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Asked by Jennifer field from United Kingdom | May. 11, 2019 07:45
About:144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Return flight to london

I have booked a flight London to Beijing, 5 day stop over in Beijing. The return flight is to Frankfurt but just a 2 hour stop over and change flight to Frankfurt to London. Does this qualify for the 144 hour visa for Beijing China.

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Answered by ZUPAN | May. 11, 2019 08:07
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Yes it does. The most important part, i.e. the part that interests Chinese authorities is this part of your itinerary: London (UK) - Beijing (China) - Frankfurt (Germany). About anything before or after that, they simply don't care care. Just have in mind to bring your flight tickets and booking accommodation in hard copy.
Answered by Friar | May. 12, 2019 11:10
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As long as you are not on Lufthansa all the way then you should be fine.
Answered by ZUPAN | May. 12, 2019 15:22
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It is perfectly fine to be on Lufthansa all the way. Airline company has nothing to do with the rules for 144 hours visa free transit.
Answered by Saul | May. 13, 2019 00:45
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If he is on Lufthansa all the way he would be flying Germany-China-Germany which would need a visa.
Answered by ZUPAN | May. 13, 2019 03:21
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Of course. Apologies. Lufthansa is not flying from London to Beijing. My fault.
Answered by johnno from Singapore | May. 14, 2019 20:32
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Similar issue; I'm flying SIN-PVG on Malaysian Airlines with an airside transit and change of planes in KL. Return from PVG is to KL only, again on Malaysian Airlines and not onwards to Singapore. As this is effectively SIN-PVG-KUL, I'm hoping it qualifies. Can you confirm?
Answered by Saul | May. 15, 2019 01:48
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That does not qualify for transit without visa because you are flying Malaysia-Shanghai-Malaysia. But if you have a Singapore passport you don't need a visa for up to 15 days in China anyway.
Answered by ZUPAN | May. 15, 2019 03:51
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Unfortunately, your itinerary is Kuala Lumpur - Shanghai - Kuala Lumpur, so not eligible. The rule is simple, only the immediate points before and after mainland China matter. If only your flight is something like: Singapore - Shanghai - Kuala Lumpur because such an itinerary would be eligible.
Answered by jonno66 from Singapore | May. 16, 2019 00:58
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Thanks. Travelled yesterday and, having read other advice you've given on transit stops effectively counting as origin and destination on multi-leg flights, I bought a PVG-HKG-SIN flight on KA/CX as insurance in case there was any objection to my KUL-PVG-KUL routing, and sure enough there was. While filling out the form, as soon as I put down MH--- as the departure flight the immigration stopped me and advised it didn't qualify. I then pulled up the flight details of the my KA / CX flight and no problem. The reality is that I will have flown SIN-PVG-SIN but because of the two different transit way points I qualify for TWOV. Thanks for the helpful advice.
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