Q&A on Guangzhou Airport 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy

Q: What requirements foreigners have to meet to apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport?

A: (1) Citizens from the 45 countries under the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program (The origins and destinations of travelers are not limited to such 45 countries);

(2) Foreign nationals with valid international travel 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;

(3) The range of staying during the visa exemption is limited to the administrative precincts of Guangdong Province.

Q: What 45 are the countries?

A: (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) 7 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

(3) 6 American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

(4) 2 Oceanian countries: Australia and New Zealand.

(5) 6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Q: Is the 72-hour limit in the “72-hour Transit Visa Exemption” calculated by starting with the entry time?

A: No. The 72-hour limit is calculated by starting with zero hour the next day of the traveler’s entry. For example, if a traveler enters China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on August 1, 2013, the visa exemption limit for entry is calculated by starting with 00:00 on August 2, 2013. The traveler can leave China before 23:59 on August 4, 2013.

Q: How can a foreigner who meets the requirements for the 72-hour transit visa exemption apply for it?

A: A foreigner 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 immigration 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 foreigner that does not apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption before entry may submit his/her application to the immigration before completion of the immigration after arrival at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

Q: Can a traveler apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption when no exit air ticket is bought at the time of entry but he or she plans to purchase the air ticket for a third country leaving within 72 hours after entry?

A: According to the requirements, a foreigner applying for the 72-hour transit visa exemption 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 foreigner that does not have a confirmed air ticket for a connecting flight leaving within 72 hours.

Q: Does this measure apply to a foreigner coming to Guangzhou from a certain country (region) with a confirmed air ticket for flying back to the same country (region) where he or she comes from within 72 hours with confirmed date of flight and seat?

A: According to the requirements, the 72-hour transit visa exemption measure is for a foreigner connecting 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.

Q: Can a foreigner leave Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for another Chinese city after getting the 72-hour transit visa exemption?

A: He or she may leave for the city in Guangdong and is not allowed to leave Guangdong.

Q: Can a passenger enter China at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and then leave from the Guangzhou East Railway Station within 72 hours?

A: 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.

Q: What should be done in case a foreigner who has the 72-hour transit visa exemption cannot leave China within 72 hours due to some special reason after entry?

A: 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.

Q: If I have more questions concerning the immigration, how can I ask for an answer?

A: You may call the 24-hour inquiry hotline of Baiyun Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection: +86 20 36066950 or 24-hour inquiry hotline of Guangzhou General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection: +86 20 32090088.

  Visa-free Transit Process

1 Buy Air Ticket and Check in

To apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, you must buy and print 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

You must inform the crews at the airline to Guangzhou beforehand of your application for 72-hour transit visa exemption in Guangzhou

2 The flight arrives at Guangzhou

Please go to the Inspection& Quarantine and Immigration Inspection Channels according to the inward passenger sign

3. Quarantine

If you come from a yellow fever endemic country or region, you must hold a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate

You are not allowed to transit through China with your pet.

4.Immigration

◆ Please go to theImmigration Channels 2-4 according to 72-hour traveler sign.

◆ You must prepare the following information: 1) Your valid international traveling document; 2) A third country (region) visa; 3) Complete an entry card (Including your residential address in China; 4) 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

5. Reclaim Baggage

◆ If you choose to tag through baggage to a third country, your baggage will be checked at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and you do not need to reclaim baggage again

6. Customs

◆ If you take the goods that are required to be declared to the Customs, you must complete the Baggage Declaration Form for Inward/Outward Passengers of the Customs of the People’s Republic of China and choose the “Declaration Channel” to pass through Customs. If not, there is no need to complete the Declaration Form and you can choose the “No Declaration Channel” to pass through Customs.

7. Leave the airport

◆ After baggage reclaim, you can leave the airport by airport bus, Metro or taxi.

8. Enjoy your stay in Guangdong

You may go to any city in Guangdong within the visa exemption time.

9.Return to the airport and Check in

◆ Please return to Guangzhou Airport before the time limit of visa exemption and check in.

◆Please prepare your valid international traveling document, departure card and boarding pass for outgoing flight during the immigration inspection.

10. Leave Guangzhou

◆ Have a nice trip.

Tips1: When you arrive in Guangzhou, the 72-hour transit visa exemption service counter for travelers is available at the baggage reclaim hall. If you need relevant services and travel, you may inquire or handle relevant service

Tips2: When you leave Guangzhou, a wide range of duty-free goods are available in the business area.

Source from :

Division of Exit & Entry Administration Department of Public Security of Guangdong Province

http://www.gdcrj.com/bszn/wgrcrj/wgrlhgl/201308/t20130802_27060.htm

2 comments

  1. Hello,

    me and my friends, we are totally 8 persons, are going to Los Angeles – USA next week. Our airlines is China Southern and will have layover for 24 hours in Guangzhou.

