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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. 11, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on 10-year China Visa for US and Canadian Citizens
Asked by Ian from CANADA/NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 18, 2021 19:17Reply
10 Year Tourist Visa Issuing Outside of Canada/US
Hi there,
I have a Canadian passport. But I am rarely in Canada. Before the pandemic, was it possible to get the 10 year tourist visa issued in countries other than Canada? For example, would I have been able to take my Canadian passport to the Chinese embassy in New Zealand and get the 10 year 10 tourist visa? Or would the Chinese embassy in New Zealand have said 'Sorry, you need to be in person at the Chinese Embassy in CANADA to get that 10 year tourist visa'?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. (-:
Asked by John from USA | Jan. 06, 2021 16:45Reply
Can I get around applying/retrieving 10 year tourist visa in person?
I would like to apply for the 10 year tourist visa. However, the consular office for my state is a 10-hour drive from my city. How can I deliver my application and several days later pick up my visa if approved without visiting the consular office? Two trips means 40 hours of driving and 6 days of absence which is basically impossible for me. Thank you for any information!
Answers (1)
Answered by Josey | Jan. 11, 2021 01:47

You can have an agent help you, but please be aware that the tourist visa is not available at present.
Asked by Greg from USA | Dec. 04, 2020 12:44Reply
Looking to get a 10 year visa for multiple touring
We are looking at coming to China for different visits in the future. These would be for tourist purposes. Taking various tours and would like to visit both Disneylands. Just know that we can't do it all in one trip.

Would we be able to apply for the 10 year visa, once we know the first time we want to go, as the cost of the tourist and 10 year visas are comparable in price. It would also save us time in the long run I believe.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Greg
Answers (2)
Answered by Danny | Dec. 06, 2020 22:22

Greg, yes, you can apply for the 10 year tourist visa, but it should be after the epidemic travel restrictions are lifted.
Answered by Greg | Dec. 11, 2020 16:46

Thank you for the information Danny.
Asked by Karen from CANADA | Dec. 03, 2020 12:13Reply
Current holder of a 10 years China visa from Canada
Do I need to apply for a new visa (single or multi year) to enter China as a tourist?
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo | Dec. 03, 2020 21:53

Karen, if you want to enter China currently, you need to apply for a new visa, but be aware that China does not issue tourist visas now.
Asked by rick from CANADA | Nov. 25, 2020 16:40Reply
q2 visa
Effective from 0 a.m., 28 September 2020, foreign nationals holding valid Chinese residence permits for work, personal matters and reunion are allowed to enter China with no need for applying for new visas. does that mean we can enter china
Answers (1)
Answered by Denny | Nov. 26, 2020 23:33

No, those on Q2 visas are not allowed to enter currently.
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