China Transit without visa (TWOV) official rules

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Below is the official extract from TIMANTIC. This is the system run by IATA and used by airlines to check visa policy. (As of 15 Jan 2017)

Check out our guides regarding the TWOV as well:

If you can’t take advantage of TWOV, and end up needing a visa agent, we recommend Asia Visas in Hong Kong.

[Visa Information] China (People’s Rep.) (CN)

TWOV (Transit Without Visa):

– Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets for

a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time of 24 hours. Transit

incl. multiple stops within China (People’s Rep.), with a

total transit time of max. 24 hours, is permitted. They must

travel to a third country. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE 46798)

– Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou

(FOC), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).

– This does not apply at Urumqi (URC).

– This does not apply to nationals of Syria in transit

through Guangzhou (CAN).

NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a

British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,

who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong

Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card

format) together with their Hong Kong ID.

– Nationals of Canada and USA are not permitted to use the

multiple-stop transit within China, if transiting through

Weihai (WEH) or Wuhan (WUH).

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

– Holders of confirmed onward airline tickets, in transit

through Urumqi (URC), for a max. transit [[TIRULES/R32]] time

of 2 hours. Transit incl. multiple stops within China

(People’s Rep.), with a total transit time of max. 24 hours,

is permitted. (SEE NOTE 43503) (SEE NOTE 46798)

– This does not apply to nationals of nationals of

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan,

Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Syria,

Saudia Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab

Emirates and Yemen.

NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a

British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,

who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong

Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card

format) together with their Hong Kong ID.

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

– Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,

Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria,

Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark,

Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Mexico, Montenegro,

Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania,

Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,

Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding

confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country, if

arriving in and departing from the same city:

– at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian

(DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan

(WUH), Xi’an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time

of 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the

day of entry.

– at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming

(KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72

hours;

– Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria,

Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria,

Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark,

Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,

Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lithuania,

Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Mexico, Montenegro,

Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania,

Russian Fed., Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,

Switzerland, USA, Ukraine and United Arab Emirates holding

confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third

country, arriving and departing from any one of the

following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG),

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG) for a

maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day

following the day of entry. (SEE NOTE 75232)

NOTE 75232: This also applies to passengers traveling

from/to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,

Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and

Shanghai Railway Station.

– Holders of British passports endorsed  British Citizen

holding confirmed onward airline tickets to a third country,

if arriving in and departing from the same city:

– at Changsha (CSX), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian

(DLC), Guangzhou (CAN), Qingdao (TAO), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan

(WUH), Xi’an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time

of 72 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the

day of entry.

– at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming

(KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72

hours;

– Passengers with a British passport with nationality of

British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page holding

confirmed onward air, cruise or train tickets to a third

country, arriving and departing from any one of the

following locations: Hangzhou (HGH), Nanjing Lukou (NKG),

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong (PVG) for a

maximum of 144 hours, starting from 00:01 on the day

following the day of entry. (SEE NOTE 75232)

NOTE 75232: This also applies to passengers traveling

from/to Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal,

Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal and

Shanghai Railway Station.

– Holders of diplomatic or official passports issued to

nationals of Japan holding confirmed onward airline tickets

to a third country, if arriving in and departing from the

same city:

– at Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou

(CAN), Hangzhou (HGH), Qingdao (TAO), Shanghai Hongqiao

(SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Tianjin (TSN), Wuhan (WUH),

Xi’an (XIY) or Xiamen (XMN) for a max. transit time of 72

hours, starting from 00:01 on the day following the day of

entry.

– at Beijing (PEK), Guilin (KWL), Harbin (HRB), Kunming

(KMG), or Shenyang (SHE) for a max. transit time of 72

hours;

– All transiting passengers are subject to a check by

immigration. Passengers in transit must hold passports or

passport replacing documents that are accepted for entry

into China (People’s Rep.). For more details on document

requirements, please enter China (People’s Rep.) as a

destination.

