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From Jan 1, 2013, passengers can enjoy 72 hours visa free layover in Beijing if they come from following 45 countries and regions. 
European: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, The Slovak Republic, The Republic of Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland The United Kingdom Northern Ireland, Ireland, The Republic of Cyprus, The Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine
America: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
Asia: Singapore, Republic of Korea, Japan, The United Arab Emirates, Brunei, Qatar
In order to facilitate your visa free layover in Beijing, we list some tips for you. 
Tip 1: Confirmed interline ticket and valid visa to the third country or region
Foreign visitors who want to enjoy the 72 hours visa free stay in Beijing must hold flight ticket and valid visa to the third country.
Tip 2: 72 hours counted from the moment of transit permitting
According to presentations by the Exit and Entry Administration of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, the 72 hours will be counted from the moment visitors get their transit permits, but not the time when they land at the airport.
However, different airlines may have different policies regarding this free transit. For example, passengers may be denied boarding their flights if they do not have confirmed tickets for leaving within 72 hours, here the 72 hour can be simply calculated based on scheduled landing and scheduled departure of the flights. So to avoid hassles, transit passengers from said countries are suggested to book a flight ticket for leaving within 72 hours to a third country or region.
Tip 3: Register at a police station within 24 hours after entry
Visitors are required to register at a police station with their transit permits within 24 hours after entry. Here it should be clear that the registration will be done when you check in to a hotel. So, personal registration is required only for those who stay at their friends' or family's place.
Tip 4: Not allowed to leave Beijing
Visitors are not allowed to leave Beijing to other cities during the 72 hours visa free Beijing stopover. They can only depart from the Beijing Airport.
If you meet any other problems during your visa free Beijing tour, you could consult your embassy in Beijing, they will help you. 

 





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