Chinese Embassy in U.S.A.

 From Jan. 1, 2024, tourist visa (L-Visa)  applicants within the US needn't submit materials like round-trip air ticket booking record, hotel reservation, invitation letter …

  Detail Procedure for Application 
   (How to Apply - Processing Time - Visa Fees - Pick-up, etc)
  For Children Born in USA with Chinese Descent Going to China

Ambassador: Mr. Xiefeng
Minister: Mr. Jing Quan
Address: 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, USA
Tel: +1-202-4952266
Fax: +1-202-4952138
Email:  chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn
Website: http://us.china-embassy.org/eng/

Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in U.S.A.

Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20007, USA
Telephone Consulting Service: +1-202-8551555
Fax: +1-202-5252056
Email: washington_visa@csm.mfa.gov.cn
Office Hours: 09:30-14:30, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Consular Districts of the Embassy/Consulates in U.S.A

Embassy/Consulate Consular Jurisdiction
Embassy of PRC in Washington DC Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
Consulate General of PRC in Chicago Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
Consulate General of PRC in New York Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Consulate General of PRC in Los Angeles Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Southern California, Pacific Islands
Consulate General of PRC in San Francisco Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Major Visa Types & Requirements


Tourist (L) It is issued to those who comes for tourism. Group L is available for tourists who travel on a group basis.
Business (M) It is issued to those who intend to go there for commercial and trade activities.
Noncommercial Visit (F) It is issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.
Employment/Work (Z) It is issued to an alien who comes for a post, employment, or commercial performance.
Student (X)

It is issued to foreigners who go to study in China.
X1 is issued to those who intend to stay for a period of more than 180 days, while X2 is issued to those who intend to stay for a period of no more than 180 days.

Family Reunion (Q) It is issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go there for the purpose of foster care.
Q1 grants a stay of more than 180 days, while Q2 allows a stay of no more than 180 days.
Private Visit (S) it is issued to family members of foreigners with work Z and student X in China or visit for other private affairs.
S1 is for immediate family members, and S2 is for all family members including spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
Transit (G)

It is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his or her way to a third country (or region).

Talent (R) It is issued to aliens who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.
D It issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

How to Apply -- Processing Time -- Visa Fees -- Pick-up

10-year China Visa for US Citizens

The Chinese Embassy in the USA accepts 10-year multiple-entry (L / M / Q2 / S2 type) and 5-year multiple entry (X1 type) visa applications. The required documents for the above-mentioned entry permits are basically the same as before. However, applicants please note that the remaining validity of passport should not be less than one year. Each allowed stay duration of ten-year L / M type shall be 60 days, 90 days for the S2 type, and 120 days for the Q2 type. The stay of Q2 type can be 180 days at most upon the applicant’s reasonable request. If the applicant gets a new passport but has a valid Chinese entry permit on the old passport, he or she can travel with both passports provided that the personal details on both papers are exactly consistent. The fee for a 10-year entry permit is 140 dollars.

2024 Holiday Schedule of the Embassy in Washington D.C. 

To observe the public holidays of PRC and the United States, the consular office will be closed on the following festivals in 2023.

Festivals Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Monday
Martin Luther King Day January 15 Monday
Chinese New Year February 12 - 14 Monday - Wednesday
Presidents' Day February 19 Monday
US Easter April 1 Monday
May Day May 1 - 3 Wednesday - Friday
Memorial Day May 27 Monday
Dragon Boat Festival June 10 Monday
Independence Day July 4 Thursday
US Labor Day September 2 Monday
Chinese National Day October 1 - 4 Tuesday - Friday
American Veterans Day November 11 Monday
US Thanksgiving Day November 28 - 29 Thursday - Friday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday
 Please contact Embassy of U.S.A. in PRC if Americans are in problems there.

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- Last updated on Jan. 02, 2024 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Embassy in U.S.A.
Asked by Jennifer Hernandez from USA | Apr. 05, 2024 00:06Reply
About the tourist visa
As an us citizen If I travel to Thailand and from there to Shanghai do I still need to do the visa. It will be the same process or different. And from there to USA
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | Apr. 07, 2024 01:39

Yes, you still need a China visa. You shall apply in your home country. Applying in a third country, the rejection rate will be higher.
Asked by Hong Yang from UNITED STATES | Jan. 19, 2024 07:51Reply
Can I bring American Ginseng to China as gift?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana | Jan. 21, 2024 18:20

Generally, it is not allowed.
Asked by michael from PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA | Jan. 18, 2024 10:23Reply
How to travel to china with prescription and non-prescription medications
Details of bringing medication including packaging, amount of supply, kinds of meds etc. for both prescription and non-prescription medications on a family visit to china
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Jan. 18, 2024 20:01

Well, it is better to take prescriptions and declare all the medicines you take.
Asked by Bruce Mills from USA | Jan. 17, 2024 11:04Reply
I have a valid visa issued 17 August 2015 and expiring 17 August 2025 in an expired passport.
I intend on travelling to China soon and then periodically for next 5 years. I am with a different company than I was with when the original visa was issued. Should I get a new visa in my new passport now based on my new employment? thanks very much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy | Jan. 17, 2024 17:02

You can apply for a new visa when it expires. Now, you can take both of your passports to China.
Asked by Vincent Wing Gong from UNITED STATES | Jan. 04, 2024 07:14Reply
First time trying to apply for Chinese visa
Hi, I was born in the United States in 1972. My parents became naturalized citizens of the US in 1977. When they received their citizenship they turned in their permanent resident (green) cards. Now I'm trying to apply for the Chinese visa for the first time. The consulate is asking for my parents green cards and Chinese passports. What if they don't have them anymore? Also my dad passed away in 2004, so I don't know if his documents exist anymore.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelly | Jan. 07, 2024 22:07

It doesn't affect a lot and you can just elaborate it to the embassy.
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