– This does not apply at Beijing (PEK) if staying in the

international transit area.

– Leaving the transit area is allowed. (SEE NOTE 43503)

NOTE 43503: This does not apply to passengers with a

British passport endorsed  British National (Overseas) ,

who are required to hold a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong

Kong and Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card

format) together with their Hong Kong ID.

– Transit without visa (TWOV) is not permitted when the

passenger arrives AND departs on direct flights from/to USA

and USA territory Guam or Northern Mariana Isl.

Visa required.

Visa Exemptions:

– Nationals of China (People’s Rep.).

– Passengers with a China (People’s Rep.) Travel Document (Lu

Xing Zheng).

– Passengers with a Travel Permit to and from Hong Kong and

Macao when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).

– Passengers with a Public Affairs Hong Kong and Macao Travel

Permit when arriving from Hong Kong or Macao (SAR China).

– Passengers with a China (People’s Rep.) Travel Permit to and

from Taiwan (Lu Bao Zheng, purple booklet) when arriving

from Chinese Taipei.

– Passengers with a Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and

Macao Residents (Hui Xiang Zheng, credit-card format) .

– Passengers with a China (People’s Rep.) Exit and Entry

Permit, with an endorsement to travel to China (People’s

Rep.).

– Nationals of Bahamas, Ecuador, Fiji, Grenada, Mauritius,

Tonga for a maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of San Marino with a normal passport for a maximum

stay of 90 days.

– Nationals of Seychelles with a normal passport for a maximum

stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Mongolia with a normal series  E  passport for

a maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and Singapore with a

normal passport for a maximum stay of 15 days.

– Nationals of Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.) with a  Passport For

Official Trip”.

– Nationals of Serbia with a normal passport which has a

sticker stating  For Business Purposes Only  (Poslovno u

Kinu).

– Passengers with a British diplomatic passport.

– Passengers with a British official passport containing a

“Visa Exempted” label issued by China (People’s Rep.).

– Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia,

Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and

Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam , Cape Verde, Chile,

Colombia, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus,

Equatorial Guinea, Georgia, Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia,

Iran, Ireland (Rep.), Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan,

Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Lithuania, Macedonia

(FYROM), Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova (Rep.),

Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland,

Romania, Russian Fed., Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia,

Slovenia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey,

Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Venezuela and Viet Nam with a

diplomatic passport.

– Nationals of Mali, San Marino, Switzerland and Uruguay with

a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.

– Nationals of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Rep.,

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy,

Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden

with a diplomatic passport for a maximum stay of 90 days.

(SEE NOTE 70951)

NOTE 70951: The max. stay is granted within 180 days.

– Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a diplomatic passport

for a maximum stay of 60 days.

– Nationals of Angola, Barbados, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo,

Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,

Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Korea

(Rep.), Kuwait, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal,

Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa,

South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Togo,

Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates,

Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe with a diplomatic passport for a

maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Ireland (Rep.) with an official passport if

accompanying a Minister of the Irish government on an

official visit.

– Nationals of Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia,

Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Equatorial

Guinea, Guyana, Jamaica, Lao People’s Dem. Rep., Malaysia,

Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Samoa,

Serbia, Slovenia, Sudan, Thailand and Viet Nam with an

official passport.

– Nationals of Barbados, Cambodia, Dominica, Korea (Dem.

People’s Rep.), Korea (Rep.), Lesotho, Nepal, Nigeria,

Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka,

Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Zimbabwe with

an official passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bolivia,

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Colombia, Comoros, Costa

Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Equatorial Guinea, Georgia,

Guyana, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,

Lithuania, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, Myanmar, Oman,

Poland, Romania, Samoa, Slovakia, Sudan, Tajikistan,

Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Venezuela with a

service passport.

– Nationals of Mali and San Marino with a service passport for

a maximum stay of 90 days.

– Nationals of Eritrea and Morocco with a service passport for

a maximum stay of 60 days.

