Where to Apply for the Chinese Visa

The Embassy, as the diplomatic institution, set up in the capital of related countries to represent the sending country’s significant economic, commercial, political, cultural and military links with the resident country, even the whole world. Consular functions are the main obligation of the embassy, which including passport issued and deferred to its own citizens, or issue a visa to foreign citizens. Having the same function, the Consulate, as the representing institute, can be located in some cities of foreign countries to offer the visa application & issue service.

Chinese Embassies & Consulates in Foreign Countries

There are over 160 Chinese Embassies and over 80 Chinese Consulates spreading overseas. According to local condition, there are multi-consulates in some certain country, like America, Canada, Australia, etc. to service you better for Chinese Visa application and issue in your own country.

Below is the part of the whole list, ranking from A-Z. Each embassy has website for you to know more details, including the telephone number, Office Hours, Payment, documents required for different types of visa application and more. Or you can just find generally receivable Chinese Visa info at www.china-embassy.org or www.china-consulate.org.

Host CountryEmbassyConsulate
America Chinese Embassy in New York
Consulate General of PRC in Chicago;
Consulate General of PRC in Houston;
Consulate General of PRC in New York;
Consulate General of PRC in Los Angeles;
Consulate General of PRC in San Francisco;
Australia Chinese Embassy in Canberra
Consulate General of PRC in Brisbane;
Consulate General of PRC in Melbourne;
Consulate General of PRC in Perth;
Consulate General of PRC in Sydney;
Canada Chinese Embassy in Ottawa
Consulate General of PRC in Calgary;
Consulate General of PRC in Toronto;
Consulate General of PRC in Vancouver;
Consulate General of PRC in Montreal;
France Chinese Embassy in Paris
Consulate General of PRC in Marseille;
Consulate General of PRC in Strasbourg;
Consulate-General of PRC in Lyons;
Consulate-General of PRC in Saint-Denis;
Germany Chinese Embassy in Berlin
Consulate General of PRC in Frankfurt;
Consulate General of PRC in Hamburg;
Consulate General of PRC in Munich;
India Chinese Embassy in New Delhi
The Consulate General in Mumbai ;
The consulate General in Kolkata;
Ireland Chinese Embassy in Dublin
Italy Chinese Embassy in Rome
Consulate General of PRC in Firenze;
Consulate General of PRC in Milan;
Malaysia Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur Consulate-General of PRC in Kuching
Netherlands Chinese Embassy in Hague
New Zealand Chinese Embassy in Wellington
Consulate General of PRC in Auckland;
Consulate General of PRC in Christchurch;
Singapore Chinese Embassy in Singapore
Spain Chinese Embassy in Madrid Consulate General of PRC in Barcelona
Switzerland Chinese Embassy in Bern
Consulate General of PRC in Zurich
Thailand Chinese Embassy in Bangkok
The Consulate General in Chiang Mai;
The Consulate General in Songkhla;
U.K. Chinese Embassy in London
Consulate General of PRC in Edinburgh;
Consulate General of PRC in Manchester;

Foreign Embassies & Consulates in China

In China, there are about 150 foreign embassies are located in Beijing and many consulates in some big cities, including Hong Kong (89), Shanghai (72), Guangzhou (43), Chengdu (15), Chongqing (10), Shenyang (7), Kunming (6), Wuhan (5), Xian (3), etc. You can easily contact them to ask for help without go back to your own country, if you have some problem related to passport and visa when traveling in China.

Major Embassy/Consular Services, including

● Applying for a passport for minors and adults - including renewal, replacement, and temporary travel documents;

● Adding visa pages to a valid passport;

● Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA);

● Applying for a first Passport for children born abroad;

● Notarial Services;

● Getting Married in China;

● …

For those who want to travel China, Chinese Embassies and Consulates overseas (check table list on bottom) give quite a convenience by offering Consular Affairs Section and consulate office to handle visa submission and collection.

How to apply a Chinese Visa (L)

Before handing in your application to the Chinese embassy and consulate in your own country, you must make sure that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in denial of the visa or refusal of entry into China.

You can submit your application in person, or use an agent. Sometimes, you may be required to come to the visa office in person to have an interview as deems necessary by a consular officer. Please check the following steps to finish your application (for HKSAR or Macao SAR application, the process may vary in some way).

Visa Application Documents

What’s your main purpose for China visit decides your Visa Types and the related documents for your visa application. For ordinary visitors, the Tourist Visa is mostly applied with following documents.

Passport: Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

Visa Application Form & Photo: One completed Visa Application Form typed with a recently-taken color 48X33mm photo of bare-head, full face against a light background attached. Note: mail-in/online/fax applications are not acceptable. While if you apply your Chinese Visa to The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) in your country, the mail-in service is acceptable.

Proof of legal stay or residence status: If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or Chinese visas: For foreign citizens who were Chinese once. If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page. Or if you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

Documents of your itinerary in China: the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. Or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual) Note: If the applicant is a child born in the U. S. to a Chinese parent, the visa requirements are different.

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