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From December 1, 2019, the transit visa free stay time of eligible foreigners at Xi'an air port will be extended to 144 hours. This means that foreigners can stay in Xi'an and Xianyang city for 6 days without visa application in advance. 

Policy Shift
Since June 2014, Xi'an has implemented 72 hour visa free. Five years later, the implementation of 144 hour visa free transit in Xi'an means that foreigners can stay in the specified area for six days without visa application in advance. Previously, Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu, Kunming and other places have been approved to implement 144 hour transit visa free policy.

Xi'an is one of the thirteen ancient capital city in China, with rich historical sites and profound cultural heritage. It has been identified as a "world famous historical city" by UNESCO and is one of the best tourist destinations in China. Xi'an is one belt one road directive important node city in China. Tourism resources are abundant, and tourism industry has great potential for development. This news has brought great benefits to the development of Xi'an's inbound tourism, making the prospect of inbound tourism broader.

List of countries to which the policy applies

1.European Schengen Visa agreement countries (24)
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

2.Rest of Europe (15)
Russia, UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco, Belarus

3.Americas (6)
USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

4.Oceania (2)
Australia, New Zealand

5.Asian countries (6)
Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar

How to Apply for 72 or 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Xi'an
1. Inform the carrier before you boarding your fligh at check-in counter
2. Fill an Arrival/Departure Card
3. Upon arrival at Xian airport, go throught China Customs in international arrival hall of Terminal 3, and then apply for the 144-Hour stay permit at frontier inspection / Immigration
4. After leave Airport, traveller only can visit Xi'an and Xianyang two cities.
5. Back to Xi'an Xianyangl Airport in 144 hours
6. Claim the luggage(If needed)
7. Go through the cutoms
8. Check in your next flight and leave

What to do in Xian in 72 or 144 Hours
Xi'an was one of the most important cradles of Chinese civilization, it is also the starting point of the Silk Road with the history of Chinese Silk Culture of over 2200 years and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Xi'an, with the profound history in China, there are many cultural sites, including the Terracotta Army, the City Wall of Xi'an, the Bell Tower and so on. Thus, Xi'an is the must see city for travelers to get close to know Chinese Profound history, UNSCO cultural sites. 

In the six-day visa free policy, we have carefully selected some tourist products and must see attractions for you:

Top Place to visit in Xian
Terracotta Warriors and Horses MuseumBig Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Pagoda)
Xi'an Ancient City WallMuslim Quarter
Bell TowerShaanxi History Museum
Banpo Neolithic Village MuseumE-pang Palace
Huaqing Hot SpringsQin Shi Huang Mausoleum

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