HOW TO GET A VISA FOR CHINA
This video explains how Canadian citizens and permanent residents can obtain a visa for China.
Welcome to the China Visa information video!
This video is an instructional tool for Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents who wish to travel to China for business or tourism.
This video contains information on:
-The basic requirements for a China visa
-The types of visas available
-The processing timeline and fees
-How to submit China visa applications
Canadian citizens and citizens of most other countries must obtain an entry visa before they can travel to China. The visa is a sticker that is pasted into your passport. If you do not obtain this visa before your travel, you will be denied entry at the Chinese border.
What are the basic requirements for a China visa?
Firstly, the most important document you need for a visa is a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended exit from China. The passport must also have at least 1 blank page for the visa to be pasted in.
Secondly, visa applicants must complete and sign a form which provides their personal details as well as information on their trip. This form can be downloaded from the website of a Chinese embassy or consulate in Canada.
Thirdly, applicants must have 1 passport-style photograph taken. This photo must be on a white background, with the full face in view. You should go to a professional photographer for the photo; do not attempt to take it yourself.
Fourthly, you must submit payment for your visa; the Chinese consulates and embassies accept cash, money orders or certified cheques.
Finally, you must submit a travel itinerary detailing when you will enter and when you will exit China. This can be a flight ticket, cruise itinerary or any other official travel booking.
What are the different types of visas available to China?
The two most common types of visas to China are for tourism and business. Tourist visas are used by people who only wish to visit China for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing or if you are with a tour group. Business visas are for those attending conferences, meetings or conducting other business while in China. An important note: If you are applying for a business visa, you must provide a business letter from the sponsoring company indicating the nature of your trip with your visa application.
Visas are issued on a single, double or multiple entry basis. The type of visa you need will depend on your travel plans. If you plan on leaving China and returning back after visiting another country, you will need at least a double entry visa. Multiple entry visas are only issued to applicant’s who can prove they have visited China before.
What are the processing timelines and fees associated with a Chinese visa?
Visa fees depend on how quickly you need the visa to be issued and on how many entries you require. Processing timelines vary according to which consulate or embassy you are applying to. Visas are issued on a regular basis in 4-7 business days. If you need the visa sooner than that, it can be issued on an expedited basis within 2-3 business days, or in as little as 1 business day. You will pay additional fees if you need this service.
Visa prices are as follows: $50 for a single entry, $75 for a double entry and $100 for a 6-month multiple entry. You will pay an extra $35 if you need the visa in 2-3 business days, or an extra $50 if you need the visa in 1 business day.
How do I submit an application for a China visa?
You have two options to submit a visa application:
You can go in person to a Chinese embassy or consulate with all your required documents. At this time China is represented in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
You can use a third-party to submit it for you, such as a travel agent or a visa company. In this case, the third-party will take care of the submission for you.
We hope this video has been informative and will you help you obtain a visa to Vietnam. We wish you the best of luck.