China 72 hour visa free transit
72 hour visa free transit is available for passport holders of the *45 countries listed below, if their flight confirmation is destined to a third country (region).
The 72 hours visa free transit only applies if your connecting flight is at one of the following airports in China: Capital Airport of Beijing, Pudong and Hongqiao Shanghai or Baiyun of Guangzhou, Chengdu Shuangliu
Once the 72 hour visa free transit is stamped in your passport you can only stay in that particular administrative precinct. However if you land in Guangzhou you can travel around in Guang dong province.
Please note: Travelling to one of the airports above and back to the country you came from is not transit. For example, a flight from UK to China and back to UK and they only stay for 48 hours in Beijing, this instance does not qualify for the 72 hours visa free transit.
72 Hour visa free countries
*Republic of Korea • Japan • Singapore • Brunei • United Arab Emirates • Qatar • France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Iceland • Italy • Latvia • Lithuania • Luxembourg • Malta • Netherland • Poland • Portugal • Slovak • Slovenia • Spain • Sweden •Switzerland • Russia • Great Britain • Ireland • Cyprus • Bulgaria • Romania • Ukraine •United States • Canada • Brazil • Mexico • Argentina • Chile •Australia • New Zealand •Republic of Korea • Japan • Singapore • Brunei • United Arab Emirates • Qatar
72 Hour visa free images
The left hand side image shows the transit visa stamp, with the entry and exit stamp. The right hand side image shows the sign that you need to look for when you go through the airport.