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Guide to Chinese Visa Application



In accordance with the "Law of the People's Republic of China on Entry and Exit of Aliens" and other relevant regulations, the aliens who apply for Chinese visas are required to fulfill the following procedures:


1. Basic requirements

(1)One completely filled out visa application form; all blanks on the application form should be filled in with genuine information;

(2)One recently taken 2X2 inch photo showing entire face and without a hat on. Please affix the photo to the application form;

(3) Original passport with at least 2 blank visa pages and valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of application.


2. A brief introduction to Chinese visas

(1) Tourist visa (L- visa)

There are single-entry (valid for 3 months) and double-entry tourist visas. Multiple-entry tourist visa can only be permitted by the Embassy on applicant's particular situation.


a) The latest 3 months bank-statements with adequate money.

b) Hotel reservation in China;

c) Round-trip ticket booking;

 (2) Business visa (F-visa)

There are single-entry (valid for 3 months) and double-entry business visas. Multiple-entry Business visa can only be permitted by the Embassy on applicant's particular situation.


a) Qualified original invitation & guarantee letter with signature and stamp from the applicant's sponsor and business partner in China. The letter should state clearly applicant's name, position and passport number, applicant's company name, address and telephone number, purpose of visit, duration of stay and specific itinerary in China;

b) Qualified original introduction letter with the full name, title, date & signature of the issuing person from applicant's company. The letter should state clearly applicant's name, present occupation and position in the company, purpose of the visit, intended duration of stay, city intended to visit, name and address of applicant's business partner in China, items and quantity of goods planned to order and purchase;

c) Round-trip ticket booking;

(3) Resident visa (D-visa)

A permanent residence confirmation is required. The confirmation is from the exit and entry department of public security bureau of the municipal or county where the applicant  intend to reside.

(4) Employment Visa (Z-visa)


a) Visa issuance notice letter/form from the Chinese governmental organization authorized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry;

b) The original and one photocopy of Employment License for Aliens issued by the Chinese Ministry of Labor and Social Security, or Foreign Expert's Identity Certificate issued by the Chinese State Bureau of Foreign Experts (the original will be checked and returned to the applicant);

c) Physical Examination Record for Foreigners, if the applicant intends to stay in China for more than 6 months;

(5) Study Visa (X-visa)


a) Qualified original JW202 Form issued by the relevant Chinese Government or authorized departments and original Admission Notice from the receiving school with the seal and signature;

b) Notification of admission from the receiving school;

C) Physical Examination Record for Foreigners, if the applicant intends to stay in China for more than 6 months.

(6) Transit Visa (G-visa)


a) Original and valid visa of the destination country;

b) Valid round-trip airline ticket;

c) Original introduction letter from applicant's company to state clearly the purpose of trip to the visiting country;

(7) Visas for Train Attendants, Air Crew Members and Seamen (C-visa)

The confirmation is required in accordance with the mutual agreement.

(8) Journalist Visa (J-1-visa, J-2-visa)

A letter or fax from the competent department of the Chinese Government. If the applicant is going to work in China as a journalist for more than 6 months, a "Physical Examination for Foreigner" filled out and signed by a doctor shall be submitted.

(9) Service Visa

a) The holders of diplomatic passports may enter into, exit from , transit through and stay in China, for a period not exceeding 30 days and shall for the duration of that period, be exempt from the requirement of having to obtain a visa.

b) The holders of official passports are required to submit a formal note. If the applicant is invited by the Chinese governmental department, an invitation letter is required.


3. Other requirements

The applicant born in China who applies for Chinese visa for the first time with his or her new foreign passport is required to submit his or her Chinese passport or old foreign passport.


4. The Embassy is entitled to request the applicant to provide other relevant documents or to reject the application in accordance with the Law and international practices.


5. Applicants are required to check the documents carefully. You will bear all the responsibilities if you do not complete the visa application form truthfully.


6. Payment

From 3 May 2010, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China will not accept cash payment for visa/ passport/ notarization/ authentification fees.

Applicants are kindly required to:

1)Do deposit or bank transfer into our account in FNB;

2)Pay through a speed point machine in our office at collection window;

3) Pay by cheque in our office at collection window (cheque payment are not recommended because the process of cashing may take long). Payment should be made before the date of collection so that we can verify with the transaction history of our account issued by FNB. Please note that payment on the date of collection may result in passport/visa releasing declined. 

For collection, applicants are required to present the Pick-up Form and proof of payment.


7. Visa fee

1 entry visa


2 entry visa


Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months


Multiple entry visa valid for one year



8. Collecting date

Normally the visa may be issued on the fourth working day from the date of the application. You must present the Pick-Up Form and proof of payment when you come to get your passport back. Only with the consent of the Embassy can it be expedited but you are required to pay extra rush fees.

Collecting on the next working day


Collecting on the third working day


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