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I am really confused and looked at various websites, but do NOT have enough information about passport holders of Kyrgyzstan needing a transit visa if going through the PEK Aiport in Beijing. Do Kyrgyz passport holders need a transit visa if going through the PEK airport to get to Macau?

The flight are as follows:

Bishkek > Kazakhstan > Beijing > Macau (Destination)

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As a Kyrgyz passport holder, you can transit in PEK (or any airport in mainland China except XMN) without a visa for up to 24 hours. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the arrival date in PEK, and you must already hold a confirmed onward ticket to Macau.

For any transit in mainland China, I recommend making sure your connection is not too tight as there is paperwork to complete and sometimes long queues.

I found the general visa information at Wikipedia and then used TIMATIC to verify it. You can currently access TIMATIC here but since it's not supposed to be public (but rather just used by the airlines) the URLs tend to become outdated quickly.

The relevant "visa facility" from the TIMATIC listing is:

  • Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. (SEE NOTE 88975)

    • This TWOV facility does not apply at Fuzhou (FOC), Huangshan (TXN), Mudanjiang (MDG), Shenzhen (SZX), Urumqi (URC) and Yanji (YNJ).
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of Syria transiting through Guangzhou (CAN).
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Yemen transiting through Xiamen (XMN).
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a British passport with nationality British National (Overseas)".
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Chinese Taipei (on the cover: Republic of China Taiwan) passport.
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Hong Kong (SAR China) passport.
    • This TWOV facility does not apply to passengers with a Macao (SAR China) passport.
    • NOTE 88975: This TWOV facility does not apply when passengers arrive on a direct flight from USA, Guam or Northern Mariana Isl. AND depart on a direct flight to USA, Guam or Northern Mariana Isl. (e.g. JFK - PVG - GUM).

Note that for the purpose of transit without a visa in China, Macau is considered as a separate country.

  • Yes, I looked through the TIMATIC thing and was very confused. What part of where it says that Kyrgyz Passport holders can stay without a visa for up to 24 hours? Can you please highlight that part? Thanks – Chris Amos Jan 26 at 6:30
  • I added the particular relevant entry from TIMATIC. As you can see, it applies to most nationalities, with some exceptions. I also added a note about the status of Macau for the purpose of TWOV. – jbg Jan 28 at 12:10

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