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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
How to Apply a China Visa in Hong Kong
8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last modified on Dec. 13, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Asad from PAKISTAN | Jan. 07, 2021 11:39Reply
TE letter for new job Visa
I have received the work permit document from my university. The TE letter is required or not for visa application of new job? kindly help
Answers (1)
Answered by Abid | Jan. 08, 2021 22:33

Dear Asad,
The work permit is being issued by a different dept. under the Ministry of Human Resource and has nothing to do with Entry and exit dept. (also called immigration).
To work in China you need a Z visa, and yes of course you need an official invitation letter (TE) that has to be applied by your University as they are the employer. Once you get the TE, only then you can apply for the Z visa. FYI, all foreigners visas are suspended except the applications holding TE issued by the Chinese govt. dept.
Best of luck with your visa application.
Asked by Mehreen Asif from PAKISTAN | Jan. 04, 2021 02:37Reply
Is family visa from Pakistan open?
Hi my husband is working in China and I want to apply for family visa from pakistan.Is it open and is TE letter still required for me?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abid | Jan. 08, 2021 22:24

Yes TE letter is still required as without TE letter no visa is being issued by the Chinese embassy in Islamabad (keep in mind Chinese embassy in Karachi and Lahore are still closed for visa issuance facility and applicants have to travel to Islamabad for visa). TE letter can be applied by the employer of your husband and its a little long process as takes about 4 to 6 weeks depending if all requested documents are submitted by the company in one shot and there are no further enquiries by the govt. dept.
The Govt dept. will ask for the tax paid by the company and personal tax paid by your husband, his salary and residence etc.
Asked by AHMED, Saied from EGYPT | Jan. 04, 2021 00:47Reply
Can I get Q visa for 10 years, my wife is Chinese and my US passport is valid for more than one year
Hello, I have American and Egyptian nationalities. My wife is Chinese. My US passport is valid for more than one year. I will apply to the Egyptian consulate in Cairo.
Thank you in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Amanda | Jan. 10, 2021 22:18

In normal cases, you can possibly get the 10 years Q visa, but at present, it is not very likely because of the COVID-19 situation.
Asked by farhan from PAKISTAN | Dec. 08, 2020 11:03Reply
i want to get csc scholarship for phd so i have to attest just masters degree or bachelor as well?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy | Dec. 13, 2020 19:00

You need to attest the masters degree only.
Asked by Camille Bohol from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 07, 2020 09:32Reply
hi, my daughter's father is chinese, and i want to go there with our baby, what visa should i apply?
we're not yet married, so that i dont have married certificate. im planning to visit china on july 2021, and what requirements i will submit? thanks in advance
Answers (3)
Answered by Ada | Dec. 10, 2020 22:03

Camille, if China will lift the entry ban before July 2021, you can apply for a tourist visa. At present, you can't apply for any type of visa.
Answered by Camille Bohol | Dec. 11, 2020 11:41

what type of visa ?can i apply for Q1/Q2 visa or L Visa only ? Please specify thank you 😊😊
Answered by Jeremy | Dec. 13, 2020 19:02

As you are not married, you can only apply for the L visa. The Q1/Q2 visa is not applicable to you.
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