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China began issuing 10-year visas (Tourist Paper) in 2014. Currently, iVisa only offers this service to citizens residing in the US. Those with a U.S. passport or residents of the U.S. are now able to obtain a 10-year visa for both tourism and business. This visa allows you to enter and leave China as many times as you want within the 10 year period. Please note that the maximum stay per visit is 60 days.
Unlike other visa services, our application streamlines the entire process as much as possible. Travelers must complete the online application form. After completion, our experienced staff will review the application and send the application in PDF format along with the Fedex shipping label. Applicants must print and sign the PDF application and schedule a Fedex pick-up. Applicants will simply send their passport, the signed PDF application and supporting documents (if required) to our office. Our service includes applying at the correct Chinese embassy/consulate and returning your passport (with the 10-year visa sticker attached) via Fedex. Please allow 10 business days to apply for the visa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A China Tourist Visa (classified as an L Tourist Visa) is a traditional paper visa that is affixed to a visa page on your passport, allowing the holder to travel to China for tourism purposes.
We require the following to submit your application:
- Driver’s license
- Proof of a hotel reservation. If you are staying with a relative or a friend, you need to provide a copy of their ID and an invitation letter from them expressing their willingness to support you during your stay in the country.
- Digital passport photo
- Passport scan. Applicant’s passport should have at least 6-months validity from the time of entry into China and at least two blank pages. If the expiry is within 12 months, the Chinese Consulate will only issue a 6-month visa.
- Proof of travel
- A United States shipping address is required.
- Additional documents for minors:
- Their birth certificate
- Photo ID of parent(s)
The China Tourist Visa costs 140 USD. Additionally, there is a service fee of 89 USD for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is 119 USD and 149 USD, respectively
It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:
- Standard Processing: 14 business days
- Rush Processing: 12 business days
- Super Rush Processing: 10 business days
The China Tourist Visa is valid for 10 years after issue. It is a multiple entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 60 days per entry.
In order to be issued the 10-year visa, your passport must be valid for at least 12 months. If the expiry is within 12 months, the Chinese Consulate will only issue a 6-month visa.
No. The Chinese visa is for tourism purposes only.
A China Tourist Visa allows for multiple entries during its validity period of 10 years.
We will need your actual passport so that the Paper Visa can be affixed to it when the Visa is approved.
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 maximum stay per entry cannot exceed 60 days.
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 you are staying in.
US Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Hong Kong or Macau.
Yes, you are still eligible to apply. We will require a copy of your green card or a valid US visa, in addition to the standard documents required. The green card or visa must be valid for at least 6 months.
No, this will not be an issue. Your permanent address determines the jurisdiction, which will dictate the embassy your application must be submitted to. Therefore, we will always double check your application documents to ensure that it is processed correctly, and that your passport is returned to the correct address.
Not necessarily. In this situation, you must carry your expired passport with the valid Chinese Visa, along with your new valid passport. However, your vital personal information (name, sex, date of birth, and nationality) must be the same on both passports. If any changes have been made to your personal data for any reason (change in name due to a marriage, for example) then you will have have to obtain a new visa.
The process is:
- Complete the online application form and upload required documentation
- Print the shipping label that we provide and send it to us, along with your passport.
- We will review the application and submit it to the Chinese embassy in the appropriate jurisdiction for approval.
- Once approved, we will ship back your passport with the Tourist Visa affixed.
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.
Yes, some additional information will be required. Specifically:
- Chinese name written in Chinese characters.
- Proof of name change (if applicable)
- Previous Chinese visas (if applicable)
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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An e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within a certain country. The e-Visa is an alternative to visas issued at the ports of entry or visiting an embassy/consulate to obtain traditional paper visas. e-Visas are linked electronically to the traveler's passport.
Our service starts with information. You can use our up-to-date visa requirements tool to search if you need a travel visa. It's as simple as telling us where you are from and where you are going. Based on this information we will tell you how much the visa costs, the number of entries, the start date and give you an action step such as applying directly on our site!
