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China F Visa - Noncommercial Visit Visa to China

What is the F visa for China?

China F visa, namely the noncommercial visit visa, is usually issued to foreigners who are invited to conduct a lecture, an investigation, scientific and cultural exchanges, study tours and other non-business activities in China. Normally the duration of stay of China F visa is 30 days, which means you can stay for up to 30 days from the date of entry. In case that you need a longer duration, claim it clearly in your application form and the officer may give the duration of stay according to your need.

Before Chinese business visa (M visa) was introduced in 2013, F visa was also used for commercial purposes. Now, it doesn’t suit business activities any longer.

China F Visa Requirements & Documents

1. Applicant's passport with blank pages and at least 6 months validity left before expiration.
2. One accurately and truthfully completed Application Form (download China F Visa Application Form).
3. One recent passport-size color photo stuck on the application form.
4. One of the following documents: China F visa Invitation Letter, Confirmation Letter of Invitation (with the invitation letter attached) or conference notice issued by relevant entity, individual or duly authorized Chinese institute.

The invitation letter should include the following information:
a. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
b. Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) of visit, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)
c. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative of the entity or the inviting individual)

5. For China F visa multiple entry, copies of previous Chinese visas (on one A4 paper) are required.

Note: Under some circumstances, the applicants may be required to submit a copy of Chinese hotel reservation, return air ticket booking and financial proof.

How to Apply for China F Visa

 Step 1: Prepare all the documents mentioned above.
 Step 2: Submit your application to the Chinese embassy or consulate which is in charge of your residence area. In countries where there are Chinese Visa Application Centers (CVASC), you need to submit application there. Generally Chinese embassies and consulates don’t accept postal application while some CVASCs accept it. Online application is not available.
 Step 3: Collect your passport on the date marked on the pick-up form and pay the fee.

Processing Time

In most cases, it takes 4 working days. Express service and rush service are also provided in most countries. Extra US$ 30 should be paid for the same-day collection; and additional US$20 for the second or third day collection.

China Non-business Visit Visa Fees

The fees vary according to your nationality and number of entries. Generally speaking, the more the entries, the higher the cost. For some countries such as Pakistan, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, it is free.

Chinese F 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

Click China Visa Fees to know more details.

Can I Take China Internship with F Visa?

It is not permitted to work as an employee of a Chinese business in China while on an F visa, while there are a few exceptions such as working for a company funded from overseas or working as a volunteer. For internship in China, X, M, or Z visa work according to your individual case.

Further Reading:

8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last modified on Sep. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China F Visa
Asked by YASSINE from HUNGARY | Oct. 16, 2019 05:17Reply
Hello, do I need M or F visa to participate in a workshop organised by a company in china
I'm Moroccan student living in Hungary.
I will go to participate in a Workshop in china organised by a big company, the workshop it's like organizing intensive lecture related to my studies.
I got the invitation letter and in the invitation letter, they mentioned that I'm travelling to china for business purpose and I need a multiple entry visa.
My question is should I apply for M or F visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rolisa from USA | Oct. 17, 2019 19:47

You should apply for M visa.
Asked by F Bell from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 15, 2019 09:24Reply
Do I need an F visa for volunteering with a wildlife rescue org?
I have been invited to volunteer in China with a wildlife rescue group for 3 months. As far as I can see I need an F visa but wondered if it still applies since the wildlife charity is incorporated in a country other than China. Any advice appreciated.
Answers (1)
Answered by Cathy from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 15, 2019 20:07

You are right, F type is the most suitable visa type for you, therefore, no matter what the result is, you should try your best to apply for it.
Asked by Pim Vingerhoets from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 15, 2019 01:19Reply
Duration of stay for F-visa
I am going to do some voluntary work for a Chinese company in the horticultural sector. They can provide me the invitation letter that is required for a F-Visa. The voluntary work will be for around a year and during the weekends I am planning to travel a bit. Everywhere I read however that a F-visa is usually given with a duration of stay for just 30 days. Do you think there is a high probability to get the F-visa with a longer duration of stay than 30 days in my occasion?

Thank you in advance!
Answers (2)
Answered by Paul from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 15, 2019 19:59

Pim, for your case, it's not very likely to get an F visa with such a long stay duration, especially if the company is not a state-owned one. I advise you to apply for a one year multiple entry M visa instead, but you need to travel out and in for several times during one year to reset the stay duration.
Answered by pim from NETHERLANDS | Oct. 16, 2019 06:41

Dear Paul, Thank you very much for your clear and quick answer
Asked by David M from NORWAY | Oct. 14, 2019 12:35Reply
F visa question
Are the dates that you are invited to the place you are visiting stated on the visa. If I arrived a few days earlier than stated in the invitation and stayed a few days extra as a tourist, would I have a problem? Thank you! I don't intend to stay longer than 10 days. Also do I have to have a booked plane ticket when i apply?
Answers (1)
Answered by Robin from CANADA | Oct. 15, 2019 19:56

No, the dates are not stated on the visa, except the enter before date, date of issue, and your birth date. It's ok to arrive earlier and leave later than the dates stated in the invitation as long as you don't stay for a length beyond the allowed stay duration on your visa. Also you don't need to have a booked plane ticket when applying for the F visa.
Asked by Khalid from BANGLADESH | Oct. 02, 2019 09:09Reply
Travel Restrictions on Student Exchange Program Visa (F)
I'm going to have a F type visa for a student exchange program for 15 days in Hunan province. I wish to travel to Guanzhou for 3 more days after finishing the exchange program. Does F type visa have any travel restrictions? Can I visit a different province after the program ends and will there be any problem?
Answers (1)
Answered by Monica from USA | Oct. 08, 2019 01:41

You can visit Guangzhou after the exchange program ends, under the condition that your allowed stay length is able to cover the stay in both Hunan and Guangzhou.
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