Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Flying through Beijing: Transit without Visa Question

Jump to last reply

Hi all,
I have been getting conflicting reports over the past few days about the TWOV option when flying through PEK.
Our issue/My question:
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) are flying RT from SFO to BKK in late Dec/return early January, with stops in Beijing (PEK) on both routes. On the way to BKK, we only have a couple of hours of layover, but on the return flight, we have 9 hours (6:30am - 4:00pm). We have been told by some that we can go through immigration WITHOUT A VISA and leave the airport for the day as long as we have proof of our flight leaving PEK within 24 hours to another country (called a transit stamp).

We would prefer not to get a visa, as they are $140 each, ($700 for family of 5), and if our plane from BKK is running late, we won't have time to leave the airport anyways (and that seems like an obscene amount of money to spend for just a few hours).

Per the IATA website/TIMATIC, this is possible. Per China websites, this is not. On TripAdvisor Forums, people saying yes, this is possible (and easy to do). My father's travel connections in China (used to work there) say no, we need visas.

Would love to know that there is a definitive source of information that I can print out and show at PEK in case of a problem (or know for sure that we can't, so we can figure out which is worse - spending $700 for the visas or spending 9 hours in PEK Terminal 3 with 3 very tired/whiny/cranky kids who just took a redeye from BKK and probably an equally cranky husband).

Any help is much appreciated!!!!

9 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
  • Writers Needed for Japan
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Mar 26, 15 at 02:38 PM
View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Japan, round two - the planning begins...
  2. 2 Leaving Thursday for Bangkok/Phuket
  3. 3 Trip Report Bangkok, here I come! Yes, again!!
  4. 4 Trip Report Trip Report: Second Time to Japan - Sakura, Gardens and Castles
  5. 5 Trip Report Photos from India!
  6. 6 Great Wall hike
  7. 7 Beautiful Trip To Naran Valley, Pakistan
  8. 8 Siam Niramit show and dinner-Go or no go?
  9. 9 Some Practical Advice on Japan from a just-returned first timer
  10. 10 Kerala, India - 10 day holiday
  11. 11 Trip Report Six days in Hong Kong
  12. 12 Yunnan: Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-la; how many days?
  13. 13 Which is the best time to travel to North India?
  14. 14 China, Hong Kong, Tibet
  15. 15 Storing photos while traveling
  16. 16 Mt Wutai or Mt Tai
  17. 17 22 hour overlay in Tokyo, any ideas?
  18. 18 India Visa - BLS international. Lost passport FBI complaint
  19. 19 Seeking suggestions for our Nepal time in November. Do we need masks?
  20. 20 BANGKOK HOTELS
  21. 21 Where to stay in Hong Kong and Macau
  22. 22 Trip Report S E Asia part of our Round the World Trip
  23. 23 Trip Report 4 days with Orangutans Balikpapan + Camp Leakey
  24. 24 where is this place in macao?
  25. 25 3 Week Thailand Itinerary Help!
View next 25 » Back to the top