- China Tours +
- Create My Trip
- Destinations +
- Travel Guide +
- China Visa
- The Great Wall of China
- China’s Top 10 Attractions
- Giant Pandas
- The Terracotta Army
- Best of China
- Culture +
- Asia Tours
- Day Tours
This page covers the basic things that China tourists need to know about China visas and links to further information:
Good news: Travellers enter China at selected cities with China Highlights can benefit from our "Hassle-Free Visa". Provide us a photo of your passport and we will handle your visas. Click to see details.
A China visa is a travel authorization document usually required by China for entering its borders, which is issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate, affixed in your passport.
There are several different types of visas, each of which afford the bearer different rights in the host country.
Usually most foreigners traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. It's very difficult to obtain a China port visa at the Chinese border entry points. However some cities and regions of China are visa free in certain circumstances. See Do I Need a Visa to Visit China? (How to Visit Without a Visa)
Holders of ordinary passports issued by the following 17 countries do not need a visa to enter China as long as their trip does not last longer than the visa-free period listed below.
Direct flight transit without leaving the airport doesn't require a visa, and then there are special areas of China with visa-free policies.
Tourists holding ordinary passports of Singapore, Brunei and Japan are allowed to enter China for up to 15 days without visas for tourism or family/friend visits.
Generally speaking, visitors traveling to mainland China require a China visa, which should be obtained in advance. The type of visa you should apply for depends on your reasons for traveling.
It is usually recommended that you apply for the visa one or two months before the intended travel. When you have the required items ready, submit the application at the appropriate visa office of China embassy/consulate-general, or Visa Application Center in your country.
See our step by step guide, including the information as below:
China Highlights is your China tour tailor-making expert. See the recommended tours below for inspiration:
As an alterative to customizing the recommended tours linked above to meet your individual requirements, we can help you tailor-make a tour according to your interests and requirements.