How Much is a Chinese Visa (2023)

Latest China Visa News Updated on March 15, 2021:

1. New visa policy to mainland China for foreigners in Macau

According to official notice on March 15, foreigners reside in Macau, permanent and non-permanent both included, can apply for all types of Chinese Visa to visit China. All applicants must provide a proof of at least 28 days’ continuous stay in Macau before submitting the application. Besides, foreigners who have been vaccinated the Chinese-made COVID-19 Vaccines, finished 2 doses or over 14 days after the first dose, and take a valid certificate of vaccination issued by Macau Health Bureau can also apply for all categories of visas to visit China.

Please note that, all qualified applicants are required to fill out an application and make reservation for specific submission date online. For more helpful details, please refer to the official website ( for further guidance and check.

2. Transit and transfer flights from Hong Kong International Airport to other Chinese cities remains unavailable at present.

3. Since November 2020, Chinese Embassy in UK, France, Russia, Belgium, Philippines, India, Ukraine and Bangladesh have announced that, non-Chinese nationals’ entry into China will be suspended if he/she comes from above countries though holding a valid Chinese Visa or Residence Permit. Visitors from other countries can refer to entry news updated on September 23, 2020.

4. From 00:00 September 28, 2020, foreign visitors holding valid Chinese residence permits in three categories (work, personal matters and family reunion) can enter China without reapplying for a China Visa. For those whose residence permit already expired after 00:00 March 28, 2020, and purpose of visiting remains the same can submit the overdue permit and related materials to apply for a new China Visa.

5. China’s temporary suspension of entry policy issued on March 26 continues to take effect. That is, Tourist Visa, the On-arrival Visa, 24/72/144-hour Transit Visa Free... will all be suspended during the coronavirus period. You can enter China if you belong to one the three situations: hold diplomatic, Service and Courtesy, C Visa; granted China Visa for scientific/technological matters, urgent humanitarian needs and new Chinese Visa issued after March 28, 2020.

China Discovery will still focus on and update the visa and entry policy of China for you!

In general, most visitors are required to pay for China Visa Application unless you meet requirements of China Visa Free Policy. So far, there are 4 ways to submit China Visa Application, accordingly, different kinds of fees incurred. Among all the expenses, China Visa Fee is the basic cost, additional service charge and shipping fee will be collected, if your submission made to China Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) and choose postal service.

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China visa fee varies from different nationalities, number of entries and duration of stay, visa types and visiting destinations in China. Check the detailed price guide below to know how much does a China Visa cost, prepare sufficient fee and make the payment correctly for your China Visa Application.

How Much A Chinese Visa Cost - China Visa Application Fee

The Chinese Visa Application Fee is charged by Chinese Embassy or Consulate General at a local currency rate, including visa processing of regular, express and rush services. Whether you apply for China Visa from visa section/office of Chinese Embassy and Consulate, at China Visa Application Center in the residing country or at port of entry upon arrival in China, each applicants have to pay certain amount of visa fees. Chinese visa fee is largely different for different nationals, application for visa types (entry visa before departure or visa on arrival), number of entries and duration of stay.

China Visa Application Fees for Different Nationalities

NationalityNumber of EntriesRegular ApplicationExpress Application Rush Application
US Citizens Single Entry
Double Entries
Multiple Entries for 6 Months
Multiple Entries for 1 Year & above
US$140 US$165 US$177
UK Citizens £85 £104 -
Canada Citizens Can$100 Can$135 Can$150
Others Citizens
(Australian, Indian...)
Single Entry US$30 US$55 US$67
Double Entries US$45 US$70 US$82
Mutiple Entries for 6 Months US$60 US$85 US$97
Mutiple Entries for 1 Year & above US$90 US$115 US$127

Attention: ①. Submission to Chinese Embassy or Consulate: visa fee only. ②. Submission to Service Center: visa fee + service fee + mail-back fee (optional & only valid for regular application). ③. Visa fees of China Tourist Visa (L Visa), Business Visa (M Visa) and common types costs the same. ④. Application service fee is charged by CVASC at local currency rate. ⑤ The visa fees are listed from official websites for reference only, fees for long time and the third countries may vary from the fees above, are subject to change and explain by the Chinese Embassy or the Consulate General. You should check from official authority for updated fees.

