Tourist visas – how and where to apply
The Chinese authorities differentiate between a short-term stay (up to 180 days – tourist visa) and a long-term stay (from 180 days). The Chinese tourist visa can be applied for a maximum of three months before entry – no longer. For example, if the entry is to take place on September 15th, the visa can only be applied for from June 15th. This rule does not apply to visas of other categories, such as business visas. This can be requested six months before entry.
The Steps for applying a Chinese tourist visa:
- STEP 1: Prepare your visa application including necessary supporting documents accordingly.
- STEP 2: Submit your application to the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence
- STEP 3: Pay the visa application fee at the Visa Office and pick up your visa.