Travel Visa Requirements & Safety: China

United States citizens require a Tourist (L) Visa to visit China. The only exception to this rule is for transiting passengers who intend to stay in China for less than 72 hours. For information on the Chinese Transit (G) Visa, contact the Chinese Embassy. The Chinese Tourist Visa requires the following:

  • A valid passport with at least six months validity and two blank pages.
  • A complete and truthful Chinese Visa application form. All necessary fields must be completed.
  • A recent passport size photo against a white background attached to the Visa application.
  • Documents showing a travel itinerary (i.e.: airfare receipt showing entry to/from China) and proof of a confirmed hotel reservation.

For United States citizens, three Visa types are offered:

  1. Single entry,  $140
  2. Double entry,  $140
  3. Multiple entries, valid for 10 years,  $140

Visa applications must be submitted in person at a Chinese Embassy. Unless you live in a city with a Chinese Embassy, it may be more convenient to use a third party Visa agency who can handle the application process for you.

Travel Safety & Advisories

For the most up to date and detailed information on the safety of travel to China, CLICK HERE to read the country report authored and released by the United States Department of State.