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Updated November 2023

Like other countries in the world, China welcomes international visitors with open arms, offering a diverse range of visa exemption cases for some countries. In this article, we have compiled a list of countries that can visit China without a visa with some conditions to look out for. Keep reading to learn more.

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China Visa-Free Countries 2023

China offers several visa-free options for travelers visiting the country. It is crucial to carefully review the specific conditions and eligibility criteria associated with these policies.

Recently, China’s foreign ministry has announced a trial period for visa-free travel, extending to citizens from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia. Starting from December and running until November 30, 2024, individuals holding ordinary passports from these nations can conduct business or explore China without the need for a visa, enjoying a stay of up to 15 days.

Countries with mutual visa exemption agreements with China 

Over 150 countries have entered into agreements with China for mutual visa exemption, allowing specific citizens to visit China without a visa. Nonetheless, the visa-free arrangements primarily apply to diplomatic or official passport holders for the majority of countries. To look at the complete list, please refer to this link.

A few countries are eligible for visa-free travel to China for citizens holding ordinary passports. Citizens from these countries are allowed to travel to China without a visa for up to 30 days for the purposes of tourism, travel, business, and visiting family or friends. 

These countries are: 

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan (when traveling in tour groups organized by authorized travel agencies of both countries)
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus (when traveling in tour groups organized by authorized travel agencies of both countries)
  • Brunei
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ecuador
  • Fiji
  • Georgia (when traveling in tour groups organized by authorized travel agencies of both countries)
  • Grenada
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova (when traveling in tour groups organized by authorized travel agencies of both countries)
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Seychelles
  • Suriname
  • Tonga
  • United Arab Emirates

 

144-hour visa-free transit

Under this 144-hour visa-free transit policy, foreign travelers from 53 eligible countries can apply for a six-day entry permit upon arrival at certain Chinese cities. To qualify, they must show that they have a connecting ticket to a third country, indicating that they will continue their journey after leaving China.

Citizens from 53 countries, as listed below, can visit the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Liaoning provinces in China.

The following countries qualify for a visa-free transit period of 144 hours:

Europe:

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Cyprus
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Ukraine
  • Serbia
  • Croatia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Albania
  • Monaco
  • Belarus

America:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Chile

Oceania:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Asia:

  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • UAE
  • Qatar
  • Russia

 

72-hour visa-free transit 

Travelers from the 53 eligible countries above can avail of both the 144-hour entry permit and the 72-hour visa-free policy.

 

Pearl River Delta 

Travelers from countries that have diplomatic relations with China can visit the nine cities in the Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, and Huizhou) for up to six days without a visa.

This applies to those who are part of a tourist group organized by a registered travel agency in Hong Kong or Macau. Additionally, the same policy applies to tour groups visiting Shantou in Guangdong Province as long as their activities are within the administrative area of Shantou.

To be eligible for this policy, the tour group must depart from Hong Kong or Macao. 

 

Shanghai

International tour groups of two and above who arrive on a cruise ship at Shanghai Cruise Port can get 15 days of visa-free travel to Shanghai and other coastal provinces, regions, and municipalities in which the cruise ship berths. These are Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan.

The tourists are allowed to travel around the cities in which the cruise has berthed, as well as neighboring cities. This includes Beijing but otherwise does not include any cities or regions outside the above-mentioned provinces and regions. 

The tour groups must be organized by travel agencies that have registered with the Shanghai Tourism Administration and Shanghai Customs. 

 

Hainan 

Citizens of 59 countries are now eligible for 30 days of visa-free travel to the province of Hainan. Eligible travelers are free to travel around the whole province of Hainan and can travel from Hong Kong or any other place outside Mainland China with a direct flight to the island. 

The eligible countries are:

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • UAE
  • UK
  • US

 

Guilin 

Tour groups consisting of a minimum of two people from the 10 ASEAN countries are organized and hosted by a travel agency registered and approved by the tourism authority of Guilin, Guangxi Province. The groups can enter and exit through Guilin airport port and are permitted to stay in Guilin for a maximum duration of six days without the need for a visa.

The eligible countries are:

  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • Philippines

 

APEC Business Travel Card holders 

Holders of a valid Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) can enter China multiple times within the card’s validity period for business purposes for periods of up to 60 days at a time. The ABTC is valid for five years and thus functions as a five-year multi-entry visa.

Please note that only citizens of the 19 APEC member economies are eligible for the ABTC and enter China without a visa.

The countries are:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chile
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

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