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The article below provides important information about travel to China. For comprehensive Visa Application instructions, please see the specific Visa Requirements page for your Visa Type (business, tourist, etc). Our step-by-step instructions guide you through the process. We guarantee the accuracy of your application and expedite it with the appropriate Consulate. Our team is here to help with online chat, phone & email support.

08/18/2008 - Chinese Transit Visa


Chinese Transit (G) Visa

 

The main difference between a Chinese transit visa and a Chinese tourist visa is the validity of the visa.

 

A Chinese transit visa is valid for 7 days. To apply you would send your passport, a passport photo, visa application and a copy of your itinerary indicating the dates of transit through China.

 

A Chinese tourist visa is typically being issued for 6 months validity with a stay of 30 days. The requirements are the same as the Chinese Tranist visa except in addition you would need to submit a copy of your Hotel Reservation.

 

The fee is the same for both the Chinese Tranist visa and the Chinese Tourist Visa.

 

We highly recommend you apply for a Tourist visa for the flexibility is provides.
 

 

  Who needs a Chinese Transit Visa? 

 

Chinese Transit Visa (G Visa) is issued to an alien who transits through China. Visas are not required in the following circumstances:

 

1.Visa-free entry for visitors:

 

No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit.

 

2.Visa-free transit:

 

*Visas are not required of aliens who hold air tickets to the final destination and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.

 

*Visas are not required of passport holders of the following countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas for the onward countries, final destination tickets and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours:

 

Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland.




If you need assistance applying for a Chinese Transit Visa please click the link below and select Tourist visa- the application process is exactly the same.  Chinese Transit Visa




06/02/2008 - Chinese Transit Visa


Visas are required to transit China.  Persons transiting China on the way to and from Mongolia or North Korea or who plan to re-enter from the Hong Kong or Macau Special Administrative Regions should be sure to obtain visas allowing multiple entries.  Permits are required to visit Tibet as well as many remote areas not normally open to foreigners.  Every foreigner going to Tibet needs to get a travel permit which can be done through local travel agents. Permits cost approximately RMB 100, are single-entry and valid for at most three months.  Most areas in Tibet are not open for foreigners except Lhasa City and part of Shan Nan.  Foreigners can be fined up to RMB 500, taken into custody, and removed for visiting restricted areas. Americans traveling in Asia have been able to obtain visas to enter China from the Chinese visa office in Hong Kong and the Embassy of China in Seoul, South Korea.

 

In July 2007, the Chinese government tightened its regulations for altering or renewing visas for foreigners already in China.  Visitors can no longer change tourist (L) and exchange (F) -type visas to other types and many applications must now be completed in person.  There have also been reports that entry and exit violations are being more strictly enforced, with recent reports of police, school administrators and hotel staff checking to ensure that foreigners have not overstayed their visas.

 

Americans who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their Chinese visas will be subject to a maximum fine of 5,000 RMB and departure delays and may be subject to detention.  Travelers should note that international flights departing China are routinely overbooked, making reconfirmation of departure reservations and early airport check-in essential.  An airport user fee for both international and domestic flights are now included in the cost of the ticket price.


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