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China Passport & Visa Requirements

Visa Agencies

Avoid the stress and queues, get a visa agency to arrange your visa.


Travel Visa Pro, San Francisco, USA. (866) 378-1722 or www.TravelVisaPro.com

Travel Visa Pro in UK: +44 (0) 20 3743 3155 or www.travelvisapro.co.uk.


Entry requirements for Americans

US nationals require a passport valid on arrival, and visa for entry to China.

Entry requirements for UK nationals

UK nationals require a passport valid on arrival and a visa for entry to China. Passports endorsed British National (Overseas) are not recognized and holders should carry a 'Returning Resident Permit' together with their Hong Kong ID.

Entry requirements for Canada

Canadians require a passport valid on arrival and a visa for entry to China.

Entry requirements for Australians

Australians require a passport valid on arrival, and a visa for entry to China.

Entry requirements for South Africans

South African nationals require a passport valid on arrival, and a visa for entry to China.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid on arrival, and a visa for entry to China.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals

Irish nationals require a passport valid on arrival, and a visa for entry to China.

Passport/Visa Note

Persons holding an APEC Business Travel Card do not require a visa, provided that it is valid for travel to China. Travel to Tibet will also require a special Tibet Entry Permit. There are a few complex exceptions to Chinese visa requirements, which will not apply to the majority of visitors, but all requirements should be confirmed with a Chinese embassy before travel. All documents necessary for further travel and sufficient funds to cover intended period of stay are required. Period of validity is stated on visas, and care should be taken when reading dates on visas for China as they are written in year/month/day format. We always recommend that passports be valid for six months after intended period of travel.

Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

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