Must read before you visit China
We’re guessing you’re here because you’re planning on visiting China and you want to know if it’s possible to visit without a visa.
The answer is YES!
China has allowed some passengers to visit while, at the same time, transiting for up to 144 hours completely free. No pre-application needed, simply apply at the airport. However, there are certain rules and exclusion that can be very confusing for a lot of passengers, so we’re going to clarify this all today so you can visit China without a visa!
Firstly, not all countries are allowed to apply for this visa. To apply for the free transit visa, you will need to have a passport from one of the 53 approved countries on the list and have a minimum of 3 months left on your passport, but we recommend 6 months.
Secondly, you must enter from one of the ports where you can apply for the visa. Note that not all airports allow you to apply for the free transit visa, and some will only allow you to apply for a certain length. So, if you are planning on transiting for the maximum time, which is 144 hours, make sure you arrive at an airport that will allow this.
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Thirdly, you must be transiting for less than 144 hours and can show you have an outbound ticket. This one seems to confuse a lot of people because, although you can enter china on this visa for free, it must be purely on a transit. Meaning China is a pit stop before you reach your final destination. For example, if you’re flying from Australia to England with a transit in China, that will be allowed. If you’re flying from the USA to Bali with a transit in China, that will be allowed too. As mentioned, you must be able to prove this by having an outbound ticket leaving China by showing them your itinerary or boarding pass if you’ve already been issued one.
A few extra points to cover all basis –
- When checking in for your flight, make sure you let them know you’re applying for the free transit visa in China.
- You will be required to collect your luggage after your visa has been approved.
- Make sure you have your itinerary printed off to prove you have an outbound flight out of China to a third country.
- You will be required to provide an address in China. You can use your transit hotel’s address, so make sure you have that on hand.