- rTourist visarequired
- rGroup E-visarequired
- rBusiness visarequired
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.
Please ensure every traveler has paid for a visa in order to be listed on the group approval.
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.
Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for
A visa is not required for this destination.
Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for Tourist visa
Additional steps you may take:
- Check the current validity of your passport and the availability of blank visa pages
- Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of China
Take advantage of our extensive embassy and consular database to find the nearest one. Upon contacting the embassy confirm the required documents, the time it takes to process the visa and whether the consulate accepts applications by mail.
- Visas are valid for 30 days from the date of issue and must be used within 15 days.
- Check visa
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We take our job seriously. All passports that are submitted to VisaHQ for processing are covered for up to $500 against any loss or damage. If you choose FedEx when applying online, we will even cover your passport in transit to us and from us to you.
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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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- 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
- Guns and Ammunition
- Explosives and Explosive Materials
- Radio Receivers/Transmitters
- Knives and similar dangerous cutting weapons
- No information available
- Arms and Ammunition
- Explosives and material required to build them.
- Radio receivers/transmitters
- Precious jewels and metals – UNLESS previously declared.
- Pornographic material
- 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
- 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.
- 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.