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VISA TO CHINA
2012-02-21

Visa officers decide on the type, number of entries, validity and duration of stay of the visa to be issued and have the authority to decline a visa application or cancel an issued visa.

---Do I need to apply for a visa to visit China (mainland)?

Foreign nationals (including those with Chinese origin) must bear valid visa before entering China (except for those who are eligible for Visa Waiver Program). For Chinese visa obtained in the past, the validity of the visa needs to be checked. If the visa is already expired or the entries are all used up, the visa holder should apply for a new visa.

For entry to Hong Kong, please refer to Hong Kong Visa.

---How to identify if an issued Chinese Visa is still valid?

Please check carefully if the validity, number of entries and duration of stay on the obtained visa could still meet the need for the trip.

1. Validity (enter before) of a visa is the length of period that the visa is good for, namely from the issuing date to the deadline of entering China for the bearer of the visa. Given the number of entries are sufficient, the bearer is able to enter China at anytime before 12:00am on the expiring date.

A visa becomes void once its period of validity expires regardless of whether its entries are used up or not. The visa holder should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit China again.

2. Entries is the number permitted to enter China during the validity of a visa. A visa becomes invalid if there is no more valid number of entries left. To use such a visa will lead to decline of entry.

3. Duration of each stay refers to the longest period of time the bearer of a visa is permitted to stay in China from the date of entry into China on each visit.

Under Chinese law, a foreign national who overstays his or her visa in China is subject to fine and other penalties. If it's necessary to stay in China longer than the duration of stay on the visa, approval must be obtained from a local public security authority above county level 30 days before the duration of stay is running out. The bearer is permitted to stay in China once the application is approved.

---Under what circumstance a visa to China is exempted?

A foreign national is exempted from applying for a visa to China under any of the following circumstances:

1. Direct transit

A foreign national who is transiting China by international flight is exempted from applying for a visa only give that he or she is remained in the airport not exceeding 24 hours and has valid air ticket to connect flight with confirmed seating.

Citizens holding passports issued by the following nations are not required to obtain a visa given he or she transit by Shanghai and stay up to 48 hours: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, ROK, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US.

2. Visiting the Pearl River Delta region

Citizens holding passports issued by the nations with diplomatic relations with China is exempted from applying for a visa if he or she joins tourist group at Hong Kong and Macao organized by registered travel agencies in Hong Kong and Macao to visit the Pearl River Delta region (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, Huzhou Municipalities) for tourism and stay up to 6 days.

3. Visiting Hainan Province

Citizens holding ordinary passports issued by the following nations is exempted from applying for a visa if he or she joins international tourist group organized by any of the registered travel agencies in Hainan Province which is approved by China National Tourism Administration and stay up to 15 days: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, U.K, U.S.

4. Nationals of Singapore, Brunei and Japan

Ordinary passport holder of Singapore, Brunei and Japan is exempted from applying for a visa if he or she visits China (mainland) for tourism, business, visiting friends and relatives and enters China by open ports to foreign nationals and stay up to 15 days.

For nationals of these three countries, a visa is requested under following circumstances:

(1) Ordinary passport holder visits China for tourism, business, visiting friends and relatives and stay for more than 15 days.

(2) Ordinary passport holder visits China for the purposes of study, work, official visit, settling down and interview.

(3) Diplomatic and Official passport holder.

5. The APEC Business Travel Card is regarded as a multiple entry visa valid for three years. With this card and relevant passport, the holder is entitled to enter China repeatedly within three years. The duration of each stay should be within 2 months.

6. The bearer of Aliens' Permanent Residence Card

Foreign nationals who visit China for the purposes of study or work and resident foreign journalists shall apply for Aliens' Residence Cards at local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China.

Within the period of the validity of the Residence Card, the bearer is entitled to enter and exit China repeatedly without applying for another visa.

---Which type of Chinese visa is eligible to me?

According to your purpose of visit, you may apply for one type of the following Chinese Visas:

-Tourist Visa (L Visa)

Tourist Visa (L Visa) is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or friends, other personal affairs, etc.

Brunei citizens and permanent residents may apply for a single entry, double entry or multiple entry (valid for 6 months or 12 months) "L" Visa as needed. A Chinese-American born in China (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau included) may apply for a multiple entry "L" Visa valid for 12 months. A Chinese citizen's spouse or children who are holding Brunei passport may apply for a multiple entry "L" Visa valid for 12 months.

-Business Visa (F Visa)

Business Visa (F Visa) is issued to an alien who is invited to China for a visit, an investigation, a lecture, to do business, scientific-technological and culture exchanges, short-term studies or an internship for a period of no more than 6 months.

Brunei citizens and permanent residents may apply for a single entry, double entry or multiple entry (valid for 6 months or 12 months) "F" Visa as needed.

-Student Visa (X Visa)

Student Visa (X Visa) is issued to an alien who comes to China for study, training or intern practice for a period of more than 6 months.

X visa is usually valid for one entry within 3 months and with no duration of stay (that is 000 day of stay).

Holder of X visa should enter China within the validity of the visa. Holder should go through the formalities for a Residence Permit at a local public security authority within 30 days after entry into China. The period of validity of the Residence Permit is its holder's duration of stay in China.

-Employment Visa (Z Visa)

Employment Visa (Z Visa) is issued to an alien who comes to China for a post or employment, commercial performance or academic exchanges, and to his/her accompanying family members.

Z visa is usually valid for one entry within 3 months and with no duration of stay (that is 000 day of stay). Holder of Z visa should enter China within the validity of the visa. He or she should go through the formalities for a Residence Permit at a local public security authority within 30 days after entry into China. The period of validity of the residence permit is its holder's duration of stay in China.

