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Last updated: March 2023

From the Great Wall and ancient architecture to huge modern cities, China is full of wonders to explore. But before you do, make sure to apply for a China Tourist Visa via iVisa.

China is open to tourism! Find all the information, requirements, and answers to your questions below, and apply instantly online. Saving even more time with the iVisa application form planning your trip will feel effortless.

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What is the China Tourist Visa?

The Chinese Tourist Visa is an official travel document to visit the country for a holiday. Foreign passport holders can now apply online via iVisa and receive full guidance during the application process from our experts!

What can I do with this Chinese visa?

  • Travel to the country for tourism purposes only, such as visiting cultural sites and dining at restaurants.

What can I not do with this Chinese visa?:

  • Work and business trading

  • Journalism

  • Short and long-term studies

  • Participate in competitions

  • Academic or religious exchanges

  • Volunteering

  • NGO activities

You must apply for a separate visa for Hong Kong if you want to enter the nation on the same trip (if applicable). If you’re planning to visit Tibet, additional permits may also be required.

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Do I need a Tourist Visa for China?

Yes, citizens of over 160 countries require a tourist visa to travel to China. Want to know if you’re one of them? Use our handy [Visa Checker Tool] and apply directly online.

How long can I stay in the country with the China Tourist Visa?

There are three options to choose from via iVisa:

  • Single-entry visa: 90 days after issued validity and allows you to stay in China for up to 30 days Per Entry.

  • Double-entry visa: 180 days after issued validity and allows you to stay in China for up to 30 days Per Entry.

  • Multiple-entry visa: 1 year after issued validity and allows you to stay in China for up to 60 days Per Entry.

What are the required documents to apply for the China Tourist Visa?

To apply for this specific Chinese Visa, you will need the following documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport. It must have at least 6 months of validity and two blank visa pages. Also make a copy of the previous Chinese Visa page (if applicable).

  • A recent passport photo against a light background. With the iVisa Photo Service you can easily get one online!

  • Travel itinerary, round trip airline ticket, and a hotel reservation or an invitation letter issued by your host.

  • Bank statements from the last 3 months.

  • Work contract or admission letter issued by the university you’re attending. If you are unemployed or retired, you just need to submit bank statements.

  • If you apply for a visa in a different country than your citizenship, you must submit documents proving your legal residency status there.

  • Chinese citizens residing overseas or those who have obtained foreign citizenship, you should submit a copy of previous Chinese passports, Chinese permanent residence permit, or previous Chinese visas.

If a child is traveling to China some extra documents are required, such as a birth certificate.

If only one parent accompanies the child, a copy of the parent's passport who isn’t traveling is necessary. They must also come to the Visa Application Center personally to sign a declaration of consent.

Sounds like a lot of work? When applying with iVisa, there’s no need to worry! We provide you with a complete guide and 24/7 personal support from an iVisa expert for an error-free application.

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What are the steps to apply for the China Tourist Visa online?

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

  • Step 1: Complete our simplified and easy visa application form online 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 documents and pay the government visa fee.

Then, simply wait for your visa notification letter by email, and get ready 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, along with your supporting documents, to avoid errors and missing documents.

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How much does the China Tourist Visa cost, and how long is the process?

The standard processing of the Chinese Tourist Visa usually takes up to 30 days from the moment your visa application form is submitted to the government. The cost varies depending on your location and/or nationality.

Use our application form to check the exact prices for your individual circumstances.

Do I need the Tourist Visa if I’m transiting in China?

A foreign citizen who is transiting through China by air is exempted from a visa if they will only stay in the transit area of the airport for less than 24 hours. You must also have a valid connecting flight ticket with confirmed seating on an international flight.

Benefits of getting your China Tourist Visa with iVisa

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and make sure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: You’ll be assigned a personal iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions you may have.

  • Simplified form: Applying for a visa can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll make sure to only include relevant questions, making the application up to 50% shorter than usual! It’s like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with iVisa and receive a PDF manual with all the tips you need to answer difficult sections and a step-by-step guide to get your document without hiccups.

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COVID-19 requirements and restrictions in China

While many COVID-19 restrictions were lifted recently in China, some still apply. Always check with the airline before you go, as the situation may change quickly.

COVID-19 testing requirements in China

A negative PCR test or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is still required, taken within 48 hours before boarding China-bound flights.

Fill out the China Health Declaration

Besides a Chinese Visa, all travelers (including each Chinese citizen) must complete the Health Declaration Form. This is a Single Entry document implemented by the Chinese government to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Once completed, you’ll receive a confirmation with a QR code via email.

And to make it extra easy, you can fill the Health Declaration out entirely online via iVisa, so you can get both your visa and health declaration in one convenient place.

Do I need a Chinese Visa to do business in the country?

Are you traveling to China for business? Note that you cannot do business activities in China on a Tourist Visa.

iVisa also offers the China Business Visa application! Other requirements apply, such as a trade fair invitation or an official letter from your business partner.

Find out more here about the China Business Visa with iVisa and apply now.

Where can I learn more about the China Tourist Visa?

If you need more info about traveling to China for tourism or business, please contact our customer support team at any time via online chat or email at [email protected]. They are available 24/7 to answer any questions!

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant's Photo

  • Passport Scan

  • Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)

Important Instructions
  • The China Tourist Visa is a travel authorization that allows you to enter the country for tourism purposes.

  • With iVisa, you can apply for a China Tourist single-entry or multiple-entry visa.

  • The China Tourist Visa allows you to visit cultural places, restaurants and other tourist attractions in China.

  • To apply for this visa, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day you apply for the visa.

  • If you apply for a visa in a different country of citizenship, you need to present proof of legal residency status.

  • The standard processing of the Visa will take 1 week from the moment you start your application.

  • You will need to present a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of the departure date to China.

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Our customer service team at iVisa is here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our service.

If you want to apply for a China Tourist Visa, our recommendation is to do it 1 month in advance and less than 3 months because once the China Embassy approves your document.

If you apply with the iVisa platform that protects all your data and information, applying will take you less than 15 minutes. We will also ensure that your application is 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections and waste time and money.

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No, to apply for the China Tourist Visa, there is a fee that may vary depending on the country you are in.
The validity period depends on the type of visa you select. You can choose from single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry visas, with validity from 3 months to 10 years, depending on the option you choose.
A citizen who is transiting through China by air is exempted from a visa if stays only in the airport for no more than 24 hours and has a valid connecting ticket with confirmed seating on an international flight.

If you are a citizen of any of these countries, you don’t need to apply for a China Tourist Visa:

  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • Japan

Take into account that if you are travelling by ship and you are from any of the countries mentioned above, you can only stay in China for 15 days.

  • 30 days visa-free:
Bahamas Dominica Grenada Oman Serbia United Arab Emirates
Barbados Ecuador Maldives Qatar Seychelles
Belarus Fiji Mongolia Suriname Tonga
  • 60 days visa-free: Mauritius

  • 90 days: Albania Armenia Bosnia and Herzegovina San Marino.

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