It depends on the country issuing the visa. For many countries such as Australia ETA and Turkey e-Visa, the process can be done in 15 minutes through our rush service. For other countries such as the India tourist Visa, the process usually takes 24 hours. The exact time can be found on each application form. What we guarantee is that your application with iVisa will be the fastest way to apply anywhere.
The documents must be printed on a sheet of blank A4 white paper. Double-side or reduced printing will not be accepted.
We help you get your travel visa in the simplest and fastest way possible. Through easy-to-use online application forms and world-class 24/7 customer service, we make the whole visa process quick and simple! We also use best practices when it comes to protecting your data and credit card.
iVisa offers two types of Visa: Electronic visas (e-Visas) and traditional paper visas, based on your destination. In addition, we also offer the following services/documents that are required by certain countries: ETA (electronic travel authorization), Tourist Cards, Visa on Arrival pre-registration/approval form, Tourist Invitation Letters, and Embassy Registration service.
- 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.
Please note most countries offer the ability to process a travel visa without a service fee. The main reason we process thousands of travel visas per month is we save you time and frustration. Our service includes an easy to use website and application form. It is much easier to process your application with us especially for mobile users and large groups. We send all of our clients the visa days before travel. This is especially helpful for those passengers who purchase the visa months in advance. We also have a 24-hour customer service with professionals that are based in the United States and speak English. We accept multi-currencies and our website can be translated into over 20 languages. We believe our fee is worth your time and sanity but please note all governments do have their own "free" service.
If you have already applied on our site, please log in to your account and look for your order/application. An account is generated for you automatically after payment is received. Click the link in your confirmation email to set up a password or visit the log in page to set up the password and enter the account. Please note in most cases your visa will be delivered to you via email and can be found in your account after logging in.
If your visa application is not approved by the government agency, we will provide a full refund of all service fees under our approval guarantee. We cannot refund the visa fee (if applicable) since this is a third party fee that is paid directly to the government agency. If a mistake is made on your application, we will process your visa again at no cost. Please note refunds are credited back to the same credit card used.
If we have not processed your visa, we can make changes without a problem. We do check your information for mistakes as well. If you have already processed your visa, If we have submitted your application to the appropriate government agencies, some will allow to make changes, while others do not. Please contact us immediately (preferably through chat) if you notice an error on your application.
Some countries may require proof of yellow fever vaccination if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. You can see more info here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list It's the passenger´s own responsibility to verify these regulations before traveling to the chosen country.
In order to download your invoice, please log in to your account and download it directly from there.
You may reprint the e-Visa in your email account. Alternatively, you may retrieve and reprint the e-Visa by using your iVisa account.
Yes. The iVisa system does not retain your credit card information after the transaction is processed.
All visas grant travelers the permission to travel to a country's port of entry. Whether you are granted entry or not will be at the discretion of the Immigration Officer at the entry point.
If your visa application has not been submitted for processing you will receive a full refund. However, if your application has been submitted, then we will not be able to provide a refund.
When the visa has to be shipped to you, the processing times do not include this shipping time. It is from when we receive your application to obtaining the approval. Most visas (e-Visas) are sent via email upon approval so shipping times will not apply.
No, we are not affiliated with any government agencies. We are a private company that specializes in processing travel visas for travelers worldwide.
Unfortunately, we are not able to, since the government agencies do not inform us of the reason(s) behind the decisions.
If your visa is not approved, we advise that you contact the nearest embassy/consulate for more information on what your options are.
We accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and PayPal.
All citizens from these territories applying through our website will have their application processed with the nationality/citizenship specified in their passport. As an example, a traveler from Puerto Rico will have their request processed as USA nationality. This does not apply to the travelers under the BOTC (British Overseas Territories Citizen) category according to the British Overseas Territories Act of 2002.