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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 Apr. 26, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on 10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens
Asked by Jeffrey Surratt from USA | Jul. 07, 2020 17:34Reply
10 Year Travel VISA issued in August, 2019

I would like to know if I need to obtain a new VISA. The announcement in March stated it was no longer valid and that I would need to obtain a new one. I am prepared to visit the Chinese VISA service in Tokyo but I wanted to double check first. My flight from Tokyo, Japan is on August 1st.
Asked by Richard from JOHNSON | Jul. 06, 2020 15:51Reply
Entering China on a China 10 year, multiple-entry, travel(L) visa
I am a US citizen in the United States. I have a China,10-year,multiplle-entry travel(L)visa. The travel visa was issued October 26,2018 at the China Consulate in Houston, Texas. The China travel visa doesn’t expire until October 26, 2028. I have visited China twice, October 2018 and September 2019 using the same China travel visa. With the present COVID-19 restrictions in China, can I enter China with my present China (L) visa?
Asked by Doug from USA | Jun. 25, 2020 14:09Reply
10 year visa
I got my Chinese Visa (10-year) with US passport about 5 years ago. By the end of this year (2020), I may need to go back to China for a family visit. May I use this visa for entry without applying a new visa, due to this Covid-19 pandemic? Thanks much!
Answers (3)
Answered by Brian from CHINA | Jun. 28, 2020 06:41

No. Only Chinese citizens are allowed entry into China. Foreigners are forbidden.
Answered by Ean from US UK | Jul. 01, 2020 03:44

brian while that was correct
However now it is officially open again, though I wouldn't exactly trust that. And you may have to have a cleared test and still do 14 days quarantine. This is why I haven't left Beijing

Also many hotels won't take you right now even with foreigner hosting cert. See related stories
I work indirectly for official channels in the arts and media. So hearing many conflicting things,but also hearing official channels from the horses mouth so to speak. Good luck Doug
Answered by Jeff from USA | Jul. 08, 2020 00:26

I am trying to figure out this very question. I have a booked flight from Tokyo and I am trying to chase down the validity of my VISA. Delta and United are also flying from the US now. It is all very confusing.
Asked by radiant from CANADA | Jun. 23, 2020 01:56Reply
Covid-19 effects
I'm holding Canadian passport with 10 yrs visa, right now I'm still in China with my Chinese wife but the Chinese government stop allow foreign people holding visas issued befor March 26, My entry was in March and almost due for 90 days.

How can I maintain my visa and keep staying in China?
Answers (2)
Answered by Jeremy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 23, 2020 23:52

Did you overstay? If not, please go to the local exit and entry administration to apply for a visa extension.
Answered by Ean from USA | Jul. 01, 2020 04:05

Yeah Jeremy is right. Go down to the border protection office. And apply for an extension
You need at least 7 days left on your Visa for the extension to go thru
They take your passport and you can usually take a photo there and they process it and you come back and shell out like a couple hundred RMB and get a whole page filled with an extension Visa BUT it only for max 30 days.

You may want to fill out your temp residency
With your Chinese (national?) Wife

And or change your Visa to a work or business Visa that can happen inside China

They sometimes say it can't BUT it totally can be converted in country. Make sure you get a nice employee to answer your questions at the centre it makes a diff if there having a good day or looking miserable...

There is also those family visit visas and since your married those can be for months to years stay...

Good luck
Asked by Brad from USA | Jun. 17, 2020 08:39Reply
I have 10 year M visa issues September 2019, is that still valid (June 2020)
Is my 10 year M visa still valid in June 2020 or has the covid19 issue made that visa null and void? Do i need to apply for a new 10 year M or is this new visa just temporary?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoey from USA | Jun. 17, 2020 20:50

It's still valid.
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