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 Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa
Asked by DR from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 01, 2020 18:55Reply
Change work and visa
Dear Sir or Madam,

I have a question about my visa.
I’m currently in Chengdu, China working for a well-known school as a teacher. I have a work visa that expires in September.
I would like to move to Beijing and work with my friend, and at the weekend do part-time online teaching for a company that said they can provide a business visa.
Do you know if I can transfer from the work visa to the business visa without having to first return to my home country the UK? (I asked the online company about transferring my work visa to them but they said that’s quite difficult though I’m not sure if that’s the case). - they also said I don’t need to wait until I get the new visa to move to Beijing (but I thought perhaps I might have to do things at the PSB in Chengdu).

Any advice you have on that would be great! Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rachel from CHINA | Apr. 03, 2020 00:52

Yes, it's possible to transfer from the work visa to the business visa in China, but the company is right, it is not an easy thing. You can go to Beijing before your get a new visa.
Asked by Feng from USA | Mar. 19, 2020 17:55Reply
Chinese Consulate Still Issuing tourist visas?
Are the Chinese consulates/embassy in US still issuing tourist visas to US passport holders? Are their operations hours and times still normal with the virus pandemic?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 19, 2020 20:58

Yes, although the Los Angeles consulate has recommended using an agent so the applicant can avoid in-person visits.

Keep in mind that you will face a mandatory 14-day quarantine period after entering China and you must pay all applicable fees unless you are a Chinese national enrolled in the health care system. Currently Beijing is charging 550 CNY per day per person. This number will add up if you decide to bring your family with you.
Asked by Carol from BRAZIL | Mar. 17, 2020 17:21Reply
How many times can I apply for x2?
I'm currently in china with x2 of 6 months learning chinese (single-entry)
After it finish I'll travel around and apply again.
I was thinking of applying to uni next year and continue studying chinese in the mean time but that means applying for a x2 visa for a third time. Is that possible?
Answers (1)
Answered by Phoebe from GERMANY | Mar. 19, 2020 00:19

Yes, it's possible.
Asked by Sai yi from MYANMAR | Mar. 17, 2020 00:00Reply
May i know M type visa, which can join ship? I will stay there about 20 days and will join ship.
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Answered by Monica from USA | Mar. 18, 2020 23:56

Sai Yi, can you specify your question? I don't quite understand it.
Asked by sherrych from CANADA | Mar. 07, 2020 17:12Reply
family reunion visa
What visa should I apply for ? I am a Canadian citizen, and my cousin is Chinese. She wants to invite me to stay in China for one year, hope for multiple entrance and at least 6 months for each duration.
Answers (1)
Answered by Harley from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 09, 2020 19:09

You can apply for a one-year multiple-entry S2 visa, but the allowed stay duration cannot be longer than three months at most.
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