Regular China Visa Fees (for mainland China)

US Passport Holders: $140 (USD) for all types of visas and single/double/multiple entry visa to China;

Canadian Passport Holders: $100 (CAD) for all types of visas and single/double/multiple entry visa to China;

UK Passport Holders: £85 for all visa types, £170 for 5-year Multiple Entries, £255 for 10-year Multiple Entries;

Indian Passport Holders: Single Entry: Rs3900, Double Entry: Rs5850, Multiple Entries for 6 Months: Rs7800, Multiple Entries for 1 Year and above: Rs11700, Group Visa: Rs2400 per person;

Third Country Passport Holders: Single Entry: US$30, Double Entry: $45, Multiple Entries for 6 Months: $60, Multiple Entries for 1 Year and above: $90.

Visa Fees for Special Visa Types

Group Visa: $40 per visa for all citizens, and about $110 for US Citizens applying as group tourists.

10 Year China Visa: £255 for British, $180 for American, ARS 2400 for Argentine, NIS 100 for Israel.

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So far, the 10 year long-term China Visa is only apply to nationals from US, UK, Canada, Argentina and Israel.

China Visa on Arrival (Port Visa): 168 RMB for most citizens, about 314 RMB for UK Passport Holders.

The China Landing Visa Fee differs from nationalities and is charged by the port exit & entry office in local Chinese currency, Renminbi (RMB). US and French Passport Holders are not eligible for China Port Visa, except for certain visa-free cases. Contact us to check if you can apply for China Entry Visa upon arrival.

Extra Charges for Expedited Service

Normally, it takes about 4 business days to finish processing the visa application in Regular Service Application. If you want to get a urgent Chinese visa fast and quickly, you can pay to accelerate the processing of the visa. Additional processing service fee will be taken by the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General accordingly. Express Application Service needs extra $25 and Rush Application Service costs $37.

Processing Time & Pick-up Date

* Regular Service: 4 working days, a normal standard

* Express Service: 2~3 working days, can be collected on the 2~3rd working day

* Rush Service: 1 working day, can be collected in the same day (must submit before 12:00pm) or next day

Note: 1.) Mail Application in Australia can NOT use rush service. It usually takes about 10 working days to process the mail application. 2.) Extra processing time will be needed , if the visa officer require the applicants to submit supplementary documents, or an interview. 3.) Express or Rush Service is not valid in some countries.

Visa Fee for Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet

Hong Kong and Macau Visa Fees

An Chinese Visa is only valid for visiting mainland China, while Hong Kong and Macau SARs own separate visa regulations. Nationals from 170 countries are exempted from visa to Hong Kong, and citizens of 79 countries can travel to Macau visa free, within certain duration of stay. Other visitors are required to apply for a entry visa/permit to travel or transit in the two regions in China. (Check Hong Kong / Macua Visa Waiver policy to find out if you need a visa or not.)

Hong Kong & Macau Visa Application Requirements for Different Nationalities

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NationalityHong Kong Visa Required or NotPermitted Duration of StayMacau Visa Required or NotPermitted Duration of Stay
US CitizensVisa Free90 daysVisa Free30 days
UK CitizensVisa Free180 daysVisa Free30 days
Canadian CitizensVisa Free90 daysVisa Free30 days
Australian CitizensVisa Free90 days Visa Free 30 days
Indian CitizensVisa Free ((Online Pre-arrival Regiatration is Required)14 days Visa Free 30 days
Pakistan CitizensVisa RequiredBased on ApplicationVisa Required Based on Application

Hong Kong & Macau SAR Visa Fees: 1.) Visitors who enjoying visa-free treatment still have to apply for a Hong Kong or Macau Visa, if you plan to visit Hong Hong for other purposes, or want to stay stay longer beyond the visa-free visiting time. 2.) Hong Kong and Macau Application Fees: $30 for Regular Service, additional $20 for Express Service, additional $30 for Rush Service and additional $20 for Communication Fee to local Immigration Department.

Processing Time depends on where you submit application. Postal application to Macau Immigration Department takes at least 3 weeks, while submission to Chinese Embassy or Consulate General takes 5 working days (for regular service), 3 working days for Express Service and 1~2 working days for rush service.

