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 Sep. 06, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by K | Sep. 23, 2020 20:25Reply
Procedures for work visa if already in China
Please I need to the specific procedure of getting the right documents to work in China, While still in China. i just graduated and have a Job.
Asked by Malik | Sep. 23, 2020 04:51Reply
What are the business visa categories?! Why do some get category b while others get a?!!! What do they stand for?!
Asked by k | Sep. 22, 2020 02:45Reply
Where to apply for work visa if I'm still in China
Hello, I recently graduated in China from a University in Shenyang and I've a job at Suzhou where should i apply for work visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jeremy | Sep. 24, 2020 01:32

You need to apply for the work visa at the local exit and entry administration in Suzhou.
Asked by Tariq | Sep. 21, 2020 22:35Reply
Marriage family Visa without TE / PU letter
I am Pakistani nation , my wife is chines and marriage Registation certificate is Pakistani , we not have chines marriage certificate, can possible I apply Family visa with out pu /TE letter ,
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex | Sep. 24, 2020 01:06

Yes, it's possible, but you should first have your marriage certificate authenticated by the Chinese embassy.
Asked by Richard from USA | Sep. 19, 2020 11:35Reply
I have a Chinese 10 year multiple visit visa (L) for 90 day stay and expires 5Oct2015.
My wife and I plan to go to China shortly. My wife has a Chinese passport and a US Green card. I have a Chinese 10 year multiple visit visa (L) for 90 day stay and it expires 5Oct2015. Will she be allowed to go to China at this time? Is my visa still valid and can I accompany my wife?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rachel | Sep. 21, 2020 01:44

She will be allowed to enter China, but you have to get a new visa in order to accompany your wife.
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