A Chinese Visa is the authorization that allows you to enter, exist from China, or transit through mainland China. (HKSAR and Macao SAR issues visas independently). For a tourist who wants to travel to China, but doesn't meet the policies of Chinese visa exemption, it is the indispensable document apart from the passport.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China authorizes embassies, consulates and other institutions of China to issue the Chinese Visa for foreigners abroad. So far, China government has instituted embassies or consulates in 165 countries in the world which have established diplomatic relations with China. The China embassy is only set up in the capital city. While the consulates are established in some large cities of a country, such as Chicago, Manchester, Lyon, etc.
The Chinese visa has set the number of entries to China, usually consists of single-entry visa, double-entry visa and multiple-entry visa. You can choose the number of entries when filling the application form, but the final number of entry and duration of stay is determined by the China embassies or consulates.> Learn more about Chinese visa
Before applying a Chinese Visa, you should understand there are different visa types to apply according to the purpose of your visit to China. Follow us to check which visa type is the most appropriate for your application and what kinds of documents you should prepare for.
There are many kinds of visas, differing by the types, numbers of entries, validity and duration of each stay in China. It depends on your actual purpose of staying in China for traveling, work, study, business meeting, or others. Check the Types of Chinese Visa.
Tourist Visa (L): issued to those who intend to go to China for sightseeing and touring. Proof of travel such as flight confirmation and hotel reservation are required. Single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry are all available for tourists. The duration of stay (each visit) normally is 30-60 days. Multiple-entry up to 10 years is issued to US and Canada passport holder.
Non-Commerce Visa (F): issued to those who intend to go to China for research, lecture, scientific, cultural exchange and study tour. F visa is normally issued for single or double entry, with the duration of stay (each visit) is normally 30-90 days.> More details of Chinese visa types
Foreigners can apply for the visa in the China embassy or any one of the consulates in your country. The process of application depends on the type of your visa. Regular visas like the L Visa (for tourist) and G Visa (for transit) require only several steps to obtain. Other visas like Z(for work), F Visa (for study and other nob-business activities ), J Visa (for journalists) have extra requirements.
STEP 1 - Get necessary documents prepared, including original passport, Visa Application Form, photos, Proof of legal stay or residence status.
STEP 2 - Complete the Visa Application Form. Go to the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulates that serves your state, then submit your Visa Application Form and necessary documents.
STEP 3 - After receiving the notification from the Visa Office that your application is processed and approved, go to in person the Visa Office, or let your agent to pay the visa fee and pick up your Chinese Visa.> More instructions about visa application
A foreigner doesn't need a Chinese Visa as long as he or she meets any following circumstances. There are serveral specific requirements for each circumstances. The visa-free staying ranges from 24 hours to 2 months according to different policies for different regions.
1. Direct Transit by Air
2. Visiting the Pearl River Delta
3. Visiting Hainan Island
4. Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan
5. Holders of Valid APEC Business Travel Card
6. Holders of PRC Foreigner's Permanent Residence Card
7. Holders of Residence Permit for Foreigners issued by PRC Ministry of Public Security
8. Bilateral Agreement> More details of visa exemption policies
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3. Do I need a Chinese visa to transit via China solely?
4. How long would it take to get the Chinese Visa?
5. Could you send me a letter for the Chinese Embassy both in English and Chinese so we can get the Visa more easily?
6. We have already had a Chinese visa, so do we still need to have a Tibet permit? How do I get it?
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