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10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens

 The 10-year visas suspended because of covid-19 have been activated on March 15, 2023. As long as they are within the validity period, their holders are allowed to enter China as before.

What is the 10-year China visa?

The 10-year China visa allows holders to enter China for multiple times during the validity of up to 10 years without the trouble of applying for visa again and again. Can I get a 10-year Chinese visa? You may ask. Well, currently, the multiple entry Chinese visa for 10 years is applicable to citizens from US, Canada, UK, and Argentina. The 10 years Chinese visa for Australians is on the way according to some reports, but yet not sure when to happen.

Below is some information on the 10-year China visa for US and Canadian citizens. British citizens can click to browse the page of 10-year China Visa for UK Citizens.

How long can I stay in China on a China ten-year visa?

10-year China Visa Categories Maximum Stay Length per Entry
Tourist (L) 60 days
Business (M) 60 days
Family Reunion (Q2) 90 days
Private Visit (S2) 120 days

10-year China Visa Fee for US and Canadian Citizens

The 10 years China visa is not expensive than short-term Chinese visa despite its longer validity.

A 10-year China visa for US citizens costs 140 US dollars.

The 10-year Chinese visa fess for Canadian citizens is 110 Canadian dollars. However, due to the fact that Canadians have to handle it at Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC), they need to pay additional service fee to the center.

10-year China Visa Requirements & Documents

Are the requirements different from normal visa application? In general, they are quite similar to normal visa application requirements.

The required documents include:
1. A well completed application form. Remember that the application form should be filled in online, printed out and signed.  Click to fill in the application form

2. A valid passport is required. For US citizens, the remaining validity should be at least one year. For Canadian citizens, the remaining validity should be longer than the expected length of visa.

3. Documents to support your entry purpose. For example, if you apply for a tourist visa, you may need to provide round trip air tickets and hotel booking records for the first entry or an invitation letter from your friends or family members in China.

How to apply for a 10-year Visa to China

After all the documents are ready, make an appoinment for the visa application submission for the Chinese consular office in charge of your residence address. For Canadian citizens, they need to go to the CVASC. After successful submission, just wait for the result for about four working days and collect your passport and visa on the date shown on your pick-up slip.


 1. Can US and Canadian citizens actually get the 10-year China visa?
 For US citizens, yes; while for Canadian citizens, it depends on the remaining validity of their passports because the longest validity of the visa shall not exceed the remaining validity of the passport. That is, if a Canadian's passport is not valid for more than 10 years, he or she cannot get a 10-year China visa.

 2. For the 10-year L visa, do I need to show flight and hotel arrangements each time of entry?
 No, you just need to show flight and hotel arrangements for the first entry.

 3. If my passport expires within ten years, will my 10-year China visa also expire?
 For US citizens, the 10-year China visa is still valid and they can enter China by carrying both your old and new passports, provided that the personal details on both passports are consistent. While for Canadians, their visa expires along with their passport.

 4. Can I work on a 10-year China visa?
 Definitely not. If you are on a 10-year M visa, you can conduct commercial activities, but it is not equivalent to taking a job in China.

Further Reading:

10-year China Visa for Argentine Citizens

In Argentina, the 10-year Chinese visa is only for Tourist (L) and Business (M) purposes, with the price being 2,470 pesos. The passport should be valid for at least six months when submitting the application. The max. stay length is 90 days after each entry.

- Last updated on Mar. 30, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
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Asked by Agent Chris | Mar. 30, 2023 23:09Reply
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Asked by rick from CANADA | Mar. 24, 2023 19:15Reply
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iam canadian just arrived to hong kong and i want to have 10 years visa to china please advise me how and the cost of visa
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Answered by Dennis | Mar. 26, 2023 20:39

You'd better apply for it in your homecountry, because you may fail getting it in other places. The visa fee is 110 Canadian dollars. You need to submit application form and your passport to China Visa Office in HK. Other requirements vary based on the visa type you are going to apply for. Before going, fill in the application form online, and make an appoinment.

BTW, the longest validity you can get should not exceed the validity of your passport. For instance, if your passport is valid for 8 years, then you will probably get a 8-year visa instead of a 10-year one.
Answered by Agent Chris | Mar. 30, 2023 23:09

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Asked by Marie jose K. Kitenge from UNITED STATE OF AMERICA | Mar. 17, 2023 13:35Reply
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I have a 10 year China visa I got that in 2017, I just renewer my passport the visa stay in my old passport
What can I do?
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Answered by Scott | Mar. 19, 2023 20:59

If you are going to China, both your new and old passport will be needed.
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