China Visas Services

Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas

China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas, except for certain categories, issued prior to 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards has also been suspended as well. Foreigners that are Residency Permit holders are now allowed to enter China.  For you to travel, you will need to apply for an emergency visa. The process is to obtain an official invitation from the local Foreign Affair office. Please note that a letter from the inviting company in China is also required, but you must obtain an official invitation letter first, which will take a couple of weeks.  A sample is hereby enclosed.  Once when you get the official invitation letter, we will send a request to the Visa Section at the Chinese Consulate for approval.  Additional documents and processes are required. We will guide you through the process, and please contact our office maihoang@usccc.org or 312-368-9029.  If you have a current valid Chinese visa, there will not be any additional fee charged by the Chinese Consulate.  However, you will still need to pay USCCC processing fee plus additional shipping costs as the Chinese Consulate will not accept any in-person submission.  USCCC has been working with the Chinese Consulate to provide assistance to our members and the general public to travel to China on an emergency basis.

For additional information, please visit the Chinese Embassy website

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits (fmprc.gov.cn)

Announcement on Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Residence Permits of Three Categories (chinaconsulatechicago.org)

Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results

November 6, 2020 Pacific Time, all Chinese and foreign passengers bound for China will be required to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form before boarding the flight.  Then effective December 1, 2020, the Chinese Embassy/Consulates General will issue QR code with "HDC" mark for foreign passengers who are to fly from the U.S. to China. Foreign passengers can apply for the QR code with "HDC" mark by logging on the website of https://hrhk.cs.mfa.gov.cn/H5/ via computer or smart phone.  The test requirements are as follows:

1. Passengers bound for China via direct flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests at a testing institution in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding. Upon receiving the certificates of negative results of both tests, they need to submit them to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates (based on the consular district of the testing place) and apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form.

2. Passengers bound for China via connecting flights must take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests in the U.S. within 48 hours before boarding, and then take both tests a second time in their last transit country within 48 hours before boarding the plane to China. Passengers must apply from the Chinese Embassies/Consulates in BOTH countries (the U.S. and the last transit country) for green health codes with the "HS" mark or certified health declaration forms with their certificates of negative results of both tests.  [Unconfirmed, but one traveler has informed us that she did not need to take another test if she did not leave the plane.]  

3. For passengers transiting in the U.S. before flying to China, please note that currently tests are not available in most American airports. Passengers are recommended to use caution when choosing to transit in the U.S. If there is a need to do so, please check in advance about the U.S. entry restrictions for foreigners, apply for a U.S. visa if necessary, take the nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests a second time after entering the U.S., and present the certificates of negative results to the Chinese Embassy/Consulates in the U.S. to apply for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a certified health declaration form. If the requirement for boarding is not met, there will be a high risk of getting stranded at the airport or even being sent back to the point of departure.

Notice on the Launch of QR Code with "HDC" Mark for China-bound Foreign Passengers — Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America (china-embassy.org)

Notice on Airline Boarding Requirements for Certificates of Negative Nucleic Acid and Anti-Body Blood Tests Results — Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America (china-embassy.org)

Insider Stories in Following the Protocol Going to China During the Pandemic

To provide you with some insider about traveling to China during this challenging time, I have asked some recent travelers to share with me their experience.  Please see below. 

 

Good luck to all of you on your trips, and please let us know if I can be of any assistance.  Feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues. If you have anything that you want to share, please send to me directly sivayam@usccc.org.

 

 

This is from one of our members who recently traveled to China.

 

Posted on October 15, 2020

Siva, very good to hear from you.  I am glad you are well.  So today is day 10.  Almost there.   Overall the experience continues to be good.  Very professionally run by the government.  I have a plane ticket from Hongqiao to Tianjin on Wednesday at 11:10AM. 

 

Please share my experience, really no problem.  In fact, if people have questions, I would be happy to answer them.  A couple of things I wish I had brought with me, or brought more of:

 

  1.  Hot sauce or spices to put on the food.

  2. A second pair of sweat pants

  3. A third pair of gym shorts

  4. Laxatives – when you sit all day, things do not move the same way!

  5. A bottle opener.  Some of the beer I have is in bottles.  The hotel can’t provide an opener.

 

I will keep you posted on the remaining 5 days.

 

Thanks for help with the documents. 

 

I read an article in the WSJ (I download daily on my Kindle), that “hundreds” of business travelers have started going back to China.  I feel very fortunate that I am part of this small group.

 

I hope to return to China twice in 2021.  Once in May and once again in October.  I look forward to working with you for these trips.

 

I will call you when I return.  Perhaps I can make a visit to Chicago yet this year.

