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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 Aug. 27, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Mail Service
Asked by Sadik from NIGERIA | Sep. 15, 2019 11:15Reply
When is the deadline of visa approaching for 2019 September
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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.
Asked by ALEXIS SNIDER from USA | Sep. 14, 2019 13:42Reply
I live in a small town in Colorado, Pagosa Springs. We do not have any Government Official Building
1) Where should I mail my Visa Application.
2) Do not have copy of Airline Tickets, email only
3) Also Hotel Reservation on email
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Answered by Angel from USA | Sep. 16, 2019 01:47

First, you should apply through the Chinese Consulate in Chicago in person. Currently, the mailed-in application of visa is not acceptable. Second, documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation is acceptable.

Third, you must pay your visa fee upon collection of your visa. (Some HKSAR or Macao SAR visa applicants need to pay a Communication fee prior to submission). You could pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only), money order, cashier's check or company check. If paying by check or money order, you should make your check or money order payable to "Chinese Consulate General". Cash, personal check or online payment is NOT accepted.
Asked by Jan Hlywka from CANADA | Aug. 26, 2019 07:13Reply
Can I bring one prepaid addressed envelope for two applications to appointment.
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Answered by Randall from USA | Aug. 27, 2019 17:43

yes, you can
Asked by Michael BARRANTES from USA | Aug. 22, 2019 13:15Reply
I live in Portland Oregon, where do I mail my application?
I am not sure how i will pay the cost. Do i need to send my credit car information in the application? can you elaborate more about the payment process
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Answered by Elena from USA | Aug. 22, 2019 20:47

Michael, sorry, you cannot mail your application. You need to go to the consulate in Chicago to submit it. Payment can be done by credit card, Money Order or Cashier's Check.
Asked by Fabrice from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 09, 2019 10:02Reply
could i request per mail or per post
I'm from the Netherlands. Is it possible to apply by registered post or email to just getting the requirements delivered?
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Answered by Ann from NETHERLANDS | Aug. 12, 2019 19:12

Fabrice, you have to submit the documents in person, but you can choose to have them sent back by post.
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