Beijing (PEK). 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. If you are travelling on one of these passports you are advised to apply for a visa, or route your travel so it does not transit China.

For other passengers:

24 Hour TWOV: available in most cities except Fuzhou (FOC), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ) (current list as of March 2018).

24 hour TWOV is not available for nationals of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen in transit through Xiamen (XMN).

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.


72-Hour TWOV

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


72-hour TWOV – time based on scheduled arrival time

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

These cities are: Guilin (KWL), Kunming (KMG), Harbin (HRB)


Prospective cities offering 72-hour TWOV

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

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


144-Hour TWOV

Commencing 30 January 2016 a number of cities, grouped in three areas, are offering 144-hour TWOV.

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

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

These cities are:
  • area 1: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Wusongkou (Baoshan)
    International Cruise Terminal or Shanghai Railway Station
and
  • area 2: Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN), Shijiazhuang (SJW), Beijing West Railway Station, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port or Qinhuangdao Sea Port.
and
  • area 3: Dalian (DLC) and Shenyang (SHE)

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

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

Transit Visa on Arrival (24 hours maximum, multiple stops permitted)

Available since January 2018, a Transit Visa on Arrival (TVOA) replaces the previous 24-hour TWOV for multiple stops within China

Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket to a third country can obtain a transit visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 24 hours. When passengers have obtained a transit visa, it is possible to transit including multiple stops within China.

This does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi (URC) and Yanji (YNJ).

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


Other Important Considerations

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

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

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


• 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.


IMPORTANT: When looking up China TWOV rules in TIMATIC, be sure to input China as the transit country, not the destination (e.g., origin = USA, destination = Hong Kong, transit country = China).
Source: [KVS Availability Tool 8.5.9/Diamond - TIMATIC: Country Information: Visa] (requires subscription)

Code:
[Visa Information] China (People's Rep.) (CN) [As of 11 Apr 2018]
 
 [Visa Information] China (People's Rep.) (CN)
 
