What types of Chinese visa are available?
Posted by , Last modified by Aleksandra Kasaeva on 01 June 2019 11:05 PM
There are two types of Chinese visa available depending on the purpose of your visit, how long you wish the visa to be valid for and how many times you expect to visit within the visa validity period.
Chinese tourist visas are generally used by people who travel to China for tourism, allowing for either one (single entry) or two (double entry) visits, usually of up to 30 days each time.
The visa will be issued with a validity window that starts from the date the application is made to the consulate. You should enter China before this validity window expires.
For single entry visas the validity window is 90 days and for double entry visas it is 180 days. It is possible to request a visa allowing for stay(s) of up to 60 days or 90 days rather than the standard 30 days, but the issuance of such visas is at the consulate’s discretion.
For UK citizens it is possible to apply for a two-year, multi-entry visa. This must be applied for no more than 90 days before your first visit.
Business visas are generally used by people who travel to China on official or private business and may be single entry, double entry or multi-entry and allow for trips of up to 30 days during each entry.
The visa will be issued with a validity window that starts from the date the application is made to the consulate and you should enter China before this validity window expires.
For single entry visas the validity window is 90 days, for double entry visas it is 180 days and for multiple entry it may either be six or 12 months.
UK passport holders are eligible to apply for multiple-entry Chinese visas valid for up to two years. These visas allow you to stay in China for up to 90 days during each visit but cannot be applied for more than 90 days before the first planned entry into China.
Please note that if you visit Hong Kong from China, and then intend to return to mainland China, that you will need a double entry visa.