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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. 

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 CVASC (Chinese Visa Application Center). In some countries like US, you need to submit the application to the consular office of Chinese embassies or consulates. Usually, an appointment is needed before going for the submission. 

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 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5
Multi Entries for 6 Months USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 169.5
Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer USD 185 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 updated on Aug. 31, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on China Business Visa
Asked by Teddy chan from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 17, 2023 23:55Reply
M visa can be used also for sight seeing
I have a current multiple M class visa issued in the Philippines, can I use it some times for business and some times for sightseeing tours as well ?
Answers (1)
Answered by David | Sep. 19, 2023 19:28

Yes, there is no problem.
Asked by Horst from US | Aug. 31, 2023 10:25Reply
Canton Fair Invitation Letter rejected
Hi, had my appointment at the PR China Embassy in Washington DC. Everything was in order except I had the invitation from the Canton fair organizer, the page you get the badge and letter: https://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/BuyerUser/RegisterUser?MediaType=10
The man said it was worthless, that anyone can apply for that letter. I have no contacts in Cina, that is why I want to go to the fair.... Now what?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gary | Aug. 31, 2023 21:00

If you cannot provide an invitation letter, you may submit flight tickets and hotel orders to replace it. Good luck~
Asked by julie louise zeitoun from UNITED STATES | Aug. 30, 2023 12:12Reply
got a visa M 60 days multiple entries, my stay in 70 days..what should I do?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Aug. 30, 2023 20:39

You can extend it before expiring in the local entry and exit administration bureau.
Asked by Mari P from USA | Aug. 15, 2023 10:49Reply
Can you have multiple Visas?
If someone has a family visa (10-year) yet needs to go to China business trip, do they need to apply separately for a business visa? If so, will that affect the current family visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Windy | Aug. 15, 2023 22:50

No, you don't need to apply for another business visa. The 10-year visa is available.
Asked by Lisa from INDONESIA | Aug. 06, 2023 21:30Reply
My application for bussines visa got rejected.

May application for bussiness visa got rejected because incorrect filling on the invite name. I write a person name instead of the organization name. I want to reapply the visa application. On the section 8.1 Have you ever been refused a visa for China, or been refused entry into China? should I answer yes, and write in the detail the refused because of incorrect filling?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Aug. 07, 2023 20:38

It is suggested to truthfully fill in the specific reason.
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