    Do we need a transit visa or that just free visa as long as under 72 hours transit? If free visa, we can just get off from airport, overnight in hotel for 1 night then back to airport for the next flight to USA in the day after?

    is there any free hotel from airlines?
    do we need to take out our luggage during layover and drop them back to the counter check-in in the next day?
    thank you

    • 144 hours transit visa in Guangzhou
       The visa-free transit policy implemented this time will benefit 53 countries’ holders of valid international travel documents who have a fixed date within 144 hours and who have a seat on a connecting flight to a third country (region). The visa-free transit policy will be implemented within the administrative region of Guangdong Province. Foreigners in transit can choose to enter from any of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, and exit from any of the 32 ports in Guangdong Province that are open to the outside world and have passenger transport capabilities. Compared with the previous 72-hour visa-free transit of foreigners from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport implemented in Guangdong, additional entry and exit ports and stay time are provided in the 144-hour visa-free transit policy. Additional ports of entry, including Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, as well as 31 additional ports of exit are covered by this policy, and the stay time is extended to 144 hours.

        In order to fully implement the 144-hour visa-free transit policy, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport has made various preparations at T1 and T2 terminals. First, the 144-hour visa-free transit passenger flow has been optimized. Special signs have been designed for passengers, special frontier inspection channels have been arranged, and special check-in counters and passenger waiting areas have been set up. Second, tourist information centers have been established in the terminals in cooperation with provincial and municipal tourism administrations to actively promote the rich tourism products in Guangzhou, Guangdong, and to provide more choices for tourists to travel in the province. Third, on-site service personnel at the airport have been trained to understand the 144-hour visa-free transit policy and provide better services for passengers. Fourth, in the future, businesses in the terminal will also be coordinated to provide more commercial discounts for the 144-hour visa-free transit passengers, so as to bring better experience to passengers.

        In order to ensure the smooth implementation of the 144-hour visa-free transit policy for foreigners, 14 relevant functional departments, including the provincial foreign affairs office and the provincial public security department, have established a joint meeting system. In addition, special visa-free transit channels have been set up at all ports of entry; the inspection process has been simplified; safety management measures have been improved; reasonable guiding signs have been arranged, and transit customs clearance facilities have been revamped to provide safe and efficient customs clearance guarantee and high-quality smooth entry and exit services for visa-free transit foreign tourists. Guangdong Province has also planned a number of tourism products and routes suitable for the visa-free transit policy according to the relevant contents and characteristics of the policy, in an effort to provide foreign tourists with richer and better tourism consumption choices. In addition, Guangdong Province has strengthened its linkage with Hong Kong and Macao regions and studied cooperation with Hong Kong and Macao regions to enhance the attraction of “one journey with multiple stops” tourist routes in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area through policies.

        The heads of relevant units of the joint meeting said that this policy, as one of the entry-exit policies and measures of the Ministry of Public Security and the National Immigration Administration to support the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the construction of Guangdong Free-Trade Zone and innovation-driven development, fully reflects the state’s emphasis on and support for Guangdong’s promotion of the level of opening up to the outside world, and is of great significance to Guangdong in accelerating the development of inbound tourism, building an important international tourist destination, promoting Guangdong’s open economy and establishing an important international gateway for China to expand its opening up.

        The implementation of 144-hour visa-free transit policy will bring real convenience to the promotion of foreign friends to come to Guangdong for tourism, business activities and transnational business development. Guangdong Province will further optimize the transit service process, improve supporting measures, improve the consumption environment, deepen international tourism cooperation, and strive to make policies benefit tourists and boost development.

      01. 53 countries to which the policy applies

      24 European Schengen visa agreement countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

      15 other European countries: Russia, Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and Belarus.

      6 American countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

      2 Oceania countries: Australia and New Zealand.

      6 Asian countries: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE and Qatar.

      02. 3 ports of entry to which this policy applies

      Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport.

      03. 32 ports of exit to which this policy applies

        5 air ports: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Meizhou Meixian Airport, Zhanjiang Airport and Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport.

        4 railway ports: Guangzhou Tianhe Railway Port, Dongguan Railway Port, Foshan Railway Port and Zhaoqing Railway Port.

        8 road ports: Shenzhen Sha Tau Kok Port, Man Kam To Port, Huanggang Port, Luohu Port, Shenzhen Bay Port, Futian Port, Zhuhai Gongbei Port and Hengqin Port.

        15 ports: Guangzhou Port, Nansha Port, Lianhuashan Port, Shekou Port, supporting port of Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Jiuzhou Port, Wanzai Port, Wanshan Port, Doumen Port, Jiangmen Port, Heshan Port, Foshan Gaoming Port, Rongqi Port, Zhongshan Port and Dongguan Humen Port.

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