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72-hour visa-free travel to Beijing began on January 1st, 2013. Foreigners are allowed to stay for up to 72 hours within Beijing Municipality without a visa.
Travelers from 51 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in Europe, with an onward flight from Beijing to the third country/region are able to benefit from this policy.
Applicants who apply for 72-hour visa-free transit in Beijing must hold a valid flight ticket with confirmed date and seat or relevant proof. That is to say, you cannot apply for 72-hour visa-free transit if you haven’t bought the flight ticket departing from China before entering China.
No. Application for the 72-hour visa-free policy can be made only at Beijing Capital International Airport.
The 72-hour visa-free policy is limited to people who transit from Beijing to a third country. Therefore, foreigners who depart from and return to the same country are not eligible to apply for the visa.
No. During the 72-hour visa-free transit, foreigners must stay in Beijing, and leave China from Beijing Capital International Airport. Leaving Beijing or staying longer than 72 hours is not allowed.
If a stay in Beijing of over 72 hours is required, application is needed for a China visa through Entry-Exit Administration Department of Beijing Municipality Public Security Bureau. Overstaying or leaving Beijing from other ports without a China visa will be handled according to relevant laws and regulations and penalties are severe.
Foreigners who enjoy 72-hour visa-free transit are required to go through security check and inspection. To avoid the spread of epidemics, inspection and quarantine department at the port will set up special channels for fast and efficient passing of 72-hour visa-free transit, and will use methods like infrared temperature monitoring and X-ray screening.
Companion animals belonging to travelers on 72-hour visa-free entry are subject to inspection and quarantine in the place specified by the inspection and quarantine unit. When 72-hour visa-free foreigners leave China, their companion animals must exit under supervision by inspection and quarantine staff.
Assistance dogs such as guide dogs and hearing dogs carried into China by 72-hour visa-free foreigners can accompany the 72-hour visa-free foreigners during their stay, provided that they pass airport inspection and carry the necessary valid certificates.
When 72-hour visa-free foreigners leave China, their assistance dogs must exit at the same time with them under supervision by inspection and quarantine staff.
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