The Forbidden City is a must-see for your Beijing visa-free tour.
Since December 28, 2017, Beijing has extended its visa-free transit policy from 72 hours to 144 hours, and expanded the visa-free area to include Tianjin
and the neighboring Hebei province.
In other words, you can travel in Beijing,
Tianjin, and Hebei for as many as 6 days
without a visa. Here are some tips to help you maximize your stay.
Am I Eligible for Beijing’s Visa-Free Policy?
The 144 visa-free policy makes touring Beijing more convenient and more feasible for foreign travelers of 53 nationalities.
Travelers qualifying for visa-free transit must travel to/from Beijing by plane, ship, or train via designated ports, must stay within the Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei area, and must leave within 6 days for a third country or region.
Passport holders of the following countries are eligible for the visa exemption program:
Americans (of 6 countries): the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and the Republic of Chile
European citizens (of 39 countries): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, and Monaco
Oceanians (of 2 countries): Australia and New Zealand
Asians (of 6 countries): South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar
1. Transit Ports Are Not Limited to Beijing’s Airport
The most popular way to get to Beijing is by airplane through Beijing Capital
International Airport. However, it is not the only option.
Passengers traveling on a cruise ship or train also have the opportunity to enjoy this
Cruise Port is often used by travelers. It is about
170 kilometers (100 miles) from Beijing.
Our transfer service makes it convenient for
you to take a Beijing trip after you disembark from your cruise ship.
Passengers traveling on a cruise ship also have the opportunity to enjoy the 144-hour visa-free policy.
These are the transit ports you may use:
Beijing Capital International
Beijing West Railway Station (direct
trains from Hong Kong only)
Tianjin Binhai International
Tianjin International Cruise
2. Include Hong Kong or Macau in Your
This policy requires that passengers must be in transit to a third country
or region. Hong Kong and Macau are considered to be third countries/regions for
transit purposes, and you won’t need a visa for a short stay there either.
You can include them in your itinerary to meet the policy’s criteria and
also do some sightseeing there, for example: USA – Beijing (6 days) – Hong Kong
(3 days) – USA.
3. You Can Extend Your Trip to
Tianjin or Hebei
With this policy, you can not only travel
within Beijing Municipality, but you can also cross into neighboring Tianjin
Municipality or Hebei Province.
Compared to the capital, Tianjin is a laid-back city featuring European-flavored neighborhoods. You can easily take a Tianjin daytrip from Beijing.
You can also experience some quieter Hebei historical sites. You can see rarely-visited stretches of the Great Wall
and stroll around ancient settlements and walled towns.
How to Spend Your 144 Hours (6 Days)
main attractions are historical sites and cultural
experiences. Six days are plenty to cover the highlights of Beijing, and discover
what interests you in Beijing/Tianjin/Hebei.
The Mutianyu Great Wall is child-friendly.
The Most Popular Sites You Shouldn't Miss
The Great Wall at Mutianyu: This is a
restored Great Wall section with fewer crowds, the most impressive scenery, and
a convenient cable car service. If, however, you’d
like to catch some nighttime view of the Great Wall, a night tour to the Simatai section will give
you a different and unique experience.