The most popular type of China visa,
an L visa is also known as a tourist
visa. It is issued to those who visit
China for tourist purposes, family visit
or other personal matters.
Also known as business visa, an F visa
is issued to applicants who are invited
to China for business, research, lecture,
scientific-technological and culture
exchanges, short-term advanced studies
or intern practice for a period of no
more than six months.
A work visa, it is issued to those who
are hired by Chinese companies to work
or teach in China, and their accompanying
A student visa, issued to applicants
who go to China for the purpose of study,
advanced studies or intern practice
for a period of more than six months.
Issued to crewmembers on international
aviation, navigation and land transportation
missions and family members accompanying
them on China-bound flight.
Issued to those who transit through
China. American passport holders must
obtain a transit visa to transit through
all Chinese airports except Pudong International
Airport in Shanghai.
Issued to applicant who is to reside
permanently in China.
Issued to foreign resident correspondents
Issued to foreign correspondents on
temporary interview missions in China.
Single Entry - You can enter China ONCE
on this visa.
Double Entry - You can enter China ONCE
or TWICE on this visa.
Multiple Entry - You can enter China
as many times as you need within 6 months.
This visa requires approval from the
PRC (China) Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A single entry Chinese visa is valid
for 3 months from the date of issue,
and a double entry visa is valid for
6 months. A China visa holder must enter
China before the expiration date for
the visa to remain valid.
The duration of stay is specified on
a Chinese visa. Chinese visa holders
must not stay beyond the specified date
without extending their visas. Otherwise,
they will be subject to stiff penalties.
Chinese Visa Authorities:
Foreign citizens can obtain a China
visa from Chinese embassies, consulates,
visa offices, and the consular department
of the office of Chinese Foreign Ministry.
For further information, please consult
the nearest China visa authorities in