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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 Sep. 02, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Clifford Liu from BOSTON, MA | Sep. 14, 2020 17:46Reply
Do I need birth certificate?
I am getting PU letter in a few weeks. I am prepared for documents are needed for Chinese Embassy Authorization Stamp (New York). What documents do I need and do I need birth certificate?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ada | Sep. 20, 2020 20:16

What kind of visa do you apply? If you do not apply for family reunion visa, birth certificate is not required. Other documents for submission may include your passport, application form, passport size photo, and other supporting documents to prove your travel purpose.
Asked by Darrell from USA | Aug. 28, 2020 11:49Reply
As U.S. citizen I was given Chinese tourist VISA July 2015, good until June 2025. Need new VISA?
Do I need a new tourist VISA to enter China? What other requirements may be imposed such as quarantine or medical tests?

Early this year I was in Haikou on Hainan from January 17 departning China on February14 Destination for new trip would to visit friends in Beijing. It is my understanding that all VISAs were cancelled if issued earlier than March 28, 2020. Thank you
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Answered by Keith | Sep. 02, 2020 23:04

Darrell, actually your visa is still valid, but you can't travel to China during the epidemic period using it. Therefore, if you want to enter China now, you will have to apply for a new visa, but I'm afraid you can't get it if you travel for sightseeing or visiting friends.
Asked by mir shaoor from PAKISTAN | Jul. 30, 2020 08:48Reply
which documents requried for visa
sir iam selected in beijing throw csc full scholourship for master and i have jw201 which education docments requreid for visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexis from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 02, 2020 22:53

Aside from the Jw201 form, you need to provide your passport, application form, a recent back-ground passport size photo, and an admission notice from the school.
Asked by Mickey from ETHIOPIA | Jul. 20, 2020 08:19Reply
Visa for China
Hello I am from Ethiopia I have student visa but already expired now I am in Ethiopia I want to apply for tourist visa What kind requirements I need ?
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Answered by Derek from USA | Jul. 27, 2020 00:34

Mickey, you will need to provide your passport, previous China visa, round-trip tickets, completed application form attached with your recent photo, and hotel bookings.
Asked by Dasher from USA | Jul. 17, 2020 13:02Reply
type of visa required
My wife, Chinese national, is currently in Shanghai working at an international school. My son and I both have 10 yr. L-type visas that expire Nov 2028. Do we need to apply for a different type of visa before we leave the U.S. to join her? Or can we enter with our current visa and change to a different type of visa once we get into Shanghai in order to stay there with her?
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Answered by Michelle from USA | Jul. 19, 2020 20:09

You can either apply for a different type of visa or change it to another type after you get into Shanghai.
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