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Passport and Visa Requirements for Visiting China



A passport is required for most international travel, so make sure yours is up-to-date. Visitors to mainland China require a passport that is valid for at least six months prior to entry.

Visit the US State Department website to understand how to get or renew your US passport.


How to get a visa:

A visa is required to enter the People's Republic of China. Visas can be obtained in person at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in your area. If visiting the Chinese Embassy or Consulate is not convenient or possible for you, travel and visa agencies also handle the visa process for a fee.

Mail applications are not acceptable.

Where to get a visa:

Here is a contact list for the embassy and consulates in the US. Note that the embassy and consulates are generally closed on US and Chinese national holidays. Check their individual websites for closings.

Validity & Cost:

Tourist visas, or "L" visas, are usually valid for 3 months prior to travel and are then valid for a 30 day stay. Visa costs are more expensive for US citizens than for citizens of other countries. See the Chinese Embassy site for the most up-to-date information.

More info:

The Chinese Embassy site publishes the most up-to-date information on visas in English.
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