Asked by Puser from USA | Aug. 12, 2018 12:22
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit


Does the following itinerary qualify for a 144-hour TWOV in PEK?


Based on my research, HKG does qualify as a "third country" for purposes of the TWOV facility (even though it's technically a part of China, though not on the Chinese mainland), but I am confused/concerned about the interpretation of round-trip travel. Am I ineligible for TWOV because I hold a round-trip ticket pursuant to which I ultimately head back to LAX where my journey initially started.

If the above itinerary does qualify, may I use the TWOV facility both ways or just one way?

Answers (1)
Answered by Paul from USA | Aug. 12, 2018 15:20
LAX-PEK-HKG is one transit without visa.
HKG-PEK-LAX is another transit without visa.

China looks at "country" immediately before and after Shanghai for entry eligibility. If it was say Hong Kong > Shanghai > Hong Kong that would not be allowed but the other way around is ok since you have officially left China before your return again
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