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10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens

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 10 years China visa application form glued with the applicant's recent photo is needed. Remember that the application form should be typewritten. When filling the form, you need to tick Other in Section 2.2 and specify 10 years in the space after.

10-year China visa 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, you can head for the Chinese consular office in charge of your residence address and normally you don't have to make an appointment. For Canadian citizens, they need to go to the CVASC. It’s advised to make an appointment on the website of CVASC to save queue time. Then 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 modified on Dec. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on 10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens
Asked by christy from USA | Mar. 24, 2020 06:36Reply
What qualifies a private visit vs a family reunion vs tourism?
What are the qualifications for Private vs family vs tourism. We are trying to figure out how long our song cans tay in China if he is visiting us and has the ten year tourist visa.
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda from USA | Mar. 25, 2020 23:31

Christy, if he has already got the ten year tourist visa, he can enter China for a private visit as well. The longest stay duration after each can be found on his visa.
Asked by Steve from SWITZERLAND | Feb. 21, 2020 07:35Reply
I am a Canadian living in Switzerland. Can I apply for a 10 year visa in Bern or only from Canada?
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Answered by John Doe | Feb. 21, 2020 10:29

There are no guarantees that you will get a 10-year visa when outside Canada and US. The only way to apply for one is to mark "other" for the question asking your intended visa validity and indicate that you are applying for a 10-year multiple-entry visa.

Keep in mind that if you have an UK/EU/EFTA passport (including a Swiss one) then the visa application center may not accept your application with a Canadian passport.
Asked by mjmonk from USA | Feb. 13, 2020 12:52Reply
will a 40 year old felony stop me from getting a china tourist visa?
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Answered by Zoey from USA | Feb. 14, 2020 17:54

Well, as it happened a long time ago, I don't think it will affect your tourist visa application.
Asked by Carlo from ARGENTINA | Feb. 03, 2020 09:41Reply
How much cost the visa for Argentina citizens ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoey from ARGENTINA | Feb. 05, 2020 22:14

The cost is 5,750 pesos.
Asked by Samuel Eitenbichler from USA | Jan. 30, 2020 21:56Reply
Can my friend submit my visa documents to the consulate?

I would love to do the 10-year tourist L visa without a third-party visa company, but do not live near a Chinese consular office. I do, however, have a friend in New York City that could submit my documents for me (and basically do the whole process) and then ship my passport with the visa back to me. Would this be possible, or do I need to be present in order to submit the documentation?

Answers (1)
Answered by Duke from USA | Feb. 01, 2020 16:13

Yes, you can ask your friend to submit the documents for you. However, there is still possibility that the consular officer requires you to go to the consulate.
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