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Guilin 144-hour Visa Free Policy for ASEAN 10 Countries

Mia Guilin Travel Guide China Visa Policy 2023-05-06

Guilin is a renowned tourist destination in China and worldwide. In 2014, it launched the 72-hour Visa-Free Policy for transit passengers from 51 countries. Additionally, since May 28th 2019, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport has also introduced a new 144-hour Visa-Free policy for ASEAN group tourists. The new rule simplifies the entry process and provides more flexibility for travelers from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines. This policy was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being re-implemented on March 15, 2023.


What is the visa-free policy for ASEAN tourist groups entering Guilin?

Starting from May 28, 2015, Guilin Airport Port began to implement a 144-hour visa-free policy for tourist groups from the ASEAN 10 countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines) holding ordinary passports. Tourist groups from these countries (consisting of 2 or more people) can be organized and received by travel agencies with qualifications approved by the competent tourism authorities of Guilin. These agencies are responsible for arranging the whole group's entry into Guilin without a visa from the airport port, ensuring that the group's activities within the administrative area of Guilin do not exceed 6 days, and organizing the whole group's departure from Guilin Airport Port.



How to apply for the visa-free visit to Guilin

Step 1: Prior to your trip, get in touch with a Guilin-based travel agency that has been authorized by the National Tourist Administration to receive tour groups who enjoy the 144-hour visa free policy. ETripChina has been on the approved list.


Step 2: Finalize your travel itinerary in Guilin and get your flight tickets ready. The local agency will then declare your travel group and tourist information (passport info, itinerary, accommodation, and flight tickets) to the Guilin Immigration Authority in advance. The registration must be done at least 24 hours prior to your arrival.


Step 3: Upon arrival, fill out the Arrival Card and proceed to the specialized "Fast Track" to the visa-free counter. Have all the required documents ready (passport, flight ticket, etc.), go through border inspection, and complete customs clearance.


Step 4: While staying in Guilin, make sure to explore within its administrative regions while adhering to the 144-hour limit. Remember to depart from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport with your group to begin your Guilin tour.



Difference between the 72-hour transit policy and 144-hour visa free policy?


Guilin implemented a 72-hour transit visa-free policy (China Visa-free Transit Policy: 24-hour, 72-hour, 144-hour )for 53 countries and a 144-hour visa-free policy for ASEAN group tourists, making it the only city in China with both policies. What are the differences between these two policies?


Guilin 72-hour visa free policy

Guilin 144-hour visa free policy for ASEAN   countries

Nationalities Covered

53 countries include 6 countries in Asia:   Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar.

ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian   Nations) countries of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos,   Myanmar, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines


Visa for a third country/region (if   necessary).

Not required


Confirmed   ticket to a third country/region

Direct International flight tickets to and from Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

Number of tourists

No limits

Group only (up to 2 persons)

Way of travel

No limits

Travel with approved local agency

Note: Citizens of Singapore and Brunei can travel visa-free to mainland China for up to 15 days, with no restrictions on the number of tourists or ports of entry and exit.


Travel Guilin with ETripChina

ETripChina has been approved to receive groups from ASEAN countries who enjoy 144-hour visa free policy. Consider a travel with us to enjoy the convenience of Guilin's visa-free policy and make the most of your time. We have a list of tour itineraries, for inspiration and we can customize it to your interests:


Four Day Classic Tour of Guilin, Longji and Yangshuo

5 Days Guilin Hiking Trip

6 Days Guilin Photography Trip

Three Days Tour of Guilin and Yangshuo



Flights from and to Asian countries and China Hong Kong/Taipei

Note: the schedule is for reference only. Please refer to the real time data given by airline company.


Flight Number






Kuala   Lumpur-Guilin-Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur   10:30 - Guilin 13:40; Guilin 14:25 - Kuala Lumpur 17:25

Mon, Wed, Fri,   Sun

Cathay Dragon


Hong   Kong-Guilin-Hong Kong

Hong Kong   13:25 - Guilin 14:55; Guilin 15:55 - Hong Kong 17:30

Mon, Wed, Fri,   Sun

China Eastern   Airlines



Seoul 21:45 -   Guilin 00:55; Guilin 01:50 - Seoul 06:45


China Southern   Airlines



Bangkok 22:00   - Guilin 01:10; Guilin 02:10 - Bangkok 05:30

Tues, Thur,   Sat

Hainan   Airlines



Taipei 10:30 -   Guilin 12:20; Guilin 13:20 - Taipei 15:15

Tues, Thur,   Sat

Korean Air



Seoul 07:25 -   Guilin 10:10; Guilin 11:10 - Seoul 16:00


Thai AirAsia



Bangkok 21:00   - Guilin 00:15; Guilin 01:15 - Bangkok 04:30

Mon, Wed, Fri,   Sun

Vietnam   Airlines



Hanoi 12:20 -   Guilin 14:25; Guilin 15:25 - Hanoi 17:30

Tues, Thur,   Sat

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