A Chinese visa is permit issued by the Chinese visa authorities to an alien for entry into, exit from or transit through China.
The overseas Chinese visa authorities are Chinese embassies, consulates, and other offices authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. If a foreigner intends to enter into, exit from or transit through Chinese territory, he/she shall apply for a Chinese visa to the above-mentioned Chinese visa authorities.
The Chinese visa authorities may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy, Official or Regular Visa to an alien according to his/her status, purpose of visit to China or passport type. Below is the detailed information about Tourist Visa (L Visa) for your 2013 China Travel.
Tourist Visa (L Visa)
Tourist Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing or visiting family members or friends or for other personal reasons.
FAQs about Chinese Visa (Tourist Visa)
1. How do I get a visa?
There are two ways to get visa in your country:
- Apply by yourself at the Chinese Embassy in your city, we may send you the invitation letter to assist your application.
- Pay a local agent in your city to deal with the visa application for you.
Note: HK and Macau is consider to be an international stop (Tibet is considered to be domestic stop), so if you visit China mainland first, then proceed to HK or Macau, and finally come back to mainland China gain, in this case, you will need a double-entry visa.
2. What do I need when applying for a Visa?
Please provide the following documents:
- An original passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of application, with 2 or more blank visa pages.
- One completed Visa Application Form with a color passport photo taken within the last 6 months.
- Supplementary Documents Required for Application.
- An Invitation Letter for Tourist or for Tourist Group by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit
Look for more visa information, please kindly check these websites for details.
www.visaforchina.org / www.mychinavisa.com / www.visacentral.com / www.visaexpress.net / www.visaforchina.com.au
3. Do we need visas for both Hong Kong and China?
No, one visa for HK–China route is ok, but please note that HK and Macau is consider to be an international stop (Tibet is considered to be domestic stop), so if you visit China mainland–HK or Macau–China mainland, in this case, you will need a double-entry visa.
4. How long does it take to obtain a Visa?
If you’re applying for a tourist visa, the wait could be measured in a few weeks. It usually takes 7-14 days.
5. Could you send me a letter for the Chinese embassy both in English and Chinese so we can get the Visa more easily?
Yes. China Discovery can send the Invitation Letter to assist your visa application only after the tour deposit is paid.
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