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China Business Visa (M)

China business visa or trade visa, M visa for short, is issued to foreigners coming for commercial and trade activities, such as attending trade fairs, visiting clients and factories, negotiating with clients, and signing contracts. The validity period of China M visa is three months in most cases, while the allowed duration of stay is usually 30 days and can be longer depending on applicants' personal cases. For Canada, Argentina, and US citizens, they can even get a 10-year China business visa.

 China M or F visa used to confuse many foreign visitors. From 2013, the original F is divided into M and F. The former is for business and trade, while today’s China F visa applies to noncommercial sci-tech and culture exchanges.

China Business Visa Requirements & Documents

 Basic Documents for M Visa China:

1. Valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than one blank visa page; and a copy of the information page.

2. A completed typewritten application form with a recently-taken color photo glued to or stapled on. (Download China Business Visa Application Form)

3. Proof of legal stay or residence if you are applying from a third country.

4. China Business Visa Invitation Letter
According to China M visa rules, one of the following is required:
1). Invitation letter issued by a Chinese business or trade partner.
2). Invitation letter or confirmation letter of invitation issued by duly authorized Chinese institutes or relevant units.
3). Invitation letter of a trade fair.

 China invitation letter for business visa should cover:

a. The applicant’s information including full name, birth date, passport number, etc.

b. Information about the intended business visit, including purpose, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.

c. Information about the inviter including name, contact number, address, signature, official stamp, etc.

How to Apply for China Business M Visa

You can submit your application for Chinese business visa to the consular office of Chinese embassies or consulates by yourself, or ask someone else (such as your friends, relatives) or entrust an agency to do so on your behalf. The power of attorney is not required. For China business visa UK, or in some countries like Singapore, India, and Australia, you need to submit the application to the CVASC (Chinese Visa Application Center).

Processing Time

It regularly takes 4 working days for processing the application. However, the express service and rush service are also available if you want to pick up your M visa earlier. Extra USD 30 should be paid for the same-day collection; and additional USD 20 for the second or third day collection.

Chinese Business Visa Fees

China business visa fees are the same as that of tourist visas. The applicant’s nationality and number of entries make a difference. Generally China multiple-entry business visa cost more. In countries where there are CVASC, you need to pay both the Chinese M visa fee and the service fee to the center.

China Business Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5
Multi Entries for 6 Months USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 169.5
Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 229.5

*The table is for reference only. For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

Visa Extension

After entering China, if the duration of stay cannot cover your trip, it’s possible to go to the local exit and entry administration to apply for a China business visa extension at least seven days before the original M visa expires. Usually it costs CNY 168 for a single extension.

Best trade fairs in China

Canton Fair in Guangzhou: April 15 to May 5; October 15 to November 4 annually
Yiwu International Commodities Fair: October 21 to 25 annually
East China Fair in Shanghai: March 1 to 5 annually
China Hi Tech Fair in Shenzhen: November 16 to 21 annually
Western China International Fair in Chengdu: late October biennially
Beijing International Automotive Exhibition: late April biennially

Plan a short trip during your time off

Although you may have a tight schedule during the business trip in China, you can plan a short excursion in your time off with China business visa. On working days, you can hang out at night and wander around the most bustling areas in the city. While on weekends, it’s a nice idea to book a one-day or two-day tour to take a glance of the city. If travelling between two cities, take high speed train as the first choice if the duration is less than 5 hours, as it’s more comfortable with wider leg space compared with flight.


Further Reading: China F Visa

F visa is issued to foreigners invited to China for a noncommercial exchange, investigation or visits for scientific and technological education, cultural exchanges, health or sports activities. In some situations foreigners with a need to travel frequently in and out of China over a longer period may be granted a 12-month multiple entry F visa. The F type has been used as a 'catch all' option.  Consular offices have been willing to issue China F visa, relatively easily and often for longer durations than a tourist L visa.

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- Last modified on Dec. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Business Visa
Asked by Carla from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 17, 2020 18:34Reply
Hello,. I just need to ask my boss going to move shenzhen then she wants me to go
Am i allowed to go with them the shes going to cut my visa here in hk the im going home to philippines to apply again for china.IF im allowed what visa i apply..thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from CANADA | Mar. 19, 2020 00:14

Carla, if your visa is still in validity, you can't apply for a new one.
Asked by Iridiuum from MEXICO | Feb. 10, 2020 14:36Reply
Is either of those visas difficult to obtain with multiple entry?
I hear that is difficult to obtain multiple entry visas even the student visa, is this true? What could be a possibility that they wouldn’t allow me a multiple entry?
Answers (2)
Answered by Michael from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 14, 2020 20:27

It's difficult to get a multiple-entry visa, but if you wan to get a student visa, you can possibly get it and use it to apply for a residence in China, which can work as a multiple entry visa.
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 01, 2020 16:22

X2 visas are usually single-entry unless you are a U.S. resident. X1 visa holders will always get single-entry visas because you travel on the residence permit you get after arrival and not the visa itself.
Asked by GHIZI from CHINA | Feb. 06, 2020 00:15Reply
I would like to know how can i renew my visa online because of the Coronavirus outbreak
I have an M visa with 60 days stay one entery and a year validity. My 60 days stay will expire on the 12th Febrauray because of the colonavirus outbreak i couldnt move out of the City. How can i get in touch with immigration office here online to inform them or ask for a delay?? or what sould i do in such case??
Answers (1)
Answered by Hanks from CHINA | Feb. 11, 2020 19:32

Dear, may I know which city you are now in? You can contact the city's exit and entry administration to explain the situation and apply for a visa extension as soon as the blockdown ends.
Asked by Loida from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 02, 2020 19:00Reply
Visa M Query - Philippine Passport Holder
I am working as a Virtual Assistant of a US company that imports goods from China. My boss invited me to come with them to visit the warehouse and factory in China in just a couple of days. Should I apply for Visa M also? What are the requirements to apply for a Chinese Visa?

Thank you in advance for the help.
Answers (3)
Answered by Janet from USA | Feb. 05, 2020 21:58

Yes, you also need to apply for the M visa. The required documents include your passport, application form attached with your recent photo, and an invitation letter from your business partner in China. If you visit China for the first time, you need to also submit your financial status proof.
Answered by loida from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 05, 2020 22:48

Thank you for the response. Yes, it would be my first time to visit China.
Will they need also Income Tax Return?
Should I still provide financial status if the visit expenses will shoulder by my boss?
Answered by Janet | Feb. 08, 2020 21:07

Yes, it's possible that they also need your income tax return. You may still need to provide financial status proof even if your visit expenses will be shouldered by your boss.
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