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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 all required items below accordingly:

1 Actual passport, plus a photocopy of the name page
2 Proof of Residence
A photocopy of the driver's license or major utility bill with your name and address is required.
3 One recent passport-type photograph
4 Fill out China Online Visa Application Form (COVA) online
5 Submit the Visa Service Request Form Online
6 Payment for visa processing, service and shipping
Chose A
Service Level
Time needed
All Fees
Review and Prepare
Consular Processing
Embassy Fee
Service Fee
Price Regular Pre-check Only Service
5-10 days
From $149*
Price Express Pre-check Only Service
1-5 days
From $259*
Price Regular Service (Pre-check+Submission)
5-10 days
2 - 3 Weeks*
From $249*
Price Express Service (Pre-check+Submission)
1-5 days
1 Week*
$210 - $222
From $349*


7 Where You Stay Form
8 Photocopy of Your Previous Chinese Visa


9 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 for the whole duration. 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 are required. If the inviter is holding Z visa, a copy of work permit card is also required.
What kind of flight and hotel confirmation is acceptable?
Click for a sample invitation letter (in English) or sample invitation letter (in Chinese)
Please refer to the link below for samples and hints and guideline on how to comply with the new requirement:
A 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.
B Additional requirement for Chinese descendants
Pre-check Available Pre-check by email before mailing