Transit in China Without a Visa

  • The Beijing Capital International Airport.

    The Beijing Capital International Airport.

  • Now travelers won't have to be amused by the inside of Chinese airports. Photo by Hugh Llewelyn

    Now travelers won't have to be amused by the inside of Chinese airports. Photo by Hugh Llewelyn

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Airline transit visitors to China no longer have to be entertained by the inside of an airport. A new regulation frees up passengers who previously were stuck in airports unless they applied for a visa in advance. Implemented earlier this year, travelers with layovers in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Guangzhou can exit the airport for up to 72 hours without a visa. Forty-five countries can transit in China visa-free, including the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Singapore, and Australia. Airline passengers must hold a third country ticket, meaning the journey cannot be a round trip visit or a one-way journey. The regulation is now being extended to Kunming in southern China, allowing more transit travelers to enjoy a taste of China’s city life on their layover.

For more information on traveling in China, visit the Chinese Embassy website

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