A tourist visa is one of the most popular types of visa in China. Tourists from different countries can visit China at their own convenience with the “Chinese Visa” under their name tourism. In recent years, more and more Americans have made up the largest group of applicants for Chinese visas, accounting for 35% of the total number, second only to Russia with 47%.
If you want to go to China, then the first thing you need to do is prepare a China visa. The Chinese visa is of various kinds, with different purposes and validity. The Chinese visa for a general visit is also called the tourist visa, which can also be known as L Visa.
Collect the required documents
Before you can apply for a China tourist visa, the first step is to gather all your documents. These include:
- A valid passport that will be valid at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in China.
- The Application Form for Chinese Visa (Form V.2013). This form can be downloaded online or picked up at the Chinese consulate or embassy that is nearest to you.
- Your passport-sized photo.
Complete the application form
- You need to fill in all the required details on the application form, including your full name, date of birth, and nationality. Be honest and don’t lie as it will be checked by the Chinese Embassy/Consulate.
- Don’t leave any fields blank; if you’re unsure about anything then leave a question mark (?) instead of entering an incorrect answer or putting a random number there.
- Fill out the application form in English only. Do not use abbreviations or nicknames because these may cause confusion over your identity when they are entered into Chinese computers at border control points and airports in China.
- Do not use slang terms like “2nite” instead of “tonight”.
Prepare your supporting documents
- List of documentation required for visa application
- passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining from the date of your intended departure from China and two blank pages for affixing your visa sticker.
- Prepare your supporting documents
- Bank statement showing that you have sufficient funds to cover expenses during your stay in China. This should be no less than $1,000 per person, per month (if staying in a hotel), or $800 per person, per month (if staying with friends). If you intend to apply for a multiple entry visa or extension after arrival in China, then it is recommended that you have at least $2,000 on hand as proof of funds. This can be used to cover hotels and meals until such time that you receive a salary payment or paycheck from an employer.* What to do if you don’t have all the required documents?
You will need another piece of photo ids such as a photo driver’s license or military ID card
Pay the visa fees
To avoid the long queues at the bank, it is possible to pay your visa fees online or by phone. You will need to have a Chinese bank account and an internet connection in order to do this.
The embassy also accepts payments by post, which can take several days for processing. If you are using this method, please make sure that you allow at least one week for delivery before your visa application deadline.
If you encounter problems when trying to pay online or by phone, don’t panic! There are other options available such as paying with a credit card over the phone or sending money via email.
Submit your application
You can submit your application in person at the visa office, by mail, or online.
- Go to one of China’s diplomatic missions or consular offices (embassies) in your home country and submit your application there. You can find a list of Chinese diplomatic missions and consular offices around the world on China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English).
- Be sure that all documents required for your visa type are with you when you apply! The Chinese embassy may have additional requirements as well before they issue a tourist visa. If possible, bring two passport-size photos with you so that they don’t have to take them from another source like an ID card or passport photo page. If this isn’t possible then make sure one of the photos is clear enough for photocopying purposes if necessary by using a camera phone app if applicable so as not
#Be careful when applying for a visa
There are many things you need to pay attention to when applying for a visa.
- Make sure that you have all the required documents.
- Make sure that you have the correct visa for your purpose. The wrong one may result in your application being rejected, or worse still, not issued at all!
- Make sure that you have the correct passport and passport number. If these are incorrect, then it will cause further delays and problems during the processing time of the application form by embassy staff members who work there every day – so make sure everything is correct before sending them off (you may even want someone else to check over what papers are being sent).