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 Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by SHENYANG | Feb. 12, 2020 03:50Reply
Tax payment
I live here in China permanently and never worked here in China and am retired and I have a full British state pension and no other income I was talking to a friend and they said that I have to pay tax on my British pension is that correct
Answers (2)
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 12, 2020 17:46

If you stay in China for more than 180 days out of one calendar year then you are expected to pay income tax for your worldwide income. Your pension's status depends on the tax agreement the UK government has with China.

Also not sure if this is the case in China, but UK pensioners' pensions do not index with inflation in Canada.
Answered by Jerry from CHINA | Feb. 14, 2020 19:39

Yes, I heard that if one's accumulated stay in China is longer than 183 days annually, then he needs to pay the tax.
Asked by Spencer from CANADA | Feb. 11, 2020 12:57Reply
Obtaining another visa.
Hi, I have just returned from traveling in china for 3 months. I would like to go back and possibly seek employment. Is there a period of time that someone must wait before applying for a new visa? or can I apply immediately?
Answers (1)
Answered by Clara from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 11, 2020 22:17

No, there is no regulation between the two times that you apply for a China visa, so you can apply for it immediately.
Asked by Alex9494 from KYRGYZSTAN | Feb. 11, 2020 08:40Reply
Stay permit visa
May I change one month stay visa to x1 in China?
Answers (2)
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 12, 2020 19:30

That is up to the local National Immigration Administration's policy.
Answered by Lyn from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 14, 2020 18:36

Yes, it's possible.
Asked by Richard from CHINA | Feb. 09, 2020 21:12Reply
Chinese visa
I am an Irish citizen who is married to a Chinese woman for the last eleven years in which we lived in the UK for seven years and decided to come to live in China from September 2015 I am retired but my wife still works my visa runs out in April 20th 2020 I would like to know when is the earliest I can apply for a new one as I would like to go on my holidays in March also I would like to know if I can apply for a permanent visa if not which one can I apply for
Answers (1)
Answered by Jacob from USA | Feb. 11, 2020 21:44

Richard, I think you are now eligible for the permanent residence of China, you can apply for it at the local exit and entry administration.
Asked by Richard from CHINA | Feb. 09, 2020 20:37Reply
Chinese visa
I am married to a Chinese for eleven years and lived in UK for seven years with her I came to live here in September 2015 I now live in China for the last four years and six months which my visa runs out in April 20th 2020 which is the earliest I can apply for a new one also can I apply for a permanent one as I would like to go on holiday if I can
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 11, 2020 06:39

The latest (not the earliest) you can apply is a month before your residence permit's expiration date. Permanent residency depends on your wife's income and there is a year-long backlog in most major cities.
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