Please gather, prepare, and send the following documents
1. Your Passport
You must send your actual passport, which must have at least 8 months of validity remaining and at least two blank visa pages.
Note: The last three pages on the US passport are amendment and endorsement pages. They cannot be used
for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.
If you are ethnically Chinese, a minor, or a non-US citizen, you must also meet these Special Requirements.
2. Photocopy of Passport
You must provide a CLEAR copy of the information page of your passport in addition to your original passport.
3. China Visa Application Form
Click here to download application form, which must be completely
filled, signed and dated. One form per applicant. Do not leave any areas blank but instead write "N/A" if you don't have answer to a question, or if
the question does not apply to you.
For help completing your application form, please view our Sample Pre-filled application.
Important Reminder: Hand-written application forms ARE NOT accepted by Chinese Embassy/Consulates. You must
TYPE your answers in our fillable pdf form.
Attention applicant: the Chinese embassy has issued strict requirements for passport photos. Your application will not be accepted if these requirements are not met.
Two passport type photos, with a white background, taken by a professional passport photo service, such as Walgreen, CVS or Kinko's etc. You can print out the requirement and bring it to photographer for reference.
5. Proof of Residency (for Los Angeles Consulate only)
Applicants residing in Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and New Mexico must provide a copy of their driver's license or state issued
ID card. Under-aged applicants who do not have a Driver's License can submit parent's driver's license instead, along with a copy of
the birth certificate.
6. Occupation Description (For Houston Consulate only)
Applicants residing within AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, and TX must provide a brief occupation/company description. Please download and complete
this form. Briefly describe what type of work you do and give a
short company description. This form is not required for students, homemakers, retired, unemployed persons and children. It may be typed or hand-written.
7. Supporting Documents
You must provide one of the following documents for a tourist visa.
Photocopy of round-trip airline reservation AND hotel reservation; OR
Invitation Letter for Tourist Group issued by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit; OR
Invitation Letter issued by Chinese companies, corporations, institutions and individuals. If the invitation is issued by an
individual, a photocopy of that person’s Chinese ID is required. For a non-Chinese inviter, please include copy of their
passport (main info. page) and China resident permit.
Invitation letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions or individuals in China shall include the following items:
Personal information of applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.
Information concerning applicant’s visit: purpose of visit, date of arrival and departure, places to visit, relationship between
the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China.
Information of inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the
You can click here for a Sample Invitation Letter. (The format of this letter is not accepted in Chicago or Houston. Applicants
in these two jurisdictions must provide their own invitation letter containing all the elements included in this sample letter.)
Invitation letter can be submitted as a photocopy. However, original invitation and/or personal interview may be requested at visa officer’s
Important Reminder: The Chinese Embassy and Consulates randomly checks the authenticity of applicants’ invitation letters by contacting
the inviting party in China. When that happens, your application will be delayed, or denied if the letter is not authentic.
8. Our Order Form
Click here to apply online for your China tourist visa and follow the steps to fill out the
China Visa Service Center order form. You will receive payment and mailing instructions when completing the form. After submitting your order, the
system will indicate where to mail your materials.