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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 Jun. 17, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Business Visa
Asked by Joe | Jul. 20, 2021 19:40Reply
Can I get into China with M Visa Issued in 2019?
I obtained my M Visa in 2019. I know that China stopped accepting foreigners with visa issued before a certain time period due to COVID in 2020, but I don't see any information on this now (except that they are accepting foreigners with M Visas as long as the foreigner has been vaccinated).

Am I able to get into China right now with this 2019-issued M Visa?
Asked by Kate from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 16, 2021 22:15Reply
Issuance of M visa as of the moment
Can I ask if can the Chinese Consulate will issue M visa at the moment. I have already all the necessary documents.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ellena | Jul. 18, 2021 22:42

If you have a PU or TE invitation letter, it is possible to get the M visa at the moment.
Asked by Lora | Jul. 01, 2021 00:18Reply
Can M type visa be 6 months?
Hello, what is the longest time period I can stay in China with M type of visa during now /the pandemic situation/ ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle | Jul. 05, 2021 00:22

Generally speaking, M type visa can only allow you to stay in China for 30 or 60 days.
Asked by Alec imad from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 14, 2021 04:03Reply
Partner got a teaching job in Shanghai! How do i get a visa
Hi my Partner got a teaching job in Shanghai. We are not married. What Visa do i need to apply for? Your advise will be much appreciated. I work as a project manager and tried applying for jobs with no luck.
Can you please advise the best way for me to get a visa to go to china with my partner.

Answers (1)
Answered by Leo | Jun. 15, 2021 02:40

I'm afraid you cannot get a visa to China at the moment:(
Asked by Takudzwa Motsi from ZIMBABWE | Jun. 10, 2021 03:23Reply
Can you change M visa to Z Visa?
I have an M visa and I recently got a jo. How can i change it to a Z visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 15, 2021 02:05

It's possible for you to change the visa type in China, but not guaranteed. The Z visa requirements include passport, recent photo, application form, invitation letter from employee and sometime work permit.
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