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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.
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 policy.
Tianjin Cruise Port is often used by travelers. It is about 170 kilometers (100 miles) from Beijing.
makes it convenient for you to take a Beijing trip after you disembark from your cruise ship.
These are the transit ports you may use:
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.
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.
Beijing’s 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.
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For more recommendations and tips, see our article: How to Plan a Family Trip to Beijing.
To optimize your visa-free enjoyment of Beijing, we suggest you arrange to arrive in Beijing in the daytime and depart six days later:
For more details, see our 4-day itinerary below.
As your transit time is limited, you are recommended to book a private tour to enjoy hassle-free convenience, with expert help to make the most of your time.
We are glad to help tailor-make a Beijing tour for you. Here are two recommended itineraries that can be customized to your visa-free needs: