How to Apply Visa for China (Mainland Only)
2024/02/08


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    Ⅰ. Application process


       1.Fill in the form online


           2.Submission of materials


           3.Fingerprints collection


     Ⅱ. Visa Categories


         Ⅲ. Material requirements


           1.Basic application materials


           2.Other supporting application materials


           3.Special reminder

. Application process

1. Fill in the form online

     Applicants are required to login the website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (https://www.visaforchina.cn/globle/), to choose Macao, China to fill out the visa application form online, download and print a hard copy of the application form and the confirmation page and sign.

   2.Submission of materials

    (1) For ordinary passport holders, please go to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Macao to submit the application form and application materials. No appointment is required. Please refer to the following contents for application materials requirements. For the information of the address, office hours, contacts, service charges, etc. of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center, please check the Visa Center website (https://bio.visaforchina.cn/MAC3_EN/qianzhengyewu).

    (2) Holders of diplomatic or service (official) passports or applicants for Chinese diplomatic, courtesy or service visas may submit their applications directly to the Consular Department of the Commissioner’s Office of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macao SAR without appointment. Address: 992 Av. Dr. Rodrigo Rodrigues, Macao, Office hours: Monday to Friday (except holidays) 9:00-12:00, 14:30-16:30, Tel: 00853-87915126 (answer time: 14:20-18:20 on working days). 

3.Fingerprint collection

    All applicants are requested to go to the Commissioner's Office in person for fingerprint collection. Applicants who forge fingerprints or use other person's fingerprints should be denied entering into China and bear all the consequences incurred.

    The following applicants can be exempted from fingerprint collection:

    (1) Applicants under the age of 14 or over 70;

    (2) Diplomatic passport holders, or applicants eligible for diplomatic, official and courtesy visas;

    (3) Applicants who have applied for Chinese visa with the same passport and have had fingerprints collected and visa approved within 5 years at the Commissioner's Office;

    (4) Applicants with all fingers mutilated or fingerprints uncollectible.

    (5) From August 14, 2023 to December 31, 2024, applicants for single or double-entry visas for business, tourism, family visit, transit, and crew member will be exempted from fingerprint collection.

. Visa Categories

    The types of visas are described below. Please select the corresponding type of visa according to your main reason for going to China. Click on the corresponding type of visa to view the required supporting application materials.

Visa Categories

Description of Visa

C

Issued to foreign crew members or accompanying family members of modes of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities.

D

Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

F

Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study  tours and other activities.

G

Issued to those who intend to transit through China.

J1

Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion or foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

Q2

Issued to those who intend to visit  their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

R

Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1

Issued to those who intend to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses,parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. 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.

"family members" refers to spouses,parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers,sisters,grandparents,grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

X1

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

 

Ⅲ. Material requirements

    Here are the materials you shall prepare before submission of visa application:

    1. Basic application materials

  (1) Passport

  Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

  (2) Visa Application Form and Photo

    One completed Visa Application Form with an attached recently taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background.

  (3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

  If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

  (4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

    If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page.

    If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

  (5) For foreign non-professional employees in Macao, you should provide the original employment certificate of the employing company issued within the recent 30 days (with the signature of the person in charge and the company's seal). For foreign domestic helpers in Macao, you should provide the original employer's guarantee letter and a copy of the employer's Macao ID card.


  2. Other supporting application materials

  C-visa

    A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China

  D-visa

    The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

  We kindly remind you that:

  Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  F-visa

  An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

  (1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    (2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

    (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

  G-visa

    An onward air, train, or ship ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.

  J1-visa

    Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

    Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities.

    We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  J2-visa

    Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

  Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete the required formalities.

  L-visa

    Documents showing the itinerary, including air ticket booking record of round trip and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:

  (1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    (2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)

    (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

  M-visa

    Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

    (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

  Q1-visa

  For family reunion, the following documents are required:

    (1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relations between  the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

    (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport of the inviting individual and permanent residence permit.

    (3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.

  "Family members" refers to  spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

  For foster care, the following documents are required:

    (1) Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries  or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China.

    (2) Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of  certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) notarized and authenticated certification showing the relationship between parents or guardians and children.

    (3) A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.

    (4) A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born if either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.

    We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  Q2-visa

    (1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures)

    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)

    (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual

  R-visa

    The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China,

  S1-visa

    (1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

    (2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit

    (3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual.

  "Immediate family members " refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

  We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  S2-visa

  For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required:

    (1) An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

    (2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit

    (3) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.

  "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

  For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

  X1-visa

    (1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

    (2) For attending higher education: original or photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

    (3) For attending primary and secondary schools: original or photocopy of "Confirmation Form for Elementaty Stage Students Study in China".

  We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  X2-visa

  Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

  Z-visa

  ONE of the following documents:

    (1) Approval documents from cultural and tourism administrative departments and the "Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners working in P.R.China" for no more than 90days;

    (2) or "Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit in the P.R.China";

    (3) or "Letter of Invitation for Foreigners to Engaged in Offshore Petroleum Operations in the P.R.China";

    (4)or "Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Office of Foreign (Regional) Enterprises in China" and “Resident Representative Certificate”.

    We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of Z Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits, except for those marked on the visa that "can stay for 30 days after entry".


   3. Special reminder

  (1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

(2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or supplementary materials or require an interview with the applicant.

  (3) The consular officer will decide on whether to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.

  (4) For further details, please visit the website of the relevant Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.