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China Transit Visa (G)

Chinese transit visa, aka the G visa, is issued to those who intend to transit through mainland China for a short time to a destination country. The validity is usually three months with the allowed maximum duration of each stay ranging from 7 to 10 days. The fee appears to be the same as for a tourist L visa, so check whether you might as well get a tourist visa instead for longer stay duration.

Do I need a transit visa? - See China's Visa-Free Transit Scheme

Foreigners do not need the transit visa for China if covered by the following visa-free transit policy and they are allowed to leave the transit port to take some sightseeing tours.

For foreigners who have booked seats on international airlines, ships or trains transiting through China to a third country, if the stay is less than 24 hours, they can enjoy the 24-hour visa-free transit. In case they want to leave the specified transit zone, they can ask for a temporary stay permit at the immigration counter. The 24-hour direct transit facility benefits almost all countries and is available in most China ports.

Passport holders of 53 countries and regions can be granted a visa-free stay of up to 72 hours while transiting via Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Harbin, Xi'an, Guilin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Tianjin, Qingdao, Nanjing, Changsha, and Xiamen.

Passengers of the same 53 countries can stay for up to 144 hours when transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and Liaoning.

For passengers don't meet any of the above requirements, here provides necessary information for Chinese transit G visa application.

China Transit Visa Requirements & Documents

1. A passport valid for at least six months and having at least one blank page and a copy of the passport's info page.
2. One accurately and truthfully completed China Visa Application Form.
3. One color passport standard photo (33 x 48mm) attached on the application form.
4. A valid visa or residence permit to the destination country if required.
5. An air / train / ship ticket to the destination country with confirmed departure date and seat.

How to Apply for China Transit Visa

1. You can personally submit the application to the consular office of the Chinese Embassies, Consulates, China Visa Application Centers (CVASC), and other Chinese diplomatic missions which hold consular jurisdiction over your residence.  
2. Mostly, an appointment is needed before lodging the submission.
3. Mailed applications are not accepted by most overseas Chinese embassies, consulates and CVASCs.

Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days.
2. Express Service: 2-3 working days processing; extra US$ 20 will be charged.
3. Rush Service: 1 working day processing; extra US$ 30 will be charged.

Chinese Transit Visa Cost

The fees are subject to your nationality and the number of entries. Generally speaking, only single-entry and double-entry transit visa are issued. Please see the below fee table about applying for a transit visa for reference.

China Transit Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5

* For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

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- Last updated on May. 17, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on China Transit Visa
Asked by Lorraine from ZIMBABWE | Aug. 19, 2023 23:35Reply
Transit visa
I am a Zimbabwean passport holder travelling from Thailand to Auckland with transit of 5hours in Guangzhou airport. Do l need a transit visa in advance?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bella | Aug. 21, 2023 01:27

No visa is needed. You are eligible for 24-hour visa free transit.
Asked by Zohaib from PAKISTAN | Aug. 08, 2023 14:14Reply
Pakistan to Kazakhstan
Following is a path from Pakistan to Kazakhstan:

1. Bus service from Islamabad, Pakistan to Tashkurgan, China, takes 2 days and currently active in August 2023.
2. Taxi from Tashkurgan to Kashgar.
3. Train takes 17hrs from Kashgar to Urumqi.
4. Confirmed Air ticket from Urumqi to Astana (Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan.

Will I be eligible for a transit visa of 7 days?
Answers (3)
Answered by Alex | Aug. 09, 2023 01:17

No, the route is not eligible for the visa-free transit. You need to apply for one visa in advance.
Answered by Zohaib | Aug. 09, 2023 04:59

Hi Alex. I am not looking for visa free travel. I want to apply Visa for G category. Is this route eligible for this G type transit visa?
Answered by Andrew | Aug. 09, 2023 18:55

Generally, there is no problem but you do need to apply for it in advance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Pakistan.
Asked by Lutfi A. H from INDONESIA | Aug. 04, 2023 02:34Reply
Transit visa
I'm an Indonesian passport holder travelling from Jakarta to Moscow and have 8 hours transit at Shenzhen.
Do I need to apply anywhere for less than 24 hours transit visa like at the embassy or anywhere or is it like can directly land at the airport and wait for the next flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Yoki | Aug. 06, 2023 21:00

You are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit in China, so there is no need to apply for any in advance. Just show your passport and onward flight ticket for the transit.
Asked by Marie from USA | Aug. 01, 2023 00:17Reply
Transit Visa
I am holding a US Passport and my partner is St Kitts Nevis. I am transiting from Korea to Shanghai (Terminal 1) my next flight is Shanghai (Terminal 2) to Dubai. Am I eligible for transit visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian | Aug. 01, 2023 02:48

You are eligible for visa-free transit, but your partner is not. He needs to apply for a transit visa in advance.
Asked by Tushar from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Jul. 30, 2023 02:46Reply
Transit at Guangzhou

I'm an Indian passport holder travelling from Dubai to Auckland and have a 12 hour transit at Guangzhou airport.
Do i need to apply anywhere for less than 24 hours transit visa like at the embassy or anywhere or is it like can directly land at the airport and wait for the next flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian | Jul. 31, 2023 20:50

You are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit, so there is no need to apply for visa in advance, just land and wait for the next flight. If you want to go out of the airport, you need to apply for a temporary stay permit at the airport showing your passport and onward flight ticket.
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