Visa-free travel to China

China keeps opening up to foreign tourists by loosening its entry requirements. Holders of ordinary passports can enter China without a visa for up to 90 days. Is there visa-free travel to China from Europe?

Visa-free travel to China from Europe

For people of certain nationalities, it is possible to travel to China without a visa. Most Europeans did not have this privilege, but this is changing. From December 2023, people from five additional European countries can travel to China without a visa. As of March 14, 2024, China expanded its unilateral visa-free travel policy to six more European countries.

What European nationalities can travel to China from Europe visa-free? 15-day visa exemption

You can travel to China without a visa if you come from:

  • Switzerland
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Spain.

For how long can I be in China without a visa?

If you have a France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, or Luxembourg ordinary passport, you can travel to China for up to 15 days. The purpose of the visit can be business, family and friends gathering, transit or tourism.

The caveat is that the 15-day travel visa waiver only applies until November 30, 2024. It means that you can travel to China visa-free:

  • from March 14 to November 30, 2024, in the case of normal passports issued to nationals of Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg
  • from 1 December 2023 to November 30, 2024, in the case of normal passports issued to nationals of France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain.

Citizens of the countries listed above have to apply for a visa in advance if they expect to stay in China for more than 15 days or if intend to study, work, settle down, or attend an interview there.

Traveling from Southern Europe to China visa-free

Holders of ordinary passports issued in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as San Marino, can travel in China for up to 90 days visa-free (within any 180-day period with the exception of San Marino nationals).

Traveling from Eastern Europe to China with no visa

If you hold a normal Belarusian passport, you are allowed to spend at most 30 days during one trip to China visa-free, but no more than 90 days within any 1 calendar year.

Traveling from Central Europe to China without a visa

Passports issued to nationals of Serbia enable them to travel to China visa-free for 30 days.

How much is a visa to China?

If you have to get a Chinese visa, the good news is that no matter where you come from, from December 11, 2023, to December 31, 2024, you can enjoy a cheaper visa to China since the country cut visa fees by 25% across the board for foreign travelers. For more details, please consult with your local Chinese embassy/consulate.

Please note that the exact terms and conditions can vary. Check it for any updates or changes before your trip on official websites.

Make sure to check out our posts on visa to China and the 72/144-hour visa-free transit in China.