 

 

Posted October 5, 2020

 

Siva –

 

Today is day 9 of 14 in the local quarantine hotel in Shanghai.  The arrival process was smooth and organized.  The hotel and staff are very accommodating.  Food comes three times per day… I can not leave my room.

 

The 72 hour prior to flight COVID test is mandatory.  It is important to note that the negative report of novel coronavirus nucleic acid test (COVID-19 nucleic acid RT-PCR test, which uses a swab to collect a respiratory sample from your nostrils or throat) is accepted. The results of rapid test, antigen test, antibody test or serology test are not accepted.  http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/zyxx/t1806039.htm   also:  http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/zyxx/t1812479.htm   The attached China Health Declaration (note: this is a different Declaration than the one used for the visa application) must be sent to the China Consulate – along with the Negative Test Results… and a stamped copy returned to the traveler.  This stamped form is required to board the airplane(s) in the US – and must be shown at PVG.

 

I also recommend that the travelers go to the US State Department website… set up an account… and log their trip & contact information.  http://mytravel.state.gov   --  This way the State Department can alert them to any situations.

 

Also attached is the Entry Requirements provided by Finnair – the airline that I flew from Helsinki to Shanghai. --  Must follow these directions to receive the Entry QR code required to exit the airplane.  The traveler should see the QR requirements well before their flight & ensure that they have all of the necessary information… especially including the address of their stay immediately following the mandatory quarantine.  http://health.customsapp.com/home/pages/index/index.html    (click Declare to see in English).  The traveler should submit this request just prior to boarding on their final connection to Shanghai – the QR code has relatively short expiration timestamp.   Take Screenshots of all QR codes and save them the Photos… the code(s) will be requested a number of times in the process.

 

Please note that the first step upon  arrival at the Pudong airport is a Health Interview.  When the interviewer found out that I was from the U.S. he became very concerned.  He advised that almost no Americans visit now – and that China is very concerned for American visitors.  After the first interview – I had to go to a second ‘Special’ interview station for lots more questions about the U.S. & my recent activities… going to restaurants, theaters, the COVID condition of my home city, questions about my family, home construction, etc.  There was a brief moment that I was concerned that they would not allow me into the country.  I answered all of the questions truthfully… and apparently to the interview team’s satisfaction.  – Travelers must be ready for this process.

 

Upon arrival at the quarantine hotel – the traveler will be provided the Rules – see attached .jpg’s  --  These are all in Mandarin.  Siva - it would be helpful for you to translate these and put on your website.  The traveler must agree to and sign each of the Rules pages.  Travelers should download Microsoft Translator APP on their laptop & mobile phones.  On the mobile phone APP settings – download the “Offline Languages” so that wi-fi is not required for the translation.

 

At the hotel the travelers can purchase packaged snacks, extra toiletries, and canned soda.  This requires payment by QR code… if the traveler does not have WePay or Alipay it is important that they have a local contact that they can scan the delivery QR code and send to them for payment.  Special purchases are not offered, example cigarettes, coffee, wine, etc. – It is possible to provide ‘incentive’ to the deliver person to provide these for a cash payment by RMB.  The travelers must get their dollars converted to RMB well in advance of their trip.  All of the currency exchanges are closed at PVG… and each of the in-transit airports which I flew through.  Deliveries of fresh food are not allowed – no KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, etc.

 

A good VPN is essential for any traveler.  The local hotels have no English channels.  OpenVPN works very good.  http://openvpn.net   Subscribe to the Premium version.  Bring an long HDMI cord to connect the laptop computer to the hotel room TV.  Use https://ustvgo.tv to connect to nearly all US television networks for live viewing.

 

There is no need to share my name or authorship on your website.  If of your clients receive their new visa… or are expected to receive one  I will likely be in China until Thanksgiving… maybe mid-December when my visa expires.

 

Feel welcome to advise any additional questions or requests.

 

Thank you again for helping me to get here!

 

Best regards,

10 Year China Visa is Now Available

 

 

Most U.S. passport holders eligible for Chinese short term business (M) and tourist (L) visas will be issued multiple-entry visas valid for 10 years.  In order to be eligible for 10 year visas, US passport holders must have more than 1 year validity remaining on their passport.  US passport holders with 1 year or less remaining on their passport will be issued a China visa with less than 1 year validity.  USCCC can renew your passport as fast as 24 hours and then submit your application for a Chinese visa.  This minimizes shipping cost, time and labor.  It also it reduces the chance of lost shipments in transit.  The Chinese Consulate will make the final decision about the length of the visa.  Once a 10 year visa has been issued, the validity of the visa does not expire if the holder renews his/her passport.  The visa holder can travel carrying the old passport with valid Chinese visa along with the new passport.  The cost for the visas will remain the same.

