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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 Feb. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Helen Chiu from HONGKONG | Feb. 17, 2019 06:19Reply
restrictions for China visa (2 times for 6 months)
My husband is a foreigner and got China Visa last Oct to this April 2. Would like to know if he must go to China within 3 months from Issue date for first visiting to China? Or any two dates to China just within in April 2?
my email is smarthelen2004yahoo.com.hk and my phone no. is 94545875.
Helen Chiu
Asked by Jay from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 16, 2019 19:42Reply
what about medical requirements?
Asked by Sundar Amartur from US | Feb. 13, 2019 06:09Reply
Need a tourist visa. I am a US citizen
living in India as a permanent resident. I have a permanent visa to stay in India because of my Indian origin (overseas citizen of India card). I would like to visit China with a friend of mine from Singapore in the month of June 2019. Can you please advice on the requirements in my case.
Answers (1)
Answered by Richards from FINLAND | Feb. 13, 2019 18:17

You can apply for tourist L type from CVASC, and you need to provide passport, the application form affixed with a passport-style photo, residence permit in there, transportation and accommodation arrangement or an invitation letter from your friend.
Asked by Zulfiqar Ali from PAKISTAN | Feb. 12, 2019 07:41Reply
is medical necssary for Visa Type X2 short term study visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Natasha from SAN MARINO | Feb. 12, 2019 23:53

If it is not required by the China embassy, you don't have to provide it then.
Asked by Sehrish from PAKISTAN | Feb. 06, 2019 08:48Reply
What about medical requirements for china visa ??
Is any vaccination is important for china visa ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessie from FINLAND | Feb. 10, 2019 22:40

You are advised to contact the China embassy to inquire that.
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