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Applying For A Visa To China
The process of obtaining a Chinese visa for American citizens is quite direct. There's no big loop, no big traps, you need to pay attention. That is to say, the application forms are sometimes a bit confusing, and it is inconvenient for some people to hand them over to the right consulate. So it's a good idea to use reliable Chinese visa services to handle this process. If you send them your passport and application form, they will check for any mistakes and submit them on your behalf.
Obtain a Chinese visa as a U.S. citizen
Are American citizens entitled to visa-free transit in China? (72 and 144-hour visas)
yes. If you are a U.S. passport holder and are eligible for a transit visa, you do not need to apply for a Chinese visa before you arrive. But be very careful! There are many specific requirements for obtaining transit visas, which only a very small number meet. Learn more about China's transit visa and make sure it's the right way for you.
Are Us Citizen eligible for China's 10-year visa?
China's 10-year visa costs the same as any other visa available to Chinese citizens, so there's no reason not to apply for a 10-year Chinese visa for a U.S. citizen.
Do Us citizens need special vaccination to apply for a Chinese visa?
No, During the Chinese visa process, the embassy or customs will not require proof of vaccination or check your health. This happens only when you apply for permanent residence. However, I still suggest that you check what kind of vaccine should be given to American citizens in China.
Do Us citizens have travel restrictions in China?
Although the relationship between the two countries is not good, American citizens have no travel restrictions in China. That is, you may want to check any warnings on the State Department's China Travel page before you travel to China.
To apply for a Chinese visa, you need to fill out an application form, attach the recently taken color photos, prepare a valid passport, and submit it together with other supporting documents to the Chinese Embassy and consulate in charge of your residential area.
Check if you need a visa
The most important thing is to check whether you need a visa before starting the following procedure. As long as you are eligible for China's visa free policy, you do not need a visa, but some documents, such as passports, entry-exit traffic tickets, and sometimes sufficient funds need to be prepared for immigration inspection.
Find out which visa you need to apply for
Determine which visa you will receive based on your travel purpose. Read Chinese visa types and choose the type that suits you best. For tourists, L visa is suitable.
Prepare all required documents
Documents required for various types of visas include passports and visa application forms, together with recent photographs. In addition, other supporting documents are required, depending on the type of visa you are applying for.
Visit the Chinese Embassy, consulate or China Visa Application Center (cvasc) to serve your residential area. You can be there in person, or you can have an agent do it for you. In some consulates and consulates, mail service is also provided.
The normal processing time is 4 working days, including the date of your application submission and the date of your collection. Remember, public holidays in China may have extra non working days. By paying an extra fee, you can usually process your application faster.
Payment and visa
According to the date specified on the bill of lading to the place where you apply for a Chinese visa. If you pay, you can get your passport and visa back. See China visa fee.