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China Visa Related Information

The following information is FOR YOUR REFERENCE ONLY, Please contact Chinese embassy or consulate general in your country or region for  accurate and detailed information.

According 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 Ministry 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.  

If 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. A 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

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.

L Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.

F Visa: 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.

Z Visa: Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.

X Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period over six months.

C Visa: Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and family members accompanying them.

G Visa: Issued to those who transit through China.

D Visa: Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.

J-1 Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.

J-2 Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview missions in China.

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.

5)Important Notes:

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 Affairs

China Official Website Links

For Chinese visa application, you can apply directly at Chinese Embassies and Consulate Generals in your district. The following links and contact information are for your reference.


Chinese Embassy in Australia; Consular & Visa Office


Chinese Embassy in Ottawa
515 St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 5H3, Canada
Tel: 613-789-3434; Fax: 613-789-1911
Chinese Consulate in Toronto
240 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2P4, Canada
Tel: 416-964-7260; Fax 416-324-6468
Chinese Consulate, Calgary
1011 6th Ave. SW, Suite 100
Calgary, Alberta, T2P 0W1, Canada
Tel: 403-264-3322; Fax 403-264-6656
Chinese Consulate in Vancouver
Visa Office:
#288 -1338 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V6H 1H2, Canada
Tel: 604-734-0704; Fax 604-734-0311

New Zealand

Chinese Embassy in New Zealand; Visa Application in New Zealand


Chinese Embassy in UK; Chinese Visa Application in UK


Washington DC Embassy
2300 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC 20008, USA 

New York Consulate General
520 12th Ave. 
New York, NY 10036, USA

Chicago Consulate General 
100 West Erie St. 
Chicago, IL 60610, USA 
Tel: 312-573-3070 

San Francisco Consulate General
1450 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Tel: 415-563-9232

Los Angeles Consulate General
443 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Tel: 213-380-2508

Houston Consulate General
3417 Montrose  Blvd
Houston, TX 77006, USA
Tel: 713-524-4311

Special Information Link: US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Consular Information Sheet

IMPORTANT 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: $50 
  • Double entry visa: $75 
  • Multiple entry visa for six months: $100 Multiple entry visa for twelve months: $150 

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. 

Embassy of the P.R.C. in The United States of America 

April 10, 2003 

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China Visa Related News and Information Links
  • Macao SAR, Mexico inked visa exemption agreement. Xinhua
  • China to reinstate visa-free facility for Singaporean. Xinhua
  • Macao, Brazil Swaps Visa-free Access
    China's Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) and Brazil have started to offer each other visa-free access for a maximum stay of 90 days. A press release issued here on Wednesday by Macao's Information Bureau said the mutual visa-free access pact has been effective since March 24, 2006. There are currently 69 countries and territories having agreed to grant visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to MSAR passport holders, said the release.
  • Starting September 1, 2003 Japanese businessmen and tourists will not require visas for brief visits to China.
    As is now the case for tourists from Singapore and Brunei, Japanese visitors will be permitted to stay in China for up to 15 days without a visa.

  • Shanghai to Change Foreigner Visa Alteration Process
    Shanghai will change the way it handles some aspects of foreigner visa alteration, which includes such services as change of visa type, extension, etc. The application process will definitely change. And according to a source within the Shanghai visa office, other changes - such as duration of stay for various visas are in store, as well. The changes are designed to bring greater flexibility and ease to the visa alteration process.
List of Chinese Embassies and Consulates Generals

  • China Visa Office in Hong Kong. 5th Floor, Lower Block, China Resource Building
    Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Tel: 2827 1811



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