 

 

Visa Types

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Business Visa (M Visa) - An M Visa is issued to an alien who invited to China for business, scientific-technological and cultural exchanges or short-term study for a period of no more than six months.

​Tourist Visa (L Visa) - An L Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing, visiting family members/friends or other private purposes.​

Working Visa (Z Visa) - A Z Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for a post or employment, as well as his/her accompanying family members. Once you obtain a Z visa, you must go to the local authority in China to convert your visa to a permanent visa.

 

​Student Visa (X Visa)​ - A X Visa is issued to those who intend to study in China. X1 visas are issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days. X2 visas are issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days. Please contact our offices if you require a student visa for the requirements.

 

 

Important Notes:

 

Z Visa applicants must appear in person for fingerprint.  In addition, certain Non-U.S. passport holders also may need to appear in person for fingerprint.  In both situations, please contact our office.

 

In Chicago, a USCCC staff will accompany the applicants to the Chinese Consulate to ensure that the procedure is done properly and expeditiously.  

 

Please review our FAQs section for information on completing the China visa application forms and for a list of common mistakes made when completing the forms.

 

 

NEW PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

 

Photos must fit the following parameters:

 

  • Color photo

  • Uniform white background

  • Paper Photo dimensions: 33mm (width) x 48mm (height)

  • Digital photo dimensions: 354-420 pixels (width) x 472-560 pixels (height)

  • Taken within the last 6 months

  • Neutral facial expression with ears visible

 

USCCC provides photo processing services.  Please email us a high quality, high resolution passport style photo in compliance with the above criteria, and we can print it for a fee of $5.00 per photo.

 

 

Business Visa (M Visa):

1.  Valid Passport with an expiration date greater than six months from the date of entry and at least two blank visa pages.  

 

2.  Completed and Signed Application Form (Download)All application forms must be typed. The Consulate no longer accepts handwritten applications. Please complete the application form electronically. All signatures must be signed by hand.  NO digital, photocopied, or typed signature will be accepted. 

3.  One recent passport-style color photo, with full face, front view, no hat, and against a plain white background.  Please see above regarding USCCC photo processing service.

 

  • Photo must be 33mm (wide) and 48mm (length) - please review the China visa application photo guidelines here for more details

 

  • Photo must have been taken within the last 6 months

 

4.  Invitation Letter from a sponsoring company in China. (See Sample)

5.  Fee Schedule (Download)

 

Non-U.S. Passport Holders Must Also Include:

A notarized copy of a permanent resident card (green card)  or actual green card or a photocopy of a valid US visa indicating that the application lives in the U.S.

 

Please note that the Chinese Consulate may request additional documentations for Non-US Passport Holders or request an in-person interview.  Please contact our office before submitting your application.

 

Fomer Chinese Citizens or Born in China. 

 

Applicant born in China with a non-Chinese passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or a copy of an old China visa.  The Chinese Consulate may also request additional information.

 

 

If you live outside the Chicago jurisdiction (Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin), please contact our office before you send us your documents.

 

For details and application materials, please download our application package.

 

 

Tourist Visa (L Visa)

 

1.  Valid Passport with an expiration date greater than six months from the date of entry and at least two blank visa pages.  

 

2.  Completed and Signed Application Form (Download)All application forms must be typed. The Consulate no longer accepts handwritten applications. Please complete the application form electronically. All signatures must be signed by hand.  NO digital, photocopied, or typed signature will be accepted. 

3.  One recent passport-style color photo, with full face, front view, no hat, and against a plain white background.  Please see above regarding USCCC photo processing service.

 

  • Photo must be 33mm (wide) and 48mm (length) - please review the China visa application photo guidelines here for more details

 

  • Photo must have been taken within the last 6 months

 

4.  Photocopy of the Hotel Reservation, or if you stay with a friend or family, an invitation letter from the inviting party and a photocopy of the his/her ID.

 

5.  Round Trip Airline Ticket/Travel Itinerary. ​​

 

6.  Fee Schedule (Download)

 

Non-U.S. Passport Holders Must Also Include:

A notarized copy of a permanent resident card (green card)  or actual green card or a photocopy of a valid US visa indicating that the application lives in the U.S.

 

Please note that the Chinese Consulate may request additional documentations for Non-US Passport Holders or request an in-person interview.  Please contact our office before submitting your application.

 

Fomer Chinese Citizens or Born in China. 

 

Applicant born in China with a non-Chinese passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or a copy of an old China visa.  The Chinese Consulate may also request additional information.

 

 

**If you live outside the Chicago jurisdiction (Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin), please contact our office before you send us your documents.

 

For details and application materials, please download our application package.

 

Working Visa (Z Visa):

1.  Valid Passport with an expiration date greater than six months from the date of entry and at least two blank visa pages.  

