A valid passport for at least six months from the date of travel with at least one entire unused page
A completed visa application form can be obtained from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in your country or be downloaded from the official website of the Chinese Embassy in your country.
Two 2" X 2 (inch)" passport photos (either white& black or color) should be affixed to the visa application form
For Chinese Nationals now resident or naturalized in another country, the former Chinese passport is needed.
Related documents explain one's reasons to enter China. An invitation letter or a travel itinerary confirmed by a travel agency in China or an air tickets or hotel reservation files are all acceptable as the explanation of a traveler's reason for entry.
How to Apply:
An individual traveler can come to the embassy or consulate in their native country in person or through a third party (e.g. a travel agency or operator) to apply for his Chinese tourist visa.
No pre-contract is needed.
The embassy or consulate does not accept any visa applications sent by mail or postal services.
The process is straightforward and usually takes four to five working days. For express processing within one working day (any hand-in before 11:30 can be finished before 15:00), an extra fee of USD30 is charged and the express processing within two or three days cost an extra fee of USD 20.
Some travel agencies or operators handle a group tourist visa file for their tourists. However, this kind of group visa is actually not very convenient for tourists because all the group members are required to enter into and exit from China on the same dates.
Apply for a multi-entry tourist visa:
The multi-entry tourist visa allows a tourist to enter into and exit from China on more than one occasion and the stay period is 60 days. Applicants are required to provide documents, giving a reasonable reason for multi-entry into China.
Visa fee is different when applys in different countries. The following table shows the visa fees when applys in the Chinese Embassy in USA.
|Entries of Visas||U.S. Citizen||Citizen of other countries|
|Single||USD 140||USD 30|
|Double||USD 140||USD 45|
|Multiple within half a year||USD 140||USD 60|
|Multiple within one year||USD 140||USD 90|
|Multiple within two year||USD 140||---|
Hi I'm from philippine and recently working in KSA ..I'm going home for vacation this coming june and my employer is planning to go to china during my vacation.. he wants to meet me in philippine and take with him to china..my question is do I need to apply a chinese visa?or can my employer just can send me invitaion letter?.. Thanks
yes, you need to apply a Chinese visa.
hello am from Ghana and willing to visit china for 2months . do i need an invitation letter authourized from the china bureau or the one am visiting.
yes, an invitation letter is required when applying the Chinese visa.
Hi, I'm here in hongkong, I had a china visa already, and I have use..is it possible for me to apply here in hongkong? Thanks and have a nice day
yes, it is possible for you to apply a visa for Mainland China.
Hi my bf is doing his mbbs from china(Tianjin ) he s an indian n he wanted me to visit him so can he send me an invitation letter and if so how ? He doesn't know how to do it ..n he has his own apartment n china ... Please help n thanks
the invitation letter can be a written or typed one with the signature of your bf, and it can be faxed or posted to you, or a scanning one, but can not be an email. the letter should include the names of you and your bf, the addresses of both of you, the relationship of you two, your purpose of visiting China, period of your stay, and whether he will shoulder your expenses and provide you accommodation in China. there are samples of invitation letter on the internet.
I wanted to apply for a Chinese visa but my bank Ac.'s name n my passport name doesn't match so is it possible to obtain a visa without a bank statement ....if not then is there any other way ..please help ...I wanted to visit my bf in August ...
then you can ask your bf to write an invitation letter for you and states that he will shoulder all of your expenses in China.
Hi im Anthony, from the philippines.ill be applying Business visa 3 months with multiple entry. Do i still need to present ADB of account and itr even i have a company invitation letter from chinese comapany in china and invitation letter duly from authorized unit? The company in china will not sponsor me. I will sholder all my expenses like air fare and accomodation in china. I dont have ADB of account and itr and im a fresh graduate. Can my parents sponsor me?Thanks and regards,firstname.lastname@example.org
since you have the invitation letter duly from authorized unit, you do not need the ADB of account and ITR.
Hey its me again, the company failed to apply me a invitation from authorized unit, can the invitation letter from the chinese company can support my visa application?
im afraid the invitation letter from the company does not work.
The company is based in HK and they will base in in SZ. How can the company based in hk apply for the invitation letter duly from authorized unit for business visa?
usually it can be an invitation letter offerred by the company and then confirmed or approved by the competent authorities.
Hello. I find your page very useful. Thanks for the information. I just have a question, however. I and my two other friends are planning to visit Shenzhen for at least a day (not exceeding 24 hours) from Hong Kong. I know for a fact that we need a Chinese Visa to enter the province. I just would like to confirm if applying through a travel agency will somehow aid us from avoiding the ‘bank statement’ part of the requirements? Also, if we need a ‘show money’, how much specifically do we need to show? Do you have any idea of the minimum amount required for a bank statement? In addition, it’s a BANK STATEMENT and not a BANK CERTIFICATE, am I correct?Thanks in advance for your reply. We would appreciate your tips.Arvin
if you go to Shenzhen from Hong Kong, then i suggest that you book a tour or consult a travel agency in Hong Kong, then you will not need to apply the visa to Hong Kong, and no bank statement or show money will be required.
Good day..i am planning to travel in china for 28 days in august to visit my fiance and our son he is a German citizen and we are both filipino holder... what requirements we will need? should i apply application form for my infant son too? i have visa Z visa last 2011 and visa F... planning to apply visa L... do i need bank statement as well? i will have invitation letter too... my fiance will cover our cost of living while we are in china... please help...thank you joy
you need to prepare your valid passport, a fully complete visa application form with your recently taken passport size photo, the invitation letter attach your fiance' personal ID copy, and your previous Chinese Visa . since you have applied China visa, you should be clear about the procedures. for detailed information, please consult the Chinese Embassy.
not my first time in china... what are the requirements i will need to visit my boy friend?i want to bring our son too.. please help... and also i need to know if my boy friend will make invitation letter does the embassy in shanghai needs to authorize it? without a travel agency? help me pls.. ej from philippines
yes, the invitation letter need to be authorized by the embassy.
Hi! Im from the philippines! I would just like to ask some concern regarding visa application for china. I dont have an itr form coming from bir. I can only provide a bank statement, passport Is it possible for me to still obtain a chinese visa? Its my first time to go to china.
as this is your first time to China, you must submit BIR-stamped income tax return form,bank certiifcate, statement for recent 6 months and original bank receipt. If you are a student, please provide student ID, sponsorship letter and sponsor's bank statement. If you have the Invitation Letter for Tourist issued by Authorized Travel Agency in China, you do not need to submit income tax return form and bank certiifcate, statement.
Hi Mitch! I read your query here. I just want to ask if you were being approved on your application without showing the Bank Statement, BIR and just showing the Invitation Letter from the Authorized travel Agency in China. Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks po! Godbless