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China Visa Types, Authorities and Fees

China Visa Types

China visas consist of eight sub-categories, which are respectively marked with Chinese phonetic letters F, L, X, C, J-1, J-2, G, and D.

F Visa: Issued to an applicant who is invited to China for visit, research, lecture, business, scientific-technological and culture exchanges or short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months.

L Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.

Z Visa: Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment in China, and their accompanying family members.

X Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced study or intern practice for a period of six months or more.

C Visa: Issued to crew members on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions and family members accompanying them.

J-1 Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.

J-2 Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview mission in China.

G Visa: Issued to those who transit through China.

D Visa: Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.

China Visa Authorities

The Chinese visa authorities overseas include Chinese embassies , consulates , visa offices, and the consular department of the office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. If a foreigner intends to enter into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory, he must apply to the above-mentioned Chinese visa authorities for a Chinese visa.

China Visa Fees

Number of Entry Validity Duration of stay American Citizens of other countries
Single 90 days 30 days US$50/P.P. US$30/P.P.
Double 90 days 30 days (each entry) US$75/P.P. US$45/P.P.
Multiple 6 months 30 days (each entry) US$100/P.P. US$60/P.P.
Multiple 12 months 30 days (each entry) US$150/P.P. US$90/P.P.

China Visa Payment Methods

Cash, money orders and bank checks are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.

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