- What is a visa?
- Do I need a visa for China?
- What type of visa do I need?
- Do I need a visa for Hong Kong or Macao?
- How to obtain a China visa?
- When to apply for visa?
A visa is an authorized permission issued by the Embassy or Consulates of a country that permits a traveler to visit that country. Most visas are stamped or affixed into the traveler's passport. Visas are issued with specific limitations regarding purpose of visit, length of stay, validity of visa, etc. It is the traveler's responsibility to obtain necessary visas before he/she travels abroad. A traveler must follow very distinct guidelines and procedures established by Embassy or Consulates of a country when applying for the appropriate visa.
As a matter of fact, visas are required for visitors from most foreign countries to Mainland China. A. Visa requirements for china are described on the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the P.R. China’website: http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/chn/lsfw/qzjj/zlbg/t267979.htm
You need to apply for Tourist, Business, Student or work visa according to the trip purpose. You may request for Single, Double, Multiple Entry visa according to your need. Effective August 01, 2007, Chinese Embassy and Consulates charge flat fee for all type of visa, you may as well go for 12 months multiple entry visa, provided your passport will not expire in 15 months.
The best time to apply for your visa is within 90 days before your departure. Chinese visa is valid immediately once issued, expires in 6 months, 12 months or 24 months respectively, depending on the visa granted. Effective August 01, 2007, Chinese tourist or business visa is normally issued for multiple entry valid for 12 months to U.S. passport holders. The extreme example is that you can apply for the visa beginning of January and travel by end of December (provided you are granted for the 12 months visa, which is most likely if your passport has more than 15 months validity left).