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. 01, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by P_S_03 | Jun. 14, 2019 04:29Reply
Indian National with British Bachelors Degree willing to apply for China Work Visa
Dear All,

I am an Indian national, currently living in China.
I hold a Bachelors' degree from UK.
I would like to apply for Work Visa. As per my knowledge, I need to attest or notarize my degree certificate document from the Chinese Embassy in UK.

Please clarify my above doubt.
Secondly, help me go through the process of getting this document and any other documents required for applying the work visa.
Answers (1)
Answered by Elena from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 19:14

Dear, you should notarize your bachelor degree at notary public in the UK and authenticate it at Chinese Embassy in the UK. Plus, you should get job offer and work permit first and then bring valid passport, application form and recent photo, and work permit to apply for work visa.
Asked by Shawn Mei from CANADA | Jun. 13, 2019 09:33Reply
What to do if I missed my visa application appointment?
What should I do if I missed my Chinese Visa application appointment? Who can I call to re-book? Can I go online and re-apply with previous application... “Start a new form with personal information based on previously completed applications?” (was on the web site?). Or Start all over again and re-apply...I just didn't want to get flagged as applying twice...kind of looks suspicious?
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Answered by Jerry from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 00:22

Dear, you may start all over again and reapply the appointment. You can contact with CVASC in Canada for confirmation.
Asked by Samuel Rowlands from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 13, 2019 06:33Reply
Same company - but moving to different city?
My company is transferring me between cities (Nanjing to Shenzhen), although my company is staying the same, my residence permit (the “issued at” box) in my passport will continue to say Nanjing. Is this an issue? The company remains the same, they are just transferring me to the company headquarters. After registering at the police, like normal, I feel like I should be fine, correct?
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 00:45

Dear, you can renew your residence permit.
Asked by Qi from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 16:33Reply
90 rules for Individual income tax
I usually arrive at China 3pm on the entry day and leave 5pm on the exit day, a different day. Are the entry day and exit day counted into the 90 days of my stay for Chinese individual tax purposes if my durations for those two days are less than 24 hours?

If I stay less than 90 days in China, do I need to fill Chinese individual tax for the stipends received from China employer? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 23:04

Qi, the duration of stay is counted from the next day upon arrival, so the exit day counts in to the 90 days of your stay while the entry day not. Plus, I have no idea about your second question. You can take with your China employer about this issue.
Asked by AW from CANADA | Jun. 12, 2019 15:00Reply
Payment of visa - China - Toronto
Can I pay for my visa when I go to the Visa office for my appointment in Toronto, Canada?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kelly from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 23:50

Yes, you can.
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