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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 May. 24, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by Ryan from USA | Jul. 02, 2020 14:02Reply
What if I want to mary a chinese woman, whatt visa do I aply for and how long is it good for
Answers (1)
Answered by Ross from USA | Jul. 06, 2020 00:24

You can apply for a tourist visa, which is generally valid for 3 months.
Asked by fqihi | Jun. 25, 2020 01:17Reply
change tourist visa to Student visa in Shanghai?
Is it possible to change my tourist visa to a student visa from inside china? I am in shanghai, I came as tourist, in january 2020, I applied for a language program, pre-admitted and waiting for the papers from the school. What advice you might have for me?
Answers (1)
Answered by Priscilla from BRASIL | Jul. 01, 2020 04:02

Have you got any answer about it?
Asked by Rogelio Miniano from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 14, 2020 09:05Reply
Good conduct certificate
I am from the Philippines and working here in Qatar. Would it be possible to use my good conduct certificate issued here in Qatar for applying a work visa in China?
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Answered by Lydia from UAE | Jun. 15, 2020 01:17

Yes, it's possible, but you may still need to get one from your country if your stay in Qatar is not more than 5 years.
Asked by Lara - Joy from UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | May. 21, 2020 01:32Reply
Visa Question
I had a 2 time entry visa for 90 days given to me November 2019, I had to leave after the first 90 days due to the pandemic. Is the second 90 days still valid if i enter now, it says entry before 11th of may 2020, is that for the first 90 days or also the second 90 days? And if i need to apply for a new visa, can I do that now? Do they still give out visa's?
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Answered by Alin from UAE | May. 24, 2020 19:26

Lara, actually your visa has already expired. The entry before daye is for both the 90-day stay durations. You need to apply for a new visa, but it seems that the Chinese embassy has suspended this service at present.
Asked by Hamza Chaudhary from PAKISTAN | Apr. 24, 2020 13:16Reply
If I want to travel to Hong Kong through mainland China
I’m a permanent resident in Hongkong and I want to travel to hongkong through mainland China which visa I would apply for?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vera from JAPAN | Apr. 26, 2020 19:55

You should apply for a transit visa.
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