Brief Introduction to Chinese Travel Visa Application
Updated: 09/14/2004 (USA Chinese Embassy)
Chinese visa is a permit issued by the Chinese visa authorities
to an alien for entry into, exit from or transit through China.
The Chinese visa authorities may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy,
Service or Ordinary Visa to an alien according to his status,
purpose of visit to China or passport type. The Ordinary
of eight sub-categories, which are respectively marked with Chinese
phonetic letters C, D, F, G, J-1, J-2, L, X and Z.
you can apply for such a travel visa via the Chinese Embassy
in your home country. Take note that a typical Chinese visa application
takes between 3 to 7 days with an additional surcharge for any
kind of urgent procession. You may apply in person at the Chinese
Embassy or your travel agent can do the application on your behalf.
Visa: Issued to crewmembers to perform duties on board an international
train, airliner or other vessel, and their
Visa: Issued to an alien who comes to reside permanently in China.
Visa: Issued to an alien who is invited to China for a visit,
an investigation, a lecture, to do business, scientific-technological
and culture exchanges, short-term advanced studies or intern
practice for a period of no more than six months.
Visa: Issued to an alien who transits through China.
Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents who make short trips to
China on reporting tasks.
Visa: Issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing,
family visiting or other private purposes.
Visa : Issued to an alien who comes to China for study, advanced
studies or intern practice
period of more
than six months.
Z Visa: Issued to an alien who comes to China for a post or employment,
and his or her accompanying
Chinese Visa Application Conditions
with at least 6 months remaining validity and available blank
One properly completed visa application form, which could be
obtained from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in
or by mail with a pre-paid return envelope
A recent passport-size photo stuck on the visa application form;
overseas Chinese visa authorities are Chinese embassies, consulates,
and other offices
authorized by the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
of China. If a foreigner intends to enter
into, exit from or transit through Chinese territory,
Chinese visa authorities for a Chinese visa.
are not required of aliens (except citizens of the United States
and the United
tickets and have booked seats on international
through China, and will stay in a transit
city for less than 24 hours without leaving
are not required of Citizens of the following countries, who
or Hongqiao Airport
of Shanghai, provided they hold valid
passports, visas for the
final destination tickets and have booked
seats, and stay in Shanghai for less
than 48 hours
: Republic of Korea,
United States, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France,
Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal,
Chinese travel visa is required for ordinary passport holders
Brunei and Japan to visit China
for up to
15 days for business,
sightseeing, visiting relatives and
friends or transit.
note that if you are applying for a Chinese travel visa in your
own home country that many Chinese embassy or consulate visa
application department works on a half-day basis only.
increase travel to China because of the booming Chinese economy
and travel, do apply for your Chinese visa as early as possible.
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