Using 72 Hours Free Visa Beijing?
Replies: 36 - Last Post: Nov 20, 2013 9:33 AM Last Post By: jiejie
Jun 20, 2013 11:33 AM
Using 72 Hours Free Visa Beijing?I want to check if my routing is okay for the 72 hour visa free policy for Beijing. On my way to Asia, I fly;
Buffalo - Washington DC - Beijing - Seoul - Manila
Buffalo to Beijing is on United, Beijing to Seoul is on Air China, Seoul to Manila is Asiana. I arrive in Beijing on a Thursday afternoon and fly out on the Saturday moring. Does this qualify for the 72 hours free visa?
Then on my return journey, I fly;
Manila - Beijing - Washington - Buffalo
Manila to Beijing is on Air China and Beijing through to Buffalo is on United. On my return route, I arrive back in Beijing on a Saturday morning and fly right out again the same day early evening. Will I be able to use the 72 hour free visa again on my way home?
Jun 20, 2013 6:25 PM
1To qualify for the 72 hr. visa-free period, your arrival flight must be international and your onward flight must also be international, as well as being to a country different from the one you arrived from (no return flight to your original country). Both of your flights qualify.
It does not matter if the airlines are different. The 72 hr. period is determined by the 'scheduled' arrival time and the 'scheduled' departure time.
Jun 20, 2013 8:16 PM
2The itinerary routing sounds fine as does the timing. Each time you pass through PEK the clock starts again on a new Transit period, it's not cumulative. All Chinese Immigration cares about is
DC-Beijing-Seoul on the outbound and Manila-Beijing-DC on the return.
You left out one important piece of information: your passport. If USA, you're good to go. If Philippines, you're not good on the outbound since you only are allowed 24 hours not extended 72.
Jun 21, 2013 6:14 AM
Jun 21, 2013 4:28 PM
Jun 22, 2013 1:01 AM
5Can someone please link me to a source that explains this 72-hour free visa? I'm also a Canadian travelling in China, and I was under the impression that it was only 24 hours. Can you please clarify for me? And is it only for flights, or can this be used for trains? ie. Can I take a train from Ulaanbaator through Beijing and down into Kunming and then fly to Kathmandu?
Jun 22, 2013 6:04 AM
Jun 22, 2013 6:21 AM
7#5. International transit to a third country only (HK, Macau, Taiwan count as third countries). Must be incoming and outgoing by air. No land or sea permitted. Your plans as stated require a Chinese visa, without any doubt.
--For nationals of 45 favored countries (Canada is one), 72 hours transit without visa TWOV is allowed at Beijing (PEK) and Shanghai (Pudong PVG and Hongqiao SHA). Coming but yet unconfirmed also at Guangzhou CAN. You must enter and leave from the same city.
--For nationals of these 45 favored countries, 24 hours TWOV is allowed at all other Chinese airports that serve international flights.
--For nationals of all other countries, 24 hours TWOV is allowed at all Chinese airports including PEK, PVG, SHA, CAN.
--More than one Chinese airport may be used to achieve a transit to a third country, however, the maximum time limit is 24 hours for the total transit (arrival at first airport to departure from last airport). This applies even to the 45 favored countries and even if one of the airports is normally on the 72 hour list. Example: YVR-PEK-HAN by a Canadian national is allowed 72 hours in Beijing transit without a visa. But YVR--PEK-PVG-HAN by same national goes back to 24 hours maximum because of the two stops in China, even though both PEK and PVG are by themselves normally good for 72 hours.
Note this is NOT A VISA so stop saying "72-hour free visa" which can get you into problems if you say it to the wrong airline staff member. There is no visa involved, the terminology is "transit WITHOUT visa."
Jun 22, 2013 8:28 AM
Jun 22, 2013 8:47 AM
9There's a bit of confusion for the under 24 hours policy - whether one can actually leave the Beijing airport or not. I would think that if one cannot leave the airport, there's not point to the 24 hours policy.
Can we confirm that if for a short 7 hours layover, we can leave the airport and visit Beijing?
Jun 22, 2013 8:03 PM
Jun 23, 2013 1:20 PM
Jun 23, 2013 8:27 PM
12#11--"...did not qualify..." is not quite the right terminology.
#8's flights qualified for TWOV but only 24 hours total, because Urumqi and Guangzhou form a double-stop transit and multiple stops (>1) inside China limit the time frame to 24 hours. Even if he'd had only one stop either Urumqi or Guangzhou, it would still have been 24 hours because those airports did not have provision for 72 hours transit time anyway, only PEK and PVG/SHA.
Jul 31, 2013 6:43 AM
13Here is an instructional guide to using the 72-hour visa free lane at the Beijing Capital airport. It's complete with pictures, steps and links. Hope it's helpful! http://uritours.com/blog/entry/new-beijing-72-hour-visa-free-policy
Jul 31, 2013 8:42 AM
14#13 the problem with your description in the link is that it completely ignores the fact that citizens NOT from the 45 countries still get 24 hours TWOV. A very important omission that could give people the wrong impression. It also ignores the reality that for people transiting in another Chinese city + Beijing (two stop transit) get only 24 hours total regardless of nationality. In short, your website seems written for a narrower audience from 72-hour eligible countries doing tours to North Korea and traveling only through Beijing. This forum has to cast a bit wider than that and outline the other parameters that may apply to many travelers. But your descriptive content and photos are helpful.
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