China visa application and requirements

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China Visa

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A visa is required for this destination.

If traveling to China for a university lecture, seminar, conference or non-profit activities, please apply for a "Non-business visit visa."

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Visa required, except for passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. They must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

If traveling to China for a university lecture, seminar, conference or non-profit activities, please apply for a "Non-business visit visa."

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Applicants must apply with the Chinese consulate to which their approval is sent. Please let VisaHQ know if your approval is sent to a consulate other than your assigned jurisdiction.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

The Non-business Visit visa is required if you are traveling to China for university lecture, seminar, conference or non-profit activities.

The Group E-Visa is only applicable to groups of two or more travelers entering China through Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao airports. All group members must enter and depart China at the same time.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

All passengers traveling to China MUST complete Health declaration form within the 72 hours prior to the flight.

From March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate.

Applicants are required to obtain specific approval for their essential travel to China. Applicants will need to contact the entity or company they will be visiting in China to coordinate issuance of a specific visa approval letter/ invitation letter, called a PU letter. This will need to be issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office in China and made out to the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Additionally, if you hold a valid residence permit stamp in your passport that was issued prior to March 28th 2020 and that expired after this date you can now apply for a new visa to reenter China as long as you plan to resume your employment/residency there and have documentation supporting this. No PU letter will be required for this process.

Any China visa issued prior to March 28th, 2020 is currently invalid for entry into China.

The Non-business Visit visa is required if you are traveling to China for university lecture, seminar, conference or non-profit activities.

Fill out China Tourist visa application form online

and send the following documents to VisaHQ:
COVID-19 / Health Insurance for travel to China
  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Consulate. Please note that each page of your application MUST be printed SINGLE-SIDED only. Applications printed/signed double-sided will be rejected. If applicant is minor, the application form must be signed by both parents on PART 4 of page 4. One parent has to complete and sign PART 5.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages. If an applicant currently holds a Dual Citizenship, please provide passports for all nationalities listed on application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of residency. Copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Business invitation. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information: Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title; State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China; Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa); State who will bear the costs of the applicant's accommodations in China. A sample outline can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the "Consulate of China, Visa Section." The letter must contain the following information:
    • Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
    • Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
    • Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

    You will also need to provide a copy the host's Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

    Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker's status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members' living arrangements and expenses.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Additional Requirements. Host ID. A copy the host's Chinese ID (not Chinese passport), both front and back sides, or, if host is not a citizen of China, copies of their Chinese residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Proof of Kinship. If applicant is visiting family members (spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons/daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, and parents-in-law), please provide the ORIGINAL and photocopy of certification of kinship showing relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. These can include marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by the Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship. This visa is for family reunions and classified as Q1. Notarization instructions can be found here.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

  • Work permit. Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous passports. Copy of previous passports with all visas.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Business Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Complete itinerary. A copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary showing all intermediary countries between your destination and return to country of origin. The applicant's name must be on itinerary.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date.

  • Tourist invitation. If your travel is being organized by a tour group, an official signed and stamped tourist invitation can be used in place of the hotel reservation.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include a passport style photo, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Employment Invitation letter. A letter from the sponsoring company in the destination country. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy/Consulate of the destination country, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter must adhere to the following guidelines: briefly introduce the applicant; state the nature of the position being offered, salary structure, and duration of the contract.
    An ORIGINAL letter of invitation on company letterhead from the business host in the destination country stating the applicant's title, expertise, duties and responsibilities. It should indicate rationale for hiring the applicant as well as his/her salary, position and qualifications."

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Personal invitation. A copy of an Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit form. This is a special invitation that your host in China will need to obtain from their local Chinese government agency. The form needs to be addressed to the Embassy in "USA" or "Washington DC".

  • State Department Letter. A letter from the US Department of State, sending department, or agency, addressed to "Embassy of China, Washington D.C. ", explaining purpose of travel and dates of the trip. Letter must contain the applicant's name and the passport number.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Proof of residency. A copy of driver's license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant's name and current address.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, non-profit organization or Government a letter from the employer in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of the trip to China, have a job title and a job description.

  • Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account.

  • Original passport. Original, signed passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Foreign Expert Certificate. A copy of the Foreign Expert Certificate issued by the Chinese government.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation from your host in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Embassy of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The invitation must adhere to the following guidelines:
    • Briefly introduce the applicant, including your name as printed in your passport.
    • State the dates and length of your stay.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Proof of status. A NOTARIZED copy of Green Card (both sides) or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, US visa, H1B approval notice, etc. VisaHQ cannot assist US B1/B2 visa holders at this time.) Must have at least 6 months of remaining validity, no extensions accepted.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Itinerary. Copy of round trip tickets or detailed itinerary for the duration of the trip (Applicant's name must be on itinerary).

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Crew ID. Copy of the employee crew ID badge of the applicant.

  • Previous visas. If you no longer have possession of your previous Chinese visa you may include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. The issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

  • Additional Requirements. Crew Letter. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company OR an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

  • Passport copy. Photocopy of all passport pages. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date the visa application.

  • Passport-type photograph. Must be uploaded to your applicant profile.

  • Itinerary. The document attesting the travel booking of the whole group.

  • Proof of accommodation. The document attesting the accommodation booking of all the stops for the whole group.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Visa application form. For online orders, please download, print and sign China visa application, prepared by our system under your account. Application MUST be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted by the Embassy. Application forms cannot be double sided, please print on one side.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Photo must be 33mm wide and 48mm tall. Please see photo guidelines.

  • Driver's license. Copy of driver's license or state issued ID.

  • Health Declaration Form. Please complete one copy of the Health Declaration Form and provide it with the rest of your application documents.

  • Business Support Letter. If working for an NGO, a letter from the host organization in the United States. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", and signed by a senior manager. The letter should indicate the nature of work to be performed, the place of work, and the type and desired validity of the visa requested.

  • Invitation Letter. An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
    • Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    • Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    • Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual);
    • The letter should be printed on the inviting organizations letterhead stationery, addressed to "The Consulate of China, Visa Section", signed and stamped with the institution/company seal.

  • Additional Requirements. PU Letter: A copy of a PU letter issued by the Provincial Foreign Affairs office in China or relevant government authority in China authorizing issuance of a visa.