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TTB - Tibet Travel Permit

Non-Chinese Passport Holders are required to apply for a Tibet Travel Permit for travelling in Tibet. Only with the document, you can board a train or flight to Tibet. It is issued free of charge by Tibet Tourism Bureau, and takes at least 13 working days for processing. Only authorized local travel agents can apply for the TTB Permit. Travel with China Discovery, we will help you obtain Tibet Travel Permit and other needed permits (including Alien’s Travel Permit, Border Pass and Military Permit) to travel further outside Lhasa. (If you plan to visit Tibet from Nepal, you have to get a Group Visa from Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.)

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How to Pay China Visa Fee - Acceptable Way of Payment

1. Submission to China Visa Application Service Center: cash, debit card, credit card (must be Visa or Master Card) and company check.

Those methods of payment apply to Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and qualified passport holders. Mail application in Australia must be paid by debit card or credit card, and a Payment Authorization Form is required to be completed and posted to the service center. Money order, or check is not accepted for a postal application.

2. Submission to (Visa Office of) Chinese Embassy or Consulate General: creditcard (Visa or Mastercard only),money order, cashier's checkorcompany check. Chinese Embassy or Consulate will not accept cash, personal check or online payment, credit card other than a Visa or Master card.

Note: Please check carefully to make sure your money/check order with the exact and right amount of fees.

Other Useful Tips about China Visa Fees

1. Extra service fee will be charged, if you submit application to China Visa Application Service Center. Applicants using Express/Rush Service and postal service also have to pay additional fees.

2. China Visa Extension costs 160 RMB for most nationals, and the extension fee is different for each nationality. The fee is collected by Foreign Affairs of the local Public Security Authority.

3. You are requested to pay before submission if you apply for a Hong Kong/Macau SAR Visa. After you submit application at the visa center, you need to pay before leave. Applicants can pay upon collection if submit application at visa office of Chinese Embassy & Consulate General, or on arrival/landing.

4. Your payment doesn’t guarantee your visa application will be approved. The Visa application fee is not refundable if denied.

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❶ Find out what kind of visa you need

Read different types of Chinese Visa to figure out which kind of visa you should apply for. Determine if you are suitable applicants for each visa type, by judging your purpose of visiting is for travel, business, work, transit, family reunion and etc or not. China Tourist Visa (L Visa) is for visitor going to China for tourism, F Visa is for exchanges, study tour, Business Visa (M Visa) is for commercial and trade, Student Visa (X Visa) is for studying in China. More Chinese Visa Types >>

❷ Apply for a Chinese Visa

According to various visa policy, applicants meet relevant requirements can submit China Visa application at Chinese Embassy, Diplomatic and Consular Missions or special ports of entry. You need to prepare and submit your valid passport with at least 6 months’ validity and blank pages, copy of passport’s first page, completed visa application form pasted with 2 recent photos (color photo with white background, taken within past 6 months, size: 48mmx33mm), sufficient visa fee and service charge and other supporting documents.

❸ Collect & check your China visa

The processing time differs from visa types. Normally, it takes about 4 to 5 business days for applicant to get a China Visa, and the accurate collection date will be noted on the pick-up slip. If you submit China Tourist Visa (L Visa) on Monday, you can pick up on Thursday. Check carefully the visa type, duration of stay, number of entries if they are issued correctly or not, after getting your passport back. Double check the validity when you plan to enter China, otherwise you will be denied entry.

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How much does Chinese visa cost? ›

The standard Chinese Visa cost for United States citizens is $140. But the cost varies depending on the number of entries and based on the country that grants your passport. Some small additional fees such as service fees and taxes can increase the final cost of a China visa cost.

How much is China visa from UK? ›

China tourist visa fees for citizens of United Kingdom
Type of visaValidity Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.Total cost
Multiple entryup to 2 years347.80

How hard is it to get a Chinese visa? ›

The Embassy will require a long list of documents including flights in and out of China and a hotel booking confirmation for every night of your stay. If you're planning to stay for 30 days or less, they'll generally issue your visa without any problems.

How much bank balance is required for China visa? ›

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation. Or an Invitation Letter for Tourism issued by a duly authorized Chinese travel agency. 3. An original bank statement with a balance of at least US$6000.

