144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy to Implement in More China Cities

From January 1, 2019, people of 53 nationalities with valid travel documents and onward travel booked for within 144 hours will be able to enjoy the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy when transiting through the cities of Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Kunming, according to the National Immigration Administration.

Foreigners from 53 countries will be allowed to stay in the same city for up to 144 hours before they need to exit the country. It is an extension and optimization of the current 72-hour visa-free transit policy.

Since 2013, the State Council has approved 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit for eligible foreign travelers across 18 cities and later extended the period to 144 hours such as Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, allowing transit passengers to stay up to six days in total.