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FAQ about Layover during 144 Hours Visa-free Transit

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How to calculate the time of 144-hour visa-free transit?

The border inspection station will issue a temporary entry permit for foreigner who is eligible for the 144-hour transit visa exemption. Since 0:00 o’clock of the day after their entrance, they can stay for 144 hours with visa exemption in administrative areas of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

What should they do if foreigners need to leave Tianjin, Beijing and Hebei Province and go to other cities in China for special reasons, or if they are unable to leave within 144 hours?

Foreigners with 144 hours visa-free transit can stay in administrative areas of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. Besides, they should leave the country in time; if there are some reasons, such as force majeure, they need to stay in above three administrative areas for over 144 hours or go to places where exceed the ranges of above three administrative areas, they should go to the relevant provincial and municipal public security exit and entry administration departments to handle the corresponding residence certificates.

If the layover hours exceeds 144 hours, the tourist who holds visa-free will be punished or not?

The visa-free transit tourist who stays over 144 hours will be punished by border inspection station when leaving according to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China.

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