Instructions for Visa Application for China

How to Apply for a Visa

Basic Visa Info
  • American citizens need a visa to enter China
  • The type for our program is a China Tourist (L) Visa with multiple entry
  • This is valid for 10 years
  • Every 60 days in China, you must exit and re-enter
    • This is easy to do if near Hong Kong​
    • If not, we'll discuss logistics
  • A pre-approved Chinese Tourist Visa stamp glued to one of your passport pages is required before boarding your flight to China
  • Our Chinese colleagues can help you with all the visa logistics
  • Double check all this info online

Visa Service: Our Recommendations
  • China Visa Solutions 
    • Regular $199
      • 5-6 business days
    • ​Express $254
      • 2-3 business days​
    • ​​​Above prices doesn't include return shipping costs
      • ​2-3 business days - $23
      • FedEx Overnight - $33
      • FedEx First-Overnight - $89
    • ​Necessary documents
      • Valid U.S. passport

        • 6+ months of remaining validity

        • 2+ consecutive blank visa pages

      • One 2x2 photo

      • China visa application form  [Click to download]

        • Must be typed, then signed by hand

      • An invitation letter from a Chinese friend  [Click to download]*

      • A photocopy of the inviting person's Chinese national ID card*

      • China Visa Solutions order form:  [PDF File]  or [Online order] 

    • Questions?​

  • Visa HQ
    • $239
    • Processing time: 5 business days
    • Necessary documents
      • ​Chinese visa application form
        • Must be typed, then signed by hand
    • Valid U.S. passport

      • 6+ months of remaining validity

      • 2+ consecutive blank visa pages

    • 2 Passport-type photographs: (33mm wide and 48mm tall)

    • Copy of driver's license or state issued ID

    • Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (your name must be on itinerary)

  • Mail or submit all required documents in a timely manner
    • If you fail to do so, it may result in delayed visa approval or refusal by the Chinese Consulate
  • The Chinese Consulate has the final decision on issuing a visa
    • They might ask for further documents
  • Mail your package of documents with a secured and trackable service such as FedEx, UPS, USPS Express, or DHL
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