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FAQ about Chinese Visa Application

 Do I need a Chinese visa?
 Foreigners are generally required to apply for a China visa before departure, but some needn't if they enjoy visa exemption or visa-free transit policies, for example, passport holders from 53 countries enjoy the 72-hour visa-free transit and 144-hour visa-free transit in major Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. For more detailed information, you can see the Chinese Visa Exemption.  
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 Can I apply for a visa on arrival at entry ports?
 In Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Xiamen, Shantou, and Hainan, passport holders of most countries can get the visa on arrival. It is difficult to get one in other cities, unless you are in real urgent situations.
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 When is the best time to apply for a visa?
 Please apply only 1 or 2 months (at least 2 weeks) before your planned date for visit. If you apply for it too late, you may not have enough time for the application. If you apply for it too early, it may become invalid before your departure.
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 How long does a China visa last?
 Generally, the validity of a single-entry visa is 3 months, counted from the date of issue.
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 Where can I submit my application?
 Aliens should apply from the Chinese embassy, consulate, or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) which is in charge of their residence area. For example, if you live in Colorado, you should submit application to the Chinese Consulate in Chicago.

Applicants who reside or travel outside their home country can apply at a local Chinese embassy, consulate, or CVASC.
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 Do I need to make an appointment to submit application?
 It depends. Almost all Chinese embassies and consulates don't ask applicants to make an appointment. Most CVASCs offer visa application appointment service, but it’s not compulsory. US citizens don’t need to do so while UK citizens must book an appointment before going to the CVASC. Canadian and Australian citizens can choose to make appointment or not at the official website of CVASC in their countries. Please check with the embassy, consulate or CVASC in your residence area before you go there.
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 Can I send application by mail?
 Few Chinese embassies and consulates accept visa application by post. However, if you apply from the CVASC, it's possible to use the postal application service. You should visit the official website of Chinese embassy, consulate or CVASC to check whether it accepts application by mail or not. See more at China Visa Mail Service.
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 Can I apply for China visa online? 
  No, you can't.
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 Can I entrust someone else to submit my application and pick it up on my behalf if I can't go there in person?
 Yes, the application can be presented by someone else, such as your friends, relatives, or a travel agency, but the application form should be completed and signed by yourself. Someone else can pick up it on your behalf as long as he can show the "Pick-up Form".  
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 What documents are needed for Chinese visa application?
 Basic requirements are your original passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank pages, one legibly, completely and honestly filled Application Form, one recent passport photo affixed on the application form. You also should submit additional documents for different categories. For more information, please refer to China Visa Application Requirements.
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 Where can I get China Visa Application Form?
 The easiest way is to download it from internet, but the form is in PDF, you should have installed the software of Adobe Reader. Click to download China Visa Application Form.
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 Do I have to submit my actual passport for application? Can I submit the copy of my passport because I need my passport every day?
 Yes, you must offer your original passport because the visa should be stamped on the blank page of your passport. If you need your passport every day, you can apply for 1 working day service and pick up your passport on the day of submission.
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 Hong long does it take to get a visa to go to China?
 Generally speaking, it takes 4 working days. 1 working day service and 2-3 working days service are available, but you need to pay extra money for the service.
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 How much is a visa for China?
 The visa fees vary greatly according to your nationality, the number of entries, the country you are applying in and whether you need an express service or not. Generally speaking, the fees are more expensive if you want more entries. However, the fees are the same for American citizens no matter what number of entries they apply for. See China Visa Fees.
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 What are Entries, Enter Before, and Duration of Each Stay on a visa?
 The number of entries on a visa indicates the times that you can enter mainland China during its validity. The visa becomes void if it goes beyond the date of ENTER BEFORE even if there are some ENTRIES left. ENTRIES vary from single, double and multiple. A single entry is printed as 01(壹), while double as 02(贰), and multiple as M(多).

