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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 Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China F Visa
Asked by shaky from KENYA | Jan. 15, 2020 07:46Reply
to learn Chinese for3 weeks
Confucius Institute is offering a program for Chinese language learners to go to China to study for 3 weeks. which Visa do I need
Answers (1)
Answered by Belle from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 15, 2020 18:53

You need to get an F visa or an X2 visa.
Asked by Faye Ilad from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 03, 2020 22:46Reply
Invited for a year-end party
Hi, Im a Filipino and was invited to attend a year-end party for one night. The company invited me is one of our foreign client in Dalian, China. On the invitation letter, the signatory is their HR Head, what is the best answer in the item "relationship to the applicant". As well as the itinerary as indicated in the invitation letter that i'll be staying there around 4 days. Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Sarah from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 06, 2020 00:31

The answer for the item "relationship with the applicant" should be "business partners".
Answered by Faye from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 06, 2020 03:25

Thank you, Sarah.
Asked by Aakanksha Singh from INDIA | Dec. 27, 2019 04:11Reply
Going for Moot Court Competition. Which Visa is required ?
Hello, I will be going to Beijing in the month of April for a Moot Court Competition. So which Visa Should I apply for F or L ? I'm little confused kindly suggest and let me know how to go about it ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from USA | Dec. 29, 2019 22:01

I think you should apply for an F visa. You can apply for it at the CVASC in India.
Asked by Rey from INDONESIA | Dec. 18, 2019 21:42Reply
Can I use F Visa for IT Training purpose?
Hi, my company will send me to a partner company in Danlian for IT training purpose for 6 months. Can I use F Visa for this purpose
Answers (1)
Answered by Wendy from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 19, 2019 17:23

Rey, you need to apply for an M visa, not the F visa.
Asked by Rosa from USA | Dec. 18, 2019 16:37Reply
Visiting student in a research laboratory in Shenzhen
Hi, I need to go to Shenzhen to work in a research laboratory. I will be pay from USA to do this collaboration with the group in China. Is it ok the F visa for this purpose? Since I'm Italian and I leave in USA. Can I do the application online or it is required the in-person interview to the Chinese Embassy?
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Answered by Oliver from USA | Dec. 18, 2019 19:58

Rosa, you can apply for an F visa fror this purpose. However, you can't do the application online. You need to apply for it in person at the Chinese embassy or consulate in your residence area in the US or have an agent to do it for you.
Answered by 123 from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 06, 2020 23:37

What if you need to do it for half a year?
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