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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 Maureen Leong from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 15, 2020 15:12Reply
Would he apply for S2 or S2 visa? How soon must he stay away before returning bad to Zhuhai?
I have HK ID and China home return permit. I intend to buy a flat in Zhuhai and settle down there. My spouse of 40 years has Australian citizenship, would he be able to apply for a 10 year S2 visa? Would he need to leave China after every 120 days. How long he has to be away before able to return to Zhuhai?
Answers (2)
Answered by Greta from CHINA | Jan. 15, 2020 18:09

You can ask your spouse to apply for an S1 visa, which allows a relatively long stay and one doesn't need to exit and re-enter.
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 16, 2020 08:25

If you have a Residence Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents (a Chinese ID lookalike with the same 18-digit ID number) then it may be possible for your spouse to settle with a family-based residence permit issued by Zhuhai. You may want to contact the National Immigration Administration in Zhuhai for more information.
Asked by CS from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2020 13:31Reply
Border run?
How long do you have to be out of the country before you re-enter China on the 10 year visa?
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Answered by Elena from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 15, 2020 17:45

There is no regulation on the time gap between two entries.
Asked by Gen from USA | Jan. 10, 2020 11:55Reply
How long does it take to get a 10year, Tourist L Visa? Where can I do mail service?
Bought tickets to Beijing before realizing I needed tourist visa. There are no Chinese consulate offices near me. I have to do mail in service. There are so many on the internet and I want to make sure it's a valid one. What do I look for?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 11, 2020 16:49

Processing time is five business days not including mailing time. When choosing a travel service be sure to check out their Google reviews and make sure they have brick and mortar stores. Some online-only agents like Visa Central can offer a smooth experience while guaranteeing a visa but are considerably more expensive, while Chinese-operated places are cheap and often yield the same results but are not big on customer service. If large cities near you have Chinatowns then most if not all travel agent there can do the job.
Asked by Leizel Uy from CANADA | Jan. 07, 2020 20:55Reply
Im a canadian citizen currently visiting philippines. Can i apply china visa in Phils?
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Answered by Nelly from CANADA | Jan. 07, 2020 21:53

I'm afraid not.
Asked by Irene from CHINA | Dec. 29, 2019 03:18Reply
Can a US citizen get a 10 year tourist visa while in Korea?
US citizen, moving from a dependent visa to a student visa (after turning 18), and then need to apply for a tourist visa. Would the embassy/consular office in korea give a 10 year tourist visa to an american or do I need to fly back to the US?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Dec. 29, 2019 08:16

They generally will request your proof of residency in Korea but it is up to them to make an exception to a person with previous ties to China. Hong Kong is easier.
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