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China Tourist Visa Application Requirements (L Visa)

China Tourist visa is issued to those who intend to go to China for touring, sightseeing or visiting friends. It is usually issued for up to 60 days stay per visit and multiple entry valid up to 10 years for US passport holder, while it is usually issued up to 60 days stay per visit but only for single or double entry valid for 3 or 6 months for non-US passport holder. 10 years visa is not guaranteed. Chinese Consulate may issue you a visa with limited entry, shorter duration and validity at their discretion. In order to apply for China Tourist Visa, please prepare and send in your application according to the detail requirement explained below.

Please prepare your application paperwork according to the instruction below

1 Actual passport, plus a photocopy of the name page
  • Passport should have sufficient validity left. Minimum 6 months validity beyond travel date is required for single entry visa, 12 months validity is required for multiple entry. If you need passport services, please visit our expedited passport services section.
  • Visa will be issued in the passport. Passport must have at least 2 blank visa pages. The last 3 pages in US passports are amendment pages, reserved by the US Department of State for amendment to the passport. They won't be acceptable for visas. If your passport has no blank visa pages left, you must renew your passport first. Please visit our expedited passport services section, if passport service is needed.
  • If you have a valid China visa in another passport, you will need to submit that passport together with the new passport when applying for a new visa. A photocopy of that visa and passport is also required.
  • Non-US passport holders must provide a notarized photocopy of the proof of legal stay or residence status in the US, such as Green Card or a valid long term US residence visa.
2 One China Visa Application Form per person
  • Please fill out the application form online.
  • Print out the downloaded PDF file after the submission and sign both the confirmation page and the last page of application form.
  • Please print out and submit only single-sided pages of the application, not back to back.
  • Remarks: You won't be able to edit the information after you submit the form. Please check all information carefully before submission.
3 One recent passport-type photograph

Please refer to the link for China visa photo specific requirement.

4 Round-trip flight and hotel confirmation OR invitation letter
  • Photocopy of round-trip flight confirmation. Please highlight your name.
  • Hotel confirmation with applicant name as guest. Please highlight your name.
  • Do not staple them together. Paper clip is fine.
  • If you are visiting someone in China and don't have hotel reservation, please provide an invitation letter.
  • Invitation letter must include the following items:
    (a) Personal information of the application: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.
    (b) Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China.
    (c) Information of the inviter: name of the individual, phone number, address and signature of the inviter.
  • If an invitation letter is provided, a photocopy of inviting person's Chinese Identity card's (Shenfengzhen) both sides is required. If the inviter is not a Chinese citizen, a photocopy of the inviter's passport, together with a photocopy of inviter's China residence permit is required.
What kind of flight and hotel confirmation is acceptable?
Click for a sample invitation letter.
Please refer to the link below for samples and hints and guideline on how to comply with the new requirement:
5 Submit the online Visa Service Request Form
  • Specify your return address by submitting the service request form online. It's OK that your mailing address is different from your home address.
  • Specify your email address so that confirmation and status update can be sent to you via email during the process.
  • Multiple applicants can be entered using one service request form.
  • Please print two copies of the confirmation page.
  • Please include one copy with the documents you ship to us and keep one copy for your record.
6 Payment for visa processing, service and shipping
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Service Level
Time needed
All Fees
Embassy Fee
Service Fee
Price Pre-check Service
1 day
1 - 5
Price Regular Service
1 day
1 day
Price Express Service
1 day
1 day
Price Express Plus Service
1 day
1 day
  • Only application pre-check service is available.
  • Please email us the service request confirmation number once submitted.
  • We will email you a invoice for the payment.
  • You may pay service fee by credit card online. Credit card payment is subject to 3.6% surcharge.
7 Additional requirement based on jurisdiction
  • Although the requirement for Chinese visa largely remains the same across different Chinese Consulates, there are some special rules pertaining to each different Consulate. Click here to see if there is additional requirement for your jurisdiction.
8 Additional requirement for minor
  • Applicants of age 18 and under need to provide a photocopy of their birth certificate and both parents' passport name page.
  • One of the parents must sign the application form using parent's name in both section 4 and 5.
  • Minor applicant may be required to provide a notarized letter of consent from the parent, if that parent is not applying for the visa at the same time.
9 Additional requirement for Chinese descendants


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To prevent delay caused by any errors or omissions, please email us at: a scanned copy or images of the complete application paperwork for a pre-check. We will email you the detailed shipping instruction once the pre-check is completed.