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Visa on arrival! Q&A about 6-day visa-free transit in Xiamen

Updated: 23 Jan 2019
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 1. 144-hour visa-free transit
Citizens from certain countries holding valid international travel documents and valid passenger tickets for connecting travel (airplane or ship ticket) to a third country/region with confirmed seat and that the departure time is within 144 hours after arriving in Xiamen are eligible to apply for 144-hour visa-free transit at the port of entry in Xiamen. 
 
For example, a South Korean citizen travels from Seoul, South Korea via Xiamen to Europe can apply for 144-hour visa-free transit. However, if he/she comes to Xiamen from South Korea and return to South Korea directly from Xiamen, he/she cannot apply for visa-free transit.
 
2. Who are eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit policy?
Currently, 144-hour visa-free transit is applicable to passport holders from the following 53 countries: 
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar.
 
3. What are the requirements for 144-hour visa-free transit via Xiamen port of entry?
Applicants should meet the following three requirements:
1) They must be citizens from one of the 53 eligible countries specified above;
2) They must have a valid international travel document and a valid passenger ticket for connecting travel (airplane ticket or ship ticket) to a third country/region with a confirmed seat and that the departure time is within 144 hours after arriving in Xiamen;
3) They must transit via Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Wutong Wharf and Xiamen International Cruise Center to a third country/region.
 
4. Areas allowed to stay
Foreigners who enter Xiamen via 144-hour visa-free transit are only allowed to stay in the administrative area of Xiamen Municipality.
 
5. How to calculate the duration of the 144-hour visa-free transit?
The duration of stay as referred to in the 144-hour visa-free transit policy will begin from 00:00 o'clock the following day after entry into Xiamen. For example, a 144-hour transit visa-free passenger enters at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport today. Starting from 00:00AM tomorrow, he or she is allowed to stay in Xiamen for 144 hours. The duration of stay will be specified on the temporary entry permit issued by the Chinese immigration inspection authority on his or her passport.
 
6. Xiamen ports of entry and exit for the 144-hour visa-free transit 
Citizens of the 53 eligible countries can only apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit when entering and exiting via Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Wutong Wharf and Xiamen International Cruise Center.
 
7. If the applicant does not hold a connecting flight/ship ticket to a third country/region at the time of entry, but plans to purchase ticket within 144 hours after entering Xiamen, can he/she apply for the 144-hour visa-free transit?
According to the regulations, any applicant eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit must hold a connecting travel ticket with confirmed date and seat for application, before his/her entry into Xiamen. Therefore, this policy is not applicable to those who do not hold a 144-hour connecting travel ticket before entry.
 
8. Can foreigner passengers enter Xiamen via the 144-hour visa-free transit while leaving China via another city?
Foreign passengers eligible for the 144-hour visa-free transit via Xiamen must enter Xiamen from one country/region and proceed to a third country/region via Xiamen port of entry and exit, namely Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Wutong Wharf, and Xiamen International Cruise Center, within 144 hours. They are not allowed to leave China from airport or seaport in other cities.
 
9.What are the regulations pertaining to the accommodation registration for 144-hour visa-free transit foreigners?
In accordance with the provisions of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Exit and Entry Administration, foreigners who stay in a hotel should register at the hotel reception. For those staying at a place other than hotel, they must register at the local police station within 24 hours of arrival. Those who fail to fulfill the registration can be imposed penalties by local public security authority in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
 
10. Can foreigner passengers leave for other cities in China after they have entered Xiamen via 144-hour visa-free transit?
Foreign passengers who enter Xiamen via 144-hour visa-free transit cannot leave the administrative area of Xiamen during their stay.
 
11. What should 144-hour visa-free transit passengers do if they have to extend their stay or travel beyond Xiamen due to force majeure or other reasons? 
144-hour visa-free transit passengers should apply for the corresponding stay permit with the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau of Xiamen Public Security Bureau (PSB) if they have to extend their stay or travel beyond the administrative area of Xiamen due to force majeure, such as disease, disaster, accident or other reasons. 
 
12. What should 144-hour visa-free transit passengers do if they lose their entry and exit documents during their stay in Xiamen?
144-hour visa-free transit passengers should immediately report lost/stolen passport to the local police station at the area where the loss or theft occurs. The Exit and Entry Administration Bureau of Xiamen PSB will issue a police report of lost/stolen passport or exit documents based on his/her accommodation registration record, receipt of case report by the police station and entry record. They could then apply for a new passport at the embassy or consulates of their home countries in China with the police report of lost/stolen passport. After that, they need to come back to the Exit and Entry Administration Bureau of Xiamen PSB to apply for a stay permit or a Foreigner's Entry and Exit Pass with the new passport before they exit China. 
 
SOURCE: xmu.edu.cn 

 

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