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 Apr. 16, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by Matthew from USA | May. 22, 2020 08:29Reply
Never left China during virus, still in China. Can my work permit be renewed for another year.
Never left China during virus, still in China. Can my work permit be renewed for another year, before it expires in July. Same job, same company. They want me to continue on job. Again been in China during virus never left. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona from USA | May. 24, 2020 20:19

Matthew, yes, it's possible to renew your work permit.
Asked by SAMUEL from U K | May. 22, 2020 04:14Reply
The company I work with in UK and they give me only 14 days for holidays and I want to visit China for 10 days,please which visa should I apply for.Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jude from USA | May. 24, 2020 20:15

Samuel, if you go to China to spend your leisurely holiday, you should apply for a tourist L visa.
Asked by joe from U.S.A. | May. 17, 2020 00:08Reply
when will china open entry for american citizen?
during covid-19, when will china open entry for american citizen?
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Answered by Lydia from USA | May. 17, 2020 19:50

So far, it's unknown.
Asked by Richard from CHINA | May. 14, 2020 04:01Reply
Will a 30 day stay visa extension cancel my current multi entry L visa?
I have almost reached the end of my government imposed 69 day extension to my Chinese tourist L visa. If I apply for 30 day extension at local PSB, will it cancel my current 2 year multi entry visa?
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Answered by Anna from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 17, 2020 19:49

Richard, yes, from what I heard recently, it will cancel your current visa. You can futher confirm this with the local exit and entry administration.
Asked by Karina from NORWAY | May. 06, 2020 08:42Reply
Visa on arrival (5 day visa)

Will it be possible to apply for a visa on arrival to Shenzhen (5 day visa) when the border open?
Answers (1)
Answered by Monica from USA | May. 10, 2020 20:23

Karina, yes, it will be possible.
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