Chinese visa authorities may issue a diplomatic, courtesy, service, business or an ordinary visa depending on the status, type of passport held and purpose of visit. Ensure to obtain the appropriate visa for the purpose of your visit. It is important to note that the Chinese Consulate has the final say on the type of visa you can obtain and how many days stay for each visit.

The general requirements are:

  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the duration of your intended stay and you must also be able to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket.
  • Completed visa application form, with two recently taken passport sized photos.
  • Other relevant documents relating to the entry or transit application, which vary depending on the type of visa the foreign national is applying for.

For the most up to date visa information for China, please visit the website of the China Visa Application Service Centre or contact your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate well before departure.

For Australians already travelling or residing in China, all visa queries should be directed to the Foreigners Entry and Exit Administration Section of the local Public Security Bureau.

Hong Kong and Macau

Please note that Hong Kong and Macau are Special Administrative Regions with separate visa and entry administrations.

Australians can apply for a visa to mainland China in Hong Kong, and most major hotels and travel agencies offer a China visa service with a turnaround time of one to two days. A service fee is charged to handle this visa application process. Alternatively, you can apply through the Consulate Department Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong, which is cheaper, but often takes longer.

For further information, contact your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate prior to arrival.