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Updated November 2022

The China Group e-Visa is not currently available through iVisa.com but we will be launching the product again soon, in the meantime you can read below all about the Group eVisa and what you'll need to do to apply.

The different China visa types issued under the visa policy of China include a range of categories including the China tourist visa, the China 10 years visa, the China holiday visa and the China group visa - which you can now get online at iVisa.com.

Foreign nationals applying for the China Group Visa don't need to attend an appointment at the China visa application service center in order to obtain this document.

The Chinese state has issued strict eligibility requirements, however. Read on to find out more about who can apply and then get started on our user-friendly form.

The eVisa application process provided by iVisa.com has a firm focus on simplifying travel abroad for travelers. Apply today and start planning your trip east.

Please note that citizens of nations all around the world are obliged to get a China Health Declaration from the Chinese Embassy before traveling to China - there are no exceptions. This is in addition to the visa.

How to get a Health Declaration to visit China

The Chinese health authorities demand that all inbound travelers provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results in order to receive a Health Declaration. All travelers, including foreign citizens and Chinese nations, must fill out the health declaration form and send negative results from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure.

Children under 6 are exempted from the pre-departure tests.

Check out the requirements that applicants must meet before applying for the China Group eVisa.

What are the main China visa types?

Like many countries, visas are split into ordinary and diplomatic categories. Chinese laws require applicants to use the ordinary visa service to obtain their required visa stamp. Our visa experts will ensure that you're completing the correct online form to meet entry and exit requirements since you wouldn't want to violate Chinese laws. In addition to holding a recently issued china visa, within the applicant's visit date, they must respect local laws by registering at the nearby police station. During short stays, hotel staff can complete this registration on your behalf.

Chinese Group Visa

Travelers can avoid the tourist visa invite requirement by filling out the iVisa.com visa application form for a group visa. The Chinese government introduced this visa to make tourism to China easier for travelers in groups of 2 or more. An itinerary and airline confirmation will still be required as well as blank visa pages in your passport, however, anyone who's had a previous China visa will know that the process is a lot more simple through our website than the Chinese consulate visa service.

Tourist Visa (L Visa)

This Chinese visa is issued to foreigners who enter China temporarily for tourism. Tourist visas may be issued on a single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry basis. The duration of stay will range from 30 days to 90 days. US and Canadian citizens may be eligible to apply for a multiple-entry L-Visa with validity for 10 years through the Chinese visa service.

Work Visa (Z Visa)

The Z Visa is issued to workers from a foreign country (and their families) who have accepted a role or employment in China. The requested visa expiration date will depend on the local authorities' assessment outcome and the dates that are detailed in a letter with company letterhead indicating the employment information and sent to the visa service.

Business Visa (M Visa)

The Business Chinese visa is valid for foreigners who spend less than 6 months a year in China attending work-related meetings. Applicants must not be employed by a Chinese company but will be able to make multiple entries. A signed visa application form must be submitted to the visa service to apply.

Transit Visa for China

There are no transit visa requirements in China. Under the 24-hour visa-free transit rule, international flight, train, or cruise ship passengers who transit through China within a period of 24 hours do not need to provide an embassy registration. Passengers should hold tickets or confirmed airline reservations showing a confirmed seat for onward travel to a third country or region.

Who can apply for the China Group eVisa?

Before you complete the application form for the China group visa, check that you meet the following requirements before starting the China visa process:

  • You are traveling in a group of two or more with an original passport.
  • All group members will enter and exit mainland China together through either Beijing or Shanghai and have a round trip airline ticket.
  • You need the visa for a single entry tourist visit and will stay no more than 20 days.

When should I apply for the China Group eVisa?

As your date of entry must be within 15 days of the issue date shown on the China group visa, we will arrange for the document, authorized by the Ministry of Public Safety of the People’s Republic of China, to be delivered to your home address by FedEx.

