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China Tourist Visa for Dutch Citizens: Apply for the China Visa Now
10 min read
Updated on Feb 16, 2024

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Are you a Dutch citizen looking to visit China as a tourist? It's important to know that you must apply for a visa before entering the country.

Obtaining a China Tourist Visa involves meeting specific requirements and going through the application process. However, the process can be straightforward and stress-free with proper guidance and information.

In this article, we'll provide everything you need to know about applying for a China Tourist Visa as a Dutch citizen with iVisa. By the end of this guide, you'll be ready to start planning your trip to this incredible country.

Do Dutch citizens need a visa for China?

Yes, Dutch citizens need a visa to visit China. Without a valid visa, Dutch citizens cannot enter China. This means that Dutch citizens who plan to visit China for any tourism-related purpose must obtain a China Tourist Visa before their trip.

China visa options for Dutch Citizens

There are many options for Dutch citizens, including

  • Single Entry Tourist Visa valid for 10 years after issued

  • Double Entry Tourist Visa valid for 10 years after issued

  • Multiple Entry Tourist Visa valid for 10 years after issued

  • Business Visa valid for 10 years after issued and best for a business trip.

  • Single Entry Work Visa valid for up to 30 days

  • Single Entry Student Visa typically valid for up to 180 days

  • Transit Visa valid for up to 7 days

  • Group Visa issued to groups of 2 or more people and valid for the group's planned stay.

You'll need to choose the correct visa for your trip. We currently only offer Tourist and Business visa options for Dutch citizens.

What is the China Tourist Visa?

The China Tourist Visa allows foreign nationals to enter China for tourism. This visa grants the holder permission to stay in China for a specified period and engage in tourist activities such as sightseeing, visiting family or friends, or attending cultural events.

How long is the China Tourist Visa valid for Dutch citizens?

The validity of a China Tourist Visa for Dutch passport holders can vary depending on a few factors. Typically, a Multiple Entry visa is valid for up to 10 years after issued, and a double-entry visa is valid for up to 10 years after issued.

However, the actual length of stay permitted in China may be shorter than the visa's validity period. It's essential to check the specific details of your visa before traveling to China to ensure compliance with the visa requirements.

Am I eligible for a Chinese Visa for Dutch citizens?

Yes, as a Dutch passport holder, you are eligible to apply for a China Tourist Visa in the Netherlands, provided that you meet the requirements set by the Chinese government.

It's important to note that the Chinese government reserves the right to deny any visa application, and meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee approval of your application.

China Tourist Visa requirements in the Netherlands

If you're a Dutch citizen planning to apply for a China Tourist Visa, there are certain requirements you must fulfill to obtain the visa. Some of the requirements include the following:

Necessary documents for the China Tourist Visa for Dutch citizens

To complete your application process, you will need to submit all the documents below:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining and at least one blank visa page.

  • A completed China Tourist Visa application form.

  • A passport-size photo taken within the last six months.

  • Proof of financial means to cover your expenses during your stay in China, such as bank statements or proof of employment.

  • Confirmed round-trip flight booking.

  • Proof of accommodation in China, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from a friend or family member living in China.

China Tourist Visa requirements for children in the Netherlands

If you're traveling with children, you'll need to provide additional documentation, including:

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate.

  • A letter of consent from both parents or legal guardians if only one parent travels with the child.

  • A copy of the parent's or legal guardian's passport and visa.

China Tourist Visa passport requirements for Dutch citizens

When applying for a China Tourist Visa, your passport must meet specific requirements, including:

  • Having at least six months of validity remaining.

  • Having at least one blank visa page for the visa stamp.

  • Being in good condition and not damaged.

China Tourist Visa photo requirements for Dutch citizens

Your passport photo must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Being a recent color photo taken within the last six months.

  • Being taken against a white background.

  • Being 48 mm x 33 mm in size.

  • It must be a clear image of your face with no obstructions, such as hats or sunglasses. Having a neutral expression with both eyes open and looking directly at the camera.

If you need updated passport photos, use our Photo Service to obtain government-compliant pictures from the comfort of your home.

Additional documents required for the China Tourist Visa application

In addition to the basic requirements, such as a valid passport, application form, and a recent passport photo, you may also need to provide other documents, including:

  • Invitation letter: If you're visiting family or friends in China, you may need to provide an invitation letter from your host. This letter should include the host's contact information, the purpose of the visit, and the duration of your stay.

  • Financial documents: You may need to provide evidence of your financial status, such as bank statements, to prove that you can afford your trip.

  • Travel itinerary: Your travel itinerary should include a detailed trip plan, including the cities you plan to visit, the dates of your stay, and your planned activities.

  • Residence permit: If you're a non-EU citizen residing in the Netherlands and planning to travel to China, you must provide a copy of your residence permit and visa application.

  • Previous China visas: If you have visited China before, you should include your previous visa in your application.

China Tourist Visa Application: How to apply in the Netherlands

To apply for the China Tourist Visa, you'll need to follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Complete our simplified and easy online application form with your travel details and personal information, such as gender, date of birth, and passport number.

  • Step 2: Pay the iVisa processing fee and submit the required documentation according to the instructions and tips you have received by email.

  • Step 3: Attend the embassy appointment with the correct documents at the China embassy or Chinese visa application centre and pay the government visa fee.

Then, simply wait for your visa notification letter by email and prepare to travel!

With our complete guide with step-by-step instructions and tips and tricks, you'll have the highest chance of approval! On top of that, an iVisa expert will carefully check all your information and supporting documents to avoid errors and omissions.

Apply for your China Tourist Visa today!

What is the China Tourist Visa processing time for Dutch citizens?

