Flying to Aus through two China stops: China visa needed?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 21, 2012 3:11 AM Last Post By: skittle2403
Dec 22, 2011 3:41 AM
Flying to Aus through two China stops: China visa needed?I'm flying to Australia through China in January with two connecting stops in China (Beijing and Guangzhou).
I'll be on the ground less than 24 hours and have no plans to leave the airport. Do I need a Chinese transit visa? (I'm a UK citizen and my flight originates in London).
My itinerary is:
London - Amsterdam
Amsterdam - Beijing
Beijing - Guangzhou
Guangzhou - Brisbane
The official websites aren't too helpful with this, so any help would be appreciated!
Dec 22, 2011 11:08 AM
Dec 22, 2011 11:48 AM
2I havent worked out how to send the Thread number so c&péd this . if you type china visa in transit in the advanced search box on the top right it will give you more info.
The Chinese Embassy is partially correct: you don't need a transit visa nor any other sort of visa, if you will be on an intl-to-intl connection less than 24 hours at PEK. They are also partially incorrect, as even if you are doing a Transit Without Visa (TWOV), you can leave the airport. This is expressly allowed in the Chinese regulation but not all staff at all Embassies are aware of this.
Understand this: THERE IS CURRENTLY NO WAY TO AVOID IMMIGRATION ONCE YOU LAND AT PEK. That's right, you cannot simply "stay airside in the transit area" since that is not how the Chinese are currently processing international transit passengers. This is not unique to PEK but also applies to all airports in China. Instead, you must follow the crowd and when you get to immigration area, look for the special desks marked "International transit" and use those. You'll need to show your onward boarding pass or confirmed itinerary if you don't yet have BP. They will put a special stamp for TWOV in your passport. This is usually a short queue and quick process. After that, you can either go back through security and into the international gate area, or you can go to the nonsecure side of the airport, or (time permitting) leave the airport entirely.
Dec 23, 2011 2:40 PM
3I'm transiting china on a 2 stop, ie guangzhou -urumqi. The embassy here in Canberra told me I need a transit visa as I'm flying domestically.
Dec 24, 2011 3:49 PM
Last year I travelled from Dubai (UAE) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and returned with similar chinese domestic leg (Beijing - Guangzhou) and on both occasions I got Chinese transit visa for a day each.
1st at Beijing and 2nd during return journey at Guangzhou.
You don't need Chinese transit visa in advance. However you WILL BE GIVEN a day entry permit at Beijing immigration so you need a full blank page in passport. It means you enter China :)
Also I met a guy from Holland who flew with me from Phnom Penh to Beijing en route to Amsterdam.
I hope this works.
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