China Visa Application in USA

 Visa Application Form of PRC

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

How to Apply

Submit Your Application
1. You may submit the application to the Consular Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.
2. If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or an agent to drop off your application at the consular office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.
3. No appointment is required.
4. Mailed applications are not acceptable and will be returned.

Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Thursday).
2. Express service: 2-3 working days processing, $20 will be charged per application.
3. Same day rush service: additional fee of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 12:00pm may be picked up in the afternoon on the same day).

Visa Fees

1. Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check. Cash or Personal/Company check is not acceptable.
2. Please make money order or checks payable to "Chinese Embassy".

Entry & Validity American Citizens Citizens of Other Countries
Single Entry for 3 Months USD 140 USD 30
Double Entry for 6 Months USD 140 USD 45
Multiple Entries for 6 Months USD 140 USD 60
Multiple Entries for 1 Year or 2 Years USD 140 USD 90
Multiple Entries for 10 Years USD 140 NA
* Here fees for some countries may differ from that listed above due to reciprocity, and will be charged accordingly by the Embassy.



1. On or after the pick-up date specified in the receipt, applicants can pay and pick up their passports themselves or by entrusted persons, travel agencies with the receipt. Please check your visa information carefully in the embassy, and contact the consular officer if there were any problem.
2. As of February 1st, 2010, the Consular Office of the Embassy in Washington DC will no longer provide mail back service. If anyone asks for mail back service, please contact travel agencies.

How to Identify if an Issued Chinese Visa is still Valid?

Please check carefully if the validity, number of entries and duration of stay on the obtained visa could still meet the need for the trip.

1. Validity (enter before) is the length of period that it is good for, namely from the issuing date to the deadline of entering China for the bearer of the visa. Given the number of entries are sufficient, the bearer is able to enter at anytime before 12:00am on the expiring date.

A visa becomes void once its period of validity expires regardless of whether its entries are used up or not. The holder should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit again. 

2. Entries is the number permitted to enter China during its validity. A visa becomes invalid if there is no more valid number of entries left. To use such a visa will lead to decline of entry. 

3. Duration of each stay refers to the longest period of time the bearer of a visa is permitted to stay in China from the date of entry on each visit. 

Under Chinese law, a foreign national who overstays his or her visa in China is subject to fine and other penalties. If it's necessary to stay longer than the duration of stay allowed, approval must be obtained from a local public security authority above county level 30 days before the duration of stay is running out. The bearer is permitted to stay without leaving once the application is approved.

- Last modified on Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by Steven Steele from USA | Oct. 03, 2019 13:09Reply
What type of visa do I need and how many entries if Macau is included
I will fly from Washington DC to BeiJing. Stay in BeiJing for 2 days then fly to Hong Kong. I had originally planed on taking a high speed train from Hong Kong to Guilin but Hong Kong is kindof a danger zone now. Since I couldn't change my ticket with out paying enough for another trip, I plan to take the back-door out of Hong Kong and travel from the airport over the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge to Macau and enter Mainland China from Macau and travel to Guilin. Then, I will travel to Guilin the next day for 5 days. Then I will return to Macau and cross the bridge to Hong Kong airport and then I will fly from Hong Kong to Tokyo Japan with a layover in BeiJing inbetween. After 2 days, I would then fly from Tokyo to DC with another layover in Beijing. How many entries would this count as and, thus, what type of Visa would I need? Would I need a multi-entry visa for Macau? I know this is a little complicated but any help would be appreciated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dora from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 09, 2019 19:20

Steven, if you are a USA citizen, actually you don't need visa for Macau and Hong Kong.

For mainland China, you can enjoy 144-h visa-free transit for your first entry into Beijing for 2 days. For the visit in Guilin, you need a single entry visa. For the later two layovers in Beijing, you may qualify for the visa-free transit again. In conclusion, you only need a single entry visa.
Asked by Deanne from US | Oct. 01, 2019 13:13Reply
I will be cruising from Shanghai to Beijing to Tokyo.
If I don’t leave the ship in Beijing, Still need to get a visa for this trip.
Answers (1)
Answered by Danniel from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 07, 2019 19:59

Deanne, no matter whether you wiwll leave the ship or not, as long as your layover in China is more than 24 hours, you need a visa. An alternative option is to book a tour in Shanghai, so you can enjoy visa-free stay in Shanghai and Beijing if you leave China with the same ship.
Asked by Vera Kulish from UNITED STATES | Oct. 01, 2019 11:18Reply
What paper work require to bring to apply for Visa to China?
What paper work require to bring to apply for Visa to China?
1. Application for Visa
2. passport
3. payment
4. photo
What else?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kenny from USA | Oct. 09, 2019 00:01

If you apply for a tourist visa, you also need to submit round-trip tickets and hotel bookings.
Asked by Vera Kulish from UNITED STATES | Oct. 01, 2019 11:01Reply
Where on line the pickup form? Can it be pre-filled before pick up the passport in advance?
Please let know if pick up form can be pre-filled before pick up the passport in advance? Where it is store on line?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy from USA | Oct. 08, 2019 23:59

You can't get a pickup form online. It's to be obtained after you submit your documents to the embassy.
Asked by Alexander Raikhel from UNITED STATES | Sep. 30, 2019 17:18Reply
Chinese visa on different passport
I applied to visa to China and received it on 29Aug2019. it is valid for a year with multiple entries. However, my passport was lost in mail, and I reported it as lost. I applied to a new passport and got it. Meantime, my passport with vsa was found. Now I have a valid passport with no visa and invalid passport with a valid visa. Should Iapply ot get a new visa or carry two passports? thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Edward from CANADA | Oct. 08, 2019 01:19

You can carry two passports to enter China as long as the personal particulars on both passports are exactly the same.
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