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 Sep. 07, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in South Africa
Asked by Leon van Blommestein from SOUTH AFRICA | Sep. 23, 2020 22:34Reply
PU letter, Embassy reopening date, residence permit expires
Hello. Is a PU letter still required now that the borders are slowly reopening? I saw it's not required for some European countries and wondered if it's valid for South Africans as well.

Also when exactly will the embassy reopen? I've heard it could be on September 28th, is this true.

Last my residence permit will expire on October 9th, but I still have a valid work permit. What are the requirements to reapply for a Z visa?

Thank you
Asked by Carmen from SOUTH AFRICA | Sep. 23, 2020 01:28Reply
Do I need a PU letter to travel back after lockdown ends…Oct 15th,
My resident permit issued in 2019 has not expired…/if it has, do I need a PU letter to apply for a Z visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Sep. 23, 2020 19:53

Yes, you need to renew your Z visa at the Chinese visa center by providing a PU letter.
Asked by Johan Hugo from SOUTH AFRICA | Sep. 21, 2020 05:23Reply
Visiting China for business
What are the current requirements needed in terms of Covid testing if I need to visit China in November, besides the normal visa documents? Is isolation required when arriving in China, and if so, for how long?
Answers (1)
Answered by Darcy | Sep. 23, 2020 19:49

You need to provide a certificate made within the three days before your departure showing that you are negative. After you enter China, it's required to do the test again and be quarantined for 14 days.
Asked by Christopher from SOUTH AFRICA | Sep. 19, 2020 01:43Reply
Return to China
Hi, my son is a student in China. Now that international travel is permitted for 1st October, what are the requirements for him to return to China to continue with his studies. His permit is still valid. Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Greta | Sep. 21, 2020 00:14

He needs to renew his visa at the visa center.
Answered by Christopher | Sep. 21, 2020 01:05

He has valid study permit and does not need any visa. The question was, what are the requirements to travel back to China? Does he need negative Covid-19 test result and any other documents?
Thank you
Asked by Barry Alberts from SOUTH AFRICA | Sep. 17, 2020 00:24Reply
Chinese embassy authentication
Is it possible to authenticate documents in South Africa at the Chinese embassy. Need to authenticate my police clearance before i can apply for PU letter
Answers (1)
Answered by Barbara | Sep. 21, 2020 00:13

It seems that the embassy is still closed so that you can't do the authentication.
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