China Visa Application
- 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.
Hong Kong SAR & Macau SAR
Chinese Residence Permit
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, and Japan, 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.
Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, Canada
Chinese Embassy in London, UK
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Chinese Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand
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Can I just show up without any appointment?
Do I need documents translated into Chinese?
Donthe documents need authenticates by my embassy? I had them authenticated locally before coming to china.
Are there any agencies that can help with this? It’s so confusing.
1. From Seoul, we will stop by Shanghai for (lay over for 2 nights, leave airport, rent hotel), then to Taipei.
2. To Seoul, we will stop by Nanjing (lay over for 13 hours, stay in airport, no hotel), then to Seoul.
Do we qualify for 144 free transit at Shanghai?
We would like to fly from London to Beijing, stay there five days and then go to HK for a few days before going back to London. I am travelling on a French passport (although I live in London), can I take advantage of the 144-hour layover in Beijing?
if yes, can I claim the luggage in Beijing?
My husband and I are travelling from London to Beijing on the 26th December
We arrive the 27th December and will spend 4 days there before departing to Hong Kong on the 31st December
We repeat the journey on the 4th January- travelling from HKG to Beijing, have a 3 hour layover and then travel onto London.
My reading of the guidance is that we are eligible for the 144hrs free transit. We will be staying in the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas, for less than 6 days, which should mean a visa isn't necessary. Have I interpreted this correctly?
Am I eligible for free transit 144 hrs. I am spanish citizen.