China Consulate in San Francisco, USA

 Visa Application Form of PRC
  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

Consul General: Mr. Luo Linquan
Address: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Tel: +1-415-852 5900
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 13:30-17:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Consular Office of Chinese Consulate in San Francisco

Tel: +1-415-852 5941 (service staff, 15:30-17:00 on working days) 
Fax: +1-415-852-5940
Consular Protection Hotline: +1-415-852 5924 (working hours), +1-415-216 8525 (non-working hours)
Office Hours: 09:00-14:30 Monday-Friday (except holidays) 

Consular Districts

Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska

If you don't reside in these regions, please contact the consulate in your region. Otherwise, your application will be delayed or even denied.

Important Notice

Please do not bring any audio/video electronic devices, such as camera, video camera and video/audio recorder, MP3s, or PDAs as they are not allowed within the Consulate. The consul also strongly advises that you do not bring large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages as there are no storage facilities on Consulate grounds.

Means of Payment

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.
1. Money Order, Cashier's Check, and Company Check made payable to "Chinese Consulate General".
2. Credit Card and Debit Card - ONLY Visa/Master Card are acceptable.
Please note: Cash and Personal check are not acceptable.

Mail Applications are not acceptable

The Consulate in San Francisco does not accept mailed applications. And the mailing back service is not available as well.

2020 Holiday Schedule

Festivals Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Wednesday
Martin Luther King's Birthday January 20 Monday
Chinese New Year January 27 & 28 Monday & Tuesday
Qingming Festival April 6 Monday
Labor Day May 1 Friday
Memorial Day May 25 Monday
Independence Day July 3 Friday
US Labor Day September 7 Monday
Chinese National Day & Mid-Autumn Festival October 1 & 2 Thursday & Friday
Thanksgiving Day November 26 & 27 Thursday & Friday
Christmas Day December 25 Friday

Map of the Consulate General in San Francisco

How to Get to the Consulate General?

1450 Laguna Street is at the intersection of Laguna and Geary streets.

If you go Freeway 101, exit at Fell and Laguna streets, and then turn right at the first traffic light on to Laguna Street.

The consulate is about 0.6 mile ahead on your right hand side.

You can also take Bus No. 38 and get off at Laguna to reach there.

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- Last modified on May. 10, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Consulate in San Francisco
Asked by CAROL ANN MINTZ from UNITED STATES | May. 06, 2020 16:53Reply
When will San Francisco Chinese Consulate open to process Z visas?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from USA | May. 10, 2020 20:29

Carol, it's not known yet. You can keep attention on the website of the Chinese consulate in SF or call the consular section there. Tel.: 312-453-0210.
Asked by Jing LIANG from US | Mar. 19, 2020 09:08Reply
Is the China Consulate office open for China Passport renewal on Friday, 3/20/20?
Due to Shelter In Place order, does the office remain open?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ross from USA | Mar. 23, 2020 00:48

As far as I know, it has closed.
Asked by Maureen Sharp from UNITED STATES | Dec. 09, 2019 16:14Reply
arriving in Shanghai 2-29-20 for a cruise. Will go directly from airport to ship using ship transpo
Do we need to have a chinese visa to go from Shanghai airport directly to the cruise ship in Shanghai. We will return to USA 2 weeks later from Hong Kong airport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Giobert from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 09, 2019 19:18

Maureen, if the immediate ports before and after Shanghai are different and not in China, you can enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Shanghai.
Asked by FRANK W WREDE from USA | Oct. 25, 2019 16:17Reply
my passport expires dec 19 china, the visa in it expires 2025 USA
my passport expires dec 19 china, the visa in it expires 2025 USA , so do I still need to update my passport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Amber from USA | Oct. 27, 2019 20:27

Yes, you need. However, it won't affect you to use this visa. You can carry both the old and new passports to enter China.
Asked by Lucia from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 10:49Reply
I have layover in China--am I eligible to leave the airport without visa? I have an USA Passport
I will be in China for less than 10hrs for a layover and leaving the airport to shower at a hotel and rest for a few hours. I have an American passport. Do I still need to apply for a visa? If so, which one?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Haide from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 19:27

Dear, actually you can enjoy the 24h visa-free transit, but I'm not sure whether you are allowed to leave the airport because your layover is short. It's to be decided by the immigration officer. You can choose a flight route with longer layover in China to enhance the possibility. In many cities, you can enjoy 72 or 144 h visa-free transit.
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