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China Visa Application Requirements

General Requirements: Passport, Visa Application Form & Photo

1. Original passport with at least two blank visa pages and at least 6 months of remaining validity, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and photo page if it is separate.

2. One completed China Visa Application Form attached with a recently-taken passport photo (48mm x 33mm, bare-head, full face, and against a light background).

If applying in a third country, you should also submit a proof of legal stay or residence permit, namely the original and photocopy of your valid visa, or certificates of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the third country.

Supporting Documents for Major Visa Types

What documents are needed for China visa application? Depending on the visa type you are applying for, additional documentation must be submitted.

China Tourist Visa Requirements
China Tourist Visa Requirements
 Round-trip ticket booking record and proof of a hotel reservation, or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China with following information:
a. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
b. Information on the planned visit (dates of arrival and departure, places of visit, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
c. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

See Sample of the Invitation Letter for China Visa.
 Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain the same information as described above for tourist visa.
 An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, with details as described above for tourist visa.
 Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in PRC.

For X1 visa with an intended stay of more than 6 months, applicants should also provide:
Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).
 One of the following work permits is required:
1. Foreigners Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
2. Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries (regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
3. Approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs.
4. Invitation Letter to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations issued by National Offshore Oil Corporation.
 1. An invitation letter from a foreigner who stays on a work Z or student X visa in China
2. A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit
3. Proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)

For those who visit for private affairs other than family reunion, documentation identifying the nature of the private affair should be provided as required by the consular officer.
 1. Invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit.
2. Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit
3. For Q1 visa only -  a proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)
 An onward air, train or ship ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region is required.

Special Reminders for China Visa Application

1. Generally, the invitation letter in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout is acceptable, but the consular officer may require the original of the invitation letter when necessary.
2. The consular officer may require other proof documents or supplementary materials or an interview or verification of the signature on application documents upon notification by the Embassy/Consulate-General if necessary.

Further Reading:
How to Apply for a China Visa
8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last modified on Dec. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Gobi padmanabhan from USA | Feb. 04, 2020 17:11Reply
I am a US citizen and want to go to manasarover/ mt. Kailash yathra this summer. Can I get the visa
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Feb. 04, 2020 19:03

To travel to Tibet you need a separate Tibet Travel Permit, which can take months to get, in addition to the visa.
Asked by Cha from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 28, 2020 21:36Reply
My boyfriend wanted me to go China but I don’t know which visa I should take
He wanted me to go to China to arrange our marriage when I get there. But the thing is I don’t know which visa I should take.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sally from USA | Feb. 02, 2020 17:51

You can apply for a tourist visa.
Asked by Bella Tama from PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Jan. 27, 2020 04:21Reply
Applying for a Chinese L-Visa in Thailand...
I'm from Papua New Guinea and currently I'm in Thailand.

I am planning to travel to China next week.

I want to ask if it is possible for Papua New Guineans to apply for Chinese L Visa in Thailand?

Please let me know as soon as possible, Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 02, 2020 18:25

Yes, it's possible. You can have a try at the China Visa Application Center in Bangkok.
Asked by Greg S from UNITED STATES | Jan. 23, 2020 12:38Reply
valid visa but new passport
We have Chinese visas that are valid until 2027, however we had to order new passports. The visas are in our cancelled passports.

Are the visas still valid?
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Answered by John Doe | Jan. 30, 2020 19:10

The visa remains valid when traveling with both passports.
Asked by Leon Macapagal from UNITED STATES | Jan. 23, 2020 08:35Reply
Application for 2 people
When submitting VISA applications for two people, will I need multiple copies of the travel documents, such as hotel bookings and airline tickets, or can i just submit 1 copy and bundle up the applications together? Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Eric from USA | Feb. 01, 2020 17:23

Each applicant needs a copy of the travel documents including hotel bookings and airline tickets.
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