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China Visa: Types, Requirements, Application & Guidelines

China VisaA China visa is required for most foreigners travelling to mainland China. 

This page covers the three basic things that China tourists need to know about China visas and links to further information: 1. Do I need a China visa?...2. which type of visa to apply?...3. How do I apply?...4. How do I extend it?...

What Is a China Visa?

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.

Who Needs a China Visa?

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.

How to Visit China without a Visa?

72-hour visa-free transit24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policies are available in China.

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.

What Types of Visa Should I Apply?

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.

  • 12 main types of China visa: tourist visa, work visa, business visa, etc.
  • Single-, double-, and multiple- entry visas
  • The 10-year China visa
  • Visa on arrival
  • Read about the types of China visa
China Visa

How Do I Apply for a China Visa?

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:

  • Visa application requirements
  • Visa fee
  • Visa processing time
  • How to extend your visa
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