South Africa

China Embassy in South Africa

 Visa Application Form of PRC

Ambassador: Mr. Tian Xuejun
Address: 972 Pretorius Street, Arcadia 0083, Pretoria, South Africa
Tel: +27-12-4316514
Fax: +27-12-4316590

Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in South Africa

Address: 255 Athlone Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Tel: +27-12-4316537
Fax: +27-12-4307620
Tel for Consular Assistance: +27-0785857708
Office Hours: 08:30-12:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Consular Districts of the Consulates

Consulate General Consular Jurisdiction
The Embassy in Pretoria Pretoria Region, North West Province, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga Province, the Kingdom of Swaziland
The Consulate General in Cape Town Eastern Cape Province, Western Cape Province, Northern Cape Province
The Consulate General in Durban KwaZulu-Natal Province
The Consulate General in Johannesburg Gauteng Province, Free State Province (Orange Free State)

Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC)

From March 18, 2015,  the Center is responsible for receiving applications of ordinary passport holders for visiting mainland PRC. Postal service for applications is currently not available. Online appointment is not mandatory but strongly recommended.

Meanwhile, the Consular Section of the Embassy will only receive applications from diplomatic or (official) service passport holders and Hong Kong/Macao visa applicants. The Consular Section of the Embassy will not accept application sent by post.

Detailed Information for CVASC:
Address: 14th Floor, Sandton City Office Tower, Corner Rivonia Road & 5th Street, Sandhurst Ext3. Santon 2196 Johannesburg, RSA
Tel: +27 11 5059300
Fax: +27 86 6474899
Business Hours: Monday - Friday
Submission: 09:00 -15:00 (rush applications should be submitted before 11:30 am.)
Collection and Payment: 09:00 -16:00 (rush applications should be picked up after 11:00 am. on the next day)

Visa Fees (ZAR)

South Africans

Types Regular Express Rush
3-month Single Entry 800 1,300 1,600
6-month Double Entry 900 1,400 1,700
6-month Multi-Entry 1,100 1,600 1,900
12-month Multi-Entry 1,300 1,800 2,100

US citizens

Types Regular Express Rush
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 1,900 2,400 2,700


Types Regular Express Rush
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 1,350 1,850 2,150

Citizens of Other Countries

Types Regular Express Rush
3-month Single Entry 800 1,300 1,600
6-month Double Entry 1,000 1,500 1,800
6-month Multi-Entry 1,200 1,700 2,000
12-month Multi-Entry 1,600 2,100 2,400

1. Regular service takes 4 working days; express service takes 3 working days; rush service takes 2 working days.
2. Debit Card, Credit Card and cash are acceptable.
3. Service option provided by Durban Satellite Office: The processing time is usually 6 working days. If you need a shorter processing time, please submit the application to Johannesburg Visa Application Centre.

2020 Public Holidays of the Embassy

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Wednesday
Chinese New Year January 24 - 31 Friday - Thursday
Qingming Festival April 6 Monday
International Labor Day May 1 Friday
Dragon Boat Festival June 25 - 26 Thursday - Friday
Mid-Autumn Festival & Chinese National Day October 1 - 8 Thursday - Thursday

  Please contact Embassy of South Africa in China if South Africans have problems there.
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- Last modified on Apr. 29, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in South Africa
Asked by A. Jooste from SOUTH AFRICA | Jul. 14, 2020 00:29Reply
Do you have a special program for people who has to return for work, study?
We are stuck in SA due to Covid 19. My husband needs to return to work and my daughter to university. We already received a permission letter from Nanjing but apparently needs to reapply for visas. Do you have a special program for that in place?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eason from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 16, 2020 00:34

Yes, as far as I know, China has established a green channel with some countries. You can contact the embassy to see if you are now eligible for applying a special visa and use it to enter China ASAP.
Asked by J Loots from CHINA SA | Jun. 30, 2020 08:10Reply
Hunanitarian Family seperation visa
Our 2 children got stuck in SA and we are in China. Can we apply for S2 visa yet?
Answers (1)
Answered by Susan from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 02, 2020 01:14

Sorry, they can't apply for S2 visa at present because the border has been closed.
Asked by Jared from CHINA | Jun. 29, 2020 01:21Reply
Hi my police clearance is being released from Dirco and needs to be notarized for my work permit.ito
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 02, 2020 01:11

Jared, what is your question?
Asked by K from SOUTH AFRICA | Jun. 19, 2020 12:57Reply
If I've been sent my admission notice from my university in China.
Am I able to start applying for a Visa through the embassy now. Especially with the pandemic
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew from SOUTH AFRICA | Jun. 22, 2020 00:04

You are not, because the visa center has closed temporarily due to the COVID 19.
Asked by André van Niekerk from SOUTH AFRICA | Jun. 15, 2020 20:42Reply
Required to travel to work for CNOOC in the South-China Sea
Does China have any program in place to issue visas to essential workers during the Covid-19 lockdown period? I am urgently required to start working, but the China Visa Application Centre is closed. I need to apply for my workpermit.
Answers (1)
Answered by Audrey from USA | Jun. 17, 2020 23:46

So far, there is no special policy for those who need to work in China urgently. You may ask the company to see if they have any way to solve this problem.
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