China Visa

China Visa

China Visa Types

  • Tourist (L) Issued to aliens who are going to PRC for tourism.
  • Business (M) Issued to aliens who are going to PRC for business and trade activities.
  • Student (X) Issued to aliens who are going for study, furthering studies.
  • Work (Z) Issued to aliens who are going for a post or employment.
  • Transit (G) Issued to aliens who are going to a third country in transit of PRC.
  • Private Visit (S) Issued to family members of foreigners residing in China for work, study, etc.
  • Family Reunion (Q) Issued to relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners with permanent residence permit residing in PRC.
  • Noncommercial Visit (F) Issued to aliens who are invited to a lecture, scientific-technological & cultural exchanges, study tours, etc.
  • Talent (R) Issued to high-level personnel and much-needed highly talented people.
  • Crew (C) Issued to crewmembers involving international-based transportation by trains, airway and ships and their accompanying family members.
  • Resident (D) Issued to aliens who are going to reside permanently in PRC.
  • Journalist (J-1, J-2) Issued to foreign journalists for the purpose of reporting from PRC.


Do you need a visa to travel to China?

If holding an ordinary passport, you need to apply for a visa for China unless you are covered by China’s visa exemption policy, such as the 24/72/144 hours visa free transit schemes, Hainan 30-day visa-free access, visa exemption for tour groups meeting certain requirements, and visa-free entry for holders of APEC Business Travel Card. It’s worth mention that nationals of countries which have reached mutual visa-exemption agreements with China, like Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Qatar and Armenia, can also enjoy free entry to China. Those who hold a Chinese Temporary Residence Permit don’t need a visa for China either within the Residence Permit’s validity.

How to apply a visa for China?

 Step 1: Read the application requirements carefully and collect all required documents.

 Step 2: Visit the Chinese embassy or consulate in charge of your residence district and submit the application documents. In countries where there are Chinese Visa Application Centers (CVASC), you may need to go to the CVASC. Mail service in some countries is available.

 Step 3: Pay the fee and collect your passport and visa on the date shown on the pick-up slip. If you use mail service, just wait for your mail.

China Embassies

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC, USA
Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
Chinese Embassy in London, UK
Chinese Embassy in Canberra, Australia
Chinese Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand
 More Chinese Embassies and Consulates
- Last modified on Jun. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by Mitch from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 09, 2020 09:31Reply
Hi can I ask question how to get a domestic helper visa and what requirement Need to pass ..
Asked by HOPEFOREVER17 | Jul. 07, 2020 05:46Reply
60 day automatic visa
Actually today I went to the immigration office, and they told me there is nothing we have to do as well. Everyone is getting an automatic 60-day extension. So My work and resident permit is valid on July 14. I want to return home, but because there are no flights in the epidemic. The government is arranging some charter flights The plan is July 29, but it has not yet been decided. It should be around the 29th. I have a registration form for accommodation opened by the local police station. It is valid until September 6. Do I need to extend or apply for a visa 60 day visa because of the epidemic? what kind of application do I need to apply for and what information do I need to prepare? I need help
Asked by Jimmy from CANADA | Jul. 06, 2020 03:43Reply
convert tourist to Z visa in china, is it possible?
My wife (Canadian) lost her job in china due to the foreign banned in China., her employer will cancel her work permit.. Once the ban gets lifted will be possible for her to enter China under tourist visa, find a new job and convert it to Z visa ? Or spouse visa to Z visa ? Or she must apply for a new Z visa in Canada ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lilian from CANADA | Jul. 09, 2020 01:19

Jimmy, yes, it will be possible to enter China under tourist visa and convert it to a z visa after she gets a job.
Asked by Mike from USA | Jul. 05, 2020 10:18Reply
Do I need a new visa
I currently have a valid 10 year visa but it was issued before Covid 19. Do I need a new visa to travel to China under current regulations?
Answers (1)
Answered by Austin from IRELAND | Jul. 08, 2020 23:35

Mike, you cannot travel to China now, but after China lifts the ban of entry, you can enter China with your current visa.
Asked by Yusran from INDONESIA | Jul. 01, 2020 21:22Reply
Visa Stay to apply work permit in Shanghai
Hi I am Yusran. I have just graduated from Jilin University. My current resident permit is going to expire and now i am planning to apply temporary stay Visa.
I am going to start a job in Shanghai. Can I apply work permit in Shanghai with stay Visa?. A fried told me, that i must leave China first before applying work permit and work Visa if your current visa is stay Visa. Is this correct? please give an quick response. thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Jude from USA | Jul. 02, 2020 00:46

Yusran, you can have a try to apply for a work visa while you are in China on a temporary stay permit.
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