I have recently booked a number of flights for my trip to Asia in February. As part of the trip I will be travelling from Taipei to Beijing and 4 days later flying from Beijing to London (British Airways). I would like to make use of the 144-hour visa-free transit, but am somehow confused by the rules.
The information on the Beijing Airport website mentions passengers with 'confirmed seats', but I'm not sure what it actually means.
I can log in to BA website/app using my booking reference and can see the full itinerary - is this (or the printout) enough for the authorities at the Beijing Airport? British Airways only allow one to check in for a flight 24 hours before the departure, which means I won't be checked-in (and have a seat number) at the time when I arrive in Beijing. I can spend an extra £14 to book a seat now. £14 is not a huge amount, so I'm OK with that, if it helps with getting through Beijing, but is it necessary?