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 Jun. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by Phillip from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 12, 2021 23:20Reply
Plan to drop out of University soon, will they cancel my visa?
Hi, I am a South African student currently attending university in China, and I wish to return to my home country due to finacial reasons. I already have a flight booked for 5 January, which gives me three months before departing. Should I inform the university early or should i inform them just prior to leaving? I am afraid they will cancel my visa before my flight.
Asked by Fabiola from INDONESIA | Aug. 07, 2021 05:14Reply
Part time work while studying
Hi All,

I am planning to study Chinese Language next year. Is it possible to do part time while we're studying? I could speak Chinese a little bit, but planning to go to China in order to make my Chinese better. I studied Hotel & Tourism Management, graduated with Bachelor Degree from Switzerland, also had worked in hotel (almost 3 years in total). Is it possible for me to do a part time job in a hotel while studying or perhaps during the summer break or winter break?

Thank you so much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Shelly | Aug. 11, 2021 03:45

If you work while holding a student visa, it is illegal in most cases. But in some places some very specific forms of part time job with limited time is allowed.
Asked by Margarita from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 23, 2021 20:12Reply
X1 visa
I’m now in China and i need apply for X 1 visa can i apply it in other countries rather than my own country? Or can i just ask am agent in my country to apply on my behalf , i will be sending all documents needed .
Answers (1)
Answered by Anna | Jul. 26, 2021 18:55

You can't ask an agent to apply for the X1 visa in your country on your behalf. I advise you to try to apply for it within China at the local exit and entry administration.
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