– Nationals of Angola, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo,

Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Dominica, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon,

Israel, Kenya, Korea (Dem. People’s Rep.), Mozambique,

Philippines, Russian Fed., Senegal, Suriname, Timor-Leste,

Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe with a

service passport for a maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Jordan, Oman, Peru, Sudan and Turkey with a

special passport.

– Nationals of Egypt, Kuwait, South Sudan and United Arab

Emirates with a special passport for a maximum stay of 30

days.

– Passengers with a multiple-entry Mainland Travel Permit for

Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).

– Passengers with a single-entry Mainland Travel Permit for

Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) for a maximum stay of 3

months.

– Passengers with an APEC Business Travel Card [[TIRULES/R35]]

valid for travel to “CHN”. (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203)

(SEE NOTE 74206) The card is valid for the countries listed

on the back of the card.

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Nationals of Uruguay with an official passport for a maximum

stay of 90 days.

– Passengers with a residence permit issued by China (People’s

Rep.).

– Passengers with a China (People’s Rep.) Alien Permanent

Identity Card.

– Passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the European

Union for a maximum stay of 90 days. (SEE NOTE 70951)

NOTE 70951: The max. stay is granted within 180 days.

– Nationals of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.),

Russian Fed. and Turkmenistan traveling as a tourist as part

of a tour group accompanied by a representative of a tour

operator accredited in both China (People’s Rep.) and

Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova (Rep.), Russian Fed.

or Turkmenistan for a maximum stay of 30 days.

– Nationals of Germany, Korea (Rep.) and Russian Fed. arriving

at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) and traveling as part of a

tourist group (2 or more people) to Hainan province for a

maximum stay of 21 days. Tours must be organized by a travel

agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the

National Tourism Administration of China.

– Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland,

France, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Netherlands,

New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Spain, Sweden,

Switzerland, Thailand, USA and Ukraine arriving at Haikou

(HAK) or Sanya (SYX) and traveling on an organized tour to

Hainan province in a tourist group of 5 or more people for a

maximum stay of 15 days. Tours must be organized by a travel

agent registered in Hainan province and approved by the

National Tourism Administration of China.

– Passengers with a British passport with nationality of

British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page arriving at

Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) traveling on an organized tour

to Hainan province in a tourist group of 5 or more people

for a maximum of 15 days. Tours must be organized by a

travel agent registered in Hainan province and approved by

the National Tourism Administration of China.

– Tourists traveling in a group organized by a Chinese

international tour operator or registered travel agency for

a maximum stay of 6 days if:

– arriving from Hong Kong or Macao to take a trip to the

Zhujiang Delta in Guangdong province; and

– arriving at/departing from Dongguan (DGM), Guangzhou

(CAN), Huizhou (HUZ), Shantou (SWA), Shenzhen (SZX) or

Zhuhai (ZUH); and

– being a national of a country having diplomatic relations

with China (People’s Rep.).

Merchant Seamen:

– Visa not required:

– for those mentioned under the visa exemptions applicable to

normal passports holders.

– for nationals of Ukraine arriving in Beijing (PEK),

Guangzhou (CAN), Nanjin (NKG), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or

Hongqiao (SHA), Tianjin (TSN) or Xiamen (XMN);

– for nationals of Poland arriving in Beijing (PEK),

Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or Hongqiao (SHA),

Tianjin (TSN) or Xiamen (XMN);

– for nationals of Lithuania and Russian Fed. arriving in

Beijing (PEK), Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or

Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA).

– Merchant Seamen arriving by air in order to board a ship, or

arriving by ship and proceeding to the airport must travel

on duty, hold a Port Visa Notification, Letter of Employment

or Letter of Guarantee issued by a Chinese shipping company,

Seaman Book, onward tickets and all documents required for

their next destination.

Crew Members:

– Visa not required for nationals of:

– United Arab Emirates when traveling on Emirates Airlines.

– Luxembourg.

