China Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter China, a passport with at least six months’ validity is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.
To enter Hong Kong, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by nationals in the chart above.
Visas are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above to enter China, except:
• All nationals above when visiting Hong Kong or Macau only, in which case visas are not required for varying lengths of stay.
• All nationals above when visiting the Pearl River Delta for up to six days as part of an organised tour group from Hong Kong or Macau.
• Nationals of Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA visiting Hainan Province only as part of an approved, organised tourist group for stays of up to 15 days (21 days for German nationals).
When making the visa application you will need to submit a detailed itinerary of all places you plan to visit and all hotel bookings (including addresses and phone numbers and dates of arrival and departure).
Business travellers are required to provide an official invitation from the company or institution in China when applying for a visa.
Visitors must register with the Chinese Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival.
Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Types and Cost
Single-entry: £85 (UK nationals), £55 (Canadian nationals), £90 (US nationals), £20 (other nationals).
Double-entry: £85 (UK nationals), £55 (Canadian nationals), £90 (US nationals), £30 (other nationals).
Multiple-entry within six months: £85 (UK nationals), £55 (Canadian nationals), £90 (US nationals), £40 (other nationals).
Multiple-entry within 12 months or more: £85 (UK nationals), £55 (Canadian nationals), £90 (US nationals), £60 (other nationals).
You must also pay a service fee of £66 (standard), £78 (express) or £90 (postal applications).
Single-entry visas are normally valid for three months, double-entry for six months, and multiple-entry either six, 12 or 24 months.
A transit visa is not required if staying in the confines of the airport for more than 24 hours. If leaving the airport, a transit visa is required for some nationalities. However, nationals of some countries, including all those listed in the chart above, are exempt for up to 72 hours and are free to visit the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. In this case, it is possible to apply for a transit without visa at Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Pudong International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Shuangliu Airport.
Consulate (or consular section at embassy). Many consulates (including those in the UK) issue visas through the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (www.visaforchina.org) rather than directly through the consulate.
If you require a temporary residence permit, you must apply to the Immigration Department or to the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (www.ipim.gov.mo), depending on your circumstances. An interview takes place, and you need to provide a variety of documentation. To work in Macau, you need a work permit (known as a ‘blue card’). The application process can take up to six months.
Visa applications for China should be made one month in advance.
The express service requires three days, and the regular service takes four days. Postal applications are usually processed and returned within 10 working days, if all the documentation is in good order.
Extension of stay
Applications to extend your stay by up to 90 days must be made to the Immigration Department at least five days before your current authorisation to stay expires.
Entry with children
It is recommended that single adults travelling with children contact the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in their country of residence, regarding any documentary evidence of parental responsibility that may be required at immigration.
Entry with pets
If coming from a country with low or zero incidence of rabies, pets will not be quarantined as long as the regulations are followed. The pet must be provided with a microchip, after which it must be vaccinated for rabies. This will be followed by a blood test to check for rabies antibodies, after which a Macau veterinary certificate will be issued (this will need to be endorsed by the relevant authority in your country of residence).
Embassies and tourist offices
British Embassy in ChinaTelephone: 0(10) 5192 4000 ; 0(10) 8529 6600 (consular section).
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USATelephone: (202) 495 2266 ; (202) 338 6688 (visa section).
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UKTelephone: 020) 7299 4049 ; (020) 7631 1430 (consular section).
China National Tourist Office (CNTO) in the USATelephone: (888) 760 8218.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USATelephone: (202) 495 2266.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the UKTelephone: (020) 7299 4049
British Consulate-General in ChongqingTelephone: (23) 6369 1400.
Chinese Embassy in the USATelephone: (202) 337 1956.
British Embassy in MacauTelephone: (+852) 2901 3222 (consular); (+86) 21 2893 9105 (visa).
Chinese Embassy in the UKTelephone: (020) 7299 4049.
Chinese Embassy in the UKTelephone: (020) 7631 1430 (consular section).
Chinese Embassy in the USATelephone: (202) 338 6688.
British Consulate in Hong KongTelephone: (852) 2901 3222.