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Our service ONLY provides an Application Form required to apply for the China Tourist Visa and a Preparation Guide.


Let iVisa take care of completing your application documents for a China tourist visa!

Here's how it works:

Our service includes completing the China Visa Application Form and providing a Preparation Guide for the steps that applicants must follow in order to get their China tourist visa.

Together with your completed China Visa Application Form, you will receive a Preparation Guide with a list of documents you should bring along with you to submit your application at your designated China Visa Application Center.


Important: iVisa does not have any legal relationship with the Chinese government, which is ultimately responsible for deciding if your visa is approved. iVisa does not guarantee you will obtain the visa, but our years of experience improve your chances (we have over 99% approval rate). Our services are limited to quickly and effectively helping you complete the documentation required for the visa application process.

Required Documents to Apply

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM - WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

You should have the following available while you complete our simple online form:

  • Hotel Reservation

  • Valid passport with at least 6 months of validity and at least 2 blank pages.

  • A credit/debit card or PayPal account


AT THE VISA APPLICATION CENTER - WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

MANDATORY:

  • Printed application form with a recently-taken color passport photo against a light/white background attached.

  • Valid passport (at least 1 year of validity and 2 blank pages)

  • Flight itinerary

  • Hotel Reservation or Invitation Letter

  • Proof of legal residence: driver’s license or government ID, or a utility bill.

Important Instructions
  • Your stay in China will vary depending on the visa you apply for, with a maximum of up to 60 days Per Entry on a Multiple Entry visa.

  • As with all visas, the actual visa issued is at the discretion of the Chinese Visa Issuing Authority.

  • You cannot work in China on a tourist visa.

  • A proof of accommodation is required to obtain the travel document. The dates in this document MUST match the travel dates selected in the application. This is a requirement that is demanded by the government in order to issue the travel document.

  • All answers must be in English, using Latin characters only, except when you are asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Tourist Visa is a Single Entry or Multiple Entry visa that allows the holder to a maximum stay per visit of up to 60 days Per Entry.

The China Visa Application Form is the first step for getting a Chinese Visa before submitting your documents at your designated China Visa Application Center.

iVisa service includes completing the China Visa Application Form and providing a Preparation Guide for the steps that applicants must follow in order to get their China tourist visa.

Note: Applicants must go to their designated China Visa Application Center to continue with their Tourist Visa application.

Currently only residents of USA and Australia are eligible for the iVisa Online China Visa Application.

NOTE: The applicant must pay the visa fee at the Chinese Visa Application Center.

The China Tourist Visa fee can be paid by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order or Cashier's Check at the Chinese Visa Application Center.

iVisa charges a service fee with costs that vary according to the processing time selected:

  • Standard Processing: USD 25.00

  • Rush Processing: USD 45.00

  • Super Rush Processing: USD 80.00

The validity of your China Tourist Visa will vary depending on the visa you apply for, with a maximum of up to 60 days Per Entry on a multiple-entry visa. For select nationalities, see below:

For US passport holders: The China Tourist Visa is valid for up to 10 years after issue. However, the China Embassy or Consulates in the United States take the final decision to grant the period of validity. Additionally, it is a Multiple Entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 60 days Per Entry

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing: 4 days

  • Rush Processing: 2 days

  • Super Rush Processing: 6 hours

We require the following to fill your application:

  • Valid passport with at least 6 months of validity and 2 blanks pages.

  • Travel Itinerary

  • Credit/Debit Card or PayPal Account to pay for your visa online.

HOW TO TAKE THE PERFECT PHOTO OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Printed application form with a recently-taken color passport photo against a light background attached.

  • Valid passport (at least 6 months of validity and 2 blank pages).

  • Flight itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation or Invitation Letter.

  • Proof of legal residence: Driver’s license or government ID, or a utility bill.

When you receive the Chinese online form, you need to follow these simple steps:

  • Submit your application form and other documents required to your designated Chinese Visa Application Center (based on your State of residence).

  • Pay the visa cost at the Visa Application Center and collect your visa.

Counties in Northern California: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba


Counties in Southern California: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura.

According to your state of residence, you must go to the following embassy or consulates:
  • Consulate of China in Houston- Texas: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas.
  • Consulate of China in Chicago-Illinois: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Wiscounsion, Missouri.
  • Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in USA-Washington: Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Washington DC.
  • Consulate of China in New York: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.
  • General Consulate in San Francisco: Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Northern California, Washington.
  • General Consulate in Los Angeles: Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Southern California, Pacific Island.

According to your state or territory of residence, you must go to the following embassy or consulates:

  • CVAS in Sydney: New South Wales

  • CVAS in Brisbane: Queensland

  • CVAS in Melbourne: Victoria

  • CVAS in Hobart: Tasmania

  • CVAS in Perth: Western Australia

  • CVAS in Canberra: South Australia, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory

Yes. You can get a 10-year visa as long as your passport is valid for more than 1 year. However, as with all visas, the actual visa issued (and its validity) is at the discretion of the Chinese Visa Issuing Authority.
No. US and Australian citizens, as well as citizens of most countries in North America and Europe, can visit Hong Kong and Macao without a visa.

NOTE: Only for US passport holders

Yes. If you have a new passport but your visa is still valid you may travel with both passports. Note that if your personal details has changed on your new passport you will have to reapply and pay for a new visa.

No. The China visa fee can only be paid with Visa, MasterCard, money order or cashier’s check. The chinese Embassy/Consulate in USA does not accept cash or personal checks.
You may be able to extend your stay. You will have to make this request at the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit and Entry Administration office at the municipality in China in which you are staying in.

