I have Chinese visa valid up to 14th Feb 2020 and I am entering China in 12th February for 6 days and coming back.

My passport expires in 24th April 2020 can I travel on same passport ?

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    What nationality passport do you travel on? (It does not always make a difference but it can be important.)
    – Willeke
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 17:52
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    Isn't it the visa expiry that's relevant here? If you're entering on the 12th and stay 6 days, then you intend to leave past the expiry of your visa, right?
    – JJJ
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 18:19
  • Does the visa say "Enter Before" or does it say "Valid Until?" Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 19:00
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    @JJforTransparencyandMonica: Chinese visas say "Enter Before", and only need to be valid on the date of entry.
    – user102008
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 19:46
  • In theory yes, but always beware in china things changes fast and rules are not always communicated clearly so I would never risk it, but that’s just me I like to be on the safe side Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 5:27

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Some countries requires travelers' passports to be valid on arrival, some that their passports be valid for a specific period after the time of expected travel. Conceivably, some countries might specify different time periods depending upon the nationality or country of residence of the traveler. Countries through which you transit to get to China may, in addition, also have their own passport validity requirements. You haven't disclosed any of these specifics.

Airlines use the Timatic database to assess the sufficiency of a traveler's documentation. Many Timatic portals are available to users; here's one.

Querying Timatic about a no-transit entry to China by a national of a random half-dozen countries consistently yields this:

Passport required. - Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid on arrival.

A more specific answer can be given if you specify your nationality, and if different, your country of residence, as well as the country(ies) through which you'll transit to get to China.

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    It's also important to remember that countries you connect via may have different rules, and may require 3 or 6 months validity even if your destination doesn't.
    – Doc
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 21:08
  • @Doc Exactly right, thanks. I'll amend the answer. Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 21:08
  • WARNING There is currently a TIMATIC inconsistency: it says that for entry, it must only be valid on arrival, but for transit, it has to have 3 months left. Makes no sense obviously, and it is pending review.
    – Crazydre
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 22:44
  • Also, to do a general search rather than having to insert a random nationality, just go here cms.olympicair.com/timatic/webdocsI/countryinfo.html, select China, Passport and Document validity
    – Crazydre
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 22:46
  • @Crazydre As to the underlying question: the OP says the destination is China. I think we all assume that China is not a transit location...but I agree it could be. Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 22:50

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