I am a New Zealand citizen wishing to transit through SZX without leaving the airport. I am seeking clarification on whether I will need a transit visa to proceed with this plan. I am flying from Auckland to Shenzhen then onward to Jakarta, hopefully with only a few hours (less than 5) layover.

I have found this site, which states Shenzhen is implementing a 72-hour TWOV.

But when I look at Timatic, it seems to state no TWOV is possible at SZX. Just to clarify, I don't want to leave the airport, and my layover will only be a few hours.

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As per Timatic, the database used by Airlines:

Transit without visa (TWOV) is not possible at Fuzhou (FOC), Shenzhen (SZX) and Yanji (YNJ).

TWOV generally means transiting without exiting the transit area. SZX, however, does not have a dedicated transit corridor in the first place, nor does it have any short-visit TWOV arrangement whereby you're allowed to enter China.

In other words, you do need a transit visa

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    To update the information, the whole Guangdong region now has 144-hour TWOV, so someone in the OP's situation in 2018 doesn't need a visa. They will however need to go through immigration and customs, and check in again.
    – user67108
    Jun 5, 2018 at 15:02

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