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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 Jeanette walkden from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 16, 2020 01:35Reply
Transit visa 144
We are flying from London Heathrow to Singapore going a cruise and the last port is Shanghai we are staying two days then flying back to London Heathrow can we use the visa 144 hour for this
and if we can how do we get one i nobody seems to answer my question I'm going around in circles.
I just want a yes or no .
Thank you
Jeanette walkden
Answers (1)
Answered by Cynthia from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 16, 2020 18:55
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Jeanette, your route is eligible for the 144h visa-free transit if you don't have other layovers in China. You can apply for it upon arrival in Shanghai following the direction signs.
Asked by Muhammad Junaid Khan from PAKISTAN | Jan. 14, 2020 09:46Reply
China visa to visit companies for rate and checking of products
How can I apply for China visa to visit companies for rate and checking of products to purchase.
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Answered by Giobert from PAKISTAN | Jan. 15, 2020 17:23
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Dear, you can apply for a business visa at the China Visa Center in Pakistan. The required documents include:
(1) Passport
(2) Visa Application Form and Photo
(3) Verification Letter of Invitation or an Invitation Letter (TE) (both of the letters must be extended by a Chinese inviter)
(4) Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual.
(5) A supporting letter from the organization which the applicant serves in.
(6) The applicant's tax payment certificate (photocopy, the last three years).
(7) Registration from or Chambership certificate of the company which the applicant serves in (photocopy).
(8) Bank statement (personal or company, the last six months)
(9) A local police character/clearance certificate attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan for first time visit to China within the last five years
(10) Round-trip air tickets and hotel booking (first time visit to China)
(11) An applicant may be required to submit an original invitation, provide other supporting documents, or schedule an interview with the consular officer.
Asked by Kathryn from USA | Jan. 06, 2020 08:20Reply
free visa
We are ending a cruise Tianjin China on May 12th We are staying an extra 2 nights . How do we get a visa for that time frame ?
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Answered by Alexandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 06, 2020 19:31
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Dear, what is your entire travel route? Can you tell me so that I can see whether you can use the 144h visa-free transit in China?
Answered by KATHRYN LANE from USA | Jan. 07, 2020 10:37
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We start in Singapore on Royal Caribbean cruise and end up the last day of the cruise in Beijing .
Cruise ends May 12th and we fly home am of the 14TH.
Many thanks for your help .
Answered by Alexandra | Jan. 07, 2020 17:21
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I think your route is eligible for the 144h visa-free transit in Beijing.
Asked by rowan from UNITED STATES | Jan. 05, 2020 13:02Reply
Does section 1.23 apply to family members not traveling with you to China?
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Answered by Eric from USA | Jan. 05, 2020 19:46
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Yes, it also applies to family members not travelling with you to China.
Asked by Roy M from AMSTERDAM | Jan. 05, 2020 11:29Reply
Can I get the 144-hour visa-free transit if I travelled to Jordan and Israel?
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Answered by Jenni from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 05, 2020 19:43
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You are still likely to get the 144h visa-free transit as long as you meet the requirements.
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