How fast can you get a Chinese visa? ›

On a general note, a Chinese visa will take 6-8 business days if you choose the standard processing time. The duration to get your Chinese visa can be as fast as 3 days if you choose a rush service, or with express service it could take between 4 to 5 business days.

How long does it take to get a Chinese visa? ›

Chinese Visa application Service Centre will submit your application to the Consulate-General of the People's Republic China in Calgary for processing. A visa typically takes four working days to process if all the accompanying documents meet the requirements.

Is China visa free for UK? ›

All travellers

British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao. Separate Travel Advice for Hong Kong can be found here. Eligibility for visas for travel to China remains restricted.

How can I get China visa? ›

Tourist Application Requirements for a China Visa
  1. Passport. You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. ...
  2. Photographs. ...
  3. Letter of Invitation. ...
  4. Proof of State Residency. ...
  5. CIBTvisas Order Form. ...
  6. Travel Record. ...
  7. Health Declaration. ...
  8. Authorization Letter.

How long to get a visa for China from UK? ›

Standard processing – this process offer you a comfortable price to process your application within 6 days, nd you will pay the amount of USD $205.49 including service tax. Rush processing – with this option, you will not need to wait for a long time to get your visa, this will take around 4 days.

What is the hardest visa to get? ›

Which is the hardest VISA to get? The hardest VISA to get is definitely the North Korean one. But also the Russian one is really difficult to get. For this reason, if you want to visit that country, you should definitely consider one of our Russian tours.

Is China issuing visas right now? ›

Visa. The Chinese Embassy in India updated “Application Procedures and Material Requirements of China Visa”, which will be implemented from 24 August, 2022.

How do I get a visa for China in 2022? ›

Please fill out your visa application form and make a reservation online through Please DON'T forget to print out your visa application form as well as the reservation form in advance before submitting your application at the scheduled time.

How long can you stay in China on a tourist visa? ›

Tourism in China requires a visa and is typically a single entry visa with a stay duration of 30 days. US citizens may be eligible for a 10-year multiple entry visa. The tourism visa requires your passport to be valid for at least 6 months and it must have at least two blank pages.

Which countries can visit China without visa? ›

A citizen of Singapore, Brunei or Japan with an ordinary passport is exempted from a visa if he or she visits China's mainland for tourism, business, or meeting with friends or relatives, and if he or she enters China through ports open to foreigners, and stays for no more than 15 days.

How long can foreigners stay China? ›

The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days. S2 Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

How long can you be in China without a visa? ›

The government of the People's Republic of China allows holders of ordinary passports issued by some countries to travel to Mainland China for tourism or business purposes for up to 15, 30, 60 or 90 days without having to obtain a visa.

Are China 10 year visa suspended? ›

If I have a valid Chinese visa with multiple-entry and 10-year validity, can I use it to travel to China now? No, you can't. The arrangement during the COVID-19 pandemic on temporary suspending for foreign nationals holding valid Chinese visas to enter the country is still in effect.

How long does it take for a visa to be approved? ›

If you are eligible for the 'Interview Waiver Program' and submit your application by courier without attending an interview. Visa processing takes approximately 21 workdays from the date on which the application is received by the Embassy. A further 2-3 workdays should be allowed for the return of your passport.

Which country is most difficult to get visa? ›

North Korea

It's one of the most difficult countries to get access to and acquire a visa. One will need to apply for the visa through a tourist agency, which provides state-approved tours. Those from South Korea or with an American passport, are not eligible for this country's visa.

Did China cancel all visas? ›

In view of the rapid global spread of COVID-19, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreign nationalities with currently valid visas or residence permits, as of 28th March 2020 0:00 am. Entry of foreign nationalities with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well.

Do I need a visa to go to China? ›

Do U.S. citizens need a visa to visit China? Yes. U.S. citizens planning to visit China's mainland must apply for an entry visa through the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General.

How much is a single entry visa for China from UK? ›

China Visa Application Fees for Different Nationalities
NationalityNumber of EntriesExpress Application
US CitizensSingle Entry Double Entries Multiple Entries for 6 Months Multiple Entries for 1 Year & aboveUS$165
UK Citizens£104
Canada CitizensCan$135
Others Citizens (Australian, Indian...)Single EntryUS$55
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How far is China from UK in hours? ›

✈️ Estimated flight time: 8.53 hours. (With average airplane speed of 567mph). ↔️ Kilometers: 5293 km. / Miles: 3289 miles. / Nautical Miles: 2858 NM. ✈️ Estimated flight time: 5.8 hours.

