China Visa – Tourist & Business Visa Information Guide

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Obtaining a visa for China Before applying for a visa, you must have a valid passport. If a person enters the nation without a visa for any reason, he or she will be denied further access and deportation processes will begin.

Additionally, the individual may be required to pay significant fines. However, the majority of airlines going to China will not allow a passenger to board unless he or she has a valid visa. It is also important to note that China demands a six-month validity on a passport for US citizens, which means that your passport must be valid for at least six months.

A person must go to the Chinese embassy or consulate in his or her area to apply for a visa to China. If a person is unable to present in person, a friend or family member may apply on their behalf. A travel visa expediter can also apply on behalf of a person.

Required Documents for Chinese Visa

To apply for and obtain a visa, the following requirements must be met:

  • A passport must be valid for at least the next six months.
  • In his or her visa book, the person must have at least one blank page.
  • On the passport, there must be a photo of the person.
  • The photograph must be current and at least 48mm x 33mm in size.
  • A properly filled-out Chinese visa application is required.

A person can apply for a variety of visas to enter China. However, to receive any sort of visa, specific requirements must be met. A clear copy of a person’s birth certificate must be given to anyone under the age of 18 who wishes to enter China.

Those under the age of 18 who are traveling with their parents will also be required to show copies of their parents’ driver’s licenses. If a minor is traveling with only one parent, the other parent must grant authorization for travel. When traveling without parents, both parents must approve the trip.

Access to the Visa Application Form

There are various methods for obtaining access to the China visa application form. To begin, an individual can obtain the application by visiting his or her embassy or, if preferred, by printing it online. The application is four pages long and divided into six components that must be completed. It is possible to enter text into the form and then print it for those who finish it online.

Things to Remember

A supplementary application must be filled out by those people who are:

  • Applying for a work visa
  • Applying for a student visa
  • Traveling on the same passport as someone else

Processing a Chinese Visa

Once a Chinese visa application is completed, the next step is to determine how the application will be processed. The visa may take up to four days to process; however, an express option is available, which will process the visa in two to three days. If same-day processing is required, an extra cost will be charged. A Chinese visa must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. to be processed on the same day.

Long lineups are almost unavoidable if a person chooses to submit his or her visa application in person. It’s also not easy to get a parking spot. Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that the China Embassy will not offer status updates on applications. It is important to fill out the visa application form correctly, as one mistake can result in the procedure having to be restarted from the beginning.

The most efficient approach to submit a visa application to China is to use a visa expediting courier service. These courier services are easily accessible online.

Types of Chinese Visas

  • Tourist Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Student Visa
  • Work Visa
  • Crew Visa
  • Journalist Visa
  • Transit Visa
  • Permanent Resident Visa

Embassy Fee for Getting a Visa for China

The charge for obtaining a visa from the China Embassy is determined by the number of entries a person wishes to make into the country, the duration of the visa, and the processing time selected. The minimum fee is $140.00, and the maximum is $170.00.

Chinese Embassy & Consulate in the United States:

The people’s republic of China currently maintains 1 Embassy and 5 Consulate below is the address, phone, and fax numbers for each embassy and consulate.

Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.

2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.,
Washington D.C. 20007
Telephone Number: 1.202.338.6688, & 1.202.588.9760
Fax Number:  1.202.588.9760

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois 

 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500,
Chicago, IL 60611
Telephone Number: 1.312.453.0210 & 1.(312.803.0095
Fax Number: 1.312.803.0122

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, Texas

3417 Montrose Blvd.,
Houston, TX 77006
Telephone Number:  1.713.520.1462
Fax Number: 1.713.521.3064

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA

443 Shatto Place,
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Telephone Number: 1.213.807.8088
Fax Number: 1.213.807.8091

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY

520 12th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036
Telephone Number:
Fax: 1.212.465.1708

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA

1450 Laguna Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone Number: 1.415.674.2900
Fax Number: 1.415.563.0494

Common Chinese Visa Questions:

Is a US Citizen required to obtain a visa to enter China?

Yes! A Chinese visa is necessary for all American citizens.

Where should I apply for a Chinese visa?

You must apply for a Chinese visa at any embassy or consulate of the People’s Republic of China in the United States. You can also apply for a visa through a visa expediting company, which has a pre-existing agreement with the Chinese embassy and consulate to expedite your visa application.

Which form of visa should I apply for while applying for a Chinese visa?

Refer to the visa types above to determine the type of visa you will require based on your duration of stay.

I am a U.S. citizen could I apply for a visa at the port of entry?

Not at all! US citizens are required to apply for a Chinese visa in advance of their trip.

How long in advance of my planned trip should I apply for a Chinese visa?

Each visa is valid for 90 days. Anyone planning a trip to China should apply for a visa at least one month in advance. The embassy offers the following services to ensure that you receive your passport on time:

Regular Services –   4 business days: The embassy may take longer depending on the case.

Express Services – 2 – 3 business days

Rush Services – 24 Hours

Could I apply for a Chinese visa by mail?

Not at all! Because the embassy does not accept visa applications via mail, you will need to arrange for a family member or third party to submit your application on your behalf. The United States Passport Help Guide recommends enlisting the assistance of a visa expediting company to expedite the visa application process. By mailing your documents to the company’s address, you can have them expedite your visa application to the embassy.

What do the entries in visa mean? 

The number of times you can visit the country with a visa in 90 days is referred to as entries on a visa. For instance, if you hold a double-entry visa, you can enter China twice. If you go from New York to China, this is considered one entry; if you then visit Hong Kong and return to China, this is considered a second entry.

How many Chinese visa entries there is? 

Currently, there are three visa entries 1. Single entries 2. Double entries  3. Multiple entries.

If I lost my passport in China. What should I do?

You should fill out the DS-64 Application for Lost or Stolen Passport form and send it to the nearest US Embassy in China. After receiving your passport, you can apply for a new visa to enter or exit China.

More information about Chad

Capital Beijing
Currency Renminbi (yuan)(¥)(CNY)
Language Standard Chinese
Electricity Voltage: 220 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type A/C/I
Country Code +86
Time Zone China Standard Time(UTC+8)

If you choose to visit a regional Passport agency, make sure you are aware of the requirements and schedule an appointment with the national Passport scheduling service by calling 1-877-487-2778. You can do so at any time of day or night. Security is strictly enforced in most Wyoming passport offices. Metal detection devices are used by federal agencies.

If you live in Gillette, Wyoming, for example, you can apply for a passport at the Campbell County District Court or the US Post Office – Gillette. Before visiting, you should call to see if an appointment is required. Check a neighboring town or city if you can’t find an acceptance facility where you live.

When applying for a passport in Wyoming, you have two options: regular passport services, which take 4 to 6 weeks, or expedited passport services, which can take 2 or 3 weeks.

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