 TWOV (Transit Without Visa):
 - Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets for
 a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time of 24 hours. They must
 have a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the
 arrival date. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE
 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou
 (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX)
 and Yanji (YNJ).
 - This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).
 - This does not apply to nationals of Syria in transit
 through Guangzhou (CAN).
 - This 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 in transit through Xiamen
 (XMN).
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed British National (Overseas) .
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 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.
 - Holders of confirmed onward airline tickets, in transit
 through Urumqi (URC), for a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time
 of 2 hours. They must have a passport valid for a minimum of
 3 months from the arrival date. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE
 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 - This 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.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed British National (Overseas) .
 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 Hong Kong (SAR China) passport holding
 confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country, in
 transit through Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or
 Beijing (PEK), for a maximum transit time of 24 hours.
 - Passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport holding
 confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country, in
 transit through Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or
 Beijing (PEK), for a maximum transit time of 24 hours.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding confirmed
 onward airline tickets departing directly to a third
 country, if arriving in and departing from the same city:
 - at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG),
 Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or
 Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72 hours, starting
 from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry. They must
 have a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the
 arrival date.
 - at Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB) or Kunming (KMG) for a max.
 transit time of 72 hours. They must have a passport valid
 for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Holders of British passports endorsed British Citizen
 holding confirmed onward airline tickets departing directly
 to a third country, if arriving in and departing from the
 same city:
 - at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG),
 Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Wuhan (WUH), Xi'an (XIY) or
 Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72 hours, starting
 from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry. They must
 have a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the
 arrival date.
 - at Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB) or Kunming (KMG) for a max.
 transit time of 72 hours. They must have a passport valid
 for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding confirmed
 onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third country,
 arriving in and departing from any one of the following
 locations: 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
 for a maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day
 following the day of entry. They must have a passport valid
 for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page holding
 confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third
 country, arriving in and departing from any one of the
 following locations: 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 for a maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on
 the day following the day of entry.They must have a passport
 valid for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding confirmed
 onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third country,
 arriving in and departing from any one of the following
 locations: Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN), Shijiazhuang (SJW),
 Beijing West Railway Station, Tianjin International Cruise
 Home Port or Qinhuangdao Sea Port for a maximum of 144
 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of
 entry. They must have a passport valid for a minimum of 3
 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page holding
 confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third
 country, arriving in and departing from any one of the
 following locations: Beijing (PEK), Tianjin (TSN),
 Shijiazhuang (SJW), Beijing West Railway Station, Tianjin
 International Cruise Home Port or Qinhuangdao Sea Port for a
 maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day
 following the day of entry. They must have a passport valid
 for a minimum of 3 months from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,
 Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei
 Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech
 Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
 Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Korea
 (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM),
 Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Fed., Serbia,
 Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
 USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding confirmed
 onward air tickets to a third country, arriving in and
 departing from any one of the following two airports: Dalian
 (DLC) or Shenyang (SHE) for a maximum of 144 hours, starting
 from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry. They must
 have a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months from the
 arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page holding
 confirmed onward air tickets to a third country, arriving in
 and departing from any one of the following two airports:
 Dalian (DLC) or Shenyang (SHE) for a maximum of 144 hours,
 starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of entry.
 They must have a passport valid for a minimum of 3 months
 from the arrival date.
 - Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the
 passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA
 and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.
 - Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket to a third country
 can obtain a transit visa on arrival for a maximum stay of
 24 hours. They must have a passport valid for a minimum of 3
 months from the arrival date. When passengers have obtained
 a transit visa, it is possible to transit including multiple
 stops within China (People's Rep.). (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE
 NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 - This does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN),
 Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi (URC) and Yanji
 (YNJ).
 - This does not apply to nationals of Syria at Guangzhou
 (CAN).
 - This 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 at Xiamen (XMN).
 - This does not apply when the passenger arrives AND departs
 on direct flights from/to USA and USA territory Guam or
 Northern Mariana Isl.
 NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a
 British passport endorsed British National (Overseas) .
 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.
 - All transiting passengers are subject to a check by
 immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or
 other documents accepted to enter China (People's Rep.). .
 - This does not apply at Beijing (PEK) if staying in the
 international transit area.
 - When transiting in Chengdu (CTU), carriers must send
 notification to the CTU immigration office before departure.
 Email: [email protected] .
 - When transiting in Changsha (CSX) or Xiamen (XMN) for a
 maximum stay of 72 hours, carriers must send notification to
 the local immigration office before departure.
 
