72/144 Hours Visa-Free Transit – The Full List!

By Billy Jiang, April 8, 2024

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As of April, 2024, Chinese authorities have extended the 72/144 hours visa-free transit policy to 54 countries. 

Travelers from eligible countries can transit through specified Chinese cities without a visa for up to 72 or 144 hours, facilitating short-term tourism and business activities.

Cities Implement the 72 Hours Visa-free Transit Policy

  • Changsha

  • Guilin

  • Harbin

Cities Implement the 144 Hours Visa-free Transit Policy

  • Beijing

  • Chengdu

  • Chongqing

  • Dalian

  • Guangzhou

  • Hangzhou

  • Jinan

  • Kunming

  • Nanjing

  • Ningbo

  • Qingdao

  • Qinhuangdao

  • Shanghai

  • Shenyang

  • Shenzhen

  • Shijiazhuang

  • Tianjin

  • Wuhan

  • Xi'an

  • Xiamen

Eligible travelers must possess valid international travel documents and confirmed onward tickets to a third country or region within the designated transit period.

Countries Eligible for the 72/144 hours Visa-free Transit Policy


  • Albania

  • Austria

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • Germany

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Italy

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Malta

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Netherlands

  • North Macedonia

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Serbia

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Switzerland

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom


  • Argentina

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Chile

  • Mexico

  • United States


  • Australia

  • New Zealand


  • Brunei

  • Japan

  • Qatar

  • Singapore

  • South Korea

  • United Arab Emirates

72/144 Hours Visa Free Transit Policy FAQs

In response to common inquiries regarding the 72/144 Hours Visa Free Transit policy, Chinese immigration authorities have issued the following clarifications:

  • Entry and exit destinations must be different countries or regions.

  • Calculation of stay duration: The stay period for travelers under the 72/144 hours visa-free transit policy starts from 00:00 the day after entry. For example, if a traveler entered China on May 1, 2024, the stay period would start from 00:00 on May 2, 2024, and they can stay in the visa-free transit area for up to 6 days until 24:00 on May 7, 2024.

  • Accommodation registration: Travelers staying in hotels will have their accommodation registration handled by the hotel. Those staying outside hotels should register with the local public security bureau within 24 hours of arrival.

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[Cover image via Billy Jiang/That's]

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