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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 Mar. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Mail Service
Asked by Parker from USA | Mar. 18, 2019 09:07Reply
Airline non-rev
I am an airline employee invited to speak in China. I will be traveling non-rev/space-available. Will this be accepted in lieu of proof of round trip tickets?
Also - I live in Minnesota, do I need to appear at the Chinese consulate in person? if so which one and do I need an appointment? Will they process that day - or will I need to return?
Answers (3)
Answered by Eve | Mar. 19, 2019 00:03

You don't have to appear at the Chinese consulate in person as you can find someone else to do that on your behalf.
Answered by Parker from USA | Mar. 19, 2019 14:34

As an invited speaker to China - is the Visa-F form the correct form?
Answered by Rose | Mar. 19, 2019 17:46

Yes, you can apply for F type for that.
Asked by Payalmpatel from INDIA | Mar. 05, 2019 06:01Reply
I am from Ahmedabad so how can I send my application to CVASC
Answers (1)
Answered by Valentine from HUNGARY | Mar. 05, 2019 19:08

You should go to CVASC in person to submit the application or find someone else to do that on your behalf.
Asked by Jayme Hall from CANADA | Jan. 03, 2019 07:40Reply
Fingerprints Needed
Good morning.

Since we now need fingerprints at an embassy. Can I still send in my Chinese application by mail?
Answers (1)
Answered by Higgins from DENMARK | Jan. 03, 2019 22:13

Hi, you are advised to contact the visa office to confirm before you do that.
Asked by Suzanne Gabriel from ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES | Dec. 01, 2018 23:36Reply
I live on a caribbean island that does not have an embassy, I have a uk passport
Can I apply by mail to the uk embassy. I live on a caribbean island that does not have an embassy, I have a uk passport
Answers (3)
Answered by Shay from FINLAND | Dec. 03, 2018 14:51

Yes, you can apply from the CVASC in your country by post.
Answered by Suzanne from ST VINCENT | Dec. 04, 2018 03:35

You are incorrect this only applies for US citizens.
Answered by Fitch from GERMANY | Dec. 04, 2018 17:25

I can see the choice of submitting the application by post through the official website of the CVASC in UK. As a UK citizen, if you apply for the Chinese visa in your country, you need to submit the application to the visa office in CVASC, and you can submit it in person or through post.
Asked by Marya E Agatucci from UNITED STATES | Nov. 05, 2018 10:37Reply
How do I send my application?
I live in Oregon and I am applying for a Chinese visa, where do I send my application and can I send via mail?
Answers (1)
Answered by Wesley from RUSSIA | Nov. 05, 2018 19:02

You need to submit the application in person to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.
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