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 Dec. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in South Africa
Asked by Shameemah salie from SOUTH AFRICA | Feb. 06, 2020 04:49Reply
Cancellation of travel due to coronavirus
Our clients have cancelled their trip to China due to Coronavirus. Accomodation and flights has been refunded however chinese embassy in South Africa wants to hold passport and force payment on a visa which cannot be used. That is extremely bad for future business to China. Please advise on reason for attempting to enforce payments on a visa in these situations.Very bad reflection on China
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 08, 2020 21:05

Dear, actually, whether you will use the visa, you must pay for it because the consular officers have worked on it. And the truth is that you can use this visa to enter China during its validity as soon as the virus situation ends.
Asked by IAN Veldsman from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 23, 2020 02:09Reply
How do Swiss Passport holders Apply for Visa from Mpumalanga?
I want to travel to China in early February
Answers (1)
Answered by Hanks from SOUTH AFRICA | Feb. 02, 2020 18:14

You can apply for it from the China Visa Center in Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town. Just choose the one nearest to your address.
Asked by Alex Coggins from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 22, 2019 00:08Reply
What is the cost of a Z Visa for a South African citizen?
Answers (2)
Answered by Ella Lenyai from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 22, 2019 19:31

How much will I pay for work visa Z at the embassy of China in Pretoria ?
Answered by Ali weheliye from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 05, 2019 00:39

Hi good day I'm willing to travel to china for business please can you help me the way can I get it Visa thank you
Asked by Msizi from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 17, 2019 00:41Reply
Application form filled using a computer
I just want to know if I can fill the application form online, print and sign it before submitting it to the embassy or do I have to fill it manually?
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 18, 2019 00:33

You can fill it online, print it and sign it.
Asked by Shahid from PAKISTAN | Nov. 12, 2019 01:58Reply
Macau visa for Pakistani passport
Hi I am Pakistani national holding a valid permit I want to apply visa for Macau can i apply here and what is the way
Answers (1)
Answered by Kira from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 12, 2019 19:40

Yes, you can apply via the CVASC in South Africa or directly send the documents to the Macau side by post.
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