If your transit/layover is 24 hours or less, you will not need a visa as long as you have a confirmed onward ticket. You will need to go through immigration and show your passport and onward ticket, where they will stamp a special stopover permit, free of charge.

If your transit time/layover is greater than 24 hours, you can apply for a 72-hour transit visa-free permit upon arrival. This is available for citizens of 51 countries, including the US., as long as the following criteria are met:

  • Hold a valid passport

  • Qualify for entry requirements for the next country

  • Hold a confirmed airline ticket departing within 72 hours of arrival

  • Flying into one of the following airports: Beijing (PEK), Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN). Guilin (KWL), Hangzhou (HGH), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shenyang (SHE), Xiamen (XMN), Wuhan (WUH) and Xi'an (XIY)

You will not be allowed to leave the transit city during the 72 hours, with the exception of Guangzhou and Hangzhou, which allow you to visit Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces, respectively.

The invitation letter must contain the following information:

  • Must be addressed to "Consulate of China."

  • Must contain the applicant’s full name, gender, date of birth, and passport details.

  • Details of your visit in China such as dates, purpose, and places of accommodation

  • Information regarding the host / inviting party: name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

  • Copy of the host’s Chinese ID. If they are not a citizen of China, then a copy of their China residence permit and their passport.

No. Those are only required for your initial application. Once approved and issued, you will be able to enter China without having to provide the aforementioned documentation.

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

More information in the following link:

https://www.who.int/ith/ITH_Annex_I.pdf

Visiting China must be preceded by thorough research because their culture is different from your own. While this principle applies to many countries you may want to visit, the Chinese traditions and everyday habits are very different, and doing one thing that you do on a regular basis may be considered rude or offensive, which is why we recommend you do your homework. The first example that comes to mind is the one with chopsticks. You will use them quite frequently when you go there, but if you leave them upright in your bowl of rice, you will be considered rude. Upright chopsticks are associated with funeral because Chinese people leave them like that on their loved ones’ tombstones to feed them in the world beyond. And there is a lot more where that came from. If you are ever offered a compliment or if you are given a gift, the polite thing to do is refuse it for at least a couple of times. For some reason, Chinese people appreciate humility. The act of refusing the gift also shows your appreciation for the fact that the person offering it to you went out of his or her way to buy you the present. But do not worry. Receivers will give in, and the givers will insist until the gift is accepted. One common concern of western tourist is that Chinese people eat dog. We cannot deny that information since dog meat is served, but not as often as you think. In fact, the habit has been declining in the past few years, and fewer and fewer people agree to this consumption. There is some talk about legislation prohibiting dog meat consumption because most Chinese people have cats and dogs as pets. We are aware that this is a sensitive topic, but common misconceptions must be eliminated. Another common misconception is that the air in Beijing is unbreathable. You often see a picture in the media with the sky is all covered by gases and whatnot. And the situation is so bad that you cannot even see the sun. However, things are not as bad as portrayed in the media. In fact, the pollution in Beijing is the equivalent of being exposed to second-hand smoke. That is about one-sixth of a cigarette. While that is not good for your health, it is not as bad as some people want you to think it is. I suppose you have heard people saying that being exposed to Beijing air is the equivalent of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day. That could not be more wrong. One of the things you will confront yourself with in China is access to some websites. You will not be able to access all the sites you usually access in the USA, for example. However, that does not mean there is no way around it. You can install a VPN or a Virtual Private Network. Basically, it changes the IP you are located in and turns it into one that is from the States. That way, you can access whichever website you want. You can ask a local to help you if you do not know how. They are well versed in this situation. A funny fact that has the potential of making you squeamish is the toilets in China. Not all of them are like that, but from time to time, you may come across a squat toilet. Tourists are almost always confused by them, but if you think about it, they are more sanitary. For one, you do not have to touch a toilet seat that so many other people sat on. However, do not forget to bring your own toilet paper because you will rarely find some at the location. When you get to China, do not limit your trip to Beijing and Shanghai. In fact, China has a lot more beautiful locations to offer, and it would be a pity for you to stay in the urban area during your trip. You can visit the south of China which is famous for its spices. The aroma there is something you will never forget. Plus, the natural beauties are breathtaking. Places such as Karakul Lake in Xinjiang will leave you in awe/ you will never want to leave after you visit a few of China’s natural wonders. The food in China is nothing like the Chinese food you are accustomed to. Of course, in China, it is known only as food, but you will never eat like that in the West. The ingredients are different, and the spices are to die for. Once you have a taste of their food, nothing ever again will be Chinese food for you. So, if you do not want to spoil your appetite for Chinese food in your country of origin, we recommend that you do not indulge in all the deliciousness you will find in China. That may be impossible because you cannot live of chips, but you will figure something out. As far as language goes, there was a time when Chinese people rarely knew how to speak English. That is no longer true. More and more people learn English, and tourism may have something to do with that. But since English is an internationally used language, the younger generations in China are likely to know it. Even so, it could not hurt for you to learn some Chinese before you go to China. Actually, the most common language is Mandarin. You will find some other odd things in China. Burping or staring in public are not considered gross or inappropriate. You will never see people fighting like in Jackie Chan movies, and nobody will ever be able to see you from space on the Great Wall of China. There are a lot of things that most people do not know about this country, and there are also a lot of common misconceptions. That is why we advise you to read as much as possible on your destination before you leave. That way, you will never be considered rude or impolite. You should also keep in mind that Chinese people are kind and polite. They are very nice people that will treat you with the utmost respect and hospitality.
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