At iVisa.com we offer a queue-holding visa service which is perfect for travelers who prefer to get their visa tasks out of the way at the start- leaving more time to focus on packing and itinerary planning. We will study your application and arrange for the form to be sent away at the right moment. That means you can get on with making the rest of your arrangements while we guarantee that your document is valid on arrival.

How long is the China visa validity?

The China visa validity for this group tourism authorization allows the holder to stay in the People's Republic of China for up to 20 days. This is a single entry visa and it remains valid for up to 30 days after the issue date.

If you want to stay longer, we recommend that you head to a China visa application service center where you can apply for a China business visa, a China 10-year visa, or a work visa, all of which offer double or multiple entries.

What do I need to apply?

The game-changing factor in the China group visa is that you don't need to attend an appointment or even send us your passport - we just need you to upload a copy of it as well as the following:

  • A passport-style photograph taken against a neutral background. When you get one made through the passport photo service, we will ensure it meets China application requirements.
  • A valid original passport with at least 6 months of further validity after your visit.
  • An email address to communicate with our agents.
  • Airline information, including your flight dates, flight numbers, and airline details.
  • Proof of accommodation, such as a hotel reservation or an official letter.
  • Proof of your marital status such as a marriage certificate. A credit or debit card to pay the fee. Once you have uploaded copies of the required documents and submitted the form, you will receive confirmation from iVisa.com by email as fast as 30 minutes after applying.

How can I get a China group visa?

To get the China Group eVisa for your travel party, iVisa.com is your trusted documentation partner. Here's how it's done:

  • Step 1 - Enter your email address and check your original passport for your passport number to get started - we'll need your travel dates, hotel information, and group itinerary too. Further details may be requested by agents.
  • Step 2 - Select between Standard, Rush, and Super Rush processing and upload the required attachments. Watch the handy video guide to take the best shot of your passport biometric data page. Then click 'submit'.
  • Step 3 - For the final step, simply wait for your China group visa to arrive whilst our experts check each China visa section carefully. Print the document to present to the authorities during the passport display on arrival.

The visa application must be fully complete for you to receive your document. If you notice that you've made an error after clicking 'accept', you will not be able to apply for a new form while the current form is being processed. Please wait for the result of the first application before filling out a new form. You can also contact our customer support team for advice.

When you receive your travel document you should save the visa issued from the visa application in an easily accessible place to present to airline staff with your valid passport at the check-in desk and when immigration officers ask to see it.

How much is the China visa fee?

iVisa.com is one of a limited number of travel agents who offer this document processing service. Choose between three processing speeds depending on the urgency of your visit. Use our express service - Super Rush- if you have an urgent visa application :

  • Standard Processing: USD 110.00.
  • Rush Processing: USD 130.00.
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 180.00.

When you decide to apply online with iVisa.com you can be confident that the travel document is approved with less hassle than previous visas and all errors will be eliminated from the form.

The application will be carefully reviewed by an expert before it is submitted to ensure that your trip to China gets off to a flying start. Don't forget to get your COVID-19 test results in addition to the China Health Declaration.

What is the China visa processing time?

The Chinese government requires travelers to present a valid visa so put your faith in iVisa.com's visa experts to process your visa request at the ideal time. Super Rush is ideal for those who need a China visa express service:

  • Standard Processing Time: 8 days - USD 110.00.
  • Rush Processing Time: 5 days - USD 130.00.
  • Super Rush Processing Time: 3 days - USD 180.00.

Do children need to be included on the group application?

Children wishing to visit China for tourism reasons should be included on the China group visa application. There are no exceptions to the Health Declaration requirement for children.

Is a visa necessary to enter China?

Use the iVisa.com Visa Checker to identify which of the Chinese visas is right for you. Whether it's your first time applying for a China visa or your most recent China visa has just expired, U.S citizens and travelers from all over the world can apply today.

Who can get a China visa on arrival?

Most travelers, including U.K and U.S citizens, can get a visa on arrival when arriving at specified ports such as Hainan, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, and Xiamen. Regretfully, visitors with passports from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, and Yemen are not eligible for the visa on arrival.