How do I get a visa for China from UK? ›

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an China Visa for UK Citizens
  1. Fingerprint Submission. ...
  2. Passport. ...
  3. Proof of Travel Arrangements. ...
  4. Copy of Passport. ...
  5. Declaration Form. ...
  6. Health Declaration Form. ...
  7. VisaCentral Order Confirmation.
  8. Current or Previous Visa Holders.

What are the visa types for China? ›

China Visa Types
  • Tourist Visa (L) Issued to those who intend to go to China for touring and sightseeing. ...
  • Business Visa (M) ...
  • Non-Commerce Visa (F) ...
  • Work Visa (Z) ...
  • Study Visa (X1/X2) ...
  • Private Visa (S1, Long Term) ...
  • Private Visa (S2, Short Term) ...
  • Family Visa (Q1, Long Term)

Why should you visit China? ›

China is full of ancient treasures and monumental marvels that exceed other countries in both size and number. From the Great Wall and buried armies, to ancient architecture like city walls, pagodas, temples and giant Buddhas, China is full of impressive wonders to explore.

How do I get a visa for China in Hong Kong? ›

Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Hong Kong (hereinafter referred to as “Our Center”) is OPEN from Monday to Friday(public holidays excluded). Applicants are required to fill in the online application forms and make an appointment through our website before submitting application documents on site.

What documents do I need for a Chinese work visa? ›

The requirements to get a work visa can vary based on the type of visa. However, most Chinese visa applications need a passport, photograph, health certificate, and official employment license from the Chinese authorities. As of June 6, 2022, China has waived the special invitation letter requirement for work visas.

How long can Chinese stay in UK? ›

What is the max stay for visits to the UK that is enforced for this visa? Currently, the United Kingdom allows a max stay of 180 days in Total for the standard visitor visa for citizens of China.

Is China visa free for UK? ›

All travellers

British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao. Separate Travel Advice for Hong Kong can be found here. Eligibility for visas for travel to China remains restricted.

How do I get a visa for China from UK? ›

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an China Visa for UK Citizens
  1. Fingerprint Submission. ...
  2. Passport. ...
  3. Proof of Travel Arrangements. ...
  4. Copy of Passport. ...
  5. Declaration Form. ...
  6. Health Declaration Form. ...
  7. VisaCentral Order Confirmation.
  8. Current or Previous Visa Holders.

Do Chinese citizens need a visa for the UK? ›

For Chinese persons who do not hold an Irish visa, you will need to obtain a visa for travel to the United Kingdom. The most common visa is the standard visitor visa, which allows you to visit the United Kingdom.

How do I pay for my Chinese visa? ›

Application fee can be paid by:
  1. Credit card (Visa and MasterCard only);
  2. EFTPOS;
  3. Internet banking (you will be given information on how to make the payment via Internet banking when we have received your applications.)
  4. UnionPay (Credit card, Debit card, QuickPass)
  5. WeChat Pay.
  6. AliPay.
1 Nov 2017

Is it OK to wear red in China? ›

Wearing red is a simple way to avoid the bad luck that considered to be Yin. In addition, red is a color that means life and hope in Chinese culture. People choose to wear red for good luck for the new year.

Is China Giving visa now? ›

Visa. The Chinese Embassy in India updated “Application Procedures and Material Requirements of China Visa”, which will be implemented from 24 August, 2022.

How do I get a visa for China in 2022? ›

Please fill out your visa application form and make a reservation online through Please DON'T forget to print out your visa application form as well as the reservation form in advance before submitting your application at the scheduled time.

Can I go to China without visa? ›

A foreign citizen who is transiting through China by air is exempted from a visa if he/she will stay only inside the airport (without entering the boder control) for no more than 24 hours and has a valid connecting ticket with confirmed seating on an international flight.

Which country can go to China without visa? ›

Where Can Chinese Citizens Travel Without a Visa?
CountryAllowed stay
Armenia90 days
Bahamas3 months
Barbados30 days
Belarus30 days
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How strong is Chinese passport? ›

The Chinese passport is currently ranked 74th among global passports, according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index.


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