What is a Chinese Visa?
A visa is a travel document issued by the authorized government officials to allow foreign citizens to enter, exit, or transit through China. In accordance to international law and practice, China is entitled to determine whether or not to allow a foreign citizen to enter or exit from its territory and whether or not to issue a visa, decline an application, or cancel an issued visa in accordance with its national law.
Foreign citizens must obtain a visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations. Foreign citizens that fall into categories of Article 22 of the Exit and Entry Law of the People’s Republic of China are qualified to apply for port visas from visa-issuing authorities entrusted by the Ministry of Public Security at the port of entry approved to issue port visa by the State Council.
Chinese visas fall into four types: diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa and ordinary visa. Ordinary visas further divided into 12 sub-types or 16 categories. More info below on the different types of ordinary visas.
If you already know which visa you need to apply for, please click the link below for more info on how to apply for the visa as well as the required documents.