Attracting More Travellers | China Introduces 144 –Hour Free Transit Policy
BEIJING: The Beijing Municipal Government has announced that, from December 28, 2017, six points of arrival in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region, including the Beijing Capital International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Shijiazhuang International Airport will permit foreign persons from 53 countries to enjoy visa-free transit treatment for a period of 144 hours when they have a valid connecting flight ticket for a third country (or region).
This policy will be a strong driver for the tourism and aviation industry throughout the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China Limited will actively facilitate the new visa-free transit policy. Putting the needs of connecting flight passengers first, Air China will improve its products and services to further enhance the quality of its operations and provide passengers with maximum convenience when they enter Beijing.
Air China has a strong network of routes and is the ideal for passengers who cross the border into Beijing.
Air China will also improve the transit hub capacity at Beijing and optimize a seamless transition for visa-tree passengers
Introducing a 144-hour visa-free transit policy will also increase the number of inbound passengers in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region. Air China will also use this opportunity to make real-time capacity adjustments based on transit demand and provide passengers with smooth transit support through Beijing so that passengers from all over the world can make a seamless visa-free entry to Beijing. Moreover, Air China will also launch special tourism products to meet the needs of passengers in partnership with local Beijing travel agencies, and launch a series of related products to invite travelers to embark on a journey to discover the beauty of China, all while bringing a peerless service experience to passengers.
The Joint Beijing Tourism Committee, Star Alliance, and Capital Airport will provide passengers with more convenience
In early 2017, Air China, the Beijing Tourism Committee, and the Capital Airport Company Limited signed an Inbound Tourism Markets Joint Promotions Strategic Cooperation Agreement to provide regular communication and prepare to launch the 144-hour visa-free transit policy. Air China again joined forces with the Star Alliance and the Beijing Capital International Airport to sign the “Under One Roof” Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in December 2017. The three parties agreed to collaborate closely to improve the Beijing Capital International Airport, making it a first-class hub airport, making noticeable improvements to the passenger experience, Passengers will enjoy a higher level of convenience through shared airport facilities, optimized transfer procedures, and enhanced alliance services.