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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. 08, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China F Visa
Asked by Tahir Mahmood from PAKISTAN | Mar. 07, 2021 07:28Reply
How I can get F visa? while I am already in china?
I am in china on student visa, my visa will expire on 07, 2021. I wan to change or get F visa for more 6 months. can i get F visa ? if yes then how? please guide me if somebody knows it.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leona | Mar. 21, 2021 20:03

It's not very likely to get an F visa for more than 6 months in China.
Asked by David from THAILAND | Sep. 06, 2020 19:52Reply
F-Visa to Residence Permit

My School in China has told me to get a F-Visa which they can convert to a residency permit, can I ask, how long is the F-Visa valid for in China ? and can this be possible to convert to a residency permit ? The reason for taking this route, is my authenticated documents are taking too long to apply for the Z-Visa. I have PU letter from the school.

Answers (2)
Answered by Mary | Sep. 07, 2020 02:53

Hello, im in same situation.
Answered by david | Sep. 08, 2020 18:57

Hi, What route you taking ? Wait and apply for Z-Visa outside or the F-Visa route ? I am inclined to have the school to wait for me to have the Z-Visa, just to be on the safe side
Asked by Joe from USA | Sep. 02, 2020 10:24Reply
Using an F visa to re-enter China during the pandemic
On a Facebook page a teacher at an international school claimed her school encouraged her to get an F visa to get back into the country so that they could change the F into a residence permit. But the F visa is for cultural exchanges. This doesn't sound legal or legitimate to me...a teacher getting an F visa to resume teaching at her school instead of getting a PU letter. How does this work? How can she be doing this? Is China allowing this kind of thing?
Answers (2)
Answered by Kay | Sep. 03, 2020 22:29

I have had the same thing from the Uk but it was the embassy who told me to do this and to get it changed when we got back to China
Answered by Mary | Sep. 07, 2020 02:56

Same situation with me. Was told can use just the PU on its own to get the F visa, to apply for Z visa in country.
Asked by Jamil from AZERBAIJAN | Jul. 26, 2020 00:53Reply
F visa during pandemics
Hello! I have very important business meeting and I have all needed documents for visa F. I was wondering whether it is possible to apply for that visa and enter China. Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from CHINA | Jul. 29, 2020 19:57

Jamil, you can contact the embassy to explain your urgent case, maybe the embassy will issue you a business visa.
Asked by Claire from ZAMIRA | Jul. 01, 2020 12:44Reply
Can I switch from student visa to f visa if I want to do business in China?
I’m a student and I have some business I want to do before I leave my visa is expiring and I need to change it. Can I get business visa and how long is the duration?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 05, 2020 23:10

Claire, yes, you can possibly change your studnet visa to business visa at the local exit and entry administration. The process usually take 7 to 10 working days.
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