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China Tourist Visa Application Requirements (L Visa)

China Tourist visa is issued to those who intend to go to China for touring, sightseeing or visiting friends. It is usually issued for up to 60 days stay per visit and multiple entry valid up to 10 years for US passport holder, while it is usually issued up to 60 days stay per visit but only for single or double entry valid for 3 or 6 months for non-US passport holder. 10 years visa is not guaranteed. Chinese Consulate may issue you a visa with limited entry, shorter duration and validity at their discretion. In order to apply for China Tourist Visa, please prepare and send in your application according to the detail requirement explained below.

Please prepare your application paperwork according to the instruction below

1 Actual passport, plus a photocopy of the name page
  • Please submit your actual passport. Visa will be issued in the passport.
  • Passport should have at least 12 months validity left. Otherwise, you must renew your passport first. If you need passport services, please visit our expedited passport services section.
  • Passport should have at least 2 blank visa pages. The last 3 pages in US passports are not visa pages. These are amendment pages, reserved by the US Department of State for amendment to the passport. They won't be acceptable for visas. If your passport has no blank visa pages left, you may add additional visa pages. If you need passport services, please visit our expedited passport services section.
  • Non-US passport holders must provide a photocopy of the US Green Card (notarized copy is required, if you reside in Chicago Jurisdiction:(CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, WI.), or a valid long term US residence visa such as: L, H, F. Please note B1/B2 visa doesn't count.
  • Some non-US passport holders (holding passport from countries on the attached list ) are required to apply in person.
  • Please fill out the application form on your computer, print a hard copy and sign it.
  • Hand written form is not acceptable.
  • All fields are mandatory. If a section doesn't apply, please type in "None" or "N/A'. Incomplete form will be rejected.
  • Please check for omission and error before you print the form. Change or correction is not allowed on the printed form. You must print a new form in case of any change or correction.
  • Please print out and submit only single-sided pages of the application, not back to back.
3 One recent passport-type photograph
  • Full face, frontal with a plain white or off-white background, 2"x2" in size.
  • Photo printed on regular paper or photo of poor quality is not acceptable.
  • Photo needs to be taken within 6 months.
  • Do not use the same photo as in your passport unless your passport was issued in less than 6 months.
  • Please use paper clip to attach the photo to the form. Do not staple or glue the photo.
  • Please refer to the link for detail photo specification requirement.
4 Round-trip flight and hotel confirmation OR invitation letter
  • Photocopy of round-trip flight confirmation. Please highlight your name.
  • Hotel confirmation with applicant name as guest. Please highlight your name.
  • If you are visiting someone in China and don't have hotel reservation, please provide an invitation letter.
  • Invitation letter must include the following items:
    (a) Personal information of the application: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.
    (b) Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China.
    (c) Information of the inviter: name of the individual, phone number, address and signature of the inviter.
  • If an invitation letter is provided, a photocopy of inviting person's Chinese Identity card's (Shenfengzhen) both sides is required. If the inviter is not a Chinese citizen, a photocopy of the inviter's passport, together with a photocopy of inviter's China residence permit is required.
What kind of flight and hotel confirmation is acceptable?
Click for a sample invitation letter.
Please refer to the link below for samples and hints and guideline on how to comply with the new requirement:
5 Submit the online Visa Service Request Form
  • Specify your return address by submitting the service request form online. It's OK that your mailing address is different from your home address.
  • Specify your email address so that confirmation and status update can be sent to you via email during the process.
  • Multiple applicants can be entered using one service request form.
  • Please print two copies of the confirmation page.
  • Please include one copy with the documents you ship to us and keep one copy for your record.
6 Payment for visa processing, service and shipping
Chose A
Service Level
Time needed
All Fees
Embassy Fee
Service Fee
Price Saver Service
1 day
15-20 days
1 day
Price Regular Service
1 day
6-14 days
1 day
Price Express Service
1 day
4-6 days
1 day
Price Express Plus Service
1 day
2-3 days
1 day
  • Express Plus is not available for all states, please click here or call for details.
  • Processing time means the time Chinese Consulate needs to process visa application. It doesn't include the return shipping time. Day of receiving is not processing day.
  • We accept money order, cashiers check, certified check or cash. Please make check or money order payable to VisaRite Service. and write your service request confirmation number in the memo.
  • You can write the total amount on one check or money order, no need to send separate checks or money order.
  • Personal check or starter check is not acceptable.
  • You may also pay by credit card. If you select this option, please fill out and sign one credit card charge authorization form and enclose it in your application package. Credit card payment is subject to 3% surcharge.
  • If you have paid online, please include a copy of payment confirmation email with your application. Do not send in the credit card payment authorization form in this case.
  • Return shipping fee listed is for return addresses within the continental U.S. If your return address is in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or Canada, please include an extra extended delivery area fee of $10.00 per order. If you need to ship back to other international address, additional fee and time is needed, please call for detail.
7 Additional requirement based on jurisdiction
8 Additional requirement for Chinese descendants


Our Mailing Address

Please send your application with all required items listed above by FedEx, UPS, DHL, Express Mail, register mail or other traceable courier service to:

VisaRite Service Center
460 Van Emburgh Ave
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Tel: (201) 445-7088