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China Visa Mail Service

Applying for China visa by mail is a way to save your time and money, especially when you live far from the Chinese embassy, consulate or China Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your consular jurisdiction or when you are busy with work. Good as it seems, few Chinese embassies and consulates provide visa mail service due to various reasons. However, the CVASC in many countries now accepts mailed visa applications.

To apply for China visa by mail, the premise is that you have to be physically in the country where you do the application in case that the consular officers require an interview.

Visa Postal Service in Chinese Embassy / Consulate - Hardly Available

Only a few embassies and consulates accept mailed visa applications, such as Chinese embassies in New Zealand and Micronesia. Before making the application, you need to check out on the website of the Chinese embassy or make a phone call to see whether it provides such services.

Visa Postal Service in CVASC - Feasible

In countries where CVASCs are available, applicants have a great chance to apply for China visa by mail, such as UK, Australia, Canada, and Germany.

As few embassies and consulates provide mail service, hereinafter the contents related to visa postal service only applies to the situation when you are applying from the CVASC.

How Far in Advance Should I Submit the Application?

Applying visa by mail takes longer time than applying on the spot, so you need to set about the process well in advance but not earlier than three months before your planned departure date. Usually it’s suggested to post the application SIX WEEKS in advance.

Documents Checklist for Visa Application by Post

1. Applicant's passport with at least two blank pages and six-month validity left.
2. A photocopy of the passport’s info page.
3. A completed and duly signed China Visa Application Form without any unanswered questions, with a recent passport photo glued to the photo place in the form.
4. Documents to support your purpose for the planned visit in China, such as round-way air tickets and hotel reservations.
5. Applicants in a third country may be also required to provide additional information, such as valid visa or residence permit.
6. A self-addressed prepaid return envelope of a delivery service provider designated by the CVASC.
7. A signed Payment Authorization Form which can be downloaded from the website of CVASC.

 Note: If you miss any required documents or the embassy asks for more documents, the CVASC will contact you to make a supplement. Before the documents are complete, your application will be suspended and the waiting time is excluded from the processing time of postal applications.

How Do I Pay & What Is the Cost?

Cash is not acceptable by the CVASC if you apply for China visa by post. Applicants can usually pay by debit card, credit card, and money order. When your China visa is ready, the center will deduct money from your card and send your passport back after receiving your payment. A receipt will be enclosed in the package as well.

Please be reminded that you should pay not only the visa fee, but also the service fee charged by the CVASC and tax, thus the fee varies in different countries.

Postal Application Processing Time

It normally takes 10 working days for processing a visa application sent by post and no rush service is available. Note that the 10 working days do not include days when the mail is on the way. Applicants can track the processing status on the website of CVASC.

Be Aware of the Risks

Upon sending the mail visa application, applicants would be fully aware of the risks they are undertaking. They may face long processing time and the likely risks of documents' safety if they send the application by mail. It’s better to apply in person in case of any delay, passport loss, or sudden change of the planned trip schedule.

- Last modified on Nov. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Mail Service
Asked by lilia calderon from PHILIPPINES | Nov. 15, 2019 23:49Reply
is personal appearance important for submitting a chinese visa application?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eva from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 17, 2019 19:16

No, it doesn't matter at all.
Asked by Hugo Michael from GUATEMALA | Nov. 07, 2019 22:59Reply
Do I need a Visa for 20 hours lay over

Hello, I have a question to ask,
I am traveling from Taiwan and my final destination is Los Angeles.
I hold a Guatemalan Passport
My Itinerary is as follow:
Taiwan to Fuzhou (FOC) 20 lay over
Fuzhou to Xiamen (XMN) 2 hours lay over
Xiamen(XMN) to Los Angeles (LAX)

I return back to Taiwan with the following Itinerary:

Los Angeles to Qingdao (TAO) 3 hours lay over
Qingdao(TAO) to Fuzhou(FOC) 7 hours lay over
Fuzhou (FOC) to Taiwan

My longest lay over is 20 hours, do I need a Transfer visa for this?
I appreciate your help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kira from IRELAND | Nov. 10, 2019 18:53

Yes, you need a transit visa for both connections.
Asked by Mjay from ENGLAND | Nov. 04, 2019 10:35Reply
Can I get a Chinese visa by post to save travelling to London as I live in Devon,also my companion i
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Answered by Jenifer from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 04, 2019 22:56

No, you can't apply by post.
Asked by Tanya Sidwell from U.K. | Oct. 28, 2019 12:23Reply
Can I apply by post - I live in uk
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Answered by Barbara from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 28, 2019 23:54

Asked by Sadik from NIGERIA | Sep. 15, 2019 11:15Reply
When is the deadline of visa approaching for 2019 September
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 16, 2019 01:06

You need to get it done at least in the mid of August to ensure your trip.
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