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 James from CANADA | Jul. 10, 2021 07:47Reply
Traveling to China
Hi, I am a Canadian citizen living in the US and have a Q1 visa (received 2019), I'm confused as to whether I am allowed to travel to China or not. Am I able to go or do I need to apply for a new visa per the COVID restrictions?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice | Jul. 12, 2021 18:58

James, your Q1 visa cannot be used now. If you want to enter China, you should apply for a new visa.
Asked by Project king from USA | Jul. 08, 2021 11:19Reply
I keep getting only 12 days on my S2 visa
I have been in China since the outbreak and I have been receiving T visas with a duration for only 160 RMB. But recently they changed it to S2 visas and since then I have been getting 12 days on my visa for 956 RMB and it isn't a one time thing. Other people that have received this visa has the duration of 30 days, when my girlfriend asked about it they said that it was because America has been doing the same to Chinese citizens in America so this is payback, what are my options, I can keep paying for this visa and I need to say it china until November so me and my girlfriend can marry. Thank you for any help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leona | Jul. 12, 2021 19:59

Dear, sorry but others cannot help you because the immigration officer is the one who makes the decision.
Asked by P from USA | Jul. 06, 2021 16:23Reply
Wife is Chinese American
Hi all,

I am a Chinese citizen and my wife is Chinese American. We are planning on moving to China, what visa should I get for her? And how difficult is it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sabrina | Jul. 12, 2021 00:53

You need to get a Q visa for her. It is not difficult to obtain it.
Asked by Yann from COTE D"IVOIRE | Jun. 27, 2021 22:09Reply
Stay visa
I have a concern. I did my graduation on April 14, 2021. I also did a semester of Chinese languages. My visa expired on July 31, 2021. I would like to return to my country but given the very high ticket cost currently. The end of November tickets are affordable for me. My question is, if I buy a plane ticket from November 27, 2021. Will immigration provide me with a stay visa from August until November 2021?
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle | Jul. 04, 2021 19:50

I'm afraid not. They may give you one month at most.
Asked by Matiullah from PAKISTAN | Jun. 23, 2021 21:22Reply
About visa information?
hi dear,
I apply for visa or given my Document to gerry office in islamabad on April 27,2021 but they still not given my passport or visa? what time to expect? I still don't know any updates
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaron | Jun. 28, 2021 01:48

Dear, you need to contact the gerry office in Islamabad directly to ask about this.
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