-Resident journalist visa (J-1 visa)

J-1 visa is issued to resident foreign journalists in China and their accompanying spouses and minor children.

J-1 visa is usually valid for one entry within 3 months and 000 duration of stay. J-1 visa holders should enter China within the validity of the visa. He or she should go through formalities for a Residence Permit at local public security authorities within 30 days after entry into China. The validity period of the residence permit is the duration of stay of the J-1 visa holder.

Visiting journalists visa (J-2 visa)

J-2 visa is issued to foreign journalists who visit China for temporary news coverage.

-Transit Visa (G visa)

Transit Visa (G visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his or her way to a third country (or region) and staying at a Chinese airport for more than 24 hours or needs to leave the airport.

G visa is usually valid for 3 months with single or double entry and 7 days duration of stay. If there is any special requirement, the applicant may make a note on the application form, Visa Officers will make a decision based on circumstance of each case.

-Resident Visa (D Visa)

Resident Visa (D Visa) is issued to an alien who comes to reside permanently in China.

D visa is valid for 6 months with single entry and 000 duration of stay. D visa holder should go through formalities for a Permanent Residence Permit at a local public security authority within 30 days after entry into China.

---What documentations required for visa application?

-Tourist Visa (L Visa)

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Non-Brunei citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and a photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid Brunei visa.

5. Round-way air ticket copy and hotel booking copy for the applicants’ stay in china (Detailed information of address, contact person and phone number are needed for not staying in hotel.)

6. First time applicant whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

7. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese a visa, please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

8. Foreign spouse and children of a Chinese citizen who wants to apply for a Multiple Entry "L" Visa valid for 12 months are required to provide original and photocopy of relevant Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, Kinship Certificate or other necessary documents.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documentations might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-Business (F) Visa

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Visa Notifications Form from an authorized Chinese Unit, or invitation letters from the host company, meeting or exhibition organizers in China, or an introduction letter from applicant's Brunei companies, etc.

5. Applicants who want to study in China for less than six months are required to provide Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by relevant Chinese government unit.

6. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

7. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese visa please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

8. Non-Brunei citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and a photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid Brunei visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-Student (X) Visa

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. An original and a photocopy of Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by relevant Chinese government unit.

5. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

6. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese visa please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

7. Non-Brunei citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and a photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid Brunei visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-Employment/Work (Z) Visa

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Visa Notifications Form from an authorized Chinese Unit.

5. The original and a photocopy of the Work Permit for Aliens issued by Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security or the original Foreign Expert's License issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau.

6. Accompanying family members shall provide proof of kinship, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc, instead of document for work permit.

7. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

8. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese visa please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

9. Non-Brunei citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and a photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid Brunei visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-J-1 Visa

J-1 visa applicants should contact Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People's Republic of China or Chinese Embassy for preliminary procedures.

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-J-2 Visa

J-2 visa applicants should contact Information Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People's Republic of China or Chinese Embassy for preliminary procedures.

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-Transit (G) Visa

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. A valid visa of the country of destination, and a final destination airline ticket.

5. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

6. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese visa please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

7. Non-Brunei citizens who want to apply visa need provide the original and photocopy of certificates for permit for residence, work, study or valid Brunei visa.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

-Resident (D) Visa

1. A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity and at least two blank visa pages in it.

2. Application form: One neatly completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and signature.

3. Photo: one recently-taken color photo of 2x2 square inch glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Residence Approval Certificate issued by the China public security bureau.

5. First time applicants whose former nationality was Chinese, shall write down his Chinese name in the application form and submit his original Chinese passport and the photocopy of the information page of the passport; if the name in the new passport is different from that in the old one, official document for name change should be provided; applicant who was formerly Chinese and has acquired a new Brunei passport, if there is a Chinese visa in the old passport, shall submit his old Brunei passport or the photocopy of the Chinese visa.

6. A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying for Chinese visa. Please read Documentations required for Children with Chinese descent born in Brunei.

Besides the documentations mentioned above, other documents might be required by visa officers in order to decide whether to issue the visa case by case.

---Documentations required for children with Chinese descent born in Brunei

A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying visa for the first time should provide the original and a photocopy of either parent's foreign passport and Certificate of Birth besides other regular materials.

A child with Chinese descent born in Brunei applying visa who has got Chinese visa before could provide a photocopy of former visa instead of either parent's foreign passport or Certificate of Birth.

---How to apply

-Submit your application

1. You may submit the application to the Visa Office of the Chinese Embassy;

2. If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to drop off your application at the visa office of the Chinese Embassy.

3. No appointment is required.

4. Mailed applications are not acceptable and will be returned.

---Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Thursday).

2. Express service: 2-3 working days processing, BND$40 will be charged per visa upon consul’s approval.

3. Same day rush service: additional fee of BND$55 for 1 working day processing (Applications presented before 10:00am may be picked up between 11:30am-12:00pm on the same day upon consul’s approval.)

---Visa fees

Number of Entry Brunei Citizens and P.R. Citizens of Other Countries* U.S.A.

Single Entry BND$20 BND$55 BND$200

Double Entries BND$30 BND$80 BND$200

Multiple Entries for 6 Months BND$40 BND$110 BND$200

Multiple Entries for 12 Months BND$60 BND$165 BND$200

and Plus

Please pay by Visa, Master credit cards. Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable.

* Visa fees for some countries may differ from that listed above due to reciprocity, and will be charged accordingly by Chinese Embassy.

---Visa Pick-up

On or after the pick-up date specified in the pick-up form, applicants can pay and pick up their visas themselves or by entrusted persons, travel agencies with the pick-up form.

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