 

2.  Completed and Signed Application Form (Download)All application forms must be typed. The Consulate no longer accepts handwritten applications. Please complete the application form electronically. All signatures must be signed by hand.  NO digital, photocopied, or typed signature will be accepted. 

3.  One recent passport-style color photo, with full face, front view, no hat, and against a plain white background.  Please see above regarding USCCC photo processing service.

 

  • Photo must be 33mm (wide) and 48mm (length) - please review the China visa application photo guidelines here for more details

 

  • Photo must have been taken within the last 6 months

 

4.   Fee Schedule (Download)

5. Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China - printed in color, both English and Chinese version

 

  • Prior to applying for your Z Visa, you need to apply for the Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit to the Bureau of Labor  through your employer in China. You must receive the Notification Letter before you apply for a working visa.  When you apply for the Work Permit, you may be required to submit certain documents such as "Background Check" or "Diploma," which are required to be authenticated.  Please go to our Document Authentication to see the process.

6. If you are also submitting a visa application for your spouse to live with you in China, you  

      must provide a copy of your marriage certificate in addition to the application
      requirements listed for all visas above.  

7. If you are also submitting visa application(s) for your child(ren), you must provide a copy of  

      birth certificate for each child in addition to the application requirements listed for all visas

      above.

Non-U.S. Passport Holders Must Also Include:

A notarized copy of a permanent resident card (green card)  or actual green card or a photocopy of a valid US visa indicating that the application lives in the U.S.

 

Please note that the Chinese Consulate may request additional documentations for Non-US Passport Holders or request an in-person interview.  Please contact our office before submitting your application.

 

Fomer Chinese Citizens or Born in China. 

 

Applicant born in China with a non-Chinese passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or a copy of an old China visa.  The Chinese Consulate may also request additional information.

 

Z Visa applicants must appear in person for fingerprint. In Chicago, a USCCC staff will accompany the applicants to the Chinese Consulate to ensure that the procedure is done properly and expeditiously.  

 

**If you live outside the Chicago jurisdiction (Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin), please contact our office before you send us your documents.

 

For more details on China Z visa requirements and applicaiton materials, please download our application package.

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Processing Time & Fees

 

          

 

Consular Fee          

USCCC Fee              

 

Total                          

 

 

Other Fees

Application that Requires In-Person Interview *                 $35.00

Photo (if applicable) **                                                                         $5.00

Shipping ***                                                                          $32.50 (One Way)

 

*    Our staff will accompany the applicants to the Chinese Consulate to ensure that the procedure is done            appropriately.

**  USCCC provides photo printing service.  You can email a high resolution recent passport style photo in            jpeg format to info@usccc.org for processing.

*** $32.50 is an estimate of domestic shipping fees for 48 contiguous states. Shipping fees will be higher for        certain states, next day delivery and special handling.  USCCC can also prepare a shipping lable for you          to sned in your package to our office using our shipping account.

 

 

USCCC accepts cash, credit card or check. If you would like to pay by check, please make the check payable to US-China Chamber of Commerce. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express credit cards. Please note that a 5.7% credit card fee applies to the total cost.

 

Any additional work required to complete a visa in a timely manner may be subjected to an additional charge. For example, additional trips to the Consulate or personal passport delivery. 

Shipping

Please call our office at (312) 368-9911 to make sure that your materials meet the requirements before sending us your application materials. You can also email us a copy of your application, fee schedule, and invitation letter at info@usccc.org, so we can check your application materials.  USCCC can also prepare a shipping lable for you to ship your package to our office using our shipping account for about $32.50.

Once you have assembled all of the documents, you can send the passport, application, photo, and fee schedule to:

ATTN: Visa Department

U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce

55 W. Monroe Street, Suite 630

Chicago, IL 60603

USCCC can return the completed passport, China visa and receipt using USCCC's account for $32.50 for 48 contagious states (will be higher for certain states and foreign countries, next day delivery and special handling) or using the applicant's FedEx or UPS shipping account to your destinated address including foreign countries.  To avoid delay in shipment and error in billing, the account information provided needs to be pre-verified. Third party billing may not be available for certain address under certain circumstances.  

 

Now, USCCC is offering to prepare a shipping lable for you to sned in your package to our office using our shipping account for $32.50.  Similar restrictions apply.

        

Standard Services

5-6 Business Days  

$140.00

​    78.00

 

$218.00

Express Services

3-4 Business Days

 

$160.00

​  108.00

 

$268.00

Rush Services 

2 Business Days 

 

$160.00

​  158.00

 

$318.00

China Visa Application Package. Click to download

  

China Visa Application 

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China Visa Fee Schedule.

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Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit.

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Need advice on traveling to China? Check out our Tips on Traveling to China.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions about China Visas

Sample China Visa

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