|China visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the China visa authorities
for entry into, exit from or transit through the China territory.
The China visa authorities may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service
or Ordinary Visa to a foreigner according to his identity, purpose
of visit to China and passport type. The Ordinary Visa consists of
eight sub-categories, which are respectively marked with China phonetic
letters F, L, X, C, J-1, J-2, G, and D.
F Visa: Issued to an applicant who is invited to China for visit,
research, lecture, business, scientific-technological and culture
exchanges or short-term advanced studies or intern practice for
a period of no more than six months.
L Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist purposes,
family visiting or other personal affairs.
Z Visa: Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment
in China, and their accompanying family members.
X Visa: Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose
of study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of six
months or above.
C Visa: Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation
and land transportation missions and family members accompanying
J-1 Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
J-2 Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview
mission in China.
G Visa: Issued to those who transit through China.
D Visa: Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.
The China visa authorities overseas include China embassies, consulates,
visa offices, and the consular department of the office of the Commissioner
of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. If a foreigner intends
to enter into, exit from or transit through the China territory,
he shall apply to the above-mentioned China visa authorities for
a China visa. For further information, please consult the nearest
China visa authorities.