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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 Jan. 18, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Mail Service
Asked by Taiwo from NIGERIA | Jun. 29, 2021 09:03Reply
Visa enquiry
Am into visa consultant I just want know the details of get visa for client who want travel to china for business
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma | Jul. 04, 2021 20:49

First, your client needs to get a business invitation letter from China. Then colelct all his documents include passport, application form, recent passport style photo, COVID vaccination certificate, etc and submit them to the CVASC in Nigeria.
Asked by m phrisque from USA | Jan. 16, 2020 16:37Reply
I have been told that Chinese immigration will accept the outdated passport with a still valid Chinese visa, and a new current passport.
Is this a valid option for travel to/from china?
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Answered by Danis from USA | Jan. 18, 2020 22:43

Yes, this is a valid option.
Asked by Melissa from USA | Jan. 14, 2020 18:11Reply
Visa Application
Good evening,

As a US citizen applying for a Visa, I understand that the application must be submitted in person or with the use of an agent. There is no consulate in Florida, therefore, how do I go about getting an agent?
I've found several websites online that provide visa application services for a hefty price and I'm hoping this is not what you are referring to.

Also, one of the travelers in my group resides in US but has a passport from Colombia. Does the same process apply?

Thanks in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Janet from USA | Jan. 14, 2020 19:28

Melissa, if it's too expensive for you, you can ask someone you know to submit your application to the consulate in Houston.

The same process also applies to the Colombian passport holder.
Asked by Barry Smith from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2020 04:35Reply
Visa by post
My partner and I are 78 and 79 years of age can we apply for a visa by post from your London office if so what do we need to do.
Many thanks.
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Answered by Roger from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2020 19:25

No, you have to submit the application in person, but you can pay more to ask the visa center to post your passports back.
Asked by Vic from USA | Dec. 15, 2019 05:38Reply
Is it possible to apply for tourist visa(L)via mail if living in the US
If so where do you send the application and supporting documentation
Answers (1)
Answered by Ken from USA | Dec. 15, 2019 19:04

At present, you can't apply for China tourist visa in the US by mail.
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