Note: This information was last updated on June 17, 2008. See the embassy website for confirmation: http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/
You may submit the application to the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you live in. Application must be made within 3 months before the intended date of entry into China. You are required to apply for the visa in person. If you cannot go in person, you may entrust someone else (your friends, relatives or travel agents) to transact your application affairs. If you are an Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, or Northern Territory resident and able to submit all the necessary materials at once, if you are unable to apply in person under special situation, the embassy would accept your mail-in visa application.
A completed Visa Application Form (with a passport photograph attached) and a passport (with at least 6-month validity and at least 2 blank visa pages). If you apply the visa by e-mail, you should also mail your Visa Application Form and passport to the embassy.
Different kind of visa varies in payment. There are four kinds of L visa payment and the detail payment information is present in the following chart.
|Visa \ Passport||Australian||US||Others|
|Single-Entry Visa (must use within 3-months)||A$40||A$169||A$50|
|Double-Entry Visa (must use within 6-months)||A$60||A$169||A$75|
|Multiple-Entry Visa (must use within 6-months)||A$80||A$169||A$100|
|Multiple-Entry Visa (must use within 12-months)||A$120||A$169||A$150|
If you apply the visa by e-mail, the Visa application fee is the same but you should pay the mail handling fee (Agent lodgment fee). It charges $10.00 for per package.
You should pay for the visa on collection. You can pay the visa fee by credit card, bank cheque, and money order or company cheque. And the "payee" should be CHINESE EMBASSY. It is not acceptable to pay by personal cheque or banking card.
Visa should be picked up on the day the "PICK UP FORM" requires. The "PICK UP FORM" is the only proof to get the visa. If the "PICK UP FORM" is lost, only the passport holder himself with proper photo ID can retrieve his passport. You may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to transact your application affairs, and the "PICK UP FORM" must be brought with.
You need to choose the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you live. See figure below, Addresses, etc. and follow the office hours info.
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