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Visa Application Guidance


To apply for an appropriate visa will make a foreigner's life and work in China much easier. The Chinese visa authorities will issue a relevant visa according to the purpose of the entry.

China visa requirements

To get a China visa, the applicant needs to provide a valid passport and, when necessary, relevant certificates.

China Visa Authorities

The authorities of the Chinese government abroad for handling foreigner's application for entry or transit visa are Chinese diplomatic missions abroad, consular offices and other overseas agencies authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of China.

China Visa Authorities in Beijing

The authorities of the Chinese government in Beijing for handling foreigner' sapplication for entry, transit, residence and travel visas are:
  • Division of Visa for Foreigners of the Department of Consular Affairs, MFA;
  • Division of Certificates of the Protocol Department, MFA;
  • The Foreign Affairs office of the People' s government of Beijing Municipality;
  • Division of Entry and Exit Administration of Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.

China Visa Authorities

Division of Visa for Foreigners of the Department of Consular Affairs, MFA
  • Address: No. 2, Chaoyangmen Nandajie, Beijing.
  • Telephone:86-1065963788
  • Division of Certificates of the Protocol Department, MFA
  • Telephone 86-10-65963400 or 65963444
Beijing Public-purpose Entry and Exit Service Center of the Foreign Affairs Office of Beijing Municipal Government
  • Address: No. 8, Waijiaobu Nan Jie, Changyang district
  • Telephone 86-1085622633;
  • Beijing Foreign Service Exchange Cente
  • Telephone 86-1085622712
Division of Entry and Exit Administration of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau
  • Address: No. 2, Andingmen Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng district
  • Telephone 86-10-84015294

Renew Your visa in China


A foreigner may obtain a new visa from the visa authorities inside China according to the type of the visa he/she holds once he/she enters into China. The Division of Visa for Foreigners of the Consular Department of the MFA issues new visas for foreigners working for foreign embassies, UN offices or representative offices of other international organizations in China who have entered China on a Diplomatic and Service Visa.
The Foreign Affairs Office of the People' s Government of Beijing Municipality issues new visas for other foreigners visiting Beijing on a Diplomatic and Service Visa. The Division of Entry and Exit Administration of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau issues new visas for foreigners visiting Beijing on Ordinary Visa.
According to the agreements between the Chinese government and the government of countries of origin, visa validity period varies. When you obtain a visa from the Chinese visa authorities, you should pay special attention to the validity period and allowed days for staying in China. If you apply for a new visa, please check the expiry date of your passport. The Chinese visa authorities do not accept visa application with an expired passport.
A foreigner does not need to annul his valid single-entry visa when he leaves China after completing his stay.

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