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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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
- 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
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.
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.
Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
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- Select the country to which you are requesting the visa
- Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
- Select Apply Now
- Fill in the application form
- Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
- Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
- Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
We know that our applicants can come across unexpected changes in their travel plans that may prevent them from traveling and therefore getting their visa. This is why we understand you may want to request a cancellation of your visa application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it follows our Refund policy guideline:
- If your application has not been reviewed by our team, nor submitted to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the full amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee(visa cost).
- If your application has been reviewed by our team but has not yet been submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the full amount of the government fee (visa cost).
- If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, no credit is available.
Our policy also applies to these circumstances:
- If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued and we will process your visa again at no cost.
- If you purchase rush or super rush processing additional fee and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa rush or super rush processing fee.
- If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund for the government fee and iVisa processing fee.
- The exception to the clause above is if the government is the cause of the delay or your arrival date was sooner than our super rush processing time. In such case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.
If for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us. Under reasonable circumstances, we will grant a credit of the iVisa processing fee to be used for a future order.