Kunming's new airport and long overnight layover options
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 21, 2013 9:17 AM Last Post By: annekhe
Oct 13, 2012 11:35 PM
Oct 14, 2012 5:45 AM
1Where are you arriving from and where are you going after changing planes in Kunming? (Wondering whether your flights are domestic or international.)
I don't think the airport closes at night, but I can't find a definitive report, so I can't say for sure. I also don't know whether Kunming offer's a visa free overnight entry like Shanghai and Beijing. Kind of doubt it.
Here is some information about transit lounges at Kunming Changshui. (I have not used these facilities myself.)
"Lounge: There are 40 hourly lounges in the airport, providing shower, rest, and other services. Passengers can find them at the area of the International Departure Hall and Domestic Departure Hall on F2."
More questions than answers about this new airport at the present time. Sorry I can't be of more help.
Oct 14, 2012 12:25 PM
Oct 31, 2012 4:21 PM
Nov 2, 2012 9:58 PM
4I also have a long layover at the Kunming airport on 11/7. I am scheduled to arrive at 12:40 AM and leave at 2:25 PM flying to Kathmandu. This is part of a long 36.5 hour China Eastern Airlines journey from Honolulu to Shanghai to Kunming to Kathmandu. I do not have a China visa so I expect that I must not go through immigration at the airport. Some may remember my earlier thread:
Within the secure international transit area are there places to buy food? I assume I can't use U.S. dollars so is there a place to exchange money within the secure international transit area?
The following link says this:
"There are 40 hourly lounges in the airport, providing shower, rest, and other services."
Does anyone know if some of these lounges are in the secure international transit area? How much?
It would be great if someone has some personal experience in the new airport.
I also have a 4.5 hour layover in Shanghai.
Dec 10, 2012 9:53 AM
5I am back home now so I will update this thread.
I had an overnight layover of 14 hours going to Nepal in November and then a month later in December I had another 11 hour layover there on my way home. The airport is new, but it sort of sucks. The departure terminal is big and clean, but it is quite cold at night because they leave the doors open all night. It must be intentional, but very strange. All the workers and waiting passengers are all bundled up with coats, hats, gloves and it is sort of miserable to spend the night there. Also, the seats all have metal arms so you can't lie down. There are some long wooden benches around planters in several parts of the terminal where you could lie down, but there are 2 big problems with that. 1: They are the closest to the open doors so they are the coldest place with strong, cold drafts. 2: The security guards came around and told everyone at night that they couldn't even sit there. The Kunming management seems to consider their customers to be garbage and treat them thus. Both times I spent the night at the Kunming airport there were probably a hundred or more passengers also suffering through the night. Of course, I have been to even worse places, but usually they were old airports. This airport is brand new and generally quite nice. Just not nice for waiting passengers and not with a customer-centric attitude. I hope to never have another long layover there. The Shanghai airport where I also had 2 long layovers was much better and more customer friendly.
In both of my transits I didn't need a visa since my total time in China (Kunming and Shanghai) was less than 24 hours. That is important. From Kathmandu to Kunming I was on an international flight, at Kunming had to change to a domestic flight, flew to Shanghai, and then had to change to an international flight to return to the U.S. I had to pick up my checked bag at both Chinese airports and change from international to domestic terminal at Kunming and domestic to international terminal in Shanghai. Had to go through immigration and customs. They checked everything very carefully to make sure I was in China for no longer than 24 hours, but they were polite and didn't give me any problems. Other people were in the same situation and they got processed okay too.
At the Kunming airport terminal there are several places where you can get cold and hot drinking water for free. That was good. I saw lots of Chinese buying cup noodles at the stores on the 2nd floor (the departure terminal was on the 3rd floor) and got hot water from the machines. I decided to do the same. The cup noodles cost 6 yuan (about US$1). I didn't have much Chinese money since I was only transiting so I didn't try to go to a restaurant in the airport.
Dec 16, 2012 9:41 AM
6I'm from the US and I have an overnight layover in Kunming China for 20 hours and then fly to Shanghai China and have another overnight layover of 19 hours then fly back to the US. Less than 48 hours in China total and less than 24 hours at each location. What type of visa would I need or would I not need a visa and would I be able to leave the airport at each location? Thank you.
BKK -> KMG (20 hr. layover) -> PVG (19 hr. layover) -> US
Dec 16, 2012 4:51 PM
7#6 -- I don't think you will need a China visa, but I'm not 100% positive.
The Kunming transit might be open to varying "on-the-spot" interpretations since you are arriving from a foreign country (Thailand) but not really departing for another foreign country. You are departing for Shanghai.
If you were only transiting at Shanghai's PVG, you would definitely be allowed to leave the airport for your 19 hour layover.
I would suggest checking with your airline, since they won't let you board if they think you require a China visa. If you are using several different carriers, you may encounter difficulty in getting a straight answer.
Were you hoping to go into Kunming briefly during the layover? Are the fares and schedule you found for BKK --> KMG --> PVG much better than BKK --> PVG?
May 2, 2013 11:57 PM
Oct 21, 2013 9:17 AM
9Does anyone have up-to-date information about the situation with long layover in Kumning?
I´ve got a flight from Yangon (Myanmar) - Kumning - Kansai (Japan) with a 13 hours layover in Kumning?
I´ve red about the 72 hrs free transit where you can leave the airport (Beijing and Shanghai + some other airports). Is it the same with Kumning? And if not, are you allowed to stay in the transit area overnight?
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