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 Nov. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by babu from INDIA | Nov. 12, 2020 17:36Reply
i cancelled my work permit,but i did not cancelled my residence shall i stay in china?
i cancelled my work permit,but i did not cancelled my residence shall i stay in china? for another 2 months ...because there is no flights available now.....and i want to spend time in china... Please let me know .thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric | Nov. 15, 2020 23:51

Well, in this case, you had better go to the local exit and entry bureau to renew your residence permit.
Asked by TT from CANADA | Nov. 05, 2020 01:01Reply
Almost Expiring Tai Bao Zheng
I was wondering if I would be able to enter China this December with my Tai Bao Zheng that is expiring in January 2021, or does it have to be valid for a certain amount of time?
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Answered by Elvis | Nov. 08, 2020 23:39

I think you can use this to enter mainland China.
Asked by eddie from PAKISTAN | Oct. 31, 2020 02:51Reply
I'm holding a long-term family reunion visa Q1, can i change it to z visa within china without exit?
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Answered by Judy | Nov. 01, 2020 23:21

Yes, it's possible if you can get a job offer in China.
Asked by G from UNITED STATES | Oct. 29, 2020 20:51Reply
Can I enter China with work visa right now?
Hi, I currently reside in the US but hold a Malaysian passport. I am wondering if I am able to apply and enter with a new Chinese work visa when I receive my job offer? Or only people who hold work visa and resident permit can enter? I do not have a resident permit yet so I am wondering if I can enter with a work visa due to the circumstances of COVID.
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Answered by Tom | Nov. 01, 2020 23:20

If you didn't have a residence permit of China before, it's not easy to get a work visa now, but you can still have a try.
Asked by Sunny from SRI LANKA | Oct. 27, 2020 15:19Reply
Two month automatic visa extension
Is the two month automatic visa extension still in effect ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy | Oct. 29, 2020 20:01

I'm afraid not. Anyway, you can go to the local PSB to confirm this.
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