144 hour Visa-Free Transit in Chengdu

Good news for your friends and loved ones, travelling to Chengdu just became a lot easier. With the new six-day, visa-free transit permit, people can spend nearly a week in our beautiful city and dip their toes into a little Sichuan food and culture.

Fore more information about the visa regulation in Chengdu and other cities check out Chengdu to Launch 6 Day Visa-Free Transit Policy.


Visa Applicable to 53 Nations

American Countries: US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile.

Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand.

Schengen Agreement Countries: 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.

Other European Countries: UK, Ireland, Russia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, Monaco.

Asian Countries: South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar.


Where can you go?

The 144 hours visa-free transit only includes travel within Chengdu. That means that trips to other cities in China are not possible with this type of visa. Should you need to leave for another city you can apply for a different visa at the local exit and entry administration.


What documents do you need?

There are four different documents required when applying for the 144-days visa-free transit fo Chengdu. Make sure you have them all when arriving in Chengdu, or you may not be allowed to enter.

1) Your passport, valid for at least 3 months at the time of application

2) A confirmed air ticket to a third country.
To be able to apply for the visa-free transit you have to book an eligible flight from departure country A to Chengdu to third country C.
You must take an international flight to and from Chengdu, flights within Mainland China are not allowed.

3) A visa to the third country is required

4) An arrival/ departure card


How to apply for the visa-free transit?

To apply for the 144-hour visa, you have to check in as usual onto your flight, but have the aforementioned documents to hand.

Inform flight attendant when boarding you want the 144 hour visa.

Fill in an arrival/ departure card. You can ask a flight attendant for one, the airport arrival hall also has them.

Apply for the 144 hours visa-free transit upon arrival

Claim luggage, go through the custom and leave the airport.

In Chengdu, only Shuangliu International Airport provides the 144-hour visa-free transit. And here you are ready to explore Chengdu in six days. From the airport, you can take a taxi or Metro to your preferred destination.


Chengdu in 144 hours

Although you can’t leave Chengdu, (although there’s nothing to stop you from hiring a driver to visit Mount Emei or the Leshan Giant Buddha), 6 days is perfect to get a taste of city life, aside from just pandas:


Visit some of Chengdu’s markets


Go on a photography tour of real Chengdu


See the city with on a locally made bamboo bike tour

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Go on a Chengdu Food Tour

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