Can I get a China visa extension?

If you have experience of the Chinese visa services and have completed a visa application form in the past, you can find out more about the Chinese visa extension by visiting the iVisa.com blog here.

What are the validity requirements for my passport?

In order to meet the passport requirements for this country, check the expiry date shown on the biodata page found at the back of your passport. Official travel documents should be valid for at least 6 months and have blank facing visa pages.

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

COVID 19 Vaccine

Travelers do not need proof of their vaccination status to meet entry requirements as per the most recent update from the Chinese authorities, however, applicants are welcome to upload a copy of their vaccination documentation.

We advise you to follow up on the latest travel updates and/or contact your nearest Chinese consulate.

Do I have to quarantine when I arrive in China?

  • Quarantine requirements: 5-day quarantine at a government-selected facility or hotel and 3-day home quarantine
  • COVID testing during quarantine: Nucleic acid tests on Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, and Day 5 during quarantine at the government-selected facility, and Day 1 and Day 3 during home quarantine.

Who can I speak to if I have more questions about this visa?

If you have questions about the China group visa, please don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly customer support team. iVisa.com agents are on hand at any time, day or night, to answer your queries and provide guidance.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Passport Scan

  • Applicant's Photo

  • Airline Confirmation

  • Proof of Accommodation

  • Last Page of Passport (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • The China Group e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival.

  • Your order will be submitted for approval approximately 30 days from your intended travel date, per the issuing authority's requirement.

  • You must apply no later than 20 days from your intended travel date.

  • Once your visa is issued by the Government of China, we will FedEx the actual visa to your home 15 days before your departure.

  • The China Group e-Visa is a Single Entry visa.

  • Applicants must be outside the Republic of China when applying for their 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.

  • You must have a valid and confirmed onward travel ticket to leave China (often this means simply evidence of a return flight).

  • You must have a travel document/passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in China.

  • All travelers in the group must enter and depart China on the same flight, at the same time, using the same port of entry and exit, and must use the same travel itinerary while in China.

  • The group must consist of a minimum of 2 people.

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  • COVID test prior to arrival: PCR test within 48 hours.
    • COVID test exemptions: Children under 6 are exempted from the pre-departure tests.
No, as all travelers in the group must travel together during the entire duration of the trip, including arrival and departure.
No. The Chinese Group e-Visa is only for tourist visits.
Upon approval, we will send you the original via FedEx. We will also provide a PDF copy, sent via email, for your records. Note that you MUST present the original copy upon entry.
Data inconsistency between the e-Visa and your passport will render the registration invalid and lead to refusal of your boarding and entry into China. You should re-apply by inputting information which is exactly the same as it appears in your passport.
No, you do not. We only need a scan of your passport, as the China Group e-Visa will be issued as a stand-alone document.
It is advised that one application is submitted for all the members of the tour group to prevent potential delays.
The price that you pay online includes the following:
  • The China Visa Embassy fee
  • Our Service Fee
  • International shipping with FedEx

No. At this stage only the following nationalities qualify to get the visa online:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • New Zealand
  • Holland (The Netherlands)
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

If your country is not listed here then you have to apply through a Chinese Embassy near you to obtain the correct type of Visa.

You can login to your account online to track your order - www.ivisa.com In addition to that we will send you updates via email on a regular basis so that you know when your visa will arrive.

NOTE: Check your spam folder in case you did not receive your confirmation email. Privacy settings often divert emails there and important updates can then be missed which may .

If your visa is not approved by the Chinese Government, it does not necessarily mean that you can never enter China, it could mean that you do not qualify for the online application process. If this is the case, you will need to go tho the nearest Chinese Embassy to apply on-site.

NOTE: Keep in mind that If your visa application gets rejected, no refund will be issued. You can read all of the details of our Refund Policy here.

We understand that a visa rejection may influence in your future visa applications, for this reason, if you still wish to make a claim to get a refund, please feel free to contact us, under reasonable circumstances, we can find a solution together.

