A tourist visa is needed for citizens of foreign countries to travel to China except people who meet visa exemption requirements.
China Tourist Visa refers to L Visa, issued to foreigners who will go to China for travel purpose.
- Find out the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy/Consulate General based on state of your residence.
- Download Visa Application Form and fill the information needed on the form.
- Provide other documents needed for application.
- Submit your application to appropriate visa office of China Embassy/Consulate General if you handle your visa application on your own.
- Original signed passport with validity of at least 6 months and blank visa pages which require at least 2.
- Completed and signed Visa Application Form of each applicant.
- Two passport type photos 48mmx33mm, taken within 6 months.
Information of Chinese Embassy and Consulates General of PRC:
Chinese Embassy in USA
- Consular Jurisdiction Areas: Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
- Website: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/
Consulate General in New York
- Consular districts: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Website: http://newyork.chineseconsulate.org/eng/
Consulate General in Chicago
- Consular districts: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
- Website: http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/
Consulate General in San Francisco
- Consular districts: Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington
- Website: http://www.chinaconsulatesf.org/eng/
Consulate General in Los Angeles
- Consular districts: Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Pacific Islands
- Website: http://losangeles.china-consulate.org/eng/
Consulate General in Houston
- Consular districts: Alabama, Arkansas, florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas
- Website: http://houston.china-consulate.org/eng/
Visa fees in United States:
- Regular Service
Number of Entry U.S. Citizen Non-U.S. Citizen Single Entry $140 $30 Double Entries $140 $45 Multiple Entries for 6 months $140 $60 Multiple Entries for 12 Months or more $140 $90
Note: visa fees for certain non-U.S. citizens may vary, please consult with a Visa Office for exact special fees.
- Express service: an additional fee of $20 is needed per visa.
- Rush service: an additional fee of $30 is needed per visa.
Ordinary passports holders in UK planning to travel to China have to go to Chinese Visa Application Service Centers for visa application.
Note: Chinese Embassy in London only deals with Diplomatic, Service, Courtesy visa and Visa-exemption Certificate.
Chinese Visa Application Service Centers in UK:
- In London: http://www.visaforchina.org/LON_EN/
- In Manchester: http://www.visaforchina.org/MAN_EN/index.shtml
- In Edinburgh: http://www.visaforchina.org/EDI_EN/index.shtml
Visa fees in UK:
- Visa fee for standard service:
Nationality British American Canadian Single entry ￡85 ￡90 ￡55 Double entries ￡85 ￡90 ￡55 Multiple entries in half a year ￡85 ￡90 ￡55 Multiple entries for one year or more than one year ￡85 ￡90 ￡55
Nationality Argentine Brazalian Single entry ￡115 ￡75 Double entries ￡115 ￡75 Multiple entries in half a year ￡115 ￡75 Multiple entries for one year or more than one year ￡115 ￡75
Nationality Israeli Others Single entry ￡22 ￡20 Double entries ￡22 ￡30 Multiple entries in half a year ￡22 ￡40 Multiple entries for one year or more than one year ￡22 ￡60
- Express Service: an additional fee of ￡15 per visa will be charged.
(Please note not all nationalities are eligible for this service.)
- Service fees of CVAS (Chinese Visa Application Service Center)
Standard service: ￡66 (including VAT)
Express service: ￡78 (including VAT)
Postal Service: ￡90 (including VAT)
Note: Total Visa Fee/Person = (Visa fee + Service Fee)/person
Ordinary passports holders in Australia planning to travel to China have to go to Chinese Visa Application Service Centers for visa application.
Chinese Visa Application Service Centers (CVAS) in Australia:
- Consular Districts:
1. Embassy: ACT & NT
2. Consulate General in Adelaide: SA
- Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/CBR_EN/
- Consular Districts: Consulate General in Sydney (NSW)
- Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/SYD_EN/
- Consular Districts: Consulate General in Melborne (VIC and TAS)
- Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/MEL_EN/
- Consular Districts: Consulate General in Perth (WA)
- Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/PER_EN/
- Consular Districts: Consulate General in Brisbane (QLD)
- Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/BNE_EN/
Visa Fees in Australia: Fees below are in AUD dollars
|Multiple entries in half a year||$120||$169|
|Multiple entries for one year or more than one year||$180||$169|
|Multiple entries in half a year||$100||$100|
|Multiple entries for one year or more than one year||$100||$150|
- Express service fee: an additional $30 will be charged.
