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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 fees 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 Sep. 07, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on 10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens
Asked by Mike from USA | Sep. 24, 2023 09:57Reply
Consulate Appointment for 10-Year Multiple Entry Visa
I intend to apply for a 10-year multiple entry business visa soon, but I read that I should go to the "consulate that has jurisdiction over my residence region." Does it matter which Chinese consulate location I book an appointment with for my visa, or can I visit any location convenient for me? I haven't seen anything about certain consulates covering certain US regions, but I could have simply missed it.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Sep. 25, 2023 19:58

You need to make an appointment with the consulate in charge of the visa issurance of your residence region. You can see here which consulate you should go: www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/united_states.htm
Asked by Paul Gregg from USA | Sep. 23, 2023 16:44Reply
Does China have the equivilant of the US Green Card residency permit?
If so, what are the requirements to get one? And if I can be issued a Residency Permit (Green Card) for China could I then be able to work part-time as an educator at an International School?
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Answered by Dave | Sep. 25, 2023 19:55

Yes, there is a Permanent Resident Permit similiar to US green card. If you want to work here, just apply for a Permanent Residence for Employment. You may read this page to know the requirement: www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/refusal.htm
Asked by Paul Gregg from USA | Sep. 23, 2023 16:41Reply
I have a 10 year multiple entry M China visa good for 120 days per entry.
At the end of the 120 days can I travel outside of China and then return for another 120 days? If so, how long do I have to stay outside of China before I can return for another 120 day stay?
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Answered by Olivia | Sep. 25, 2023 19:36

Yes, you can do this and there is no time restriction as how long you need to stay outside China. You can return immediately after leaving.
Asked by MORRIS SKOOKUM , from CARMACKS,Y.T.CANADA | Sep. 19, 2023 14:29Reply
Canada passport [10 year passport ]expires July 25 ,2027,chinese visa no . Exspires 180
1.do I to send in passport to renew chinese visa and stay in China to visit wife in Taishan,Guang dong prov.up to 18o days? 2.do I have to get an invitational letter and send it to you? 3.are covid shots required?I had 2 needles already. YOURS SINCERELY M0rris Skookum,Carmack,Yukon Territory,Canada.
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Answered by Dorothy | Sep. 20, 2023 20:31

Is your visa a 10-year visa? If it is still valid, you don't have to renew it.
If you have a valid visa, you can enter China with it; no other document is required.
Any kind of covid tests or shots are not required any more. It has been a part of history.
Asked by Tim from USA | Sep. 16, 2023 11:02Reply
Renew 10 year visa in Hong Kong
I will be traveling to Hong Kong and would like to get a new 10 year multiple entry visa to China. My visa is technically still valid but it's in an expired passport that I lost. I have pictures of both the visa and the passport data page. Will I have any issues getting a new 10 year visa in Hong Kong?
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Answered by Candice | Sep. 18, 2023 00:55

It is hard to say. Why not you just get the new one from the embassy or consulate where you obtained the visa by showing its pictures?
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