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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 Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Cleofe G. Veloso from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 16, 2019 11:32Reply
I have previous visa in China, can I apply for 3 days visit at HK Visa Center?
and can I pick it up same day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Carlos from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 17, 2019 19:54

You can have a try at the visa center. The fastest service takes two working days, so it seemly unlikely to pick it up same day.
Asked by José Espinoza from USA | Oct. 14, 2019 04:29Reply
I have a new USA passport but my Chinese visa is in my old passport. Do I need a new visa?
My visa is the old passport, but I have a new passport and number
Answers (2)
Answered by Anna from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 14, 2019 20:30

If the personal particulars on both passports are the same and the visa is still valid, you don't need to apply for a new visa.
Answered by Jose Espinoza from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 00:35

Thx for your prompt response
Asked by Patrick from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 13, 2019 10:49Reply
I want to apply for teaching posts in China
Hi, is it possible for someone to apply for a visa to work in China before he gets a job offer.
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Answered by Danniel from USA | Oct. 13, 2019 20:48

No. He has to get a job offer first, then get the work permit from the employer, and then apply for a work permit.
Asked by Marisa Macari from UK | Oct. 12, 2019 06:16Reply
Can I go to visa centre & get help to fill in application if I bring photo & passport etc?
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Answered by Nina from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 13, 2019 20:46

I'm afraid you can't. You need to complete the application form online and then make an appointment to go to the visa center. If you walk in directly, your visa application will not be accepted.
Asked by John Doe from UNITED STATES | Oct. 10, 2019 10:06Reply
Booking information AND Invitation?
If I have an invitation from a school, do I need to book a hotel and return flight as well, or does the invitation from the school cover that?

Answers (1)
Answered by Keith from USA | Oct. 10, 2019 19:35

In this case, you don't need to book a hotel or return flight.
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