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 Lily from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 24, 2020 03:16Reply
Tourist visa for people in Chinese 'sensitive'jobs
I understand people working in some jobs are often refused visas. Would a UK Vicar be likely to be refused a tourist visa for an organised group tour?
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Answered by John Doe | Jan. 27, 2020 05:54

It would be possible if the visa you are applying for is not a group visa, although China mostly targets South Korean and American religious personnel through visa refusals and Europeans are not a big concern to them.
Asked by Sandra Chorlton from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 23, 2020 10:12Reply
Shanghai Visa
We are a group of 8 British tourists arriving in to Shanghai by cruise ship in April staying in a hotel for 2 nights and then flying back to the UK from Shanghai via Dubai. Do we need to obtain a visa? If not is there any other documentation we need to complete before our trip.
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Answered by John Doe | Jan. 27, 2020 05:56

No if your port of call before Shanghai is in a different country. Immigration will need to see the confirmations for your outbound flight with the ticket number, and your accomodation information in Shanghai which you need to indicate on the visa waiver application.
Asked by Sue from ENGLAND | Jan. 22, 2020 09:58Reply
Hi, My son is teaching English in China and is from the UK. Visa Query for Hohhot
Hi, My son has a Chinese residence permit and a work permit as he is teaching English and he comes from the UK. He wants to visit Hohhot in 2 days time but we cannot work out as to whether he needs another visa as this I understand is in the inner Mongolia area.
Please can you advise as to whether he needs a separate visa for this area and if it is possible to arrange one that quickly?
Many thanks, Sue.
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Answered by John Doe | Jan. 23, 2020 08:34

He does not. Only travels to Tibet require a separate permit.
Asked by Carole from ISRAEL | Jan. 21, 2020 02:16Reply
Applying a working Z visa as a permanent resident in a foreign country.
I live in a foreign country in which I hold a residence permit for. I want to apply a Z visa for china in that country.
Is it possible to do so? Or it has to be in my country of origin?
As for the documents such as the criminal record, can I get them in the country I currently reside in?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from USA | Jan. 21, 2020 21:48

Yes, you can apply for a Z visa at that country. As for your criminal record, you should contact the police in that country to see they can issue it.
Asked by Sandie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 20, 2020 08:10Reply
The drop down box is not practical. It asks for parents names, occupation etc. They are deceased!
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Answered by Sandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 20, 2020 18:08

You can tick "Not Applicable" on the upper right of this section.
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