iVisa | Updated on Aug 03, 2023
China is well-known for having a strict and bureaucratic visa application process, with only three nations being allowed to enter China without obtaining a visa beforehand. Since Canada isn't one of them, we are here to save you from the long process.
Now, with iVisa all you need to do is fill in the Chinese online form and wait for the visa to arrive at your home. Keep reading to find out how.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I have a Canadian passport, do I need a visa to visit China?
Yes, visitors with a Canadian passport are required to apply for a Chinese Group eVisa. You can check the requirements here.
What is a Chinese Group eVisa?
The Chinese Group eVisa is a tourist visa that is issued to tourist groups comprised of least 2 members traveling together both into and out of China. The Chinese Group eVisa is issued as a stand-alone document, not as a sticker on a passport, like the Chinese Tourist Visa.
How long can visitors with a Canadian passport stay in China with a Group eVisa?
Visitors carrying a Group eVisa can enter China for a maximum of 30 days in Total. All visits are strictly limited to business or tourism, so you can NOT seek paid work or employment.
What are the documents required to apply?
Before applying, we recommend that you put together all the documents you are required to provide. This is a short list, and it is probable that you already have everything you need.
Minimum of 2 people traveling together.
A digital passport copy of each passenger. Remember that your passport must have at least 6 more months of validity left.
A recently-taken color passport photo.
Return airline ticket.
Copy of the Chinese hotel reservation/Invitation letter from your Chinese host.
Credit/debit card, PayPal Account to pay for your visa online.
Valid postal address.
How long is the China Group eVisa valid?
This visa is valid for 30 days after arrival. It also grants a Single Entry.
What are the processing times and prices?
One of the common concerns about electronic visas is the cost. With iVisa, applicants have three available options when it comes to processing time with different pricing. The three options are:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 6 days, and the price is USD $199.49 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 4 days, and the total price of it is USD $256.49 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your Group eVisa in only 2 days, and you will be charged USD $286.49 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How does the Chinese Group eVisa work?
The Chinese Group eVisa is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese Government.
You just need to fill out our online form and we will do the rest. You don't need to send your passport to any embassy since we just require a digital copy. Once your visa is issued by the Government of China, we will FedEx the actual visa to your home address at least 15 days before your departure. Travelers must bring this documents along with their passports to enter China. This visa is authorized by the Ministry of Public Safety of the People’s Republic of China.
How long does it take to apply for a Chinese Group eVisa?
Less than 10 minutes. That's all. You will need to send your application to China with iVisa. We will take care of the rest and shortly we will let you know the status of the application.
How can I apply for a China Group eVisa?
The application for this Group eVisa is really easy. It has only three steps:
The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.
The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. It is at this point when you need to upload your passports scans. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on individual circumstances.
Click here to start. After you are done, submit your form and wait for your visa to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.
What happens after I have applied?
After your visa application is approved by the Chinese Port Visa Division - Ministry of Public Security, your tourist visa will be mailed via FedEx (International courier). No need to deal with the Embassy.
TIP: Make sure you enter your postal address correctly as a mistake can result in a delayed visa - NO REFUNDS!
How will I receive my China Group eVisa?
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.
I am traveling separately from my tour group. Can I still apply for a Chinese Group eVisa?
No, as all travelers in the group must travel together during the entire duration of the trip, including arrival and departure.
How does the China Group eVisa look like?
This is how your China Group eVisa will look like:
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
If you made a mistake when entering your data online then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible via online chat to assist you.
If we already submitted your application, then you can NOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee.
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my China Group eVisa?
Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.
I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?
For a faster resolution click here and start chatting with one of our customer service representatives. Alternatively, you can find more info and FAQs here.