 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) .
 - Passengers with a Travel Permit to and from Hong Kong and
 Macao when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).
 - Passengers with a Public Affairs Hong Kong and Macao Travel
 Permit when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Travel Permit to and
 from Taiwan (Lu Bao Zheng).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Exit and Entry
 Permit, with an endorsement to travel to China (People's
 Rep.).
 - Nationals of Mauritius for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Bahamas, Barbados, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada and
 Tonga for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of San Marino with a normal passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Serbia, Seychelles and United Arab Emirates
 with a normal passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Mongolia with a normal series E passport for
 a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and Singapore with a
 normal passport for a maximum stay of 15 days.
 - Nationals of Korea (Dem. People's Rep.) with a Passport For
 Official Trip".
 - Passengers with a British diplomatic passport.
 - Passengers with a British official passport containing a
 "Visa Exempted" label issued by China (People's Rep.).
 - Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia,
 Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and
 Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam , Cape Verde, Chile,
 Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus,
 Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia,
 Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan,
 Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Lithuania, Malaysia,
 Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro,
 Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian
 Fed., Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sudan,
 Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
 Ukraine, Venezuela and Viet Nam with a diplomatic passport.
 - Nationals of Ghana, Macedonia (FYROM), Mali, San Marino,
 Switzerland and Uruguay with a diplomatic passport for a
 maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Rep.,
 Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland,
 Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
 Spain and Sweden with a diplomatic passport for a maximum
 stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 70951)
 NOTE 70951: The maximum stay is granted within 180 days.
 - Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a diplomatic passport
 for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Angola, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo,
 Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,
 Guinea, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
 Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Mauritania,
 Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines,
 Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa,
 South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Togo,
 Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates,
 Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe with a diplomatic passport for a
 maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Panama with a consular passport for a maximum
 stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Ireland (Rep.) with an official passport if
 accompanying a Minister of the Irish government on an
 official visit.
 - Nationals of Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia,
 Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Equatorial
 Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Lao People's Dem. Rep., Malaysia,
 Maldives, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Samoa, Serbia,
 Slovenia, Sudan, Thailand and Viet Nam with an official
 passport.
 - Nationals of Macedonia (FYROM) and Uruguay with an official
 passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Cambodia, Dominica, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
 Korea (Rep.), Lesotho, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama,
 Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka,
 Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Zimbabwe with
 an official passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bolivia,
 Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Comoros, Costa
 Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia,
 Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
 Lithuania, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Myanmar, Oman,
 Poland, Romania, Samoa, Slovakia, Sudan, Tajikistan,
 Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Venezuela with a
 service passport.
 - Nationals of Ghana, Mali and San Marino with a service
 passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.
 - Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a service passport for
 a maximum stay of 60 days.
 - Nationals of Angola, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon,
 Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia,
 Gabon, Guinea, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People's Rep.),
 Mauritania, Mozambique, Philippines, Russian Fed., Sao Tome
 and Principe, Senegal, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia,
 United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe with a service passport
 for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Jordan, Oman, Peru, Sudan and Turkey with a
 special passport.
 - Nationals of Egypt, Kuwait, South Sudan and United Arab
 Emirates with a special passport for a maximum stay of 30
 days.
 - Passengers with a multiple-entry Mainland Travel Permit for
 Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).
 - Passengers with a single-entry Mainland Travel Permit for
 Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) for a maximum stay of 3
 months.
 - Passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card [[TIRULES/R35]]
 valid for travel to "CHN" for a maximum stay of 60 days.
 (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206) The card
 is valid for the countries listed on the back of the card.
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a residence permit issued by China (People's
 Rep.).
 - Passengers with a China (People's Rep.) Alien Permanent
 Identity Card.
 - Passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the European
 Union for a maximum stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 70951)
 NOTE 70951: The maximum stay is granted within 180 days.
 - Nationals of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.),
 Russian Fed. and Turkmenistan traveling as a tourist as part
 of a tour group accompanied by a representative of a tour
 operator accredited in both China (People's Rep.) and
 Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.), Russian Fed.
 or Turkmenistan for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Germany, Korea (Rep.) and Russian Fed. arriving
 at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) and traveling as part of a
 tourist group (2 or more people) to Hainan province for a
 maximum stay of 21 days. Tours must be organized by a travel
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
 France, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Ukraine arriving at Sanya
 (SYX) and traveling on an organized tour to Hainan province
 in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a maximum stay of
 30 days. Tours must be organized by a travel agent
 registered in Hainan province and approved by the National
 Tourism Administration of China.
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland,
 France, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands,
 New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden,
 Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Ukraine arriving at Haikou
 (HAK) and traveling on an organized tour to Hainan province
 in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a maximum stay of
 15 days. Tours must be organized by a travel agent
 registered in Hainan province and approved by the National
 Tourism Administration of China.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page arriving at
 Sanya (SYX) and traveling on an organized tour to Hainan
 province in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a
 maximum of 30 days. Tours must be organized by a travel
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page arriving at
 Haikou (HAK) and traveling on an organized tour to Hainan
 province in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a
 maximum of 15 days. Tours must be organized by a travel
 agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the
 National Tourism Administration of China.
 - 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 not required:
 - for those mentioned under the visa exemptions applicable to
 normal passports holders.
 - for nationals of Poland and Ukraine;
 - for nationals of Lithuania and Russian Fed. arriving by
 ship.
 - Merchant Seamen arriving by air in order to board a ship, or
 arriving by ship and proceeding to the airport must travel
 on duty, hold a Port Visa Notification, Letter of Employment
 or Letter of Guarantee issued by a Chinese shipping company,
 Seaman Book, onward tickets and all documents required for
 their next destination.
 
