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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 Nov. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by rafaqat from PAKISTAN | Dec. 09, 2019 14:41Reply
hi. i am frm pakistan i want to visit china how much bank statmnt for china visit
Answers (1)
Answered by Ali from PAKISTAN | Dec. 09, 2019 18:56

May I know what visa do you plan to apply for?
Asked by Remmy from UGANDA | Dec. 09, 2019 04:43Reply
Visa application
Hi Remmy here from Uganda . I have organized all my papers for a students visa though time is not on my side , can I get an express visa In two days ? And is there an interview
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Answered by Emily from UGANDA | Dec. 09, 2019 18:55

Yes, if you use express service, you can get the visa in two days. Normally, there is no interview.
Asked by El from USA | Dec. 03, 2019 21:57Reply
Going to HGH in 6 days.
I am going to see meet my GF there that lives there. Do I need to apply for a visa ahead of time and do I have to have her information as well?
Answers (2)
Answered by Hilary from USA | Dec. 04, 2019 19:23

Do you mean to go to Hangzhou? If you can plan your route as US - Hangzhou - a third country, you can actually enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Hangzhou.
Answered by El from USA | Dec. 05, 2019 00:21

Yes I will stop In Tokyo Japan then to Pek then to Hgh. Very long trip.
Asked by Kehinde Olalemi from NIGERUS | Nov. 30, 2019 05:33Reply
Am KEHINDE from Nigeria
I want apply for China business visa, do I need tax clearance certificate to apply
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Answered by Roan from NIGERIA | Dec. 01, 2019 21:58

You don't need to submitit. Instead, you need to provide the bank statement of your company or yourself.
Asked by Kristina from USA/PHL | Nov. 29, 2019 03:29Reply
First time applicant
Hi I’m a US/PHL citizen living in the PHL. I want to apply for a tourist visa this December (next month). I am don’t have any tax forms. But I can provide a bank statement. Is it necessary to have the ITR? Or is the bank statement enough
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Answered by Ellen from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 02, 2019 00:00

Kristina, in princile, you also need to provide the ITR. If you indeed don't have it, you can contact the embassy to see what to do.
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