Do I need a visa for China travel?
Before working out your China travel plan, it’s necessary to check whether you are covered by the visa-free policies of China.
Some countries, like Japan, Singapore, and Brunei, have reached a 15-day visa-free entry agreement with China, so their citizens don’t need China visa as long as the stay is not longer than 15 days. For a majority of foreign visitors from other countries, the visa is a must, even if you hold a US, UK, or Canadian passport which has many privileges.
However, if you meet the requirements, you may still enjoy a visa-free travel by taking advantage of favorable visa-free schemes. Currently, visa-free transit facilities ranging from 24 to 144 hours have been adopted in quite a number of China’s major tourist destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou, enabling tourists to take a short tour in China.
|144-hour visa-free transit||For 53 countries||Available in Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Dalian, and Shenyang|
|72-hour visa-free transit||For 53 countries||Available in major Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai|
|24-hour Direct Transit||For almost all countries||Available in most China ports|
If wishing to take a longer in-depth tour, a China visa should be obtained.
How to apply for China visa?
Step 1: Collect all documents you need, including a passport valid for at least six months and with blank pages and a fully type-written China visa application form glued with your recently-taken bareheaded photo. If applying for a tourist visa, round-trip tickets and hotel bookings are required as well. If you have booked a tour from a China agency, it will issue you an invitation letter, which will be of great help to smooth the process.
Step 2: Submit all documents to the Chinese embassy or consulate, or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) by yourself or through an agency. In a few embassies and CVASCs, mail applications are acceptable but with extra charges.
Step 3: Collect your passport and visa on the date shown on the pick-up slip and pay the fee.
How much does a China visa cost？
China visa fee is determined by factors such as your nationality, required number of entries, and whether you use express services. Here is a price schedule for your reference.
|China Travel Visa Types||US Citizens||Canadian Citizens||UK Citizens||Australian Citizens|
|Single Entry||USD 140||CAD 142||GBP 151||AUD 109.5|
|Double Entries||USD 140||CAD 142||GBP 151||AUD 139.5|
|Multi Entries for 6 Months||USD 140||CAD 142||GBP 151||AUD 169.5|
|Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer||USD 140||CAD 142||GBP 151||AUD 229.5|
* Click China Visa Fees to know more details.
How long does it take for China visa application?
In normal cases, it takes four working days. If you use urgent service, you may get the visa on the same day you submit the application. If using express service, you need to wait for two or three working days. As your demand for fast service may get refused, it’s advised to set about preparing the visa early to avoid hassles.