Xian 144 Hour Visa Free Transit Guide
Normally, to make a trip to Xian, China, foreign travelers have to apply for and obtain a Chinese Tourist Visa (L Visa) from Chinese Embassy or consulate abroad. However, certain international travelers can enjoy transit visa free layover tour in Xian if meeting related requirements. on June, 2014, Xian became the first city implementing 72 Hour Transit Visa Free Policy in Northwest China, and later extended to 144 Hour Transit Visa Free from December 1, 2019. (Meanwhile, Chongqing has extended to 144 hours as well.)
That means, once qualified, transit tourists may enjoy a visa-free Xian tour for up to 144 hours (6 days), realize dream tour to Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter and other landmarks in Xian. Happen to transit China through Xian? Read the article carefully to check the requirements, application guide and tips you need to follow for a visa-free layover in Xian.
Hot News: As news reported, from December 1, 2019, Xian has upgrade the current 72-Hour Visa-free Transit into 144 hours.
What is China 144-Hour Transit Visa-Free Policy?
Approved by the State Council, Xian firstly operated the 72-Hour Transit Visa-Free (TWOV) from June 1, 2014 and optimized to 144 hours at the end of 2019. Under the policy, foreigners holding valid passport or international travel document of certain 53 countries (including US, UK, Canada...), and connecting flight tickets with confirmed seat and departure date to a third country (region) can apply transit visa exemption at Xian Airport and stay in Xian and Xianyang, two cities no more than 144 hours.
What are the Requirements to Apply for Xian 144 Hour Transit Visa Free?
Only foreign tourists meeting all the related requirements, he or she is allowed to apply at Xian Xianyang International Airport upon arrival and enjoy this privilege. Below are essential conditions:
● Come from one of the appointed 53 foreign countries
If your nationality is not on the list, then you should proceed regular application, prepare paper documents, visa fees and submit at authorized institutes. Visit China Visa Application Guide to start the steps.
● Hold passport or international travel document with a validity of at least 3 months
The bad news is that, your free entry application will be refused, if your passport is valid less than 3 months, or have visa-rejected stamp before.
Tips: You are NOT allowed to apply for 144 Hour Transit Visa-Free if you have illegal entry, stay and employment within 5 years, or violated accommodation registration causing serious cases within 2 years.
● Hold connecting flight to a third country (region) with confirmed departing date and seat
The policy is specially carried out for facilitating the short-term layover of international transit passengers. So make sure you already book air tickets leaving Xian and Xianyang within 6 days. The immigration officers will check the flight ticket and your passport, when you submitting application (for temporary entry) at the airport. E-ticket and paper ticket are both ok.
1.About Travel Route: The 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit Policy is only applicable to transit travel routes, like Country (Region) A - Xian - Country (Region) B. So, the place you departed need to be different from the following destination after Xian.
Examples: UK --> Xian --> Singapore; US --> Xian --> Hong Kong.
2.About Stay Area: Once successfully entered, you can travel in Xian and Xianyang City. Visiting places outside the two areas are forbidden unless you apply for and get a valid Chinese Visa.
Most attractions are located in Xian, so you visit: Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Bell Tower, etc.
3.About Stay Period: The free visa counts from the 00:00 on the next day after entry. Remember to exit from Xian before the deadline (24:00 on the sixth day).
4.About Purpose of Visiting: Using the TWOV policy, you can enter Xian for sightseeing tour, visiting friends and families, or for business.
Which Countries can Enjoy the 144 Hour Visa Free Transit in Xian?
As required same as the 72 Hour Visa Free Transit in China, only citizens from designated 53 overseas can apply the 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit. The list covers US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and total 53 countries in 4 continents.
Note: Japan and Singapore ordinary passport holders can enjoy 15-day visa free for travel, business, visiting friends and families, according to official announcement.
How to Apply 144 Hour Visa-Free Transit at Xian Airport?
Step 1 - When boarding, it’s highly advised to tell the flight attendant that you plan to apply 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Xian. Later, they will deliver your request to the immigration authority at the airport. Also, you can directly apply after landing.
Step 2 - After your arrival, you need to fill in the Arrival Card at specialized counter. Then, follow signs to the "Exclusive Channel for 144 Hour Transit Visa Exemption", apply to custom with your passport (or other valid international travel documents), air ticket or other documents showing you have booked an confirmed flight from Xian Xianyang International Airport for a third country (region) departing within 144 hours;
Step 3 - The Exit and Entry Immigration officer will seal a Temporary Entry Permit on your passport to grant your entry to Xian after verification.
Step 4 - Go through customs and immigration formalities, and you can leave Xian Airport, transfer to hotels or attractions in downtown, or other places within the administrative region of Xian and Xianyang. Pay attention to the time, 144 hours is permitted as the maximum duration of stay.
A Letter of Invitation is a proof for conference registration and attendance application. It will be stated in English and may help with your visa application. However, it does not guarantee you a visa. Invitation letters will only be issued once your registration and payment have been confirmed. And it will be sent by e-mail.
For those who require a visa, please note that the Organizing Committee has no control over the visa application process, or the decision of the visa adjudicator in the embassy or consulate. The conference cannot be responsible for actual visa issuances. The process length varies from individuals.
Should your application be denied, we cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will we engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant.