South Africa

China Embassy in South Africa

 Visa Application Form of PRC

Ambassador: Mr. Chen Xiaodong
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.

2021 Public Holidays of the Embassy

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Friday
Chinese New Year February 11 - 17 Thursday - Wednesday
Qingming Festival April 5 Monday
International Labor Day May 3 - 5 Monday - Wednesday
Dragon Boat Festival June 14 Monday
Mid-Autumn Festival  September 20 - 21 Monday - Tuesday
Chinese National Day October 1 - 7 Friday - Thursday

  Please contact Embassy of South Africa in China if South Africans have problems there.
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- Last modified on Jan. 19, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in South Africa
Asked by Ali from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 13, 2021 02:21Reply
do i need a visa to enter china if i have an south african passport
Answers (1)
Answered by L | Jan. 14, 2021 05:31

Yes, everyone needs a visa to enter China doesn't matter which country you're from.
Asked by Clarissa from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 29, 2020 00:17Reply
when will pu letters be issued for china
I have a teaching job that I'm meant to start in Feb 2021, however was told that chinese government is no longer issuing PU letters and work permits. Any idea when they will start again?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona | Dec. 31, 2020 01:04

Sorry, no one knows this...
Asked by Dan-Alex from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 26, 2020 05:51Reply
Are visas being issued for South Africans traveling to China as I'm getting no response.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ken | Dec. 31, 2020 00:05

As far as I know, only those in emergent cases can apply for a visa of China at the CVASC in JHB.
Asked by Mr N.N from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 16, 2020 09:02Reply
VISA Proof of payment
Good day.

I applied for a VISA at the start of 2020 and paid for it. The Visa was issued in mid Jan, but I was not able to travel due to lockdown. The organization that had invited me to China has offered to refund my visa expenses if I can provide the official invoice from the embassy. I no longer have that and need to know who I can speak to to get a copy of that.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leona | Dec. 24, 2020 19:43

Dear, did you get the visa through the visa center in South Africa? If yes, please contact the visa center.
Asked by Miss G from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 15, 2020 18:46Reply
New Z visa applications for teachers
Hi there! Can anyone please help with any info at all concerning when they think or if they received some info from their HR regarding when South African teachers will be allowed to apply for new z visas? Or when the Embassies in SA will be open for us again? Please, anyone?
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace | Dec. 17, 2020 22:30

Sorry, I haven't heard any info about this.
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