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What Does a Chinese Visa Look Like? Guide and Requirements

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One of the first things that you will need if you are planning a trip to China from Australia is a Chinese Visa. But what exactly does it look like, and to obtain one, what are the requirements? In this guide we will cover all the important aspects of a Chinese visa and the steps involved in getting one. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re applying for a tourist visa, a business visa, or another type, Let’s dive in!

Key Features

  • Visa Category: The visa category is displayed prominently it may include titles, such as tourist visa, business visa. This helps in a quick identification for the officials of the purpose of your visit.
  • Validity Period: This shows the dates within which your visa is valid for travel to China. Planning your trip within this timeframe is crucial for avoiding any issues.
  • Duration of Stay: This indicates the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in China per visit.
  • Number of Entries: How many times you can use the visa to travel to China is specified in this section. It can be single-entry, double-entry, or multiple-entry.
  • Passport Number: Your passport number is printed on the visa to link it to your identification.
  • Applicant’s Name and Date of Birth: Your personal details are written as well to ensure that the visa is specific to you.
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Security Features

  • Emblem of the People’s Republic of China: The emblem symbolizes authenticity.
  • Machine-Readable Zone: There is a section on your visa that contains information in a format that can be read by machines at border control.
  • Color and Design: The visa is typically printed in color. It has a light green or blue background design. There is also a hologram and other security features that are used to counterfeiting.
  • Text: The text is printed in both Chinese and English, which makes it understandable for both local authorities and international travelers.

Requirements for Obtaining a Chinese Visa

Getting a Chinese visa requires various documents and takes several steps to complete. The Following is a breakdown of what you need to do:

  1. Determine the Type of Visa You Need

Figure out which type of visa is best for your travel purpose before doing anything else. Here are the most common types:

  • Tourist Visa (L Visa): This type of visa is for tourists traveling to mainland China. It is perfect for sightseeing, visiting family or friends, or participating in short-term business activities.
  • Business Visa (M Visa): This one is F for commercial and trade activities, which can be issued for a single, double, or multiple entry, and up to 10 years. This type of visa is great for business meetings, negotiations, conferences, and other commercial activities.
  • Work Visa (Z Visa): This type of visa is issued to those who intend to work in China, or it is for those who have secured employment in China.
  • Student Visa (X Visa): This type of visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days (X1 Visa) or no more than 180 days (X2 Visa). It is for those attending educational programs in China.
  1. Gather Required Documents

After understanding and knowing what type of visa you need, you should start gathering necessary documents. Below is a general list of what you might need:

  • Valid Australian Passport: You should have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in China and it must also have enough blank pages for visa stamps.
  • Completed Visa Application Form: This form is available to download on the Chinese embassy or consulate website, it requires accurate and complete information.
  • Recent Passport Sized Photos: Two identical photos that meet specified size and format requirements.
  • Proof of Travel: You are required to show confirmed flight bookings or a detailed itinerary.
  • Proof of Accommodation: A letter of invitation from your host in China or hotel reservations or might be needed.
  • Financial Means: You may be requested to submit proof of sufficient financial resources to support your stay in China, such as bank statements, employment letters, or insurance documents for travel.
  • Additional Documents: You might need additional documents depending on the type of visa, such as an invitation letter for business visas or an admission letter for student visas.
  1. Submit Your Application

Based on your location in Australia, you will be required to submit your visa application to the relevant Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). For example, you would submit your application to the CVASC in Brisbane, if you’re in Queensland. Here’s a quick overview of where you can apply:

  • Canberra: For ACT, NT
  • Sydney: For NSW
  • Melbourne: For VIC, TAS
  • Perth: For WA
  • Brisbane: For QLD
  • Adelaide: For SA
  1. In-Person or Mail Submission

You can apply either by person or by mail. Keep the following in mind, if you choose to apply by mail:

  • Processing Time: It usually takes around 10 working days to process mail applications, while rush services are not available.
  • Required Documents: You must send your original passport, visa application form, supporting documents, and a return envelope that is fully paid and self-addressed.
  • Mail Services: The only accepted Australia posts are Express POST and Registered POST.
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  1. Processing Time and Fees

It usually takes as much as four working days to process a visa. While, for an additional fee you have the options of services, such as express services which take up to three business days and rush services that process it by the next business day. Check the Chinese Visa Application Service Center’s website for the latest information on fees and payment methods.

  1. Collect Your Visa

You would need to go back to the CVASC, if you applied in person, to collect your visa. And if you applied by mail then your visa will be sent back to you in the self-addressed envelope that you provided.

Tips for a Smooth Application Process

In order to ensure you Chinese visa application to go smoothly, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Apply Early: We recommend you apply for your visa at least one month before your planned trip.  You should apply even earlier during peak travel seasons or in special circumstances (like the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Double-Check Documents: Your documents are supposed to be complete and accurate to avoid delays. Therefore, you must check it multiple times to be sure.
  • Follow Instructions: The specific requirements must be taken seriously, adhere to the specific requirements for your visa type and the CVASC location you are applying through to avoid any hassle.
  • Stay Informed: Be wary of any updates or changes to the visa application process by checking the Chinese Visa Application Service Center website.

Contact Visa Bridge Today!

Knowing what a Chinese visa looks like and understanding the requirements for obtaining one can simplify the application process. And you can secure your visa with the right preparation and documentation and have more time to focus on planning your exciting trip to China. If you need assistance with your visa application, or have any questions, reach out to Visa Bridge, without hesitation, for expert guidance and support. Safe travels!


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