How to Decide What Kind of Visa You Need for China

When you want to stay in China for any period of time you will first need to take care of a few formalities. One of those formalities is applying for a visa for China.

What is a visa for China?

The CVASC describes it as the following:

“Chinese visa is a permit issued by authorities of China in accordance with the laws and regulations of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of China.”

So to summarize, it is basically permit which is issued by appointed authorities, with which you can legally travel into, exit out of or transit through China. It is required for you to have a Chinese visa if you want to go to China. If you don’t have a the document in your passport you will be stopped by customs and will not be allowed to pass through.

So how can I get it?

First you will need to decide what kind of visa you will be needing, as there are several different types of visa’s you can apply for. So decide for what purpose you will be going to China and in the list below, find out what type of visa applies to you.

-Tourist and family visit visa is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for tourist purposes, family visit or other personal affairs.

Schengen Visa

-Business Visa is issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology, education, culture and sports, or attending various kinds of trade fairs or exhibitions, or short-term study, intern practice for a period of less than 6 months.

-Student Visa is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study or advanced study for a period of six or more months.

-Work Visa is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China to work and his or her accompanying family members, or to give commercial performances in China.

-Transit Visa is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his or her way to a third country (or region).

-Crew Visa is issued to crew member performing his/her duties on board an international train, or on an international airline, to a sailor on board an international ocean-liner or freighter, and also to their accompanying family members.

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