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Visa-free Transit Travel to Beijing


Since 28 December 2017 Beijing has offered visa-free transit for nationals of 53 countries (including members of the EU, UK, USA, Australia and some other countries; view the full list here). Valid for 144 hours, you can legally avoid applying for a Chinese visa so long as you meet certain conditions. You’ll save yourself the trouble of completing forms and submitting fingerprints (if required), provided you arrive in and depart from Beijing International Airport by plane and stay within the Beijing Administrative Region. 144 hours – 6 days – are more than enough if you intend to follow our suggested itinerary in China. All the attractions we feature are situated within the Beijing Administrative Area.

Aside from Beijing, there are other areas in China where the same visa-free transit rules apply, such as Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi'an. However, those cities do not feature in our standard programmes and you cannot travel visa-free between those cities and Beijing. So, in these notes we’ll only explain the procedure for travelling to Beijing.​

To be able to travel visa-free on our Trans-Mongolian packages you must transit through Beijing International Airport, meaning you cannot use train travel between Mongolia and China, but rather you must fly between Ulan-Bator and Beijing. 

It does not matter which direction you are travelling (east- or westbound), the most important factor is the international flight between two countries. The flight takes about 2 h 15 min. We appreciate you have already booked a rail journey. However, now we are able to offer you a choice. You can decide what is more important for you: taking a train journey you’d otherwise miss or the convenience of not having to apply for a visa.


Apart from the flight between Ulan Bator and Beijing, the only other change to the programme will be an additional night which arises because you will be no longer travelling on an overnight train between Ulan Bator and Beijing. If you decide to travel visa-free to Beijing, you would stay an extra night either in Ulan Bator or Beijing. You can decide which you prefer and inform your travel consultant accordingly. Note that if you opt for this visa-free package, you will not be able to extend your stay in China beyond 144 hours or travel to other areas, for example Shanghai or Xian.


Under normal circumstances there should be no savings or further costs to you, as additional flight costs and the price of one night’s accommodation will be covered by the amount already included in the holiday price for your train ticket and visa fees. In the unlikely event of limited flight tickets, there might be surcharges. Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to travel visa-free to Beijing so we can issue your flight ticket between Ulan Bator and Beijing and secure the best possible price.


To enjoy visa-free transit through Beijing on our Trans-Mongolian tours you must be in possession of the following documents and fulfil the criteria listed below:
Travel criteria:


Please review and advise your travel consultant how you wish to proceed: Please do decide as quickly as possible as we will need to issue international flight tickets and availability may be limited, meaning further costs may be incurred.


If you travel visa-free (transiting through Beijing International Airport), when you disembark, just follow the signs to international arrivals, immigration and customs. At the passport control area you will need to find the special lanes allocated for 144 hour visa-free transit passengers. You will be asked to complete a registration card. The permit for your 144 hour visa-free stay will be stamped in your passport.


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