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For the purpose of holiday, tourism, single or double entry tourist visa is required which is normally valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Necessary travel information, such as the two-way flight details and itinerary, is required.
For travel to Tibet, an entry permit issued by the Tibetan Tourist Bureau is required. (Fax number of Tibetan Tourist Bureau: 0086-891-6834632; Telephone number:0086-891-6834313). The applicant is supposed to contact an authorized Chinese Tour Operator to organize an entry permit before applying for a Chinese visa.
To visit relatives, single or double-entry visiting visa is required which is normally valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Proof of kinship, such as the birth certificate, marriage certificate, is required. But the applicants who were born in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) as shown in the passport are exempt from this proof.
For the purpose of doing business or attending a meeting or conference, single, double entry or the multi-entry visa is required. Validity of the multi-entry visa varies, namely half a year / one year. The original version of invitation letter or fax from an authorized Chinese Government Department or Government-authorized company is required along with the two-way flight details or itinerary.
Please make sure that the invitation letter is stamped by the inviting company or government department.
Foreign experts, scholars, teachers or managers shall provide the original version and photocopy of the Employment Permit from the Ministry of Labour or the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China together with formal invitation letter from Government-authorized company, university or relevant local authority.
Foreigners to be engaged in offshore petroleum operations in China shall provide an invitation from China National Offshore Oil Corporation;
Foreigners to be engaged in commercial art performance in China shall provide the temporary commercial art performance permit from the Ministry of Culture of the PRC and the visa notification form from the Ministry of Culture of the PRC or from the Office of Foreign Affairs of provincial people's government concerned；
Chief representative of the permanent office of foreign enterprise in China shall provide visa notification form from an authorized department and the registration certificate from the local administration for industry and commerce;
Staff members working for NGO (non-governmental organizations established in accordance with the agreements between governments) shall provide the business letter or verbal note from the relevant departments of their governments.