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Visa-Free Travel to China

by Hannah Lockett | May 1, 2019

Experience China, its dramatic landscapes and delicious food without the need for a visa!

There are certain places in China that you can visit for up to 144 hours (6 days), without a visa, as long as you are in transit to another destination. For instance, you could fly to Beijing for 5 or 6 days, then on to Hong Kong for a few days, from where you can catch the train to Shanghai, before flying back to the UK.

Some of the more popular cities that operate this system include Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, which means that you can see the Great Wall, the Giant Panda’s, or explore Shanghai Disneyland visa-free.

All you need to take advantage of this opportunity is

  1. A passport valid for at least three months from the date of entry into China
  2. A ticket to another destination with a confirmed seat and date
  3. A fully completed Arrival / Departure card

To create your ideal holiday visiting two or more destinations in Asia, including a visa-free stay in China, please contact our Personal Travel Advisors, who will be pleased to help.

Onward Destinations

You can combine a visa-free stay in China with any of the following places, some of which may surprise you, as you may consider them to be part of China; Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam.

Below is a selection of itineraries in these destinations which you can combine with a visa-free stay in China

  • Hong Kong
    China Tailor Made City

    Hong Kong

    Spend three days exploring bustling Hong Kong.

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  • Ci En Pagoda Taiwan China
    China Group Tour Culture

    Discover Taiwan

    A 9 day coach tour of Taiwan visiting all the must-see sights

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  • China Tailor Made City

    Private: Taiwan

    This tour gives you the opportunity to explore beautiful Taiwan

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  • South Korea dance
    South Korea Group Tour City

    Treasures of South Korea

    A short tour visiting the must-see sights of South Korea

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  • Seoul Buddhist temple Jogyesa S Korea
    South Korea Group Tour City

    Wonders of South Korea

    The Wonders of South Korea tour visits Seoul, along with South Korea’s favourite National Parks

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  • Essential Japan update flash other
    Japan Group Tour City

    Essential Japan

    The Essential Japan tour is perfect for the first time traveller to Japan.

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  • boats river sunset Hoi An Vietnam
    Vietnam Tailor Made City

    Vietnam Explorer

    Explore Vietnam at your own pace, with transport and accommodation included

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Visa-Free China Tours

Here we have a listed some of our short, tailor-made itineraries that are a perfect way to make use of visa-free travel to China

  • China Tailor Made Nature


    This Panda add-on leads you to Chengdu, in the heart of Sichuan.

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  • China Tailor Made Trekking

    Yellow Mountain

    The stunning Yellow Mountain, the inspiration for many artists and poets

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Cultural Experiences

Whilst on your visa-free trip to China, why not fill your time with one or more of these activities and cultural experiences

China Two Year Visa

If you have previously travelled to China with Links Travel & Tours, you will already have a two year visa, making it easier to return and explore some of the lesser known areas. Maybe take the train to Tibet, a unique experience on the highest railway in the world. Perhaps you would like to see the remarkable multi-coloured Rainbow Mountains, or explore the magnificent countryside and fascinating cultures of Yunnan Province.

Below, we have selected tours to some of the lesser-know areas of China, for you to discover on a second visit making use of your two year visa. Alternatively, we can create a tailor-made journey just for you, travelling to the places you want to explore.

  • Tibet China
    China Tailor Made Rail

    Train to Tibet

    This exciting journey takes you to Tibet's astonishing landscapes via a thrilling journey aboard the highest train in the world.

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  • rainbow mountain china
    China Tailor Made Nature

    Rainbow Mountains and Dunhuang

    A relatively undiscovered area with ancient buildings and natural wonders

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  • blue moon valley jade dragon snow mountain yunnan china
    China Tailor Made Couples

    Explore Yunnan Province

    Explore Yunnan with this 15 day itinerary discovering the region's dramatic beauty

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  • China Tailor Made Culture


    Spend time immersing yourself in the culture and atmosphere of the home of Kung Fu.

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  • Huanguoshu falls anshun guizhou
    China Tailor Made Nature


    Discover the villages and cultures of Guizhou Province

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  • China Tailor Made Beach


    Sanya is the perfect place to relax and unwind on the beach after your tour of China.

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For more information on the China visa process, please click here

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