Asked by Sarah from China | Aug. 02, 2014 03:16
About:72-Hour Visa-Free Transit FAQ

When does the Transit Visa start?


I am traveling to Beijing and technically from arrival flight to departure flight I would be in Beijing for 78 hours instead of 72. When does the transit visa time technically start? Does it begin at the time your visa gets stamped into your passport? Or does it start the following day? I have read that there are different rules for different airports. So at the Beijing airport would it be possible for me to get a transit visa even though technically I'm 5 hours over? If it begins once the visa is stamped into my passport is it okay if I stamp out at the 72-hour mark and just stay in the airport and wait for my flight?

Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from France | Aug. 03, 2014 01:21
Sarah, normally the 72 hours is counted from your arrival time to your departure time. It's true that some airports have different regulations. In Guangzhou, the 72 hours is counted from 00:00 next day. However, I am not sure if Beijing adopts the same policy. You may call 0086-10-56095400 to ask the details. I think you may enjoy 72 hours free transit if you check in very early before the departure time.
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