– Visa is not required for crew members of airlines that have

an agreement with the government of China (People’s Rep.)

exempting crew members.

– Note: Crew Members holding a C visa, must always travel on

duty.

Military:

– Same regulations as for passengers apply.

Visa Issuance:

–  Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain

a single entry visa at Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Fuzhou

(FOC), Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Jinan (TNA), Ningbo

(NGB), Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenyang (SHE), Wuhan

(WUH), Wuxi (WUX), Xi An (XIY) and Xiamen (XMN) for a

maximum stay of 3 months.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain

a single entry visa at Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC),

Kunming (KMG) and Tianjin (TSN) for a maximum stay of 3

months. They must have 2 passport photos.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain

a single entry visa Guiyang (KWE) for a maximum stay of 3

months. They must have 2 passport photos.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Shanghai: Hongqiao

(SHA) and Pudong (PVG) for a maximum stay of 3 months. The

passenger must have never applied for a Mainland Travel

Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao Zheng) or the passenger

must have an expired Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan

Residents (Tai Bao Zheng).

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Hangzhou (HGH) and

Nanjing (NKG) for a maximum stay of 3 months. They must have

2 passport photos.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa Fuyang (FUG) for a

maximum stay of 3 months.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for

a maximum stay of 3 months. The passenger must have  never

applied for a Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents

(Tai Bao Zheng). The visa on arrival facility is available

from 09:00 until 22:30 and the carrier must obtain a

pre-clearance after informing immigration authorities.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Guangzhou (CAN) for

a maximum stay of 3 months. The passenger must  have an

expired Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents (Tai Bao

Zheng) and 2 passport photos. The visa on arrival facility

is available from 09:00 until 22:30.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) and a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Zhengzhou (CGO).

They must have 2 passport photos. The passenger must not

arrive on a direct flight from Chinese Taipei. Carriers must

notify the CGO immigration office before departure.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) residing in Chinese Taipei can obtain

a single entry visa at Wenzhou (WNZ). They must have 2

photos and  carriers must notify the WNZ immigration office

before departure.

– Passengers with a national ID card issued by Chinese Taipei

(Taiwan Identity Card) or a Chinese Taipei (on the cover:

Republic of China Taiwan) passport residing in Chinese

Taipei can obtain a single entry visa at Changsha (CSX).

They must have 2 photos and  carriers must send a telex

notification and a filled application form to the CSX

immigration office before departure.

– Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Indonesia,

Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand,

Russian Fed., Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand can

obtain a visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for

a maximum stay of 15 days. They must have a passport valid

for at least 6 months on arrival and 2 passport photos.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight.

– Passengers with a British passport with nationality of

British Citizen  shown on the bio-data page can obtain a

visa on arrival at Haikou (HAK) or Sanya (SYX) for a maximum

stay of 15 days. They must have a passport valid for at

least 6 months on arrival and 2 passport photos.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight.

– Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on

arrival at Beijing (PEK) for a maximum stay of 3 months if

they have confirmation that a visa has been approved before

departure. The airline must  fax all documents to the

station manager prior to arrival and the passenger must

– have a confirmation from the Immigration authorities that

the visa will be issued on arrival; and

– passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the

sticker-type visa; and

– have 2 passport photos and a letter of invitation issued

by the Chinese authorities or by a sponsor (approved by

Chinese authorities), who must meet passenger on arrival.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight.

They can apply to extend their stay up to 6 months with an

Immigration judge (if coming on business purposes) (SEE NOTE

46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on

arrival at Chengdu (CTU), Shanghai (Hongqiao (SHA) or Pudong

(PVG) for a maximum stay of 1 month if they have

confirmation that a visa has been approved before departure.

The passenger must:

– have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese

authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities

that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos

and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and

– passport contains at least one blank visa page; and

– a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets

passenger on arrival.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight.

(SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Passengers with a normal passport can obtain a visa on

arrival at Fuzhou (FOC) or Xiamen (XMN) for a maximum stay

of 1 month if they have confirmation that a visa has been

approved before departure. The passenger must

– have a letter of invitation issued by the Chinese

authorities, confirmation from the Immigration authorities

that the visa will be issued on arrival, 2 passport photos

and a confirmed return/onward ticket; and

– passport contains at least 1 blank visa page; and

– a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets

passenger on arrival.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight. (SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE

NOTE 2565) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE

74206)

NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:

– nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,

Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA;

– stateless persons and refugees.

NOTE 2565: Facility not applicable to:

– nationals of Israel, Canada, Korea (Rep.), South Africa

and Vatican City (Holy See);

– holders of British passports.

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Passengers who are part of tourist groups of travel agencies

belonging to the Zhejiang Province can obtain a visa on

arrival at Hangzhou (HGH) for a maximum stay of 1 month.

(SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE 74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Passengers with a normal passports arriving at Chongqing

(CKG), Guangzhou (CAN), Guilin (KWL), Haikou (HAK), Kunming

(KMG), Qingdao (TAO), Sanya (SYX), Shenzhen (SZX), Weihai

(WEH), Xi An (XIY) and Yantai (YNT) can obtain a visa on

arrival if they have confirmation that a visa has been

approved before departure and:

– that a visa will be issued on arrival; and

– passport contains at least 1 blank visa page for the

sticker-type visa; and

– a sponsor (approved by Chinese authorities) meets

passenger on arrival.

Note: A representative of the arriving carrier must be

informed before arrival of the flight.

They can apply to extend their stay.

(SEE NOTE 2558) (SEE NOTE 2568) (SEE NOTE 46798) (SEE NOTE

74203) (SEE NOTE 74206)

NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:

– nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,

Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA;

– stateless persons and refugees.

NOTE 2568: Holders of British passports are required to

hold a letter of invitation by the Chinese authorities and

one passport photo.

NOTE 46798: This does not apply to passengers with a

Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan)

passport.

NOTE 74203: This does not apply to passengers with a Hong

Kong (SAR China) passport.

NOTE 74206: This does not apply to passengers with a Macao

(SAR China) passport.

– Merchant Seamen can obtain a transit visa at Dalian (DLC)

(SEE NOTE 2558) for a maximum stay of 7 days if passenger:

– holds confirmed onward tickets;

– is a national of a country having diplomatic relations

with China (People’s Rep.).

– This does not apply to passengers with a travel document

issued by Hong Kong (SAR China) and Macao (SAR China).

NOTE 2558: Facility not applicable to:

– nationals of Afghanistan, France, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania,

Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA;

– stateless persons and refugees.

Additional Information:

– Extension of stay possible for holders of normal passports

issued to nationals of Brunei Darussalam, Japan and

Singapore by applying for a visa at an Exit & Entry

Administration Ministry of Public Security Office.

– Travel on a one-way ticket is allowed. Visitors must hold

proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents

required for their next destination.

– Valid visas or resident permits in expired passports are

accepted if holding a new valid passport of the same

nationality. The personal information on both passports must

be the same.

– When a visa is used, a round entry stamp is placed in the

passport (i.e. a used single entry visa contains one round

entry stamp, a used double entry visa contains two round

entry stamps).

– Passengers traveling to Tibet must hold a special Tibet

Entry Permit.

Minors:

– An individual visa is not required for children traveling on

the passport of a parent or guardian, if their name is

endorsed in the visa of the passport holder.

Warning:

– Nationals of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and

Turkey must hold a visa issued in their home country. If

visa is issued in a third country, a residence visa or

working permit is also required.

– Holders of normal passports issued to nationals of Sri Lanka

must hold a visa issued in their home country. If visa is

issued in a third country, a residence visa or working

permit is also required.

– Only sticker type residence permits are accepted. Stamped

residence permits are not valid for entry.

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