For most tourists a single entry 30 day L
Travel Visa is appropriate. Depending on the
policy of your local embassy, you may be
able to obtain a 60 day tourist Visa if you
specify multiple cities to visit. Once you
are in China you may extend your Visa for a
maximum of 90 days.
To obtain a tourist Visa you may be required
to present a travel itinerary, airline
tickets, or an invitation from relatives to
be visited. Additionally you may be required
to provide actual airline tickets showing
departure from China. A single entry or a
multiple entry Visa can be obtained.
If you are planning to stay for an extended
period of time, it is advisable to register
your passport with your embassy. If you
loose your passport while in China this will
make the process of getting a new one much
easier. You will require some form of
identification in order to get a new
passport. ID cards with your photo may be
useful as would an expired passport.
To obtain a Chinese Visa, your passport must
be valid for more than six months after the
expected expiration date of your Visa, with
at least one blank Visa page. For
multiple-entry Visas a longer validity
period may be required. Click here to
download Chinese Visa application form.
You should present your passport, a
completed Visa application form (The
People's Republic of China Visa Application
Form) and one recent passport photo (black
and white or color) to your local Chinese
embassy. Your travel agent may also be able
to help you organize your Visa. You should
apply for your Visa about one month before
you intend to leave, although it should only
take a week for your Visa to be processed.
Visas may be obtained more quickly but
additional fees may be required. The cost of
the Visa will depend on your country and the
length and type of Visa you are applying
for. Contact your local Chinese
Embassy/Consulate for details.