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            China Visa

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Tourist visa
required
Business visa
required
Visitor Visa
required
Journalist visa
required
Crew visa
required
Student visa
required
Work visa
required
Talent visa
required
Transit visa
required
Non-business visit visa
required
Official visa
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Select the type of China tourist visa application:

and send the following documents to VisaHQ:

a
Chinese visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.
b
Original, signed United States of America passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.
c
Passport-type photograph: 1. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines here.
d
Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).
e
Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group in China, an official signed and stamped Invitation Letter for Tourist issued by Duly Authorized Tourism Unit in China can be used in place of the hotel reservation.
f
Business Letter (soft copy). If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.
g
Previous visas. If the applicant has previously obtained a China visa that is not on the same passport they must provide a copy of the previous visas as well as the info page of the passport in which it was issued.
Additional Required Documents for Recently Naturalized Citizens
Previous Passport. Your previous non-US passport..

Naturalization Certificate. A copy of the naturalization certificate.


Additional required documents for minors
Application form. The application form must be signed by both parents.

Birth certificate. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate.

Parents' passport copies. A copy of the information pages of both parents' signed passports.

When applying for a child with Chinese parents, the applicant must also provide proof of parents' status in the United States.
Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.

Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.

Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. Note: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
Additional requirements for Chinese applicants adopted by American parents
Chinese passport. Applicant's ORIGINAL Chinese passport.

Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.

Parents' passports. Clear passport information page copies of both American parents.

Certificate of adoption. A notarized certificate of adoption.

Birth certificate. A copy of applicant's birth certificate (usually from U.S).
Information for persons of Tibetan origin
You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
Persons with occupation related to government, NGOs, and media
Applicants with these occupations must submit a letter from their employer stating their job description and purpose of visit to China. The visa processing time may be extended to 8-10 business days for these applicants.

Chinese tourist visas may be issued with a max stay of up to 90 days. The actual duration is at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.

China tourist visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Multiple entry
  • Validity: up to 10 years
  • Processing: 5 business days
  • Total cost:
China visa for citizens of United States of America is required. For more information please contact the nearest China embassy.



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Frequently Asked Questions about China visa
  • Do I need a visa to visit China's mainland?
    Foreign citizens generally need a visa to visit China's mainland with the exception of visa-free entry according to relevant agreements and regulations. (See Exemption of visa for more information.)
  • I am a U.S. citizen, can I apply for a Chinese visa at the port of entry?
    U.S. citizens must obtain a visa before arrival in China. You are not eligible for a landing visa.
  • I have received my visa, but there will be a change in my trip plan. Do I need to apply for a change of the visa type or validity?
    Once your visa application is processed and approved, you will not be able to change a visa type or validity unless you request the visa be voided by the Visa Office and apply and pay for a new one. If you have entered China, you should apply to the local Public Security authority for a change in visa type or an extension of stay or validity. Your application will be considered by the Public Security authority in accordance with relevant Chinese Laws and Regulations.
  • I get a new passport, but I have a valid Chinese visa in my old passport. Can I travel with both passports to China without applying for a new visa?
    Yes, you may travel with both passports provided that your visa is still valid and the personal details including your name, sex, date of birth and nationality on both passports are exactly the same.
  • I have received my visa. Is there a guarantee that I will be allowed to enter China?
    A visa is not a guarantee to enter China. The decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter China is made at a port of entry by Chinese Border Control authority in accordance with Chinese Laws and Regulations.
China Embassy list in United States of America
  • China Embassy in Washington, DC
    Address
    3505,International Place, N.W.
    20008
    Washington D.C.
    District of Columbia
    United States
    Phone
    +1-202-4952266
    Fax
    +1-202-3282582
  • China Consulate in Chicago, IL
    Address
    100 West Eirie Street
    IL 60610
    Chicago
    Illinois
    United States
    Phone
    +1-312-803-0095
    +1-312-453-0210
    Fax
    +1-312-803-0110
    +1-312-453-0211
  • China Consulate in San Fransisco, CA
    Address
    1450 Laguna Str.
    CA 94115
    San Fransisco
    California
    United States
    Phone
    +1-415-852-5900
  • China Consulate in Houston, TX
    Address
    3417 Montrose Blvd.
    TX 77006
    Houston
    Texas
    United States
    Phone
    +1-713-521-9996
    +1-713-520-1462
    Fax
    +1-713-521-3064
  • China Consulate in Los Angeles, CA
    Address
    443 Shatto Place
    CA 90020
    Los Angeles
    California
    United States
    Phone
    +1-213-807-8088
    +1-213-807-8011
    Fax
    +1-213-807-8091
  • China Consulate in New York, NY
    Address
    520 12th Avenue
    NY 10036
    P.O.Box 1007
    New York
    United States
    Phone
    +1-212-244-9456
    +1-212-244-9392
    Fax
    +1-212-502-0258
China Customs
  • Import Regulations
    Allowed
    The following items can be imported into the country if visiting for less than 6 months.

