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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 Krissy from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 23, 2020 01:55Reply
Philippine Passport Granted M Visa

I would like to ask since i have been reading alot of this article, i requested the embassy to give me 90 days how come they only grant me 30 days, multiple visa for 1 year.
Answers (1)
Answered by Krissy from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 23, 2020 01:58

Also, will there be a problem if i exit after 30 days and go back the next day?
Asked by Florence C from CANADA | Jan. 17, 2020 14:46Reply
Chances of approval of M VISA
What are the chances of approval from Vancouver CVAS to get a Business M Visa for the first time with multiple entries?

If my passport is valid for 10 years, but expires 2026, will I be able to apply for the 10 year visa?

I been seeing people needing extra documentation as bank information for the M visa application. I don't see it on the requirements listed/needed for M Visa!

Please help!
Answers (1)
Answered by Lawence from CANADA | Jan. 18, 2020 22:07

If your passport is valid for 10 years, but expires in 2016, you can at most get a 6-year multiple-entry visa considering you apply for the visa in 2020.
Asked by Dan from USA | Jan. 13, 2020 12:44Reply
Round trip to HKG then ferry to mainland
I am flying into HKG and taking a ferry or taxi into Shenzhen - what travel documents will I need beyond my round trip airline itinerary from the US to HKG?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 13, 2020 19:31

The round-trip plane tickets are actually enough as the travel documents. If you want to play it safe, you can also book the ferry tickets in adavnce and add them into your travel documents.
Asked by Ruben from FRANCE | Jan. 12, 2020 19:33Reply
Important question
I'll be in china for businesses from March to June (3 months). However, I'll visit a friend for 3 week in Chengdu. I already applied for the L Visa (1 month) from February to March. Can I go to the embassy and ask for a M Visa now will I'm in my country? Will I have 4 months (1 + 3 months)?
I'm afraid if I'm arriving in China with 2 blank visa, they will stamp directly for both and my L visa will be useless.

Thank you for reading and trying to answer my question.
Answers (1)
Answered by Oliver from USA | Jan. 12, 2020 23:45

Ruben, if you apply for an M visa now, it will invalidate your L visa. So I advise you to use your L visa to enter China, and convert it to an M visa before the L visa expires at the local exit and entry administration.
Asked by Stuart from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 09, 2020 15:32Reply
Can my family come with me on business trip?
I have just returned from a business trip and will be going again in April. This time it is a longer trip (3 months) and I am wanting to bring my family (spouse and kids).

Can I do so, and what visa would they require?

I note a family visa for those with a permanent residency permit - is that required before they can come?
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Answered by Mandy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 09, 2020 18:30

Stuart, what type of visa do you have for the second trip? If it's a work Z visa, your wife and kids can apply for S visa. If not, they need to apply for business M visa with the invitation letter from the business partner in China or simply a tourist visa.
Answered by Stuart from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 09, 2020 20:12

I will be on a business visa.

Can they apply for a business visa also? Getting their names on the letter of invitation shouldn't be a problem.
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