Update on Visa for China Application Requirements

2023-01-16 15:02

In accordance with the relevant arrangement, the updated visa application requirements are listed as follows:

1. Persons who do not need a visa

(1) Foreigners holding valid Chinese permanent residence permits

(2) Foreigners holding valid residence permits

(3) Foreigners holding APEC business travel cards (excluding Virtual ABTC) 

2. Suspension of Entry

(1) Holding a multi-year and multi-entry visa issued before March 26, 2020;

(2) Unilateral visa-free entry from Japan, Singapore and Brunei;

(3) Hainan province visa-free entry;

(4) Visa-free for Shanghai cruises;

(5) The 144-hour visa-free policy for foreigners from Hong Kong and Macao to enter Guangdong province in groups;

(6) Visa-free entry for ASEAN tourist groups to enter Guangxi province

3. Visa application process

(1) The applicant logs on the https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn and fills in the visa application form online.

(2) After completing the online form filling, you can directly enter the visa appointment interface through the "Go to Appointment" link, or you can log in to the https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn website later, enter your personal information and the application number of the visa application form to make an appointment.

(3) The applicant needs to download and print the application form (full form 8 pages) and sign on the confirmation page and part 9 of the form.

(4) The applicant summits the application materials to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center and collects fingerprints according to the appointment. For specific application materials, please check the website of Chinese Embassy: http://au.china-embassy.gov.cn/lsfw/qz/sqqzxz/

4. Other Notice

(1) Except for visas for tourism and medical treatment, other types of visas are normally proceeded.

(2)All applicants should collect fingerprints and facial information expect the following:

 a. Applicants under the age of 14 or over 70;

 b. Diplomatic passport holders, or applicants eligible for diplomatic, official and courtesy visas;

 c. Applicants who already had their fingerprints collected within the past five years at the Embassy or Consulate-Generals, or the local Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Australia with the same passport;

 d. Applicants with all fingers mutilated or uncollectible.

(3) Regarding multiple-entry visas. Applicants can apply for a multiple-entry visa according to their needs (the visa fees varies), and the consular officer would determines the number of entries and the duration of the visa according to the applicant's condition. The applicant should provide relevant supporting materials, including multiple invitation letters from domestic inviting parties, visas for China issued before, and so on. If necessary, the consular officer may require other supporting documents.

The Websites of Chinese Embassy and Consulate-Generals in Australia:

The Embassy of PRC in Australia:


Consulate-Genaral of China in Sydney:http://sydney.china-consulate.gov.cn/eng/

Consulate-Genaral of China in Melbourne:http://melbourne.china-consulate.org/eng/

Consulate-Genaral of China in Perth:http://perth.chineseconsulate.org/eng/

Consulate-Genaral of China in Brisbane:http://brisbane.china-consulate.gov.cn/eng/

Consulate-Genaral of China in Adelaide:http://adelaide.china-consulate.gov.cn/eng/

The Websites of Chinese Visa application Service Centers:

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Canberra: https://www.visaforchina.cn/CBR2_EN/

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Sydney: https://www.visaforchina.cn/SYD2_EN/

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Melbourne: https://www.visaforchina.cn/MEL2_EN/

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Perth: https://www.visaforchina.cn/PER2_EN/

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Brisbane: https://www.visaforchina.cn/BNE2_EN/

Chinese Visa application Service Centers in Adelaide: https://www.visaforchina.cn/ADL2_EN/