  • You can use this visa for entry anywhere in China except for some caravans entering through the desert.

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

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Taking a trip to China involves, a thorough research of the country’s customs in addition getting a visa and packing your bags. As you may very well know, China is an incredibly traditional country, and as a result, people there have a lot of traditions and customs. Chinese people are not unreasonable. You are not required to be familiar with everything they do or do not. There are, however, some things that you need to know and act accordingly. Below you will find a list of things that you should never do in China.
 You should never speak of uncomfortable things – Chinese people are usually positive, and they would never bring up a topic that may upset you or make you feel uncomfortable, which is why you should do the same. For example, it is never appropriate to bring up death in any discussion. There are a few exceptions, of course, but questions like ‘How did he die?’ are off the table. The Chinese culture has always had this bad view on talking about death and they even have some omens that foresee death, which is why it is considered an inappropriate subject in most cases.  Never disrespect someone’s home or the temples in general – again, this has something to do with their culture, and you must have seen in all movies how people take their shoes off when they enter a Chinese home. That is a legitimate custom, and whenever you are invited into a Chinese person’s house, you need t take your shoes off. You do not need to worry about having a small hole in your socks. The host will be far more offended by the fact that you do not take your shoes off than your damaged footwear.  Mind what gifts you buy – it is a custom to bring a gift whenever you are invited into a Chinese’s home. However, you need to be very careful about what you are buying. You would think that flowers would be simple, right? Not in China, apparently. All flowers have some kind of significance, and if you do not know what they are, you should refrain from buying flowers altogether. Also, do not buy hats, umbrellas, or collections in sets of four. You can, however, buy something in sets of 8, such as teacups. The number 8 is a good omen.  Do not give up giving that gift – it is a tradition in the Chinese culture to refuse a gift before actually receiving it. So if your gift is refused, do not get offended and put it away. You need to give it at least three times before it is received. You can do the same. In fact, it is recommended that you do the same. Do not worry. The host will receive it eventually. You just need to push forward. The Chinese people do that to show you they are humble because you went out of your way to buy that gift. It is a sign of respect, however odd it may seem to you.  Beware of the chopsticks – when you are in the western civilization, you can do whatever you want with your chopsticks. You can gesture while holding them, place them however you like in the bowl, and some women put them in their hair. That is not acceptable in China. You need to be careful how you place them. They are used for eating only. Plus, you need to be careful how you put them in your bowl. Always put them over the bowl. You cannot insert them in the rice inside it. At the same time, under no circumstances should you place them upright. This is what Chinese people do at a funeral for the person who died.  You should never tip when a Chinese person is a host – if you are invited to dinner at a restaurant, and the invitation has been forwarded by a Chinese person, you are not expected to chip in when the bill comes. The host will get offended. However, if you are the one extending the invitation, you are expected to pay. In the same course of events, you should not order since this is the host’s duty. Also, you should never leave a tip for waiters. They do not do that in China.  You are not supposed to touch Chinese people – it is unclear why Chinese people do not want to be touched by other people than their families, but physical contact is not something they desire. Greetings include a handshake at the most, for example. In some regions in China, the head is considered the most sacred part of the body, while the feet are the most unclean, so you should never touch the head. You will also notice that in China, people have a sense of personal space, even in crowded areas like the subway.  Chinese people are all for saving face – if you get upset about anything and you wish to make a complaint; you should never do it in public. If someone upsets you, take them aside and express your dissatisfaction. If you do such a thing when other people are present, the person in question will feel humiliated. It is essential for you not to get upset and try to abide by this rule. It cannot be that hard, after all, right? Chinese people must have other rules as well. Some are reasonable, while others may come off as odd for the western world. However, when you go to China, you expected to abide by these rules. After all, you are a guest in their country, and you should do what they do. However, if you do not know how to behave in certain situations, it is better to get over your embarrassment and ask rather than acting a certain way and do it wrong. Nobody expects you to be an expert in Chinese etiquette. All foreigners make mistakes, but if they apologize, they are quickly forgiven.
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