 Crew Members:
 - Visa not required for nationals of:
 - United Arab Emirates when traveling on Emirates Airlines.
 - Luxembourg.
 - Visa is not required for crew members of airlines that have
 an agreement with the government of China (People's Rep.)
 exempting crew members.
 - Note: Crew Members holding a C visa, must always travel on
 duty.
 
 Military:
 - Same regulations as for passengers apply.
 
 Visa Issuance:
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Fuzhou (FOC), Guilin
 (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Jinan (TNA), Ningbo (NGB), Qingdao
 (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenyang (SHE), Wuhan (WUH), Wuxi (WUX),
 Xi An (XIY) and Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay of 3 months.
 They must have 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Changchun (CGQ), Changzhou (CZX), Chongqing (CKG),
 Dalian (DLC), Guiyang (KWE), Hailar (HLD), Harbin (HRB),
 Hefei (HFE), Huangshan (TXN), Kunming (KMG), Nanchang (KHN),
 Nanning (NNG), Quanzhou (JJN), Taiyuan (TYN), Tianjin (TSN)
 , Urumqi (URC), Weihai (WEH), Xining (XNN), Xuzhou (XUZ),
 Yancheng (YNZ), Yanji (YNJ), Yantai (YNT), Yinchuan (INC)
 and Zhangjiajie (DYG) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Shanghai: Hongqiao (SHA) and Pudong (PVG) for a
 maximum stay of 3 months. The passenger must have never
 applied for a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents
 (Tai Bao Zheng) or the passenger must have an expired
 Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).
 They must have 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Hangzhou (HGH) and Nanjing (NKG) for a maximum stay
 of 3 months. They must have 2 passport photos.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for a maximum stay of 3 months. The
 passenger must have never applied for a Mainland Travel
 Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) and 2 passport
 photos. The visa on arrival facility is available from 09:00
 until 22:30 and the carrier must obtain a pre-clearance
 after informing immigration authorities.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for a maximum stay of 3 months. The
 passenger must have an expired Mainland Travel Permit for
 Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) and 2 passport photos. The
 visa on arrival facility is available from 09:00 until
 22:30.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Zhengzhou (CGO) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 passport photos. The passenger must not arrive
 on a direct flight from Chinese Taipei. Carriers must notify
 the CGO 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 single entry
 visa at Wenzhou (WNZ) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 photos and carriers must notify the WNZ
 immigration office before departure.
 - Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei
 (Taiwan Identity Card) or a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:
 Republic of China Taiwan) passport can obtain a single entry
 visa at Changsha (CSX) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They
 must have 2 photos and carriers must send a telex
 notification and a filled application form to the CSX
 immigration office before departure.
 - Passengers with a Port Visa Notification can obtain a visa
 on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days.
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia,
 Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Russian Fed., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand can
 obtain a visa on arrival at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay
 of 30 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 U.S dollar are
 accepted.
 - Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia,
 Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand,
 Russian Fed., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand can
 obtain a visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) 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 of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page can obtain a
 visa on arrival at Sanya (SYX) for a maximum stay of 30
 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.
 - Passengers with a British passport with nationality of
 British Citizen shown on the bio-data page can obtain a
 visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) 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 normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Beijing (PEK) for a maximum stay of 3 months if
 they have confirmation that a visa has been approved before
 departure. The airline must fax all documents to the
 station manager prior to arrival and the passenger must
 - have a confirmation from the Immigration authorities that
 the visa will be issued on arrival; and
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the
 sticker-type visa; and
 - have 2 passport photos and a letter of invitation issued
 by the Chinese authorities or by a sponsor (approved by
 Chinese authorities), who must meet passenger on arrival.
 They can apply to extend their stay up to 6 months with an
 Immigration judge (if coming on business purposes) (SEE NOTE
 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Chengdu (CTU), Shanghai (Hongqiao (SHA) or Pudong
 (PVG) for a maximum stay of 1 month if they have
 confirmation that a visa has been approved before departure.
 The passenger must:
 - have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese
 authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities
 that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos
 and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and
 - passport contains at least one blank visa page; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival.
 (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Fuzhou (FOC) or Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay
 of 1 month if they have confirmation that a visa has been
 approved before departure. The passenger must
 - have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese
 authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities
 that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos
 and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival. (SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE NOTE 2565) (SEE
 NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and USA;
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2565: Facility not applicable to:
 - nationals of Canada, Israel, Korea (Rep.), South Africa
 and Vatican City (Holy See);
 - holders of British passports.
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers who are part of tourist groups of travel agencies
 belonging to the Zhejiang Province can obtain a visa on
 arrival at Hangzhou (HGH) for a maximum stay of 1 month.
 (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Passengers with a normal passport arriving at Chongqing
 (CKG), Guangzhou (CAN), Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Kunming
 (KMG), Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenzhen (SZX), Weihai
 (WEH), Xi An (XIY) and Yantai (YNT) can obtain a visa on
 arrival if they have confirmation that a visa has been
 approved before departure and:
 - that a visa will be issued on arrival; and
 - passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the
 sticker-type visa; and
 - a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets
 passenger on arrival.
 They can apply to extend their stay.
 (SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE NOTE 2568) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE
 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and USA;
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 NOTE 2568: Passengers with a British passport are required
 to hold a letter of invitation by the Chinese authorities
 and 1 passport photo.
 NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a
 Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)
 passport.
 NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong
 Kong (SAR China) passport.
 NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao
 (SAR China) passport.
 - Merchant Seamen can obtain a transit visa at Dalian (DLC)
 (SEE NOTE 2558) for a maximum stay of 7 days if passenger:
 - holds confirmed onward tickets;
 - is a national of a country having diplomatic relations
 with China (People's Rep.).
 - This does not apply to passengers with a travel document
 issued by Hong Kong (SAR China) and Macao (SAR China).
 NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:
 - nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,
 Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and USA;
 - stateless persons and refugees.
 