    • Tobacco products Cigarettes – 400
      The amount of cigarettes increases to up to 600 if staying more than 6 months
    • Alcoholic beverages – 2 Bottles
      The alcohol limit doubles to 4 bottles if staying over 6 months
    • Reasonable amount of perfume
    Restricted
    • Amongst the items requiring permission to enter China include TV’S, Computers, washing machine and other electrical goods.
    • Cats, dogs and other small animals will require a vaccination prior to being allowed to enter the country
    Prohibited
    • Guns and Ammunition
    • Explosives and Explosive Materials
    • Radio Receivers/Transmitters
    • Knives and similar dangerous cutting weapons
  • Export Regulations
    Allowed
    • No information available
    Restricted
    • No information available
    Prohibited
    • Arms and Ammunition
    • Explosives and material required to build them.
    • Radio receivers/transmitters
    • Precious jewels and metals – UNLESS previously declared.
    • Pornographic material
    • Beef
    • Sheep/Lamb meat
    • Fruit and certain vegetables – Tomatoes and Red peppers etc
    • Valuable animals, plants and seeds
    • Any written or recorded material which could endanger Chinese national security
  • Health and Security
    Basic health information for travelers to China
    • A yellow fever vaccination is required from all travellers arriving within six days of leaving an infected area.
    • Water should be considered safe in the major cities but should be boiled for safety in the more rural areas. Visitors are advised to check the state of the water before drinking and to stick to bottled water if travelling in more remote parts of the country.
    • Meat, vegetables and other hot meals should be well cooked before being eaten to avoid the risk of disease.
    • There have been intermittent cases of pneumonic plague throughout the country. Hand, foot and mouth diseases have sprung up during the summer months. Parents visiting the country during this period should take care to vaccinate their children prior to flight to avoid the possibility of infection.
    • Rabies is present in large parts of the country. Visitors should avoid contact with wild animals which might contain the infection and to keep small children away from them at all times. If bitten, the wound should be cleaned with plenty of fresh water and checked medically for any signs of infection.
    • Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is endemic. Hepatitis A and B are highly endemic in the country and should be vaccinated against.
    • AIDS is present in the country and travellers should take all necessary precautions if engaging in sexual activity. Travellers should avoid swimming in unclean water sources i.e. streams and pools which may contain risks of disease. Tuberculosis and Dengue fever is also present in much of the country.
    • Visitors should check the environmental conditions prior to visiting. Travellers visiting a hot region should take along plenty of sun protection and bottled water. Alternatively, many regions of China involve visiting areas of high altitude and may cause health problems for travellers suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and general illness. Travellers suffering these or similar symptoms should rest then move immediately to a lower altitude to avoid additional symptoms and seek medical aid if required.
    • Medical facilities in most major hospitals are excellent although standards may fall slightly in the more rural areas of the country. Medical costs are reasonable but travel and medical insurance is advised.
    Basic security information for travelers to China
    • Violent theft in major street markets and in big cities in general is reported to be on the rise with money and passports being the main targets for would be thieves. Travellers should take care of their belongings at all times when travelling around the country and should be careful when visiting the countries clubs and bars.
    • Various cons involving fake cash and over pricing taxis have been reported and visitors should take special care when travelling via taxis in the big cities.
    • Visitors should avoid any scenes of conflict which may occur between the government and protesters. The protesters have the potential to turn violent and travellers are advised to stay well away from any potential scenes of violence and to keep a copy of their passport with them at all times in case of stoppage by the security services. Travellers planning to visit Tibet should check the political and legal situation in the country prior to flying out has there have been continual acts of violence in the region and may be restricted from entry. Taping or taking pictures of protests or government buildings may be confiscated by the security forces.
    • Travellers navigating the country on their own should beware of the risk of encountering thieves and bandits in the more remote parts of the country alongside the sometimes dangerous natural environment. Much of the country exists at a high altitude and visitors should thoroughly check their intended destinations environmental conditions prior to flight.
    • Many regions of the country are subject to a wide variety of natural disasters including Earthquakes, Flooding and Typhoons. In recent years Earthquakes measuring up to 7.1 on the Richter scale have been reported with much additional loss of life and property. Visitors to the country who are caught up in an Earthquake should stay calm and immediately report their situation to the nearest foreign embassy.
    • Parts of central, southern and western China, particularly those bordering the Yangtze River, are vulnerable to flooding and landslides. Roads, houses and other native infrastructure have been badly affected and visitors are advised to avoid these areas where possible and to check for any water based diseases if trapped in the vicinity of the flooding. The tropical cyclone season in China normally runs from May to November and should be avoided. All visitors to the country should check the environment of the region of the country they are planning to visit prior to their flight.
    • There are restrictions on certain religious activities, including preaching and distributing religious materials. The Falun Gong movement is also banned in China. Homosexuality is not formally outlawed in the country but may be frowned upon in public. Some culturally important areas like museums ban photographs from being taken and travellers should ask local sources if uncertain.
  • Contact Customs Authorities
    For further assistance please contact the Chinese Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.

    Chinese Customs contact information
    Address
    No.6 Jianguomennei Avenue
    Dongcheng District
    Beijing
    China 100730
    Phone
    +861065194114


    For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Chinese Embassy.