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Additional information
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Persons with occupation related to government, NGOs, and media
    Applicants with these occupations must submit a letter from their employer stating their job description and purpose of visit to China. The visa processing time may be extended to 8-10 business days for these applicants.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Additional requirements for Chinese applicants adopted by American parents
    Chinese passport. Applicant's ORIGINAL Chinese passport.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Parents' passports. Clear passport information page copies of both American parents.
    Certificate of adoption. A notarized certificate of adoption.
    Birth certificate. A copy of applicant's birth certificate (usually from U.S).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional required documents for minors
    Application form. The application form must be signed by both parents.
    Birth certificate. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate.
    Parents' passport copies. A copy of the information pages of both parents' signed passports.
    When applying for a child with Chinese parents, the applicant must also provide proof of parents' status in the United States.
  • Persons with occupation related to government, NGOs, and media
    Applicants with these occupations must submit a letter from their employer stating their job description and purpose of visit to China. The visa processing time may be extended to 8-10 business days for these applicants.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional documents for applicants staying longer than 180 days
    Form JW201 or JW202. Original and photocopy of the approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese school. The Foreign Student Visa Application Form must be signed by both the applicant and the school.
    Physical Examination Form. Applicants studying in China for more than 6 months, must submit a Physical Examination Form for Foreigner. The form must be filled out and signed by your physician. This form is available here.
  • Visa type and validity depend on the length of stay requested in the admission letter.
  • • Applicants studying for less than 6 months will be issued Type X2 visas valid for up to 6 months.
  • • Applicants studying for longer than 6 months will be issued a single entry Type X1 visa valid for 3 months. Once arriving at the school, these applicants will apply for a residency permit.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Additional requirements for Chinese applicants adopted by American parents
    Chinese passport. Applicant's ORIGINAL Chinese passport.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Parents' passports. Clear passport information page copies of both American parents.
    Certificate of adoption. A notarized certificate of adoption.
    Birth certificate. A copy of applicant's birth certificate (usually from U.S).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional required documents for minors
    Application form. The application form must be signed by both parents.
    Birth certificate. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate.
    Parents' passport copies. A copy of the information pages of both parents' signed passports.
    When applying for a child with Chinese parents, the applicant must also provide proof of parents' status in the United States.
  • Persons with occupation related to government, NGOs, and media
    Applicants with these occupations must submit a letter from their employer stating their job description and purpose of visit to China. The visa processing time may be extended to 8-10 business days for these applicants.
  • Additional Required Documents for Recently Naturalized Citizens
    Previous Passport. Your previous non-US passport.
    Naturalization Certificate. A copy of the naturalization certificate.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • The consular office will make the ultimate decisions on whether or not to grant a visa and allowed validity, duration of stay and number of entries based on individual application.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • For double entry the invitation letter has to mention that the traveler will be traveling twice and include the dates of travel.
  • Visas are valid for 30 days from the date of issue and must be used within 15 days.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Group visa is only valid for entering through following airports:
    Canton
    Chengdu
    Hangzhou
    Pechino
    Shanghai
  • Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
    Chinese name. The applicant's name written in Chinese characters.
    Proof of name change. If the applicant's name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
    Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. NOTE: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
    Green Card. Copy of applicant's old Green Card(s).
  • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
    You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and VisaHQ is unable to assist in these procedures.
  • China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
  • Details are as follows:
    According to the October 30th announcement from the Civil Aviation Administration, the General Administration of Customs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, all passengers who are flying from the United States to China must provide negative COVID-19 tests and an anti-body test issued within 48 hours before boarding any initial flight and within 48 hours of boarding any transit flight to China, starting on November 6th, 2020.
    1. In order to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of passengers, starting from 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight. The specific requirements are as follows:
    • I. Test Requirements
    1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.
    2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.
    3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.
    • II. Chinese Passengers Applying for Green Health Code with the "HS" Mark
    Chinese passengers must upload to the WeChat Health Code app the pictures of their negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results, which will be examined and verified by the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in U.S. Then they will receive the green health code with the "HS" mark. Passengers must present the green code within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    • III. Foreign Passengers Applying for Certified Health Declaration Form
    Foreign passengers must email the scanned copies of their negative results of the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests along with their passport information page and the signed health declaration form to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place), which will examine and verify the above information and email the certified health declaration form back to the passenger. Passengers are advised to print the form out and present it within its validity period to the airlines flying directly to China before boarding.
    Where to submit (for foreign passengers):
    1.Embassy in the United States (temporarily in charge of the consular district of the Consulate General in Houston): embchn@gmail.com
    2.Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com
    3.Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com
    4.Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online
    5.Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com
    • IV. Reminders
    Please read the requirements carefully and follow them accordingly. Failure to obtain the green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form with negative nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests results means you do not qualify for boarding the flight to China and will have to change your itinerary.
    For the convenience of getting tested, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. have not designated or authorized testing institutions. Please inquire of the testing institutions about the testing methods, report content, average time to deliver results and test prices.
