144-hour visa-free stays in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

From December 28, 2017, Nationals from 53 countries with eligible travel identification and reserved tickets with a fixed date to a third country or regions ((Hong Kong and Macau) are allowed to have 144-hour visa free stays in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

People from the 53 nationalities that previously benefited from Beijing’s 72-hour visa-free transit policy are eligible for the new policy. The passengers from the 53 countries are able to move freely in the three places for sightseeing, on business or visit friends or family.

The 53 Countries Benefited from the 144-Hour New Policy:


1) 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, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2) 15 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and The Republic of Belarus.

3) 6 American countries: 
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

4) 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

5) 6 Asian countries: 
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Officially Designated Entry Points in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei: 

Ports of entry and exit are extended to designated international railway stations, seaports and airports. Previously, the policy was applied only at airports. Now passengers are allowed to arrive and exit at the following six points in the three places:

Beijing Capital International Airport
Tel: 0086-10-96158

Beijing West Railway Station in the capital
Tel: 0086-10-51824233

Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tel: 0086-22-96777

Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in Tianjin
Tel: 0086 -22-25605128

Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tel: 0086-311-96360

Qinhuangdao seaport in Hebei province
Tel: 0086-335-3099676

How to Apply for 144-Hour free-visa stay in the three places:

When you exit your plane, just follow the throng or the signs directing you to international arrivals, immigration and customs.

Passport Control/Immigration
In the Passport Control/Immigration Area, there are mainly two connected zones ( lanes ): Lanes for Foreign Citizens on the left side and Chinese Citizens on the right side.

Find your special lanes for 144-hour visa-free transit passengers
Some 144-hour transit passengers miss their layover tour in Beijing simply because they cannot locate the special lanes to get the visa-free permit. Actually the special lanes for 72-hours visa-free transit are located just on the left side of the Lanes for Foreign Citizens as well as on the right side of the Lanes for Chinese Citizens.

You need to fill up the entry registration card and get your 144- hours free visa stay permit, a stamp on your passport. The items for filling up the registration to get your 144-hour free visa stay permit:

Name,Sex, Birth, Passport Number, Nationality, Arrival Date, Arrival Flight, Exit Time, Exit Flight, Contact Phone Number in Beijing, Address in Beijing (Tianjin or Hebei), Reception Unit or Person, Reception Unit Phone Number.

Go through Customs, claim your luggage ( if necessary ) and leave airport.

What you can do during your 144-hour visa-free stay in the three places:

The 144-hour visa-free transit allows you for a sufficient time to visit Beijing, or Tianjin and Hebei per your travel request. For more information Beijing tours, Tianjin tour and Hebei tour, please check out the following links:

Beijing Layover tour
Beijing Tour Packages

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer & Tour

Hebei Tour
Shijiazhuang Tour
Chengde Tour
Zhangjiakou Tour
Qinhuangdao Tour

For any questions, please drop a line.

4 thoughts on “144-hour visa-free stays in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei

  1. Hello,

    I would like to Fly to Bejing for 4 days and visit the great wall of china etc. I am an american citizen.
    1. Can I fly into Beijing and out of Shanghai

    2. What do I need to provide in Beijing to get the 144 hr visa. Just a exit ticket to Hong Kong etc.



  2. Dear Russell Johnson,

    1. If you want to avail yourself of the 144-hour visa-free stay when you arrive in Beijing, you cannot fly from Beijing to Shanghai. You can only be allowed to stay free of visa in Beijing, and Tianjin and Hebei ( excluding Shanghai ).

    2. For the 144-hour free-visa stay in Beijing, you need to show your next ticket to Hong Kong.

    Good Luck!

    reserved tickets with a fixed date to a third country or regions ((Hong Kong and Macau) are allowed to have 144-hour visa free stays in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

  3. hello,

    i am traveling from LAX to ICN with a 2 day layover in Beijing. Do i check my bag in all the way to seoul? or only to Beijing?

    thank you!

  4. Dear Velvet,

    You can only carry your carry-on bag ( some clothes for change or other stuff for your use only in Beijing ) and have your checked luggage ( large suitcases ) automatically taken to your destination.

    Alternatively you can take your checked luggage in Beijing, than again check in Beijing and take your luggage on the flight for your next destination.

    Have a nice time!

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