- Rush service: an additional fee of $50 is needed per visa.
- Application Service fees of CVAS (Chinese Visa Application Service Center)
Standard service: $49.5 (including GST)
Express service: $77 (including GST)
Rush Service: $99 (including GST)
- Postal Service: $71.5 (including GST)
Note: Total Visa Fee/Person = (Visa fee + Application Service Fee)/person
Transit Free policy: 72-hour & 144-hour
72-hour Visa Free Transit:
Citizens of 53 nations enjoy the 72-hour visa free transit in 18 cities of China provided that they hold valid passports, visas and confirmed seats to the third countries.List below are the qualified 53 nations:
6 American Nations: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
6 Asian Nations: the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei
2 Oceanian Nations: Australia, New Zealand
39 European Nations: Austria, Belgium, Czek Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Finland, Luxembourg, Malta, Estonia, France, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Iceland, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia, Cypurs, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM),Ukraine, Albania, Belarus, Monaco.
Airports enjoy the Policy:
Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport, Changsha Huanghua International Airport, Kunming Changshui International Airport, Shenyang Xiantao International Airport, Harbin Taiping International Airport, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport, and Qingdao Liuting International Airport.
144-hour Visa Free Transit:
From 2016, 144-hour Visa Free Transit Policy has successively been carried out in several cities and provinces in China. 144-hour Visa Free Transit Policy is launched for travellers to travel within Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Jiangsu Province, within Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, and within Guangdong Province. Eligible passengers from the 53 nations are allowed to travel within these cities or provinces.
Ports of Entry/Exit Shanghai: Pudong International Airport, Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusong Passenger Transport Center and all railway stations. Beijing: Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing West Railway Station. Tianjin: Tianjin Binhai International Airport, Tianjin International Cruise Home Port. Zhejiang Province: Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. Jiangsu Province: Nanjing Lukou International Airport. Hebei Province: Zhengding International Airport, Qinhuangdao International Port. Guangdong Province: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport.
China Visa Exemptions:
- 15 Days Visa Exemptions:
Passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan the three countries entering through designated ports of entry are allowed to travel, visit family, do business or transit within 15 days without a visa.
- Groups to Hainan Island:
No need for a visa for ordinary passport holders of 26 designated countries travel with a tour group of 5 or more tourists, organized by a travel agency approved by China's National Travel Administration and registered in Hainan Province.
- 26 countries:
The U.S., Germany, the UK, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Austria, Thailand, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ukraine, Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, Spain and Kazakhstan
Note: Citizens of Russia, South Korea and Germany traveling in a group of more than 2 are allowed to enjoy a 21 days visa-free stay.
Hong Kong SAR:
Citizens of 162 countries nations do not need a visa to go to Hong Kong and can stay for 7 days to 180 days based on the nationalities.
Website of Immigration Department:
Citizens of 76 countries nations do not need a visa to go to Macau and can stay for 7 days to 180 days based on the nationalities.
Website of Macao Immigration Services of Public Security Police Force:
Citizens of 60 countries nations do not need a visa to go to Taiwan and can stay for 14 days to 90 days based on the nationalities.
- The following countries are eligible for Landing Visas
- Holders of Turkish passports with validity of more than six months.
- Holders of Macedonian passports with validity of more than six months.
- Holders of emergency or temporary passports with validity of more than six months for nationals of those countries(except for US) eligible for visa-exempt entry.
Website of Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China(Taiwan):
Tibet Travel Permit
Tibet Travel Permit is required for foreigners travelling to Tibet. It is required for entry to Lhasa or any other part of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and is obtained as part of tour arrangements for travel to Tibet. It is issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau for restricting the number of foreign tourists traveling in Tibet.
We will help arrange the Tibet Travel Permit for you if you book a tour with us and you have to submit your personal information to us beforehand by providing your Copies of visa and passport as well as Occupation.