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.

2019 Public Holidays of the Embassy

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Tuesday
Chinese New Year February 4 - 6 Monday - Wednesday
Qingming Festival April 5 Friday
International Labor Day May 1 Wednesday
Dragon Boat Festival June 7 Friday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 13 Friday
Chinese National Day September 30 - October 2 Monday - Wednesday

  Please contact Embassy of South Africa in China if South Africans have problems there.
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- Last modified on May. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in South Africa
Asked by Sunet from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 15, 2019 08:08Reply
I am going to china to teach and I need to apply for a work permit.
What documents are needed for the application and where do I go?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoe from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 16, 2019 00:39

Sunet, your employer should get the work permit for you from China rather than yourself. Your degree, health certificate, non-criminal record may be required for the application.
Asked by Ntombz from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 15, 2019 02:05Reply
Aunthenticating documents ie degree certificate and police clearence certificate
My sister is going to China to teach for a year, they need her to sent through her degree and police clearance certificate but they need those copies authenticated instead of certified. Where will she get these done and is there a cost involved.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kath from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 15, 2019 23:35

The deeds or certificates should be authenticated by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO) and then submitted to the Chinese Embassy/Consulate-General for authentication. The fee is free.
Asked by Duncan Sutcliffe from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 13, 2019 01:43Reply
What all is needed to apply for a Chinese Z visa?
1) can i apply in Pretoria anywhere?
2) what documents do i need to apply for the Z visa?
3) Do i need to make an appointment?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from CANADA | Aug. 14, 2019 18:17

You should go to the China Visa Application Service Center in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town
The needed documnets are: a valid passport, a compeleted visa application form with a recently-taken photo, Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit or Permit for Foreign Experts Working.
From the website of CVASC you could download the visa application form and make a appointment.
Asked by Dalene Pretorius from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 12, 2019 06:59Reply
I've read somewhere that the visa application must be hand written.
Please confirm if a completed typed version will be sufficient.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ken from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 12, 2019 18:53

According to the CVASC in South Africa, you may complete an Online Application Form on computer, print it out and sign it; or, you can download the application form from its website and fill it out manually and sign it.
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