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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 May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Business Visa
Asked by Leanne from AUSTRALIA | May. 18, 2019 05:09Reply
Should my Business Chinese Visa be printed somewhere on my passport?
I have been granted a visa to China (I applied on an Australian passport) but cannot see it on my passport. Is it simply accessed by China electronically?
Asked by DEBOJYOTI BOSE from INDIA | May. 17, 2019 00:10Reply
I want to visit China for Business purpose.Invitation letter from the Chinese supplier received.
I want to visit China for Business purpose.What are the formalities to get a Tourist Visa??I have a passport valid till 2022.Details required and where to apply.I stay at kolkata,India.
Asked by Saurabh Garg from INDIA | May. 16, 2019 04:32Reply
M type business visa will be OK if I want to board domestic flight from shanghai to beijing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ruby from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2019 22:54

Yes, it's fine.
Asked by Alvin from SINGAPORE | May. 13, 2019 18:38Reply
Do i just get a Business Visa or is there any other type of VISA /permit that i should get?
Hi i am going to China for Inspection of Vessel
Kindly assist.. Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Shawn from USA | May. 14, 2019 00:32

I suppose you go there for business purpose, so you need to get a business M type. BTW, if you are a Singaporean passport holder, you can enjoy visa free stay if the intended stay is within 15 days.
Asked by Bukku from NIGERIA | May. 12, 2019 21:43Reply
Invitation Letter Request
I have been to China several times for business purposes, buying goods and importing them to Africa but I have been using travel agents. I am planning my next trip and I intend to do all the processing myself. One of the requirement is to obtain an invitation letter. How do I go about requesting an invitation letter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cindy from NIGERIA | May. 13, 2019 22:42

Bukku, what is the purpose of your visit to China? If you want to sightsee, you need to apply for a visa through a travel agency. If you are for business, you need to provide an invitation letter by your Chinese partner and verification letter of invitation. The verification letter of invitation should be processed by your Chinese partner at local government.
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