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 Jan. 19, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by Ifeanyi Precious from NIGER | Jan. 17, 2021 13:44Reply
What Visa will be needed to go to China
What Visa will iuse for importation of fabric in China
Answers (1)
Answered by Melinda | Jan. 18, 2021 00:32

You need a business M visa.
Asked by Tams from AUSTRALIA/CHINA | Jan. 16, 2021 18:25Reply
Change from Work to Tourist Visa in China in 2021
I am currently on a work visa that ends at the end of April. I understand that usually I could do this ta my local PSB but that China is not currently granting tourist visas.
Does that mean I cannot change to tourist status even though I am already in the country?
Has anyone been able to change from Z visa to L visa within China recently?
Answers (3)
Answered by Irene | Jan. 18, 2021 00:34

Actually if you do not continue to work in China, the officer may ask you to buy a ticket and exit from China before your visa expires.
Answered by Tams | Jan. 19, 2021 19:29

Yes, I understand that if I am not granted an extension to my stay, I need to leave the country. I also know that, in normal times, I could apply towards the end of my work visa, for a tourist visa, to stay on for a month or two to see some of China.
Currently they are not granting tourist visas outside China, because people are not allowed to enter China for tourism, to limit the spread of the pandemic.
What I want to know if they are currently allowing a change to tourist status inside China.
Answered by Irene | Jan. 25, 2021 00:58

Yes, this is allowed.
Asked by bastien from SPAIN | Jan. 11, 2021 08:23Reply
Application for Visa Z

I'm a french citizen, but living in Spain for the last few years. I 'd like to know if a Visa Z can be granted as i have a job offer in shanghai.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jerry | Jan. 18, 2021 00:33

Dear, you can have a try. Currently, the situation in Spain is not clear because of the epidemic problem.
Asked by Vecchio from VIETNAM | Jan. 11, 2021 01:35Reply
Chinese Visa Z
Currently, we are proceeding for PU letter and The Chinese Work Permit Notice, but we have a problem for Medical examination report at an authorized hospital by China Consulate. Could you please let me know how can we check the authorized hospital in Vietnam for health check-up. Many thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric | Jan. 17, 2021 22:54

You can browse the website of the Chinese embassy in Vietnam to see if there is a list of authorized hospitals. If not, please call the embassy to confirm whether the hospital you intend to go is an authorized one.
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