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Every visitor visiting China would require a valid passport with them when entering China. Moreover the visitors should also apply for a china passpot visa in China's diplomatic institutions, consular offices and Chinese institutions authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After one is through with getting a china visa or china travel visa the visitors can travel across all cities in China.

China provides with a port visa which is a necessary supplement in handling visa by Chinese diplomatic institutions stationed abroad, and enables those foreigners who want to enter China for emergency matters but fail to apply for a visa before hand, to obtain a visa in the port at where they arrive. For the convenience of foreigners who come to China on matter of urgency, China has put in place port visa institutions in some open cities and regions. Foreigners with letters or telegrams authorized by Chinese units, passports of countries with diplomatic relations or official trade relations with China, and have come to China at once and had no time to apply for a visa at Chinese diplomatic institutions stationed abroad, can apply for a china visa at ports designated by the relative institutes of the Chinese government.

Those under the following conditions may apply for a china visa at ports:.

  • At a provisional decision of the Chinese side to come to China to attend trade fairs.
  • If invited to China to take part in bidding or formal signing of economic and trade contracts.
  • According to contracts to come to China to inspect import and export commodity inspection or check contracts.
  • If invited to take part in installation or emergency engineering repairing.
  • In situations of some indemnity and invited by the Chinese side to solve the problem.
  • If invited to China to provide technological consultation.
  • Delegations or groups that have arrived in China with visas, but have to make changes with the approval of the Chinese side.
  • Looking after invalids who are critically ill or attending funeral arrangements.
  • Those who just pass through China but cannot leave within 24 hours with the original plane due to irresistible cause or should leave China through other means of transportation ;
  • Invited to China but really have to time to apply for a visa with Chinese diplomatic institutions stationed abroad and with letters or telegrams of designated departments agreeing them to apply for a visa in ports.

No china visa or china travel visa is necessary for foreign passengers with through tickets who transit China by international flight or passengers who stay in China's airports for less than 24 hours.

The types of china visas can be classified into: diplomatic visa, courteous visa, service visa and general visa according to the status and types of passports held by aliens coming to China. Further the general visas are divided into the following categories:

  • D visa: Required for aliens who are permitted to immigrate to China.
  • Z visa: Required for aliens who come to China for a public post or employment as well as their family members traveling with them.
  • X visa: Required for aliens who come to China for over six months of study, training and internship.
  • F visa: Required for aliens who come to China for visit, inspection, lecture, business, scientific, technological or cultural exchanges or less than six months of training or internship at the invitation of Chinese organizations.
  • L visa: Required for aliens who come to China for tourism, visiting relatives or other personal affairs. Among them, tourist groups of over nine members can be granted team visas;
  • G visa: Required for people who transit China;
  • C visa: Required for crew members in international trains, airplanes or ships and their spouses on entourage;
  • J-1 visa: Required for foreign journalists who serve as resident correspondents in China, J-2 visa for foreign journalists in China for short stays.


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