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Crew (C) Visa




Crew (C) visa is issued to crewmembers working on board of international trains, airliners or vessels to China.

  Ⅰ.Please submit the following documents with your application: 

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page : Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity with at least one blank visa page in it.

2. Application form: One completed Visa Application Form (Q1)

3. Photo: one recent photo of 2*2 square inch (black & white or color is acceptable) glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Non-US passport  bearers shall provide documents that entitle them to reside or work for an extended period of time in the US..
5. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport. Applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new US passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old US passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.
6. Formal application letter issued by the airline or shipping company;
7. The original and photocopy of the employee ID of the applicant.

Ⅱ.How to apply
 1.You may submit the application to the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate -General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside;
 2.If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to drop off your application at the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.
 No appointment is required.
 Mailed applications are not acceptableand will be refused. 
.Processing Time
1.The regular processing time is 4 working days.
2.Express service: 2-3 working days processing, $20 will be charged per visa.
3.Same day rush service: emergent business only, with additional fees of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 12:30pm may be picked up between 2:30pm-3:00pm on the same day).

.Visa fees
 1.Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check or Company Check. Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable.
 2.Please make the company check, cashier's check or money order payable to 
Chinese Embassy

Number of Entry


Citizens of other countries*

Single Entry



Double Entry 



Multiple Entry for 6 Months



Multiple Entry for 12 Months



Multiple Entry for 24 Months



*Visa fees for Romanian passport holders are: $75 for single or double entry, $150 for multiple entry.

Ⅴ.Additional Information
  1. If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or refusal of the requested visa. 
  2. Two year valid multiple entry "C"  visa could be applied by crewmembers of  Northwest, United , Continental, American, Fedex , UPS, Polar Air Cargo and Delta..
3. To crewmembers of other airlines, single/double entry visas or 6 months /1 year multiple entry visas could be issued accordingly.
  4. The duration of stay is normally 7-10 days, it should be specifically noted in the Application Form and the approval of the consul is necessary if a stay of more than 10 days is to be made.
  5. Any person suffering from a mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China.


All regulations are subject to change without notice. 


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