The standard processing of the Chinese Tourist Visa usually takes up to 30 days from when your visa application form is submitted to the government.

Your iVisa Expert will update you on the processing time you can expect for your specific nationality's visa application based on current information from the Chinese embassy, as other countries may have different waiting times.

China Tourist Visa fee: Cost of the visa for Dutch citizens

Pricing varies depending on the tourist visa option you select. Use our application form to check the exact prices for your circumstances.

How to prepare for the China Tourist Visa interview in the Netherlands?

If you're applying for a China Tourist Visa in the Netherlands, you may be required to attend an interview at the Chinese embassy or consulate. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the interview:

  • Review your application materials: Ensure you have all the documents and information ready for the interview. Review your application materials to ensure all the details are accurate and up-to-date.

  • Research the visa requirements: Familiarize yourself with the visa requirements and any additional requirements specific to your situation. This will help you answer any questions that the interviewer may ask.

  • Practice your interview skills: The interview is an opportunity for the interviewer to learn more about you and your travel plans. Practice answering common interview questions and be prepared to explain why you want to travel to China and how you plan to fund your trip.

  • Dress appropriately: Dress professionally for the interview. This shows that you take the visa application process seriously and are prepared to comply with the requirements of the Chinese government.

  • Be polite and respectful: The interview is an opportunity to make a good impression on the interviewer. Be courteous and respectful, and answer all questions truthfully.

  • Arrive early: Arrive at the embassy or consulate early to allow time for security screenings and other procedures.

Following these tips can increase your chances of a successful China Tourist Visa interview in the Netherlands.

My China Tourist Visa in the Netherlands was denied. What should I do?

If your China Tourist Visa application has been denied in the Netherlands, we can assist you in reapplying for the visa. However, it's important to note that iVisa is a third-party visa processing company with no control over the visa application decision made by the Chinese government.

Suppose your visa application is denied. In that case, you'll receive a written explanation. While some cases may be as simple as a missing document or incorrect information provided on the application, others may be more complex such as security concerns or previous violations of Chinese law.

If you choose to reapply for the visa through us, we'll review your application materials and help you address any issues that may have led to the previous denial. However, there's no guarantee that your application will be approved, and you may need to adjust your travel plans accordingly.

It's essential to remain patient and persistent throughout the visa application process and to follow all instructions provided by your iVisa expert and the Chinese government.

Tips for a successful China visa application for Dutch passport holders

If you're a Dutch citizen planning to apply for a visa to travel to China, here are some tips to help ensure a successful application:

  • Start early: The visa application process can take several weeks, so it's essential to start early and allow plenty of time for processing.

  • Check the requirements: Ensure you understand the specific requirements for the type of visa you're applying for, such as supporting documents and application fees.

  • Complete the application accurately: Fill out the application form accurately and completely, and include all required information and documents.

  • Provide a detailed itinerary: Include a detailed itinerary of your trip, including your planned destinations, accommodations, and activities.

  • Show proof of financial support: Provide evidence of your financial means to cover your expenses during your stay in China, such as bank statements or a letter from your employer.

  • Check for errors: Double-check your application and supporting documents for any errors or omissions before submitting.

By following these tips and working with iVisa, you can ensure a successful visa application for travel to China.

What would happen if I made a mistake in my online application?

If you need to correct a mistake while filling out the form, contact us as soon as possible so we can help you solve this issue.

IMPORTANT: The applicant's information is linked to the passport number we insert on the Government page, so remember that if you need to correct the spelling of your details, you won't be able to change the information, and you must re-apply again.

Since our Visa Experts check all applications for errors, if one slips past us and your application is rejected, forcing you to reapply, we will refund the iVisa processing fee.

Please note that government fees are not refundable.

Can I apply for my relatives?

Of course, you can. Just make sure you have all the required documents (listed above). After that, you must complete the online application form introducing their data.

If you want to apply for more people, click 'Add new applicant' on the same application form and complete the required information.

If I'm just transiting through China, do I need a visa?

It'll all depend on your plans when you get to the airport in China. You don't need a visa if you stay within the transit area. However, you'll require a visa if you plan to leave the airport while waiting for your next flight.

Tips for a successful trip to China

If you're a Dutch citizen planning a trip to China, here are some tips to help you have a successful and enjoyable experience:

  • Apply for a visa: Dutch citizens require a visa to enter China. Apply for the appropriate visa before your trip to avoid any last-minute issues.

  • Learn some basic Chinese: While many Chinese citizens can speak English, learning some basic Chinese phrases can make your trip more comfortable. Chinese citizens will appreciate your efforts to communicate in their language, which can help you navigate the country.

  • Respect local customs and culture: China has a rich cultural heritage, so respecting local customs and traditions is essential. For example, removing your shoes when entering someone's home or a temple is common.

  • Pack for the weather: China has a diverse climate, so pack appropriate clothing and gear for the weather conditions. Check the weather forecast for your destination and plan accordingly.

  • Be aware of scams: Unfortunately, scams targeting tourists are not uncommon in China. Be cautious of unsolicited offers or deals; only book tours or services from reputable providers.

  • Stay connected: Make sure to bring a reliable phone or Internet connection and a power adapter if necessary. This will help you stay connected with your travel companions, navigate destinations, and access emergency services if needed.

  • Follow local laws and regulations: China has strict laws and regulations that visitors must follow. For example, smoking is prohibited in many public places, and taking photos of certain government buildings or military installations is illegal.

By following these tips, Dutch citizens can ensure a successful and enjoyable trip to China. Remember to also check with the Dutch government for any travel advisories or requirements related to travel to China.

Need more information?

Contact our customer support team if you have more questions. Our team will gladly answer your questions. You can also email us at [email protected].

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://en.nia.gov.cn/
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