Do I need a visa to go to China for business? 10/1/2010

If you are a U.S. citizen the answer is Yes.  The good news is that visa requirements have been relaxed some in recent years, and you don’t necessarily need a letter of invitation to obtain a China Business Visa.

A comprehensive list of requirements and FAQ’s are available on the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America website (yes this is the longest name of any embassy in the world).

How much does a China Visa cost?  According to the embassy website:

Number of Entry

American Citizens

Citizens of most other countries

Single Entry



Double Entry



Multiple Entry for 6 Months



Multiple Entry for 12 Months



Multiple Entry for 24 Months



I personally recommend using a Visa service – I have been using Perry Visa for years and have always had a great experience with them.  As with most countries, I recommend giving yourself ample time to allow for any unexpected delays in the Visa Processing process.

Another Important note:  Other minimal processing, notarization and passport fees may apply. Rushing services are also available at an additional cost. Visa policies and procedures change regularly so be sure to check back if it’s been a while since you last looked.



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