Chinese Visa Application Notes
2023-06-08 18:43

1. Basic concept of visa

(1) Validity

The entry validity period of a visa ("ENTER BEFORE") refers to the valid time range for the visa holder to enter the country. Unless certified by the issuing agency, the visa will take effect from the date of issuance and will expire at 24:00 Beijing time on the date of expiration. If there are still unused entry times, the holder can enter before the expiration date (including the day).

(2) Entries

The number of entries of a visa ("ENTRIES") refers to the times that the holder can enter the country within the validity period of the visa. A visa whose entries has been exhausted or entries has not been exhausted but the validity has expired is considered an invalid visa. In that case, if you want to go to China, you must apply for a new visa. Otherwise, you will be refused entry.

(3) Duration of stay

The duration of each stay of a visa ("DURATION OF EACH STAY") refers to the time limit for which the visa holder is allowed to stay each time he/she enters the country, and is counted from the next day of entry.

(4) Residence Procedures

Holders of D, J1, Q1, S1, or X1 Visas shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations at/above the county level in the proposed places of residence for residence permits.

Holders of W-series diplomatic, courtesy, official or ordinary visas shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, go through the residence formalities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Affairs Office of the local government.

2. Visa application process

(1) Preparing application materials refer to the following link: them, the "Visa Application Form" needs to be filled out onlineas below.

To apply for a HKSAR visa, please refer to the link below:

To apply for a Macau SAR visa, please refer to the link below:

(2) Please login the China Online Visa Application (COVA)page to fill out the visa application form online via the following link: .

Please check carefully before submitting. After submission, it cannot be modified. If you need to make corrections, please fill out the form again .

(3) After completing the online form filling, you will receive a "Please click Co