China visa application and requirements

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Tourist visa
not required
Tourist visa
over 15 daysrequired
Business visa
not required
Business visa
over 15 daysrequired
Journalist visa
required
Work visa
required
Transit visa
not required


A visa is not required for stays not exceeding 15 days. The traveler must:

Hold a passport valid a least six months on entry with two blank visa pages.
Hold proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay.
Hold all documents required for the next destination.
Hold proof of a confirmed onward/return flight within 15 days of arrival.

Confirm with the airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change.

For stays exceeding 15 days, a visa is required and must be obtained prior to arrival.
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): embchn@gmail.com

Consulate General in New York: cnnyhdf@gmail.com

Consulate General in San Francisco: health.sfconsulate@gmail.com

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

Consulate General in Chicago: 12308chicago@gmail.com

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.

China tourist visa is not required for citizens of Singapore for a stay up to 15 days.

China visa is required for

Mostly requested by citizens of United States, Canada and United Kingdom
Good news if tourist visa is the correct choice for the purpose of your trip to China.

Start with "What visa type do I need?" question right above the tabs on the left and review corresponding requirements. If you have any doubts, please contact our customer service.

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  • Confirm if transit visa is required for any connections.

    Check with your airline in case you have connecting flights overseas as part of your journey to China. It may be the case that countries you pass through en route to your destination may require a separate transit visa. Please refer to visa requirements of the specific country.

  • China visa for citizens of Singapore is required. For more information please contact the nearest China embassy.

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