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Guangzhou transit procedures

Step 1: Flight Arrival

After getting off the airplane, you will enter the international arrival flight via the boarding bridge or by shuttle bus.

Step 2: Inspection and Quarantine

The Chinese inspection and quarantine department will examine all passengers. Passengers with fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and other diseases are requested to declare their symptoms to the inspection and quarantine officer.

Step 3: Transit Handling and Border Inspection

  • 1. If you have undergone the onward flight boarding check, you should prepare your valid ID and boarding pass to handle the transit formalities at the transit counter, and then go to the international departure waiting area as indicated by signage.
  • 2. If you have not undergone the onward flight boarding check, you should prepare your valid ID, travel itinerary, and checked luggage to arrive at the transit counter to handle the check-in formalities, and complete the handling of transit formalities.
  • 3. Passengers who hold a joint ticket with a booked seat and stay in the Chinese mainland for no more than 24 hours do not need to apply for a Chinese visa. Due to there being no overnight facilities in the airport, passengers of overnight transit must apply for permission to stay for 24 hours before leaving the airport. To apply for permission to stay for 24 hours, please refer to "Process of 24h staying permission" for further details.
  • 4. If you have applied or intend to apply for the 72 hour visa-free transit, please refer to "Process of 72h visa-free transit" for further details. You do not need to pick up your luggage in principle, in the case of special circumstances, please ask the transit counter staff.

Step 4: Customs Inspection

You need to arrive at the 3rd floor from the 2nd floor via the customs inspection area by elevator. The transiting passengers may not fill out the Passenger Luggage Declaration Form, and in general, customs permits the entry of their luggage without inspection, except when customs deems it necessary.

Step 5: Security Check

Transiting passengers transferring via Guangzhou are exempt from the secondary security check

Step 6: Waiting and Boarding

You may go to the international waiting area on the 3rd floor, arrive at the corresponding boarding area to wait as indicated by signage. Please pay attention to the flight display screen and relevant flight information issued by the announcement system. Please arrive at the boarding gate 15 minutes before the expected departure time.

Passengers disembark the plane ---> undergo a health and quarantine inspection ---> visit border control ---> go down to the 1st floor via an elevator to claim baggage ---> pass through customs ---> carry out any necessary transfer procedures at the international-domestic transfers counter on the 1st floor (not required by passengers already holding an onward boarding pass) ---> go up to the 2rd floor via an escalator ---> proceed with a security check ---> go through the international-domestic transfers passageway ---> head to the boarding gate of the next departure ---> board flight.

Transit Lounge: International-domestic passengers with a transit time of 4 hours or more can enjoy the transit lounge services free of charge. The transit lounge is located on the second floor at the end of the transit corridor (Zone B Quarantine Area).

Passengers disembark the plane ---> carry out any necessary transfer procedures at the transfers counter on the 2nd floor (not required by passengers already holding an onward boarding pass) ---> go up to the Domestic Departures Hall on the 3rd floor via an escalator ---> head to the boarding gate of the next departure ---> board flight.

Gentle Reminder: Boarding gates for flights departing from Guangzhou will close 15 minutes prior to departure. Please arrive at the gate on time.

Passengers disembark the plane ---> go to the international departures lobby on the third floor through the passage for domestic-to-international transfers on the second floor (passengers with a boarding pass for the onward flight do not need to check in again) ---> go through the domestic-international transfers passageway ---> undergo a health and quarantine inspection ---> pass through customs ---> proceed with a security check ---> visit boarder control ---> go to the International Departures Hall ---> head to the boarding gate of the next departure ---> board flight.

Gentle Reminder: Boarding gates for flights departing from Guangzhou will close 15 minutes prior to departure. Please arrive at the gate on time.

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