Passport & China Visa Instructions
Exclusively Prepared for China Spree Travelers
All foreign nationals (except for China passport holders) traveling to the People's Republic of China (PRC) must travel with a valid passport and a visa obtained prior to entering the country.
China Spree can only handle China visa application for U.S. or Canadian passport holders or passengers residing in U.S. or Canada. Foreign nationals residing outside the U.S. or Canada must get their own China visa.
Note, for those who would like handle the China visa application on your own, please be sure to check our website at the Passport & China Visa webpage for the updated information you will need for China visa application and download the up-to-date China Visa Application Form and/or Passport & China Visa Instructions before you visit the China Consulate. Additional supporting documents may be required.
Policies and requirements of China visa application specified in this file may change from the time you view it to the time you actually submit your visa application. We will try our best to keep the up-to-date information online only.
Please provide your special attention to the instructions below and make sure you follow the procedures specified. Failure to do so may delay your China visa application and could increase the cost of the process.
- China Visa Application Procedure
- China Visa By China Spree
- China Visa By Yourself
- China Visa & Instruction Forms Download
Your passport should meet these requirements for your China trip:
- It should be valid for at least 6 months after your scheduled entry date into China
- It should have at least 2 blank pages—one to affix the China visa sticker and one for an entry/exit/security check stamp
- The blank pages must be labeled "Visas" at the top. Pages labeled "Amendments and Endorsements" are not acceptable
- It must be signed (parents/guardians may sign for minors) to be valid
Your passport must be physically submitted to the China Consulate in order to get a China visa (which is affixed to your passport), either via China Spree, by yourself, or your representative.
Please take moment to check if your passport meets all of these requirements. If not, you could be refused entry into China. And if that happens, you might be required by China Customs to return to the U.S. immediately, which would be at your own expense.
If you need to renew your passport or get extra pages:
Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) at 1-877-487-2778, or visit their website at www.travel.state.gov for information on obtaining a new passport, renewing your existing passport, or for additional pages. Many local post offices carry forms for renewing by mail or obtaining extra pages. Allow several weeks for processing your passport.
NOTE: When updating your passport, it is worthwhile to check the prices on all the different services that might apply to you. For example, it might be less expensive to renew your passport than to have pages added, depending on the number of pages you need.
China visa can only be obtained prior to entering China (PRC). Your tourist visa (Type L) will be good for up to 30 days after the entry date to China. The 30-day visa is activated on the date you enter China, rather than on the date of issuance. You must enter China within 3 months (or six months as specified on the Visa) after the date of issuance, or the visa will expire.
Number of Entries
If your trip includes Hong Kong, you will need a double entry visa; if your tour does not include Hong Kong a single entry visa is sufficient. However, since the China Consulates charge a flat fee for a single/double/multiple entry visa, China Spree will usually apply for multiple entry visas for our customers. Please note that the actual number of entries granted to you is at sole discretion of China Consulate.
Visa Application Fees
The China Consulates charge a flat fee of $140 for single/double/multiple entry visa for regular service (4-5 business days).
If you prefer to have China Spree obtain a visa for you, a nominal $30 visa processing fee will be added on top of the consulate charge amounting to $170 for single/double/multiple entry visa, and is an added service for China Spree customers. Please note that you must participate in 1 of China Spree's tours to be eligible for using our visa handling service. China visa fee is not part of the tour fare and is subject to change without prior notice. The visa payment is non-refundable once the visa is granted.
Non-U.S. Passport Holders
If you are a U.S. resident holding a green card, you MUST make a clear copy of both sides of your green card and submit it with your actual passport and China Visa Application form. For U.S. residents holding H1 and L1 visas, the procedure to obtain a China visa is same as the procedure for green card holders. Please copy these visas and send the copy to us with your application form.
Visa Requirement to Hong Kong
U. S. & Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa when traveling to Hong Kong and Macau if your stay in these destinations is less than 90 days in duration.
If you are non-U.S. & non-Canadian citizens and your tour includes Hong Kong, it is your sole responsibility to find out the visa requirement to Hong Kong and obtain the correct document to enter Hong Kong on your own. You should later notify China Spree regarding this issue after you obtain your visa to Hong Kong.
If you are Chinese passport holder and your tour includes Hong Kong, you must take care of your visa to Hong Kong on your own. China Spree is NOT responsible for any information or advice provided to you regarding the legal documents and visa requirement to enter Hong Kong and back to China. Please note, the visa requirement for Chinese passport holders to Hong Kong and back to mainland China may change at any time without prior notice.
China has an embassy in Washington DC and consulates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and New York. Please find the detailed address and contact information below. You may submit your visa application at any of these consulates. Please be advised that China Consulate does not accept mail-in visa application due to increased security measures. If you choose to handle the visa application yourself, you must physically present your application and documents to the China Consulate, or, entrust someone to handle the application on your behalf. It takes 4 to five 5 business days for the consulate to process a visa application and rush fees apply if you require an express service.
China Visa for applicants who were born in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan
If you were born in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan but hold a U.S./Canadian passport, you may be required, by the China Consulate, to submit further documents for a China visa. Note, the extra documents listed below are in addition to the general documents required to obtain a China visa.
If you have an old China visa in an expired passport, that is all you need. Please send the old passport with the old visa to China Spree along with your visa application kit, and we will submit the old documents with your visa application, which includes your current passport, and completed China Visa Application form with a photo.
If there is no old China visa, the Consulate may require the following:
- Your Original Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau passport with your name in Chinese characters. (not a copy)
- A copy of your U.S./Canadian Naturalization Certificate
- If your name has changed since living in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan a copy of the name change document, or copy of the marriage certificate is required.
