Top 10 China tours 2024/2025 for first visits and returns: embark on a lifetime experience. Learn more
Chengdu's 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy

Chengdu's 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy

Written by GavinUpdated Nov. 23, 2023
Flights to Tibet

As of 2019, Chengdu has a 144-hour (or 6-day) visa-free policy for international stopovers using Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

This is a convenient policy for those wishing to spend some time in the Chengdu region without the hassle and extra cost of obtaining a China visa.

Here, we present useful information about the policy and how to take advantage of it for touring and visits.

Good news: Since December 1, 2019, Chengdu's 144-hour visa-free transit policy has been extended to 10 surrounding prefectures (Leshan, Deyang, Suining, Meishan, Ya'an, Ziyang, Neijiang, Zigong, Luzhou, and Yibin) covering more Sichuan attractions to the south: the Giant Buddha, Bifengxia Panda Base, etc.

Recommended tours:

Rules and Conditions

  • The locality covered under the policy: only the city of Chengdu. Unlike 144-hour visa-free policies of some Chinese cities such as Shanghai that allow travel to nearby adjacent regions, this travel policy applies only for the city of Chengdu.
  • Eligible port: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU).
  • Eligible countries: In the Americas: the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile; in Oceania: Australia, New Zealand; in Europe: Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Russia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, Monaco; in Asia: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar.
  • Necessary documents and tickets: passport (valid for at least 3 months); confirmed air ticket to a third country; a visa to the third country if required; a filled out arrival/departure card.

Quick Test: Will My Route Qualify for China 72/144-Hour Visa-Free Transit?

1. I will depart from (only applies to direct or connected flight):

2. I will arrive in China at [city], [airport / railway station / port].

3. My arrival date is...

4. I will leave for [country/region] from China (the bounding destination on the air ticket):

5. My departure date is...

6. My nationality is...

Eligible Transit Routes

Visit China with your passport.Visit Chengdu with your passport and air tickets, but NO visa!

This policy requires that passengers must be in transit to a third country or a Specially Administered Region of China. Making a round trip from/to the same country doesn't qualify.

Your itinerary should be departure country → Chengdu → a third country or region. For example, UK → Chengdu → Australia is an acceptable itinerary.

Hong Kong and Macau are considered to be regions separate from Chinese Mainland for international transit purposes, and you won't need a visa if you transit in either of these Special Administrative Regions (SARs). You can include them in your itinerary like this: USA → Chengdu → Hong Kong → USA.

Recommended tours:

Contact us for a private tour of Leshan and Mount Emei.

How to Make a 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Visit

1) Inform your carrier of your intent to use the 144-hour TWOV (Transit Without a Visa).
2) Fill in arrival and departure cards (available on your flights).
3) Apply for the 144-hour visa-free stay at the dedicated counter on your arrival.
4) Claim your luggage, go through customs, and exit the airport.
5) Leave from the Chengdu airport within 144 hours from 00:00 on the day after arrival.

More about China's national 144-Hour Visa-Free Policies.

Essential Shuangliu Airport Travel Info

Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportChengdu Shuangliu International Airport
  • Chinese: 成都双流国际机场 Chéngdū Shuāngliú Guójì Jīchǎng
  • Airport code: CTU

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the largest international transport hub in western China, so, traveling to a third destination outside of Chinese Mainland, you are likely to find suitable connecting flights.

There are flights to Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, and North America.

Be aware that Shuangliu International Airport has two terminal buildings, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. They have similar facilities. T1 services a mix of foreign and Chinese airlines, but T2 serves mainly domestic airlines. Metro line 10 goes to both terminals.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is very convenient for city visits as it's close to the city center and Chengdu Panda Base. Our private tour with a transfer will help you save time and give you a hassle-free tour.

See How to Get from the Airport to the City Center and Panda Base.

3 Top Things to Do on a Chengdu Visa-Free Layover

chengdu transportation

1. Check In near Tianfu Square: See a Museum, Park, and Shopping Streets

Central Chengdu is the best place for hotels. See Where to Stay in Chengdu.

At Tianfu Square, you can see Sichuan's best comprehensive museum, Chengdu Museum New Building, walk over to People's Park for refreshments, and perhaps shop on Chunxi Road shopping street. Chunxi is only a few minutes ride away by metro or a 20-minute walk away.

2. Check Out the Giant Pandas at a Panda Base

The Giant Pandas

Under the 144-hour visa-free travel policy, you can visit Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, Bifengxia and Dujiangyan panda bases.

See The Top 4 Places to See Giant Pandas in China.

We can pick you up at the airport and take you on a half day or day tour.

3. Chow Down on China's Best Sichuan Food

The sizzling hot pot that you prepare yourself using exotic ingredients is an experience you shouldn't miss in Chengdu.

chengdu foodChengdu hot pot

Chengdu cuisine is known for being world trend-setting, and the reason is partly that they pay careful attention to making a delicious balance of flavors and partly because they like to spend so much time cooking, eating, and making new favorites.

Sichuan cuisine is the most widely popular cuisine tradition in China, and we can help you find the best authentic local restaurants for your tastes and expectations on our One-Day Chengdu Food Tour.

Get Expert Help Having Your Ideal Visa-Free Chengdu Tour

Sichuan operaFace-changing Sichuan opera performances are another highlight of Chengdu.

We can assist you in your visa-free tour of Chengdu. It makes sense to let experts arrange your local tour to save your time and save you from stress and headaches. Our experts can help you do what you want to do.

Popular tours
Make the most of your time
Choose the best time to visit
Start planning your tailor-made tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create Your Trip

Sign up to Our Newsletter

Be the first to receive exciting updates, exclusive promotions, and valuable travel tips from our team of experts.

The China Highlights Experience

1-to-1 Expert Planning

1-to-1 Expert Planning

Your tour will be tailor-made by your personal travel advisor — a destination expert. Every reply will be within 24 hours.

Personal Journeys

Personal Journeys

Enjoy your personal local guide and ride. Explore destinations at your own pace. Have unparalleled flexibility, which is impossible on a group tour.

Authentic Experiences

Authentic Experiences

Discover the hidden gems. Experience local culture by practicing it. Try new and exciting activities, and unveil the stories behind the sights and people.

Well-Selected Local Guides

Well-Selected Local Guides

Knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and attentive — your personal local guides will share interesting stories, insider information, and even create unexpected highlights!

China Highlights tailor-makes China tours to help travelers discover China their way. We're a passionate team of one hundred avid travelers who love to share our knowledge of China with those looking for a more authentic travel experience, more ...
China Highlights International Travel Service Co., LTD
Corporate Number: 914503003486045699
Featured on