Apologies in advance if this question might have been asked multiple times.

I have a flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhou then a 1.5 hour layover and then Guangzhou to Delhi. I do not wish to leave the airport during this time.

I believe I am eligible for 24 Hour Transit without Visa as per https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/free-transit-24hour.htm

Someone recently told me that this rule has changed. I contacted China Southern Airlines but they have asked me to call the immigration officials.

My flight is in a week, so I am not sure if I have the time to get the Transit Visa.

Can someone please confirm the latest on 24 hour transit without visa?


Timatic, which is the database that airlines use to verify your travel documents, still states today that you can transit without a visa for a layover up to 24 hours.

Visa required, except for 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).

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).

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