Must read before attempting the China Transit Visa
As you can probably tell from the title, we’ll be covering all the reasons why you will get rejected from China’s visa-free transit. This is relating to the 24 hour, 72 hour and 144 hour China transit visa. This visa is confusing with several points you will need to understand before attempting it.
Now, we don’t mean to put you off, but if you double-check all these points, you will have no problem applying and getting accepted for this transit visa and avoid a long stay at the international airport.
Firstly, the most common reason passengers get rejected for the China transit visa is that they don’t have a valid passport from an approved country. Unfortunately, not all countries are eligible. Only passengers from 53 countries are allowed to apply for this visa.
Countries allowed to apply
- 24 Schengen countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
- 15 other European countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, UK, and Ukraine.
- 6 countries in North and South America: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and the US.
- 2 Oceanic countries: Australia and New Zealand.
- 6 Asian countries: Brunei, Japan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, and the UAE.
The second common reason why international passengers get rejected is that they are not technically transiting in China. This point is often misunderstood. You need to be transiting in china and going to a third country. So, yes, you must already have a confirmed ticket for your ongoing flight out of China.
For example – the USA to China to the USA is not considered transiting, but the USA to China to a third country such as Japan would be.
The third reason you will be rejected is your transit is too long. There is absolutely no flexibility with this. The free transit visa you’re allowed to apply for are 24, 72, and 144 — no exceptions at all.
The next reason you will not be approved for a China transit visa is you arrive at a city where you cannot apply for the visa. Not all China ports will allow you to apply for the visa, and some ports will only allow you to apply for certain transit visa lengths.
Ports where you can apply for the China Transit Visa
- Beijing – 144-hour visa-free
- Shanghai – 144-hour visa-free
- Hangzhou (Zhejiang) – 144-hour visa-free
- Nanjing (Jiangsu) – 144-hour visa-free
- Tianjin – 144-hour visa-free
- Hebei (Shijiazhuang & Qinhuangdao) – 144-hour visa-free
- Xiamen – 144-hour visa-free
- Liaoning (Dalian & Shenyang) – 144-hour visa-free
- Kunming, Chengdu, Wuhan, Qingdao – 144-hour visa-free
- Guangzhou, Chongqing, Xi’an, Harbin, Changsha, Guilin – 72-hour visa-free
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