China visa application and requirements


                            China Visa

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Tourist visa
Health Declaration E-form
Business visa
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Tourist Visa
for fingerprint exempt travelersrequired
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Chinese Visa Center accepts only emergency applications at this time.

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 re-enter 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.

Have your China visa application reviewed by a specialist

and bring the following documents to the appointment:

Visa Application Form. (the form's number must starts from 'YOW'). The 2013 edition of the application form is not applicable right now. Therefore, please must complete the online application form
Original, signed Canada passport with at least 6 months of remaining validity.
Passport photo. A digital copy of the photo should be uploaded together with the application form
Proof of legal residence status. Applicable for those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship
Previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas. Applicable for those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship
Itinerary. Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and either hotel confirmation, or an invitation letter for tourism (including itinerary details) issued by a relevant unit or individual in China.
Invitation letter. The invitation  letter should contain:
1. Information of the applicant (incl. full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.);
2. Information regarding the planned visit (incl. purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relationship between the applicant and the inviting party, accommodation arrangements, and details of any financial support to be provided during the stay in China);
According to the July 20 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 issued within three days before boarding, starting on September 15, 2020.

China Entry Guidelines and COVID Testing Procedure
Details are as follows:

1. Foreign citizens who are scheduled for direct flights from the United States to China should take COVID-19 nucleic acid tests within 3 days of boarding a plane. For instance, if a passenger is to board on October 10, the issuance date of the certificate should be between October 7 and 10.

The negative certificate needs to be emailed or submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates General in the U.S. according to the consular jurisdiction that the testing facility belongs to (map, consular jurisdiction of the Consulate-General in Houston) once it is issued (no later than 24 hours before boarding in the U.S.), along with the scanned copy of the valid passport information page and the signed health declaration (see the attachment below the notice):

Embassy in the United States (temporarily taken over the work of the Consulate-General in Houston):

Consulate General in New York:

Consulate General in San Francisco:

Consulate General in Los Angeles: Please click here to submit online

Consulate General in Chicago:

It usually takes one business day to process the health declaration. If the certificate submitted needs to be verified with the issuing agency, the processing time will be extended accordingly. After approval, the scanned copy of the health declaration will be emailed back to the passenger and needs to be printed out and carried throughout the journey. The health declaration is valid through the third day after the issuance date of the nucleic acid test certificate. Passengers are advised to travel before it expires and be prepared for checking by the airlines before boarding.

2. Foreign citizens who are to fly from the U.S. to China and transit in a third country or region shall follow the requirements stated in the notice on August 12. However, starting from September 15, the COVID-19 nucleic acid tests should be taken within THREE days before boarding in the transit country. For instance, if a passenger is to board on October 10, the issuance date of the negative certificate should be between October 7 and 10.

3. Foreign citizens who are to transit in the U.S. before flying to China shall present to the airlines a Health Declaration Form, which shall be verified by the Chinese Embassy or Consulates in the country of departure.

4. Foreign citizens are advised to confirm with an eligible institution or hospital on the issuing date of the negative report before scheduling a trip. The Chinese Embassy and Consulates General have not designated specific institutions to perform the nucleic acid test. Test result certificates issued by eligible medical or testing institutions are currently accepted. At present, only the COVID-19 nucleic acid RT-PCR Test negative report is accepted - antibody tests or serology tests аrе NОТ accepted.
Additional required documents for former Chinese nationals
The Consulate of China in Canada requires former Chinese nationals to submit their original Chinese passport (even if expired) in order to acquire a visa. They may also ask for original Canadian Citizenship Certificate/Card. Please call our toll-free line to double check what requirements you need to supply.
Additional requirements for applicants born in Hong Kong
Original ID. Applicant's Original Hong Kong ID.
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.
Persons with a Criminal Record
If a person has a criminal record, the Chinese Embassy requires a personal letter stating the following information:
• State that you will not commit any criminal activity while in China.
• State that you will adhere to the laws in China.
• Explain the criminal activity.
Persons with Occupation Related to Media
If you are a media professional or employed by a media company, even if you are not traveling for business purposes, you must submit a letter from your employer on company letterhead and your own letter, indicating that you are not traveling on company business and will not be performing any media related work.
Embassy fees

Regular service:

Multiple entry (10 years) - $162.15

Express service:

Multiple entry (10 years) - $228.7

Appointment notes.

• Please make sure that application forms are not printed on double-sided paper.

• Please do not send us your documents, just upload the copies to your profile

• Starting January 1-st, 2019 all Chinese consulates in Canada will require each visa applicant to be PERSONALLY PRESENT at the consulates for fingerprints submission.

• Please note that embassy appointments can only be booked two weeks in advance, and for set times.

Our services include proofing application forms and supporting documents review. We can also provide submission service for people over 70 and under 14, or for those who have already been fingerprinted in Canada between today's date and January 1st, 2019. Clients will still have to PAY the Embassy fee at the time of submission of the applications.

China tourist visa fees for citizens of Canada, residing in New Brunswick

Multiple entry
  • Validity: up to 10 years
  • Processing: 4 business weeks
  • Total cost: 330.52 
    China visa help
    Cost calculation
    Our service: 149.00HST: 19.37 Total cost: 330.52
  • Validity: up to 10 years
  • Processing: 3 business days
  • Total cost: 543.97 
    China visa help
    Cost calculation
    Our service: 279.00HST: 36.27 Total cost: 543.97
Maximum stay in China: 60 days  
China visa help Maximum stay refers to the number of days allowed on a single visit.
Maximum stay in China: 60 days
China visa help Maximum stay refers to the number of days allowed on a single visit.
The Consulate of China is currently not accepting Next-Day applications.
China visa for citizens of Canada is required. For more information please contact the nearest China embassy.

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