following information is
contact Chinese embassy or consulate general in your country or region
for accurate and detailed information.
to the Law of the People's Republic of China Concerning the
Administration of Foreigners Entering and Leaving the Country, foreign
tourists must apply for visas at China's foreign affairs offices,
consulates or other organizations authorized by the
of Foreign Affairs.
A group of five tourists or more can apply for a group tourist visa.
This is usually handled by a travel agency organizing groups. People
coming to China from countries which have visa agreements with China
(such as agreements which exempt tourist groups from visas) are
treated in accordance with these agreements.
anyone wants to go to Tibet for a visit you can apply for a visa only
with the consent of the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous
Region or any one of its foreign representative offices.
passport is required for visa application, the passport shall be valid
for at least 6 months beyond the duration of the tour.
A Brief Introduction to
Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by
the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit
through the Chinese territory. The Chinese visa authorities may issue a
Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service or Ordinary Visa to a foreigner according
to his/her identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type.
The Ordinary Visa consists of eight sub-categories, which
are respectively marked with Chinese phonetic letters L, F, Z, X, C, G,
D, J-1and J-2.
Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes, family
visiting or other personal affairs.
Issued to an applicant who is invited to China for visit, research,
lecture, business, scientific-technological and culture exchanges or
short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more
than six months.
Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment in China,
and their accompanying family members.
Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose of study,
advanced studies or intern practice for a period over six months.
Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and
land transportation missions and family members accompanying them.
Issued to those who transit through China.
Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.
Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview missions in
Validity of Visa: normally speaking, a visa is
valid for 3 months from the date of issuance (date of application) and
on any day within this period, the visa holder may enter China.
Duration of Stay Specified in the Visa:
normally speaking, a visa holder may stay in China for 1 month which
counts from the date of his/her entrance into China. To stay longer, you
need to specify your request in your application form and itíll be
subject to the permission of the consul in charge.
Overseas Chinese Visa Authorities, include
Chinese embassies, consulates, visa offices, and the consular department
of the office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
China. If a foreigner intends to enter into, exit from or transit
through the Chinese territory, he shall apply to the above-mentioned
Chinese visa authorities for a Chinese visa. For further information,
please consult the nearest Chinese visa authorities.
According to the relevant international law, any
sovereign state has the exclusive rights to decide whether or not to
allow the foreigners to enter its territory, and accordingly to issue
visa, reject visa application and cancel an issued visa according to its
national law without providing the reasons.
With its valid Chinese passport, a Chinese citizen can
enter China without a visa.
Source: China Ministry of Foreign
China Official Website Links
Chinese visa application, you
can apply directly at Chinese Embassies and Consulate Generals
in your district. The following links and contact information are for
Chinese Embassy in
Consular & Visa Office
Embassy in Ottawa
515 St. Patrick Street
K1N 5H3, Canada
Tel: 613-789-3434; Fax: 613-789-1911
240 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2P4,
Tel: 416-964-7260; Fax 416-324-6468
1011 6th Ave. SW, Suite 100
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0W1,
Tel: 403-264-3322; Fax 403-264-6656
Consulate in Vancouver
#288 -1338 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V6H
Tel: 604-734-0704; Fax 604-734-0311
Chinese Embassy in New Zealand;
Visa Application in New Zealand
Chinese Embassy in UK;
Chinese Visa Application in UK
2300 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20008,
York Consulate General
520 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10036,
100 West Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60610,
Francisco Consulate General
1450 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94115,
Angeles Consulate General
443 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020,
3417 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006,
Special Information Link:
US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs,
Consular Information Sheet
NOTICE from Chinese Embassy in U.S.A.
Whereas the U.S. Embassy
and Consulates General in China raised U.S. visa fee to $100 as from
November 1, 2002, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in the
United States are instructed to adjust the Chinese visa fee for U.S.
citizens in light of reciprocity. The new rates are as follows, and will
take effect as of May 1, 2003.
- Single entry visa:
- Double entry visa:
- Multiple entry visa
for six months: $100 Multiple entry visa for twelve months:
After 9/11 and since the
outbreak of U.S.-Iraq War, strengthening national security has become an
important goal and task of every country. Out of security concern, the
Chinese Embassy and Consulates General in United States will cease, on
and from May 1, 2003, mail ( including express delivery) service for
application of Chinese visas. Applicants are required to come to the
visa office for visa application. If an applicant cannot come
personally, he/she may entrust a relative or friend or travel/visa agent
to come to the visa office for application process.
the P.R.C. in The United States of America
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