Chinese Visa – English
You should come into China with a valid visa, which can be applied from Chinese diplomatic missions abroad, consular offices, or other resident agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to your identity and the type of your passport, the visa issued by China includes diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, official visa and ordinary visa.
The ordinary visa is classified into the following categories, and the corresponding pinyin letters are marked on the visa:
C visa, Issued to foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.
D visa，Iissued to people who want to settle in China;.
Fvisa，Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study toursand other activities.
G visa，Issued to those who intend to transit through China.
J1 visa，Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
L visa，Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.
M visa，Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
Q1 visa，Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care.
Q2 Visa，The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.”Family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
R visa，Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.
S1 visa，issued to the spouse, parents, children under 18 and parents of the spouse of foreigners, who stay in China for work, study or other reasons, for long-term family visit, and to people who need to reside in China for other private purposes;
S2 visa，issued to family members of foreigners, who stay in China for work, study or other reasons, for short-term family visit, and to people who need to reside in China for other private purposes;
X1 visa，Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days；
X2 visa，Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of less than 180 days.
Z visa，Issued to those who intend to work in China.
The port visa offices are set in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Xi’an, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Guangzhou (Baiyun Airport), Shenzhen (Luohu, Huanggang, Shekou), Zhuhai (Gongbei), etc.