How to Apply for a Chinese Visa

How to Apply for a Chinese Visa

In other to apply for a Chinese visa, you must complete an application form attached with your recently-taken color photo, prepare a valid passport, and submit them with other documents to the Chinese embassy or consulate that is in charge of your habitation area.

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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa

  • Check if you need a visa

An important thing to do is to confirm if you need a visa before beginning the following procedure. As long as you are qualified for China’s visa-free policies, you do not need the visa, but some documents like your passport, in and out transportation tickets and sometimes sufficient funds will need to be ready for entry check.

  • Know which visa you need to get

Because of your purpose for traveling, you have to determine which type of visa you are going to get. Read China Visa Types to know which suits you most. But for tourists, the L visa is appropriate.

  • Prepare all needed documents

Documents that are needed for all visa types include passport and visa application form attached with a recently taken photo. Also, other supporting documents are necessary, but they differ according to the type of visa you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a tourist L visa, the supporting documents will be round-trip tickets, hotel bookings, or an invitation letter from your China travel agency.

  • Be sure your documents meet the requirements of the Chinese embassy or consulate.

Passport: with a lasting validity of at least 6 months have blank visa pages.

Visa Application Form: honestly completed and type-written with no blanks left.

The photo was taken within the latest six months; full face against a light background; size: 48mm x 33mm; bare-headed unless for religious causes.

  • Submit the application

Go to the Chinese embassy, consulate, or Chinese Visa Application Center (CVASC) that serves your habitation area. You can either show up in person or you can ask an agent to do this for you. In some consular offices and CVASCs, mail services are available.

The usual processing time is four working days together with the day you submit the application and the day you collect the visa. Recall there may be extra non-working days for Chinese public holidays. By paying an extra fee you can have your application processed faster. It is usually possible to have your request processed overnight, for collection the following afternoon, although some offices might offer a same-day service if you arrive in the office soon after opening. In general, try to apply for it well in advance to allow for any delay.

  • Pay the fee and get your visa

Return to where you applied for a Chinese visa on the appointed date on the pick-up slip. Pay the fee then you will get your passport back with your visa.

  • When to apply for a Chinese visa

The best time for anyone to apply for a Chinese visa is one or two months before your date of departure. normally, a Chinese visa is only valid for three months from the date of issue, which means that the earliest time for you to apply is three months before your departure

  • Renew and extend China visa

You cannot renew and extend a Chinese visa once you are granted, meanwhile it can be done once you are in China at the local Exit and Entry Administration under the Public Security Bureau.
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