    If you choose to go to China via connecting flights, you need to test twice. As tests are not available in the transit zones of major airports in transit countries, please use caution when choosing to fly to China via connecting flights. Passengers are advised to consult the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in the transit country about the latest policies on nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and entry requirements, and apply for a visa if necessary, to avoid getting stranded in the transit countries due to denial of entry or failure to get valid health code or health declaration form.
    International airports in the U.S. seldom have rapid testing capabilities. The testing institutions in U.S. the are scattered, and the time needed to deliver results is not guaranteed. Please use caution if considering transiting in the U.S.
    This Notice will take effect on 0:00 on November 6, 2020 Pacific Time. Applications submitted before that will be reviewed according to the requirements of the Notice on September 4. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones on health code, nucleic acid tests or other requirements, this Notice shall prevail.
    The Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential travels considering the infection risks and travel costs of international travels at this time. Please minimize visits to public spaces and facilities after testing, and take good personal protection to avoid infection.
    There has recently been a sharp increase of imported COVID-19 cases from the United States in China. Most of them can be traced to infection in transit, while a few are related to faulty operations of intermediary agencies and laboratories or to passengers' nonobservance of home quarantine requirements after testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) counted a total of nearly 17 million confirmed cases in the United States by December 18, and another 1.2 million to 2.3 million new cases are expected to be reported every week in early January 2021. To protect the health and safety of passengers and aircrew, and prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 in China, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States once again recommend travelers avoid all nonessential and non-urgent travels. Passengers who have urgent need of travel please follow the test guidelines and requirements listed below:
    I. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, IgM serum antibody test must be performed by medical professionals through venous blood sampling, and the test report should include the following terms: Serum, IgM, Venous, etc. Finger-prick blood testing is no longer accepted. The report also needs to clearly state testing methods, including: (1) Colloidal gold; (2) Chemiluminescence; (3) Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay; (4) Others, please specify.
    II. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, nucleic acid rt-PCR test report should include such terms as NAAT, RT-PCR, and specify sampling method, including: (1) Pharyngeal swab; (2) Nasopharyngeal swab; (3). Others, please specify.
    III. In order to prevent infection from long-distance travel after testing, passengers traveling to China must get their samples for the nucleic acid rt-PCR and IgM serum antibody tests collected at the departure city and vicinity of their direct flight to China. The specific arrangements are as follows.
    • 1. At present, direct flights from the United States to China fly from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and Dallas.
    • 2. Passengers must allow for the time to take pharyngeal or nasopharyngeal swabs, venous blood and other sampling in the departure city and vicinity of their flight and wait in place for the test results before the flight. Upon receiving the reports, passengers should upload them immediately to apply for the health code for boarding.
    • 3. Collected samples must be tested at a laboratory institution that is on the list released by the Chinese embassy and consulates. Please have prior confirmation with your sample collecting institution whether the samples are tested in such a laboratory. The list of laboratories will be announced soon and it will be adjusted from time to time. Please pay close attention to the notices and reminders on the websites of the Chinese embassy and consulates.
    • 4. When applying for the health code, flight itinerary and proof of sampling at flight departure city and vicinity (such as clinic report, letter of proof, sampling-site photos or receipts, etc.) should be uploaded alongside with test reports and other materials. If the system does not have a special upload window for flight itinerary and proof of sampling city, please upload them in the window for submitting test reports.
    • 5. Starting from 0:00 on December 23, 2020 Pacific Time, the Chinese embassy and consulates in the United States will only accept test results from the laboratories on the list, and they will be reviewed in conjunction with flight itinerary, sampling city, etc.
    • 6. The airlines are only required to check the health code for international flights to China, but if your flight contains a domestic leg, there is a possibility that some airlines have additional requirements or their staff have different understanding as to checking the code. Please check with your airlines in advance or choose not to go to your international departure city via connecting flights.
    IV. The Chinese embassy and consulates will verify the authenticity of test results with sample collecting and testing institutions. Passengers are advised to agree to disclosure of relevant information by the institutions to the Chinese embassy and consulates, including test results.
    V. Passengers are strongly recommended to take personal protection very seriously to avoid infection in travel to the departure city and during the stay before departure. Please minimize public contact after testing. Some states have put in domestic travel restrictions or stay-at-home order, passengers are advised to inquire about local regulations in advance and comply.
    VI. In case of any inconsistency between this Notice and the previous ones, this one shall prevail.
  • Visa Facilitation for Applicants Inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines (March 15, 2021)
    To resume people-to-people exchanges between China and other countries in an orderly way, starting from March 15, 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the United States will provide the following facilitation for visa applicants inoculated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines (having taken either two doses of inactivated vaccines with the stipulated gap in between, or a single-dose vaccine at least 14 days prior to the application) and obtained the vaccination certificate:
    1. Foreign nationals and their family members visiting the mainland of China for resuming work and production in various fields can prepare the application according to the requirement before the COVID-19 pandemic.
    2. The eligibility criteria for visa application “out of emergency humanitarian needs” will be broadened as appropriate. Foreign family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents, including spouse, parents, children and other close relatives living together (i.e. siblings, grandparents and grandchildren), may submit visa applications for the purposes of reuniting with family, taking care of the elderly, visiting relatives, attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives.
    3. Holders of valid APEC business travel cards may apply for the M visa by presenting the original valid APEC business travel card and the invitation letter issued by the inviting party in the mainland of China.
    For the above-mentioned three categories of applicants, please first send an email to visaoffice.dc@gmail.com for information about application procedures. Applicants are kindly reminded not to mail application documents to the visa office without prior consent by email from the Embassy, otherwise, your documents may be returned directly by the post office.
    Meanwhile, the airline boarding requirements by China for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results remain unchanged. After entering China, please abide by China’s regulations on quarantine and observation.
  • For double entry the invitation letter has to mention that the traveler will be traveling twice and include the dates of travel.

