Application for visa

(China Legal Information Center)

Updated: 2017-12-11

Foreigners intending to enter China shall apply for a visa, except the situations where there exists a visa exemption agreement or China grants a visa exemption. Foreigners intending to enter China shall apply for a visa to the overseas visa issuers in general situations. Where the port visa conditions are satisfied, the foreigners may, at the ports of entry approved by the State Council to issue port visas, apply for a port visa to the port visa offices as authorized by the Ministry of Public Security.

[Note] Entry, as referred to in Chinese laws, refers to the entry into Chinese mainland from other countries or regions, including the entry into Chinese mainland from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Macao Special Administrative Region, or entry into Chinese mainland from Taiwan. Exit refers to the exit from Chinese mainland to other countries or regions, including the exit from Chinese mainland to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or Macao Special Administrative Region, or exit from Chinese mainland to Taiwan.

A foreigner applying for a visa shall fill out the application form, and submit his or her passport or other international travel credential, qualified photos, and material relating to the purpose of application. (1) To apply for the C visa, the applicant shall submit the letter of guarantee provided by a foreign transportation company or the invitation letter provided by the entity concerned in China;

(2) To apply for the D visa, the applicant shall submit the form issued by the Ministry of Public Security confirming his or her permanent residence status;

(3) To apply for the F visa, the applicant shall submit the invitation letter provided by the inviting party in China;

(4) To apply for the G visa, the applicant shall submit a through ticket (air, road, rail or sea) to another country or region with the date and seat number on it;

(5) To apply for the J1 or J2 visa, the applicant shall go through the formalities of examination and approval in accordance with the Chinese provisions on news coverage by permanent offices of foreign news agencies in China and by foreign journalists, and submit the relevant application material;

(6) To apply for the L visa, the applicant shall, as required, submit travel plans and itinerary and other material; in the case of a group tour, the applicant shall also submit the invitation letter provided by the travel agency;

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