Tourist (L Visa)

Updated: 2010-03-18

  (L) Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing, visiting relatives or other private purposes.
  Documents required:
  1. Valid passport with a validity period of at least six (6) months and at least one blank page left in it.
  2. One completed Visa Application Form (Q1) with one recent 2" x 2" photo (black & white or color is acceptable, attached to the application form).
  3. An applicant born in China who has obtained foreign citizenship should submit his/her original Chinese passport when applying for a Chinese visa for the first time. If the applicant has been a foreign citizen for long and a new foreign passport has replaced the old one, he/she needs to submit the old foreign passport.
  ●To apply for a Multiple Entry Visa, the applicant shall meet the following requirements:
  (1) The applicant is the husband/wife, or son/daughter, or parent of a Chinese citizen residing in Mainland China. Please submit proof of relationship, e.g. the original and the photocopy of a marriage certificate, a notary certificate of kinship etc; or,
  (2) The applicant owns real estate in China. Please submit the original and a photocopy of the property ownership certificate.
  If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or refusal of the requested visa.
   Application submission and processing time:
  1. An applicant shall go in person or send someone else or a travel/visa agent to go to the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate-General in the consular jurisdiction where the applicant resides for application process.
  ●No appointment is required.
  ●Mail applications are not acceptable and will be refused.
  2. The regular processing time is 4 working days. For express service, additional fees of $30 for 1 working day processing (applicable only to travelers making funeral arrangements, visiting a patient in a critical condition or on urgent business), or $20 for 2-3 working days processing will be charged.   Visa fee, validity and duration of stay:
  1. Cash, money order, cashier’s check and company check are acceptable.
  2. The check or money order shall be made payable to Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulate.
  3. Visa fees:
  

Number of Entry

American

Citizens of other countries

Single entry

$50

$30

Double entry

$75

$45

Multiple entry within 6 months

$100

$60

Multiple entry within 12 months

$150

$90


  Usually, the validity of a single entry visa is 3 months and the validity of a double entry visa is 6 months from the date of issuance. Unless specified on the application form and approved by the consular officer, the duration of stay is 30 days.
  Additional information:
  1. The validity, duration of stay, and number of entries of the visa is issued at the discretion of the Consular Officers, whose decisions are based on Chinese laws and regulations.
  2. The Consular Officers have the authority to refuse any visa applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations, or revoke issued visas.
  All information provided above is subject to change, without notice, at the discretion and interpretation of this Consulate General.

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