China Tourist visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidityProcessingEmbassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days4 business days$115.00$59.00$0.00$174.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 30 days3 business days$115.00$69.00$0.00$184.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (120 days stay)Up to 90 days10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (30 days stay)Up to 90 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entryUp to 90 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Single entry (15 days stay)Up to 30 days10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Double entry (30 days stay)Up to 180 days10-15 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entryUp to 10 years5 business days$140.00$99.00$0.00$239.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Multiple entry (10 days stay)Up to 5 years10 business days$145.00$209.00$0.00$354.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Diplomatic (30 days stay)Up to 90 days5 business days$0.00$209.00$0.00$209.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
Duration of Program (365 days stay)Up to 1 year10 business days$145.00$179.00$0.00$324.00
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$174.00
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10 business days
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$324.00
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10 business days
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$324.00
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Frequently Asked Questions about China visa

  • Do I need a visa to visit mainland of the destination country?
    Foreign citizens generally need a visa to visit China's mainland with the exception of visa-free entry according to relevant agreements and regulations. (See Exemption of visa for more information.)
  • I am a U.S. citizen, can I apply for a visa to the destination country at the port of entry?
    U.S. citizens must obtain a visa before arrival in China. You are not eligible for a landing visa.
  • I have received my visa, but there will be a change in my trip plan. Do I need to apply for a change of the visa type or validity?
    Once your visa application is processed and approved, you will not be able to change a visa type or validity unless you request the visa be voided by the Visa Office and apply and pay for a new one. If you have entered China, you should apply to the local Public Security authority for a change in visa type or an extension of stay or validity. Your application will be considered by the Public Security authority in accordance with relevant Chinese Laws and Regulations.
  • I get a new passport, but I have a valid visa to the destination country in my old passport. Can I travel with both passports to the destination country without applying for a new visa?
    Yes, you may travel with both passports provided that your visa is still valid and the personal details including your name, sex, date of birth and nationality on both passports are exactly the same.
  • I have received my visa. Is there a guarantee that I will be allowed to enter the destination country?
    A visa is not a guarantee to enter China. The decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter China is made at a port of entry by Chinese Border Control authority in accordance with Chinese Laws and Regulations.

