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China Visa Entries / Validity / Duration of Stay

A holder of a valid Chinese visa can enter China during its validity and stay there for the allowed duration after each entry. It's important to carefully check the number of entries, validity and duration of each stay after your visa is issued to avoid any problems.
 

Number of Entries: Single (01), Double (02) and Multiple (M)

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China issues single, double, and multiple-entry visas. A single-entry visa only allows you to enter China once, a double-entry twice, and a multiple-entry visa enables you to exit from mainland China and re-enter on the same visa for multiple times during its validity.

Once you leave mainland China, you must either have another valid entry on your original visa or obtain a new visa to return. Remember that even a few hours in Hong Kong or Macau is an exit from mainland China in this context. Also, remember that you cannot gain extra entries on a visa once it has been issued. In case you need more entries, you would have to apply for a new visa.

When filling out China Visa Application Form, you can tick the intended number of entries and validity of your visa in Section 2.2. For UK, US, Canada, and Argentina citizens, they can also tick the last option "Other (Please specify)" and express their wish for getting a 10-year China visa with multiple entries in the blank after. However, you are not guaranteed to get the intended number of entries you select. The consular officers may judge by your actual itinerary and make their own decision. It seems that they are less willing to issue multiple entries if you apply outside your home country.
 

China Visa Validity: 3 Months, 6 Months, 1 Year, 10 Years

The validity of a China visa is the period between the "Issue Date" and "Enter Before" date shown on your visa. It is usually 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and sometimes even 10 years. Holders please note that they must enter mainland China before 24:00 of the "Enter Before" date. Otherwise, the visa will expire and cannot be extended no matter whether there are entries left, and reapplication is required.

Read more:
10-year China Visa for US & Canadian Citizens
10-year China Visa for UK Citizens
 

Duration of Each Stay after Entry

Duration of each stay is clearly shown on a China visa, which refers to the maximum number of days the holder is permitted to stay in the mainland of China each time and is counted from the next day after entry.

The granted duration of stay ranges from 7 to 180 days. For transit visas, the duration of stay is 7 to 10 days. For a regular single-entry tourist visa, it's often 30 days. The longest durations of stay for X2, S2, Q2, and J2 visas are 180 days. If you receive Z, Q1, S1, J1, or X1 visas, you may find that the stay duration shown on your visa is 000. In this case, you need to apply for a temporary residence permit from a local exit and entry administration within 30 days after entering China. During the validity of your residence permit, you can stay in China for any number of days as you wish.

Travelers need to keep in mind of the time limit in order not to overstay. Overstaying is against the Chinese laws and regulations, punishments such as fines or even expulsion will be made.

In need of an extended stay, applicants should apply for it at the Exit and Entry Administration of local public security at least 7 days before the allowed stay duration runs out. See China Visa Renewal and Extension.

- Last modified on May. 31, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Entries / Validity / Duration of Stay
Asked by Juliet from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 31, 2021 08:18Reply
Entry from any country?
Hello,
Please excuse my complicated situation and question.

I currently have a valid residence permit, completed in June 2021 in Shanghai. Shortly after, I had to leave China. I am also vaccinated with the Chinese vaccine, both doses.

I reside in the U.K., but use my American passport in China. Am I able to enter China from any country? For example, could I fly from New York to Shanghai or Frankfurt to Shanghai? Am I able to get green codes from any embassy, being that I have a valid residence permit to enter the country? Thank you.

Asked by Ky from CANADA | Jul. 14, 2021 12:54Reply
Q2 visa entry
I hold a Q2 visa issued before March 20/2020. And it’s still valid. Can I travel to China right now with this visa? I am fully vaccinated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace | Jul. 18, 2021 23:28
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Sorry, you can't.
Asked by Ben from ENGLAND | Jul. 08, 2021 13:20Reply
Can I succeed in applying for an L visa now
I have a few months on an old L visa but it looks like I might need to renew it, is tourism still allowed in China, I know the UK list China as an amber warning level nation ,still allows travel to China, but what are China’s current rules on L visas and if entry with an L visa isn’t currently allowed and the L visas not currently available is that likely to change soon and if so when?
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Answered by Larrisa from UK | Jul. 12, 2021 01:25
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Currently, tourist visas of China are not available. When to resume is still unknown.
Asked by Andy from UK | Jun. 30, 2021 06:15Reply
M - Trade Visa
I have been invited to work on a team in China and applied for a Trade (M) type visa and expect to be the country for up to 90 days. I have heard China are only issuing 30 days visas for everyone; is this correct?
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Answered by Nancy | Jul. 04, 2021 23:33
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Andy, if you do need 90 days, it is still possible to get it. Just submit the documents and wait for the result.
Asked by Wanda from MACAU | Jun. 26, 2021 23:44Reply
I have the L visa with multiple entry expires in 2024 I also have the Syno pharm Chinese vaccine.
I am a Canadian living in Macau. Is my Chinese visa still Valid? Do I have to get a new visa that shows my vaccination records?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian | Jun. 28, 2021 02:40
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I'm afraid this visa cannot be used to enter China now. You should get a new visa.
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