A: Foreign citizens who come to China under one of the following circumstances are exempt from visa application.
(1) Bilateral agreements. According to the bilateral agreements signed or reached between China and the countries concerned, some countries can exempt the visa for people who meet certain conditions to come to China. You can research China’s bilateral agreements with foreign nations to ascertain whether or not this is a suitable option for you.
(2) Direct transit. Foreign nationals with booked airline tickets can be exempted from visa application if they are in direct transit from China on international flights and stay in the transit city for not more than 24 hours without leaving the airport.
Citizens of the following countries are exempted from visa application if they stay in transit in Shanghai (out of the airport, but must enter or leave from Shanghai Hongqiao or Pudong Airport) for no more than 48 hours:
- Czech Republic,
- New Zealand,
- United States,
(3) Those who gold a valid residence permit issued by the Chinese Public Security Authorities. Once you have a valid residence permit, you are allowed to enter and leave China without the need to apply for a separate visa on every trip.
(4) Those who hold a valid permanent residence permit.
(5) Those who hold a valid APEC Business Travel Card (which is equivalent to a three-year multiple-entry visa) may enter and leave China several times as long as the card, and their passport, are valid. Every stay in the country, however, is limited to two months.
(6) Those traveling to the Pearl River Delta and Hainan Island.
1, Foreign nationals holding ordinary passports of countries that have established diplomatic relations with China, and have been in Hong Kong, Macao, by the legally registered travel agencies in Hong Kong, Macao, organized tours into the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong (and several cities under their jurisdictions), and stay no more than 6 days, can be exempt from visa.
2, Foreign nationals who hold ordinary passports from the following countries, and who have undertaken a group (> than 5 people) tour with a Chinese government approved travel agency for no more than 15 days, are exempt from visa applications: Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the United States, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, and Ukraine. Citizens of South Korea, Germany and Russia, part of a tour group on 2 or more people, may visit China visa-free for 21 days.
B. Singapore, Brunei, Japanese citizens.
Singapore, Brunei, Japan, ordinary passport holders of citizens of the three countries, to travel to mainland China, business, visiting friends and relatives or transit not more than 15 days, from China’s open ports of entry for foreigners, can be exempt from visa. However, the following cases require a visa in advance.
1、Persons holding ordinary passports visiting China for tourism, business or visiting friends and relatives for a period of stay exceeding 15 days.
2、With ordinary passports to study, work, settle in China, official visits, interviews and reports.
C. How should foreign citizens apply for visas to visit mainland China and Hong Kong at the same time?
The Hong Kong SAR of China may implement its own independent immigration control,in accordance with laws of this special administrative region. Therefore, foreign nationals visiting mainland China and HKSAR at the same time, except in the case of visa exemption, are required to obtain a visa to Hong Kong and a visa to China in advance.
D. Where can I find our more on China visas and get a visa application form?
For more information on Chinese visas, please visit https://visaexpress.com/visa-for-china-from-us/.
Visa application forms can be obtained from Chinese embassies and consulates or downloaded directly from the China Consular Service website.