Chinese Visa
US citizens shall get Chinese Visa to visit China
  ♦ Validity
 
Visa Application Guidelines
  ♦ Passport
  ♦ Photo
  ♦ Proof of US Residency Status (For Third Country Citizens) 
  ♦ Original Chinese Passport (For First-Time Applicants Whose Former Nationality was Chinese)
  ♦ Previous Chinese Visa (For Non-First-Time Applicants whose Former Nationality was Chinese)
  ►For Business Visa("F" Visa)
  ♦ Photocopy of the Previous "F" Visas(For US Citizen Applying for Two-Year-Valid "F" Visa)
  ♦ Photocopy of the last "L" Visas (For U.S. Citizen who was of Chinese origin and born in China)
  ♦ Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate(For Chinese citizen's American spouse or child)
  ►For Student Visa("X" Visa)
  ♦ original and a photocopy of the school admission letter
  ♦ Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202)
  ►For Work Visa("Z" Visa)
  ♦ original and a photocopy of an Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit, or a Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Chinese agency
  ♦ Foreign Employment Permit(Optional)
  ♦ Approval Document Issued by the Ministry of Culture(For Commercial Performance)
  ►For Crew Visa("C" Visa)
  ♦ Formal introduction letter issued by the airline or shipping company
  ♦ Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China
  ♦ An official letter issued by the applicant's media company
  ♦ Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or relevant authorized agencies
  ♦ An official letter issued by the applicant's media company
Additional documents if deemed necessary by visa officers
 
  ►Walk-in or Entrust Somebody else or Travel Agents to Submit the Application
  ►Interview (if Requested)
  No need for Appointment
Processing Time
  ►Regular Service(To Pick up on the Fourth Working Day)
  ►Express Service (To Pick up on the Second or Third Working Day)
  ►Same Day Rush Service(to Pick up on the Same Day)
  ♦ $140.00 (for Regular Sevice, Flat Fee for One-Entry, Double-Entry or Multiple-Entry)
  ♦ Additional $20.00 (for Express Service)
  ♦ Additional $30.00 (for Same-Day Rush Service)
  ►Payment
  ♦ Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only)
  ♦ Money Order (Payable to the Chinese Embassy)
  ♦ Cashier's Check (Payable to the Chinese Embassy)
  ♦ Company Check (Payable to the Chinese Embassy)
  ♦ No Cash or Personal Check
 
 
Macao Visas

Chinese Visa  

A visa is a travel document issued by authorized government agencies to foreign citizens applying to enter, exit from or transit through the host country's territory based on the host country's laws and regulations.

In accordance with international law and practice, any sovereign state is entitled to decide on whether or not to allow a foreign citizen to enter or exit from its territory, and whether to issue a visa, decline a visa application or to cancel an issued visa in accordance with its national laws.

Chinese consular officials are entitled to decide on the type, number of entries, validityand duration of each stay of a visa to be issued based on Chinese laws and regulations. Consular officials reserve the right to decline a visa application or revoke an issued visa.

1. Visa is required for a foreign citizen to visit China

Foreign citizens must obtain a Chinese visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations.

Please check the validity of your visa before traveling to China. If the visa has expired or the number of entries is not enough, you must apply for a new visa.

2. Visa Types

Chinese visas fall into four types:diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa and ordinary visa. Ordinary visas are further divided into the following categories:

1) Tourist Visa (L Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for a short stay for tourism purpose, family visit or other personal affairs.

2)Business Visa (F Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for a visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology or culture, advanced study, or internship for a period of no more than 6 months.

3) Student Visa (X Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced study or internship for a period of more than 6 months.

4) Work Visa (Z Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of commercial performances or academic exchanges, and to his/her accompanying spouse and minor children.

5) Crew Visa (C Visa) is issued to a crew member of an international train, airliner or vessel who is a foreign citizen and comes to China for business.

6) Journalist Visa (J-1, J-2 Visa)

J-1 Visa is issued to a resident foreign journalist in China and his/her accompanying spouse and minor children.

J-2 Visa is issued to a foreign journalist who visits China for temporary news coverage.

7) Transit Visa (G Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his/her way to a third country or region and will stay at a Chinese airport for more than 24 hours or need to leave the airport.

8) Permanent Resident Visa (D Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who has been authorized to reside permanently in China.

3. Validity, Number of Entries and Duration of Each Stay of Chinese Visa

1) VisaValidity ("Enter Before") means that the visa is valid, or can be used for entry into China from the date of issue to the "Enter Before" date indicated on the visa (Beijing Time). If a visa has unused entries, the bearer can enter China by 24:00 (Beijing Time) of the expiration date.

2) "Entries" refers to the number of times the bearer is permitted to enter China during the validity of a visa.

A visa becomes invalid if there are no entries left, or there are entries left but the visa validity expires. If a visa becomes invalid, its bearer must apply for a new visa before entering China. Traveling with an invalid visa to China will result in refusal of entry.

3) "Duration of Each Stay" refers to the maximum number of days the visa bearer is permitted to stay in China each time, which is calculated from the date of entry into China.

A foreign citizen who overstays the end date of his/her authorized stay in China without going through extension formalities is subject to fines and other penalties for violation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens and its Detailed Rules for Implementation. If a visa bearer to stay in China longer than the duration of stay allowed on the visa, approval must be obtained from local public security authorities above the county level before the duration of stay expires. Approval of an extension of stay may or may not be granted. Please check the website of the local public security authorities in China for more information. Chinese Embassies and Consulates overseas are not authorized to extend a visa.

A bearer of a Work (Z) Visa, Student (X) Visa, Permanent Resident (D) Visa, or Resident Journalist (J-1) Visa must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China. Members of foreign diplomatic or consular missions in China must apply for a residence permit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or local foreign affairs departments within 30 days of entry into China.

4. Visa-free Entry

A foreign citizen can enter China without a visa under any one of the following circumstances:

1) Direct Transit

A foreign citizen who is transiting through China by air is exempted from a visa if he/she will stay only in the airport for no more than 24 hours and has a valid connecting ticket with confirmed seating on an international flight.

Citizens holding passports issued by the following countries are exempted from a visa if transiting through Shanghai and staying for no more than 48 hours in Shanghai. These visitors can leave the airport but must enter and exit from China via Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport or Shanghai Pudong International Airport: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, andthe United States of America