Chinese Tourist Visa FAQs

Published by Travel Visa Pro on Mon Jun 27 2016

One of the advantages of using a company like Travel Visa Pro is avoiding the bureaucracy of consulates and embassies. To some, navigating the paperwork and application process can be a nightmare even in the best of cases. Fees and processing times vary from country to country, but there’s one country that offers an unusual disparity between Americans and other nationalities: China.

Can I get a Chinese visa on arrival?

US citizens must obtain a visa before arriving in China. In the case of a extended stopover during travel, a 24-hour transit visa will be provided.

I recently received a new passport, but I still have a valid Chinese visa in my old passport. Can I travel with both passports to China without applying for a new visa?

Yes, you may travel with both passports provided that your personal details are the same and the visa is still valid.

What is the right time to submit my Chinese visa application?

You should submit your visa application about one month before your flight to China.

My flight leaves within the month. Is it possible to get expedited visa processing?

Yes. Expedited processing is available for an additional fee.

The fees that apply to a Chinese tourist visa (L) are where we see a difference for US citizens. Chinese embassies and consulates offer three types of service that we at TVP are able to offer our clients:

1. Regular Service, recommended if your planned travels to China are over a month away (no additional fees)

2. Express Service, recommended if your planned travels to China are within a month (additional $20 fee)

3. Rush Service, recommended if your planned travels to China are within a week or two (additional $30 fee).

Don’t forget that we offer our VIP concierge service for Chinese visas, further ensuring your visa will be processed in time for your flight.

Currently the US Department of State charges Chinese citizens $160 for tourist visas (B). As a result, the fees imposes by China for their tourist visas are equally as high for Americans, $140, whereas citizens of other countries are charged $30 or less. This is known as reciprocity.