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    Allowed
    • Tobacco productsCigarettes – 400 The amount of cigarettes increases to up to 600 if staying more than 6 months
    • Alcoholic beverages– 2 Bottles The alcohol limit doubles to 4 bottles if staying over 6 months
    • Reasonable amount of perfume
    Restricted
    • Amongst the items requiring permission to enter China include TV’S, Computers, washing machine and other electrical goods.
    • Cats, dogs and other small animals will require a vaccination prior to being allowed to enter the country
    Prohibited
    • Guns and Ammunition
    • Explosives and Explosive Materials
    • Radio Receivers/Transmitters
    • Knives and similar dangerous cutting weapons
    Allowed
    • No information available
    Restricted
    • No information available
    Prohibited
    • Arms and Ammunition
    • Explosives and material required to build them.
    • Radio receivers/transmitters
    • Precious jewels and metals – UNLESS previously declared.
    • Pornographic material
    • Beef
    • Sheep/Lamb meat
    • Fruit and certain vegetables – Tomatoes and Red peppers etc
    • Valuable animals, plants and seeds
    • Any written or recorded material which could endanger Chinese national security
    Basic health information for travelers
    • A yellow fever vaccination is required from all travellers arriving within six days of leaving an infected area.
    • Water should be considered safe in the major cities but should be boiled for safety in the more rural areas. Visitors are advised to check the state of the water before drinking and to stick to bottled water if travelling in more remote parts of the country.
    • Meat, vegetables and other hot meals should be well cooked before being eaten to avoid the risk of disease.
    • There have been intermittent cases of pneumonic plague throughout the country. Hand, foot and mouth diseases have sprung up during the summer months. Parents visiting the country during this period should take care to vaccinate their children prior to flight to avoid the possibility of infection.
    • Rabies is present in large parts of the country. Visitors should avoid contact with wild animals which might contain the infection and to keep small children away from them at all times. If bitten, the wound should be cleaned with plenty of fresh water and checked medically for any signs of infection.
    • Haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome is endemic. Hepatitis A and B are highly endemic in the country and should be vaccinated against.
    • AIDS is present in the country and travellers should take all necessary precautions if engaging in sexual activity. Travellers should avoid swimming in unclean water sources i.e. streams and pools which may contain risks of disease. Tuberculosis and Dengue fever is also present in much of the country.
    • Visitors should check the environmental conditions prior to visiting. Travellers visiting a hot region should take along plenty of sun protection and bottled water. Alternatively, many regions of China involve visiting areas of high altitude and may cause health problems for travellers suffering from heart disease or high blood pressure. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue and general illness. Travellers suffering these or similar symptoms should rest then move immediately to a lower altitude to avoid additional symptoms and seek medical aid if required.
    • Medical facilities in most major hospitals are excellent although standards may fall slightly in the more rural areas of the country. Medical costs are reasonable but travel and medical insurance is advised.
    Basic security information for travelers
    • Violent theft in major street markets and in big cities in general is reported to be on the rise with money and passports being the main targets for would be thieves. Travellers should take care of their belongings at all times when travelling around the country and should be careful when visiting the countries clubs and bars.
    • Various cons involving fake cash and over pricing taxis have been reported and visitors should take special care when travelling via taxis in the big cities.
    • Visitors should avoid any scenes of conflict which may occur between the government and protesters. The protesters have the potential to turn violent and travellers are advised to stay well away from any potential scenes of violence and to keep a copy of their passport with them at all times in case of stoppage by the security services. Travellers planning to visit Tibet should check the political and legal situation in the country prior to flying out has there have been continual acts of violence in the region and may be restricted from entry. Taping or taking pictures of protests or government buildings may be confiscated by the security forces.
    • Travellers navigating the country on their own should beware of the risk of encountering thieves and bandits in the more remote parts of the country alongside the sometimes dangerous natural environment. Much of the country exists at a high altitude and visitors should thoroughly check their intended destinations environmental conditions prior to flight.
    • Many regions of the country are subject to a wide variety of natural disasters including Earthquakes, Flooding and Typhoons. In recent years Earthquakes measuring up to 7.1 on the Richter scale have been reported with much additional loss of life and property. Visitors to the country who are caught up in an Earthquake should stay calm and immediately report their situation to the nearest foreign embassy.
    • Parts of central, southern and western China, particularly those bordering the Yangtze River, are vulnerable to flooding and landslides. Roads, houses and other native infrastructure have been badly affected and visitors are advised to avoid these areas where possible and to check for any water based diseases if trapped in the vicinity of the flooding. The tropical cyclone season in China normally runs from May to November and should be avoided. All visitors to the country should check the environment of the region of the country they are planning to visit prior to their flight.
    • There are restrictions on certain religious activities, including preaching and distributing religious materials. The Falun Gong movement is also banned in China. Homosexuality is not formally outlawed in the country but may be frowned upon in public. Some culturally important areas like museums ban photographs from being taken and travellers should ask local sources if uncertain.
    Chinese Customs contact information
    For further assistance please contact the Chinese Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.

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    For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Chinese Embassy.

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