 Additional Information:
 - Extension of stay possible for holders of normal passports
 issued to nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and
 Singapore by applying for a visa at an Exit & Entry
 Administration Ministry of Public Security Office.
 - Valid visas or resident permits in expired passports are
 accepted if holding a new valid passport of the same
 nationality. The personal information on both passports must
 be the same.
 - When a visa is used, a round entry stamp is placed in the
 passport (i.e. a used single entry visa contains one round
 entry stamp, a used double entry visa contains two round
 entry stamps).
 - Passengers traveling to Tibet must hold a special Tibet
 Entry Permit.
 
 Minors:
 - An individual visa is not required for children traveling on
 the passport of a parent or guardian, if their name is
 endorsed in the visa of the passport holder.
 
 Warning:
 - Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and
 Turkey must hold a visa issued in their home country. If
 visa is issued in a third country, a residence permit or
 working permit is also required.
 - Holders of normal passports issued to nationals of Sri Lanka
 must hold a visa issued in their home country. If visa is
 issued in a third country, a residence permit or working
 permit is also required.
 - Only sticker type residence permits are accepted. Stamped
 residence permits are not valid for entry.
 - Visitors not holding return/onward tickets could be refused
 entry.
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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

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Please be aware of ongoing changes with PRC Visa Free Transit program, and be sure to read the wikipost first.

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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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I have a question about the technicality of "3rd country"... if I were to book DTW-NRT-PVG-DTW... could I say that I am coming from Japan to China en route to America? Technically that is the case.
The ONLY thing that matters is that you arrive nonstop from one country and depart nonstop to a third. Connections that take place outside of China are completely irrelevant insofar as TWOV is concerned.
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The ONLY thing that matters is that you arrive nonstop from one country and depart nonstop to a third. Connections that take place outside of China are completely irrelevant insofar as TWOV is concerned.
So you're saying, as an American passport holder, DTW>NRT>PVG>DTW will be ok, as they only see it as NRT>PVG>DTW ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I think it is valid the way you have it although if you can wait for others to chime in it is probably better for safety.
If you can switch it to LHR>PVG>HKG>LHR I would feel better about it although I may be wrong so wait for the experts before changing things?
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Old Feb 3, 14, 3:33 pm
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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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Old Feb 3, 14, 3:44 pm
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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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Old Feb 4, 14, 2:28 pm
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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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