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Home Informations 72-hour Visa-free Transit 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has been approved by State Council to carry out the 72-hour transit visa exemption policy. Foreign nationals who hold confirmed onward tickets and visas for a third country when transiting through Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport are permitted to stay in Guangdong without a Chinese visa or a maximum of 72 hours. You can enjoy easy trip in Guangzhou within 72 hours.

 

Requirement of 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

  • Citizens from the 51 countries under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program (The origins and destinations of travelers are not limited to such 51 countries);
  • Foreign nationals with valid international traveling documents and air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) leaving China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport within 72 hours;
  • The scope during the visa exemption is limited to the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province.

51 countries:

  1. 24 Schengen countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
  2. 13 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania.
  3. 6 American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
  4. 2 Oceanian countries: Australia and New Zealand.
  5. 6Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.


How to calculate the 72-hour limit:

The 72-hour limit is calculated by starting with zero hour next day of the traveler’s entry. For example, if a traveler enters China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on August 1, 2016, the visa exemption limit for entry is calculated by starting with 00:00 on August 2, 2016. The traveler can leave China before 23:59 on August 4, 2016.


How can a foreign national to apply for the measure:

A foreign national that meets the requirements may submit his/her request to the airline company that carries him/her to Guangzhou, which shall make the application to the border control authority of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport that shall grant a temporary entry of a passenger meeting the requirements for transit visa exemption upon verification.

Besides, a foreign national that does not apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption before entry may submit his/her application to the border control authority before completion of the border control formalities after arrival at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.


Foreign national is unable to apply in those situations as follow:

  • Foreign national can’t apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption when no exit air ticket is bought at the time of entry though the foreign national plan to purchase the air ticket or a third country leaving within 72 hours after entry. According to the requirements, foreign national must hold the air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) leaving China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, i.e., the exit air ticket is already in place before entry. Therefore, this facilitation measure does not apply to a foreign national that does not have a confirmed air ticket for a connecting flight leaving within 72 hours.
  • The measure doesn’t apply to a foreign national coming to Guangzhou from a certain country (region) with a confirmed air ticket for flying back to the same country (region) within 72 hours with confirmed date of flight and seat. According to the requirements, this measure is for a foreign national passing through Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for a third country or region. Therefore this measure does not apply to a passenger whose destination country is the country where he or she comes from.


Here is some notices about the measure:

  • A foreign national leave Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for another Chinese city after getting the 72-hour transit visa exemption, which is not allowed. Foreign national may leave for the city in Guangdong and is not allowed to leave Guangdong Province.
  • The passenger can’t enter China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and then leave from the Guangzhou East Railway Station within 72 hours because this measure is currently available at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport only, which means that the travelers who enjoy the 72-hour transit visa exemption policy are only permitted to enter and leave China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
  • In case of special need to stay in the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province longer than 72 hours due to force majeure or of exceeding the permitted scope of stay, a passenger should apply for the relevant visa to the exit-entry administration department of the municipal public security authorities of Guangdong or visit http://www.Gdcrj.com for inquiry.
  • If have more questions concerning the entry-exit border control formalities, you may call the 24-hour inquiry hotline of Baiyun Entry-Exit Border Control Station: 0086-20-36066950 or 24-hour inquiry hotline of Guangzhou General Station of Immigration Inspection: 0086-20-32090088.