Ordinary visa consists of eight sub-categories, which are
respectively marked with Chinese phonetic letters L, F, Z, X, C, G, D,
J-1 and J-2.
L (tourist visa): Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.
F (business 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 (work visa): Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.
X (student 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 (crew visa) Visa: Issued to crew members on
international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and
family members accompanying them.
G (transit visa): Issued to those who transit through China.
D (resident visa): Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.
J-1 (journalist visa): Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
J-2 (journalist visa): Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview missions in China.
Do I need a Transit Visa when connecting flights at the airports?
Visas are not required for transit passengers who hold tickets and
have booked seats on international airlines flying on route to a third
country no more than 24 hours in advance.
Passengers from the following countries don’t need a Transit Visa when
connecting international flights in Shanghai as long as the stay is
less than 48 hours: US, Canada, Republic of Korea, Australia, New
Zealand and Schengen countries including Germany, France, the
Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria and
What is a 144-hour Convenience visa?
Foreign visitors in Hong Kong and Macau can visit Guangdong Provincefor
a maximum of 144 hours (6 days) via entry ports in Guangzhou,
Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing,
Huizhou and Shantou* using the 144-hour Convenient Visa.(*The
144-hour Convenient Visa also applies to visitors traveling to Shantou
in tour groups, on the condition that they enter and leave via
To apply for the 144-hour Convenient Visa, visitors
must join a tour organized by a registered Hong Kong Travel Agent
must travel in a group consisting of a minimum 3 persons and a maximum of 40 persons
can have a choice of ports of entry or exit in Guangdong Province
must enter and leave the areas together via the above-stated ports of entry.
At the ports of entry and exit in Guangdong Province, immigration
officers will examine passports and the list of names in the group.
Group members will not need to fill in any immigration cards for
The above policy is applicable to ordinary passport holders of
nations with diplomatic relations with China. You may contact your
hotel concierge or tour operators in Hong Kong to find out about the
application procedure and related service charges.
The following are some major tour operators organizing group tours using 144-hour Convenient Visa: Able & Promotion Tours Ltd.
Tel: (852) 2544 5656
China Travel Service (HK) Ltd.
Tel: (852) 2853 3531
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong Ltd.
Tel: (852) 2368 7111
A landing visa is available at ports in Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Hainan,
however, it is not guaranteed that a landing visa will be issued to
every tourist. It is advisable to get a visa before departure.
number of days allowed in the city varies between entry ports; as do
the costs and conditions. Zhuhai allows three days in the city but
Shenzhen and Hainan are more flexible with a stay of up to three months
combining other cities.
Tourists from America and France are not
granted a landing visa. The visa fee will be only charged in CNY, cash on
the spot. British tourists are expected to pay almost double for the
my passengers have China single entry visa. they are travelling first to shenzhen from hongkong and then from hongkong to shanghai. if they will take shenzhen visa as well, they will be allow to enter in shanghai after shenzhen?
Hi I''m Nepalese and have Z visa and since 2 years I''m in shanghai , I want to visit Hong kong or macau do i need visa to visit there ??
I am not sure if you could hold this kind of visa to visit Hong Kong and Macau, I suggest you ask the Exit and Entry Administration Department directly. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-08-19
iam leve in china 6 month but the chines empasy permitted to stay visa i mean star visa now i need multiple entri visa what i do please help me
Dear Sir or Madam,
I regret that we are not familiar with the policy of applying for a visa, so I suggest you ask Chinese Embassy directly. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-05-26
igwe Anthony 2014-02-10
please can you explain in detail what is "HUMANITERIAN VISA" I saw it in my friend passport?
Hi Igwe, sorry, our explain is not so authoriative. Please consult the China Embassy in your country. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-11
hi,im an egyption, i have F visa(one year,multi entries) how can i get my visa to Thailand without going back to egypt ? Thanks
You do not have to back to Egypt to get your Thailand Visa, please go to the nearest Thailand consulate from the city you live in.