|Chinese Visa & Tibet Entry Permit |
The visa form and completed sample are up-to-date for U.S. customers. Canadian customers should contact us for the latest information.
You may not need a visa to enter Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand or Singapore. Please check with us if you plan to book a tour with us.
- Original passport valid for at least 6 months on intended date of exit – the passport must have enough blank Visa Pages for the visa itself and stamping on entry and exit.
- One photocopy of the passport page bearing your photo.
- Completed visa application form (must be completed on a computer, printed out and signed).
- A recently-taken colour passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background (size: 48mm x 33mm) – do not cheat or you’ll hurt yourself!
- One copy of your round-trip international air itinerary.
- Proof of a hotel reservation – this will be furnished by Laurus Travel.
What should I watch out for when filling out the visa form?
- If you never had a legal Chinese name, please answer N/A.
- If you are a married woman using your husband’s surname, you do not need to mention your maiden name under “Other or Former Name”.
- You do not need to mention all the cities. Listing two of them is adequate. In most cases, these should be the points of entry and exit.
- If your trip includes Tibet and you want to arrange your Chinese visa yourself or through another agency, you must contact us first or else you will be responsible for any difficulty you’ll run into.
When should I apply?
You may apply anytime you like although we do advise guests going on a tour with us to wait till the balance due date (three months before departure). As a Canadian or US citizen, you’ll be automatically granted a multiple entry visa (each visit is limited to 60 days) which can be valid for up to 10 years from the time of issuance assuming your passport is valid that long. A single entry visa costs the same as a multiple one and the application requirements are the same.
Where should I submit application to?
Canadian applicants are to deal with Chinese Visa Application Service Centers (CVASC) in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. CVASC is the sole agent appointed to act on behalf of the Chinese consulates. Applicants are required to make an appointment and fill out the application forms online at the official website of the CVASC (https://bio.visaforchina.org/YVR2_EN/index.shtml). Applicants’ fingerprints will be collected at the time of submission (applicable for applicants aged between 14 and 70. Those who are younger than 14 or older than 70 are exempted from this new requirement).
American customers can apply at the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC or a Chinese Consulate in New York, Chicago, Houston or Los Angeles. Applicants living in other cities would be directed to a reliable online visa agency with our cost-saving coupon code.
We also have a San Francisco-based partner agency who can help applicants from Northern California and Washington State.
How long would I have to wait before getting my passport back?
It usually takes 4 business days for the application to be processed. For a fee, rush service is available but same-day service is not. You can pick up your passports at the respective service center or Chinese consulates. If you postal service is involved, please allow another 4 business to retrieve and return your passport. If you apply through our San Francisco-based partner, your passports will be returned by USPS Priority Mail.
How Much does it cost?
*Cost breakdown: Visa fee $100, CVASC* fee with GST $42. Postal services are no longer available. If you want your passports to be returned to you by mail, please include a self-addressed courier envelope when submitting your application.
- US$140 (apply in person at the Chinese Embassy or one of the Chinese Consulates)
- US $200 (plus $10 for single applicant) for applicants going a China tour with us and applying via our San Francisco-based agency.
*Cost breakdown: Visa fee $140 plus our fee including shipping and handling.
- US $208 after coupon code (savings of $50) for applicants using a US visa agency. The cost includes visa fee of $140 plus the agent’s shipping and handling charges.
Visa Form Printing
The blank visa application form provided by the Chinese government may be over-size for your printer’s default setting. The top and bottom of Pages 2, 3 and 4 can get cut off if you don’t resize the form for printing. Google’s Chrome is the best browser as it automatically selects “Fit to page” for printing. With Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari and Firefox, you will have to adjust the printer setting for desired result.
If you apply for Chinese visa in Canada or the United States where you don’t hold citizenship, you must provide the original and a photocopy of your Canadian Maple Leaf Card or US Green Card to prove your resident status.
Former PRC Nationals
If you are a former Chinese citizen applying for Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide the last Chinese passport you held and a photocopy of its data page.
If you obtained Chinese visas before and apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present a photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separated from the data page, as well as a photocopy of your previous Chinese visa.
If your name in the current passport differs from your name in the previous passport, you must provide an official document stating the name change.
Applicants Born in China and of Chinese Ancestry
Applicants born in China including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, must provide their name in Chinese characters in the appropriate box on the visa form. They must also provide a photocopy of their citizenship ID or an expired passport in addition to the current passport.
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Tibet Entry Permit
This is a visa in addition to the visa that allows you to enter China and must be obtained prior to arrival. Tibet Tourism Bureau, a government agency, is the only organization in charge of permit issuance, but it only accepts applications submitted by locally licensed travel agencies. By government regulations, foreigners visiting Tibet must work with a local travel agency and hire a guide during their entire stay in Tibet. Independent travel is banned.
If you are going to Tibet on a tour with us, all you have to do is to provide us with a clear copy of your passport and Chinese visa. The Permit fee is included in the tour price. If your trip includes Tibet and you choose to apply for the Chinese visa on your own, you must contact us before submitting your visa application.
We are unable to help independent travellers or those going to Tibet with other travel companies.
- Chinese Visa Application Form (for Americans only)
- Completed Chinese Visa Form Sample (for Americans)
- Chinese Visa Offices in Canada and USA
Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Bhutan
Visa fee US$25
Effective February 1, 2017, visitors from 40 countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain will be able to apply for Vietnam visa online at https://evisa.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/ and https://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn/. Letter of Approval (see below) is not required.
Other nationals coming on our Vietnam tours who are not allowed to apply online should obtain their visa on arrival. A Letter of Approval from Vietnam is required and will be furnished 3 weeks prior to your arrival.
Although you may apply through a Vietnamese embassy prior to arrival, we advise against it because visa on arrival is simple and more cost-effective. The fee must be paid in US dollars and in cash only – no other currency or form of payment is accepted.
Visa fee $30
This is the fee you’ll pay if you apply on arrival. The Cambodian government has a website (https://www.evisa.gov.kh/) to handle applications online but the website doesn’t seem very reliable. If you can get your visa online, you’ll be charged $7 extra for the convenience, which they call processing fee. No matter which route you choose, a letter of approval or invitation is NOT required. If you do it on arrival, please bring a photo of passport type.
Cambodia Departure Card
The card given to you together with the Arrival Card should be kept until exit. Please ensure you won’t lose it.
Visa fee US$30 to $42 depending on your nationality
Please wait till arrival to apply for visa and be sure to bring a passport type of photo. No letter of approval or invitation is required.
Visa fee US$50
You can and should arrange your Myanmar visa online prior to arrival. The secure website is hosted in Singapore for credit card payment processing. The e-visa is called Entry Visa Approval Letter, based on which an Immigration Pass will be issued to you on arrival. Please bring a passport type photo just in case.
Please contact us for detailed information.
If the above link is broken, please copy this address to your Web browser: http://www.chinaembassy.org
If the above link is broken, please copy this address to your Web browser: http://www.chinaembassy.org.nz/
The visa application requirements may appear daunting, but don’t worry if you are travelling to China on a tour with us. Not only will we guide you through the process, but we will also provide all the supporting documents.