ENTER BEFORE means the last date for the holder to use it to enter mainland PRC. You must enter before 24:00 on this date. A visa comes into effect since the date of issuance, which is the starting day that the holder can use it to enter mainland PRC.

Duration of Each Stay after Entry means the maximum number of days the applicants are permitted to stay in China. Duration of Each Stay is counted from the date of entry.
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 Can UK, US, Australian, and Canadian citizens go to China without a visa?
 UK, US, Australian, and Canadian citizens need a visa for China unless they are covered by the visa exemption policies.
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 How long can I stay in China on a tourist visa?
 It depends on the duration of stay shown on your visa. Generally speaking, the duration of stay of a tourist visa is one month. However, it can be longer determined by your travel itinerary and the consular officers.
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 Can I apply for an extended stay when I'm in China?
 Aliens who are already in China holding a valid visa can apply for an extended stay at a local Public Security Bureau of county level or above. You can read China Visa Renewal and Extension to get more useful information.
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 Do I need a visa to Hong Kong and Macau?
 About 170 countries or regions don't need it for Hong Kong. You can read the List of Visa-free Countries to Hong Kong to check whether you need it or not. Passport holders from 65 countries enjoy free access to Macau for a certain period; other aliens can apply when they arrive in Macau, please refer to the List of Visa-free Countries to Macau.

- Last modified on Dec. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on FAQ of Chinese Visa Application
Asked by Prasasti anjani from INDONESIA/ MACAU NOW | May. 20, 2020 11:39Reply
Tourist can visit China now
Hi currently I’m living in Macau, but I want to go and visit my spouse in China, is it possible for tourist to visit China right now.? Please I need this kind of information. Thank you
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Answered by Maria from USA | May. 20, 2020 18:55
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Sorry, you cannot visit mainland China at present as a foreigner.
Asked by Natalie Franke from CHINA | May. 15, 2020 20:50Reply
Booking an appointment
I went to the Exit and Entry Bureau in Guangzhou to apply for an extension. I was told I needed to book an appointment, but the website they gave me gzjd.gov.cn to do this has no link (as far as I could see) for online booking. Are there other options?
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Answered by Amanda from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 17, 2020 20:57
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Natalie, from what I found on the same website, you can go to the Immigration Building of Guangdong (广东出入境大厦境外人员网上申请区) to make an on-spot application.
Asked by Bill from USA | May. 12, 2020 07:00Reply
Can US soldiers visit China on tourist visa?
Hello, I'm in the US Navy and I was wondering if I am allowed to get a tourist visa to visit China. I have wanted to visit China since I was a boy and will have time next year. Thank you.
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Answered by Gill from USA | May. 13, 2020 20:29
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Bill, you may still be allowed to visit China as a tourist, but it will be not very easy for you get the visa.
Asked by Richard Seke from DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO | May. 11, 2020 05:13Reply
The equivalent of Visa price in USD
Hi Madam/Sir,
I am from the DR Congo, can I have the price in USD for Chinese visa from your embassy in Zambia.
With the restrictions of travel from DRC provinces to Kinshasa, I would like to travel from Zambia which is near the Lualaba province where I am living.
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Answered by Amy from USA | May. 17, 2020 23:18
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A single entry visa will cost K300, but I don't know how much it is if calculated in the unit of USD.
Asked by Antoine from UAE | May. 05, 2020 01:01Reply
French citizen with residency in UAE - Can I Travel to Sanya and get visa on arrival?
I am a french citizen with french passport holder leaving in Dubai with Dubai residency. I want to travel to Sanya, could I get visa on arrival? or my only option is to get a free visa via a travel agency?
How long can I stay in Sanya with such visa?
What is the process to follow before I travel?
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Answered by Barry from USA | May. 10, 2020 19:40
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Antoine, in normal cases, you can get the 30-day visa-free entry for Sanya if you are to be received by a travel agency there. However, due to the current pandemic, I'm afraid the policy will be suspended temporarily. If you plan to use it in the future, you can book a tour from a qualified travel agency of China before departure.
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