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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). Click to fill in the visa application form

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 updated on Mar. 27, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by ksk from USA | Jun. 19, 2024 21:32Reply
under china visa application form for America citizen
under 10 years visa, what should I fill in under :
Single Double Multiple
Maximum duration of longest stay (days)
Validity of visa (months)
This field is required.
under the validity of visa, what should I fill in when I prefer for 10 years visa
Asked by RobAnz from USA | Jun. 19, 2024 19:16Reply
Physical residence
We recently sold our home and we are living in a campground. I will be retiring in September and we are applying for a Q1 visa. Will living in a campground be a problem when we apply for the visa?
Asked by Patrick from CANADA | Mar. 27, 2024 08:08Reply
Obtaining a 10 year Tourist Visa
My existing Canadian passport with a 10 year business visa for China is expiring shortly. I travel often to HK on business and typically take the MTR (subway) to the border and go into Shenzhen for a day trip or sometimes overnight on the weekends. I would like to apply for a 10 year tourist Visa so that I can continue to do these day and overnight trips. I do not have travel plans yet, and even when I make my travel plans they will not include a flight into mainland China as I take a train or subway. Is it possible to apply and get approved for a 10 year visa without having pre arranged travel plans that include a flight into china?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | Mar. 27, 2024 20:55

The documents and requirements of 10-year L visa are similar to normal L visa application. You will need to show flight and hotel arrangements for the first entry.
Asked by WuMadelyn from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 15, 2024 11:13Reply
Take my Chinese nationality children abroad.
Hello, hi me again. I’m planning to go back home for the first time in six years now I have kids to bring with me one is two year old and four year old. Now my question is. If I bring my kids with me to go abroad what are the requirements needed for travel? Are they need to have passport , visa and plane tickets even though they are young? Thank you and have a great day.
Answers (1)
Answered by Marcy | Mar. 18, 2024 23:47

You kids need passports, visas and flight tickets as they are Chinese citizens. According to the Philippine Embassy in China, your two kids may need to apply for 9(a) visa. For the requirements, you need to contact Philippine Embassy in China: Tel: 65321872; Email: beijing.pedfa.gov.ph
Asked by Madelyn Wu from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 08, 2024 06:14Reply
Inviting a person to visit in China
Hi good day, I’m going to invite my eldest sister to visit me in China I have my temporary Chinese resident permit, my question is who’s name or person should be use fill in the invitation letter should be my husband name or my name, and also what visa should my eldest sister will going to apply? And also we already applied for her a tourist visa but the embassy suggested she need to apply for a family reunion Q2S1 visa type , now the embassy they need the original copy of our papers like marriage certificate etc. but the problem is we are not in the country we’re in China, what should we do about it.? Thank you.
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Answered by Mark | Mar. 10, 2024 19:17

It is better to fill in your name. If you cannot offer an original copy and she doesn't need to stay for a long time, then applying for a tourist visa is okay.
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