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CHINA IS CLOSED- China has not yet re-opened for tourism.
Despite the border closure, the government is issuing visas in some cases. Please be aware that even if you successfully obtain the visa, you should inquire if current Covid-19 restrictions allow you to enter the country.
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:
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:
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)
Hotel Reservation or Invitation Letter
Proof of legal residence: driver’s license or government ID, or a utility bill.
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
What is the China Tourist Visa?
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.
Which nationalities are eligible for the China Tourist Visa?
What is the cost to obtain the China Tourist Visa?
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
How long is the China Tourist Visa valid for?
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
How long does the iVisa service process take?
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
What do I need to apply for a China Tourist Visa?
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.
What documents do I need to present to the Visa Office of Chinese Visa Application Center?
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.
Once I obtain the Chinese application form, what do I need to do next ?
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.
I'm from California. Do I have to select Northern or Southern California?
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.
In USA, which Chinese Visa Application Center do I have to go to?
- 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.
In Australia, which Chinese Visa Application Center do I have to go to?
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
I am a US passport holder and my passport expires in less than 10 years. Can I still get the 10-year visa?
Do I need a visa for Hong Kong and Macao?
Can I use a valid visa on an expired passport?
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.
Can I pay the Visa fee with cash?
Can I extend my stay beyond the 60 days?
Do I need a visa if I have a layover in China?
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.
I will be staying with friends/relatives. What information must the invitation letter contain?
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.
Once I have a Tourist visa, do I need to provide flight/hotel booking info or invitation letter each time I visit China?
Vaccination requirements to travel to China
Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
More information in the following link:
Do I need a COVID vaccine or vaccination certificate to enter China?
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