China Tourist Visa (L-Visa)
The China tourist visa (L-visa) is issued to foreign citizens who are entering China for tourist purposes, to visit family or for other personal affairs.
- Original passport with at least two blank pages
- Copy of current passport (photo page only)
- Completed tourist visa application form including recently taken passport-size photo
- Itinerary or invitation from friends in China
- Single-entry visas are valid for 3 months.
- Double-entry visas are valid for 6 months.
- Multiple-entry visas are valid for either 6 or 12 months.
Generally, Chinese visas allow the applicant to stay in China for 30 days.
Note: for cruise tourists, landing in one port in China requires a single-entry visa, landing in two ports requires a double-entry visa and three and more ports requires a multiple-entry visa.
- For a single entry China tourist visa, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. For a double-entry or multiple-entry (six-month) visas, your passport validity must be at least 9 months. For a one year multiple-entry visa, your passport validity must be at least 15 months.
- If the visa applicant has a Chinese name, the Chinese name should be included on the visa application form.
- Religious and media personnel need to declare in Section 5 of the visa application form that they will not engage in any activities relating to religion and news reporting while in China.
- Applicants who have not been to mainland China before, should provide copies of other ID such as a driver’s license.
- Applicants who have been granted a Chinese visa before, should provide copies of their previous Chinese visa with entry record.
- Non-Australian passport holders applying for a China Visa from Australia must complete the China Visa Supplementary Form (download form here and guidelines here).
- Non-Australian passport holders must also provide a valid Australian visa and entry record (original plus one copy).
- Non-Australian passport holders who are in Australia free of visa or with ETA and electronic visa,must provide their Australian entry record (original plus one copy).
- Applicants travelling to Tibet Autonomous Region not as part of a tour group organised by an authorised travel agency must obtain a visa notification issued by the Tourism Administration of Tibet.
ChinaVisa.com.au provides visa information for Australians and Australian-based travellers intending to travel to China for work, study or leisure.
Chinese visa requirements may change so consult your nearest Chinese consulate or use our online application portal and we'll take care of your visa application for you.
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