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                                  China Tourist Visa (L)

                                  Most travelers to China are required to get a China tourist visa, L visa for short, which allows them to travel freely in most parts of China as tourists, assuming that they do not qualify under the visa-free policies of China. Passports, application form, and documents showing the itinerary or an invitation letter from China are the essential application documents.

                                  Sample of China Tourist Visa
                                  Sample of China Tourist Visa

                                  In most cases, a tourist can get a single entry L visa with a stay duration of 30 days. UK, US, Canadian, and Argentine citizens are able to get a 10-year China tourist visa with multiple entries.

                                  If travelling with an organized tour group, you might not have an individual visa in your passport.  Instead, the tour group will be issued a group tour visa bearing all the members' names. In such situations supply your details to the travel agency beforehand and you will have no further concerns.

                                  If travelling independently, you need to handle visa affairs on your own. The process is not complicated if you follow the guidelines below.

                                  China Tourist Visa Requirements & Documents

                                  1. Passport

                                  - Your passport  with at least 6 months remaining validity and available blank pages, and a photocopy of passport's data page.

                                  2. Application Form

                                  - One accurately completed China Tourist Visa Application Form. Please fill in every column of the application form, using "N/A" if not applicable. If the application form is not filled out truthfully, completely and legibly, there could be a delay in processing or refusal of the application.

                                  3. Recent Photo

                                  - A recent passport-size color photo with white background attached to the application form.

                                  4. Round-trip Tickets Plus Hotel Bookings or Invitation Letter from China

                                  - Documents showing the itinerary including proof of round trip tickets booking and proof of hotel reservation.
                                  - Or, if you are being invited to China, you can submit an invitation letter issued by the inviter, whether it's an entity or individual, with following information:
                                  a. Information on the applicant, including full name, gender, and date of birth.
                                  b. Information on the planned visit, including arrival and departure dates, place(s) of visit.
                                  c. Information on the inviter, including name, contact number, address, official stamp, and signature of the legal representative of the entity or the inviting individual.

                                  5. Other Supporting Documents

                                  a. For those not applying in their country of citizenship, a proof of legal stay or residence status is required.
                                  b. In some cases, applicants may need to submit a certification letter from the employer of the applicant with details as follows: name and contact number of the employer, the applicant's income statement, or original copy of recent 6-month bank statement of the applicant.
                                  c. Applicants who intend to travel to Tibet must obtain a Tibet Travel Permit, which can be obtained from Tourism Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region by travel agencies.

                                  China Tourist Visa Requirements
                                  China Tourist Visa Requirements

                                  How to Get a Chinese Tourist Visa

                                  With all the required documents at hand, you can go to Chinese embassies, consulates, Chinese diplomatic missions, or a Chinese Visa Application Center (CVASC) if there are any in your country to submit the application in person. If you can't go personally, you can entrust someone else,such as a travel agency or a visa agency to act on your behalf. An appointment is not mandatory. Applications by mails are not accepted and will be refused at most Chinese embassies or consulates. In countries with CVASCs, applicants may be able to apply by post, or submit applications based on an online appointment via the website of CVASC.

                                  Processing Time

                                  It normally takes 4 working days for processing a China travel visa. For express service, an additional fee of USD 20 will be charged for two or three working day service. For rush service, an additional fee of USD30 will be charged for same-day service.

                                  Chinese Tourist Visa Cost

                                  The visa costs vary depending on your nationality and number of entries. However, according to the Visa Fee Abolition Agreement, the nationals of following several countries can get a visa for free, but must pay for express service, rush service or mail service: Pakistan, Maldives, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia and Micronesia. For major countries, the fee is listed below.

                                  China Travel Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
                                  Single Entry USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
                                  Double Entries USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5
                                  Multi Entries for 6 Months USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 169.5
                                  Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 229.5

                                  Click on China Visa Fees for more information.

                                  China Tourist Visa Extension

                                  If you need to stay in China past the allowed stay duration on your visitor visa, you can apply for an extension at the local Exit and Entry Administration of China seven days before your L visa expires. Your passport, a visa application form with your recent color photo attached, a registration of temporary residence, and your travel itinerary will be required for submission. If your application is approved, you can get an extended stay not exceeding the original stay duration on your visa.

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                                  - Last modified on Dec. 30, 2020 -
                                  Questions & Answers on China Tourist Visa
                                  Asked by Bamisedun Rilwan from NIGERIA | Dec. 23, 2020 00:08Reply
                                  Do you do tourist group visa
                                  Are you an agency, need to apply for a group tourist visa
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Dec. 30, 2020 22:10

                                  Sorry, we don't provide group tourist visa service.
                                  Asked by Josh from CANADA | Dec. 14, 2020 22:33Reply
                                  Do I need a brand new Chinese Tourist Visa to enter China from the land border from North Korea?
                                  Hi all,

                                  I know things are changing with what is going on and do plan of going around 2022-2023. I have an inquiry. I currently have a valid Canadian Passport but my Chinese Visa is on my Old Canadian Passport and it's still valid and not expired. Had no problem entering China by air. For this situation, will I be required to get a brand new Chinese Visa if I'm entering the land border from North Korea. For example, I'm going from Pyongyang to Dandong. Entering China, will they allow me to enter with my current passport with the Chinese Visa on my old passport (Chinese Visa is valid on old passport) or will I need to get a brand new Chinese Tourist Visa on my current passport to enter the land border in Dandong?

                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Kevin | Dec. 17, 2020 19:01

                                  You can enter China with old passport which has the China visa if the passport is still valid.
                                  Asked by Haezel from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 11, 2020 14:15Reply
                                  Travel inquiry
                                  Hi, I am planning to go in china as soon as they open borders for tourist. Me and my fiancé haven’t meet yet in person, is it possible for him to send an invitation letter for me so I can travel in china? I will be living in his place as soon as I get there. How will this work?
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Linda | Dec. 17, 2020 18:53

                                  Haezel, after China opens its border for tourists, he can send you an invitation letter to help you to get a visa so that you can travel in China. You can stay at his place when in China.
                                  Asked by ilahibux from PAKISTAN | Nov. 30, 2020 02:23Reply
                                  when visiting visa will be available for china?
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Nancy | Dec. 03, 2020 19:51

                                  Dear, no one knows this at present.
                                  Asked by NOOR from CANADA | Nov. 14, 2020 21:12Reply
                                  When is China opening up L VISA ENTRY
                                  Answers (1)
                                  Answered by Kevin | Nov. 16, 2020 00:48

                                  It's unknown at present, but I guess it should be after the global epidemic situation is well controlled.
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