72-Hour Visa Free Travel

Visitors from 45 countries can now benefit from a 72-hour visa-free stay policy in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu China. According to the new policy, tourists holding third country visas and confirmed onward air tickets now are allowed to travel Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu within 72 hours without a visa.


ChinaTour.com has selected our most popular 72 hours Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu tour packages for transit tourists. Besides, we can also provide the customized Visa Free Beijing tour, as well as Chengdu and Shanghai tour according to your requirements.

Beijing Visa Free Travel

Chengdu Visa Free Travel

Shanghai Visa Free Travel

Tips of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:

The 72-hour visa-free stay policy in Beijing and Shanghai China is achieved from January 1st, 2013 and in Chengdu from September, 2013, which is designed to facilitate the international visitors' short stay for sightseeing in China and attract more transit visitors.

Foreigners holding third country visas and confirmed onward air tickets can now apply for a 72-hour visa-free transit at Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport or Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, as well as Chengdu Shuangliu Airport. The 72 hours will be counted from the moment visitors obtain their transit permits, but not the time when they land at the airport. Tourists need to register at a police station with their transit permits within 24 hours after entry.(Please note that the registration will be done when tourists check into a hotel. However, for those who stay at their friends' or family's place, the personal registration is required.)

The 45 countries initially benefited in the 72 hour visa-free policy include Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Restrictions of the 72-hour Visa-free Transit:

1. This provision does not apply to passengers with a single return flight (e.g., Hong Kong – Beijing - Hong Kong), and only apply to passengers with the connecting air tickets of different departure and destination cities. The connecting air tickets should leave Beijing or Shanghai airport in 72 hours with the confirmed date and seat or relevant certificates.

2. The policy only implement to transit via Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu airports, and passengers should handle procedures in airports. That means, travelers come to China by train or any other vehicles should still apply for a transit visa in advance.

3. Travelers are only allowed to travel and sightsee within the Beijing, Shanghai or Chengdu, and not allowed to other China cities during the 72-hour visa-free period. They can only depart from Beijing Shanghai or Chengdu airports.

4. If travelers could not depart on time due to the unavoidable reasons, such as treatment os sudden disease or flight cancellation, they need to apply for a visa from Municipal Public Security Bureau. Otherwise, they can't apply for an extension of stay at China.

Punishment on Violators:

Citizens from the 45 countries should strictly follow the above-mentioned terms. Any infringement of the law shall be punished with warned, fined or detained depending on circumstances. Cases of gross violation shall be expelled from China and prohibited re-entry.

Service Facilities:

Currently, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu airports have already optimized the transit formalities with the Customs, the Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau and Frontier Inspection Station. The airport terminals have installed free-visa stay tourist' exclusive service areas for providing reading service and drinking water as well as the service space for offering foreign currency exchange, mobile phone rental, car ental, luggage deposit as well as some other service for free-visa stay travelers. In addition, the tour buses are available from the terminals tothe major tourist attractions in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.