We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but these are requirements made by the China Consulate and are beyond the control of China Spree.
For questions regarding this issue, please contact China Spree.
If you choose to have China Spree handle your visa application, you must mail your actual passport, the completed and signed China Visa Application Form with one 2x2 passport photo glued to the form, along with your balance payment check (where applicable) to our company by balance payment due date (about 75 days prior to departure date) as specified on the invoice. Please don't mail out your passport too early in case you need it to travel abroad. China Visa is only valid for 3 months; therefore we will not process the visa application until about 75 days prior to departure date. If you cannot send the passport to us in a timely manner due to your other travel arrangements, please contact us for details.
Your passport and China visa will be returned to you, using FedEx, with other travel documents about 2 weeks prior to departure. Signature is required upon delivery. If you request the passport being processed or returned to you sooner, additional service and mailing fees apply.
We strongly encourage you to mail your passport and visa application to the following address, using a traceable delivery method such as FedEx or UPS.
China Spree Travel
2320 130th Ave. NE, Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98005
You must provide the following items in order for China Spree to handle your visa application.
1) Your ACTUAL passport:
- Be valid for 6 months after the scheduled entry date to China.
- Have at least 2 blank pages to affix the visa and for the entry/exit stamps
- Be signed (parents/guardians may sign for minors)
2) One recent passport-size photo
- One 2x2, color or black and white, glued to the China Visa Form (take care that any liquid glue is allowed to dry) Please do not trim the 2x2 photo to fit the box on the visa application. The photo should be a bit larger than the box. Extra photos are not needed.
- Have a plain white background
- Be bare headed, and show a full front view of the person's head
- Cannot be scanned. Digital images must be produced on a glossy paper
3) A completed, signed and dated China Visa Application Form.
4) A copy of Birth Certification for travelers of 18 years and under.
Return Your Passport & China Visa
Your passport and China visa will be returned to you via FedEx or U.S. Postal Service priority mail along with other travel documents about 2 weeks prior to departure. The FedEx/USPS tracking number will be sent to you by email when the waybill is created. Please note that a signature is required upon delivery, so someone must be available to sign for the packet when it arrives. Rerouting the FedEx/USPS packet to a different address after it has been sent is NOT possible.
All packets sent to Puerto Rico will be sent via U.S. Postal Service priority mail. A signature will be required if passports are included. Packets sent to foreign addresses, except Canada, are by special arrangement only, and extra charges will apply.
The People's Republic of China has an embassy in Washington DC and consulates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, and New York. Please find the detailed address and contact information in the table below; this table will also specify which consulate offices will handle certain states. You may submit your visa application at any of these consulates. Please be advised that the Chinese consulate does not accept mail-in visa applications due to increased security measures. If you choose to handle the visa application yourself, you must physically present your application and documents to the Chinese consulate, or, entrust someone to handle the application on your behalf. It takes 4 to 5 business days for the consulate to process a visa application and a rush fee applies if you require express service.
The Chinese consulate charges a flat fee of $140 for single/double/multiple entry visa for regular service. You can pay with credit card (Visa and Master only), money order, cashier's check or company check. Cash or personal checks are not acceptable. Please contact the Chinese consulate to verify the updated form of payment before you go.
If you are a foreign national living in the U.S., you may need to provide a passport copy as well as your actual green card in order for the consulate to issue your visa.
If you would like to handle China visa application yourself and your China tour includes Tibet, you must send us a copy of your passport information and China visa pages so we can handle the Tibet Permit for you.
If you would like to handle the China visa on your own you may need to submit the following documents in addition to the completed China visa application form (attached with a photo) and your actual passport.
1) An official invitation letter from China Spree's China local tour agency
2) Your China tour itinerary
3) Airline ticket or e-ticket itinerary
These 3 documents are readily available at the Member Area on chinaspree.com, and you can print them out following the procedure below.
Log into the Member Area with the username (your email address), and the password (from the tour confirmation email China Spree sent you after you made the deposit payment.
Inside the Member Area, click the "China Visa Docs" link on left menu bar, and print these documents to process the China visa on your own. Due to large tour volumes, China Spree cannot mail or email these documents to you. Thank you for your cooperation.
Note, these documents are all China Spree can provide for you if you would like to handle your visa on your own. Chinese consulates may require additional documents/information from you. So, we urge you to use China Spree to handle your visa application instead of doing it on your own.
Passengers who would like to use China Spree to handle your China visa application do not need to send the above 3 documents to China Spree along with your completed China visa application form and your actual passport. We will submit these documents to the Chinese consulate on your behalf.
All listed forms below are in Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format). You must download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader to your computer to view these forms.
* Please click "Yes" when you are asked to download "Chinese or Asian language" software in order to view the following PDF file.
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You must download and read Passport & China Visa Instructions before you fill in the China Visa Application Form. If you have any question regarding any specific section (such as name/contact of the Inviter, residences and phone number during your stay in China, etc.) on the Visa Application Form, you should refer to "How to Complete China Visa Application Form" in the Instruction file.
To avoid unnecessary delays with your visa application, here are a few common mistakes to avoid:
- Both your passport and your visa application must be signed. Please note that the applicant's signature line is in the middle of page 4 of the China visa application. The signature space at the bottom of page 4 is only used when another person (such as a parent) completes the application on behalf of their child. Please note parents signature is required for client below 18 years old in part 4 and part 5.
- Foreign nationals residing in the U.S. must submit a copy (both sides) of their U.S. Alien Card along with their China visa applications.
- Photos should be affixed to the space indicated on the first page of the visa application, not to the top margin, or to other pages.
- A copy of your photo taken from a passport, with its security devices, is not acceptable as a visa photo.
- Passport needs to have at least 1 blank page to affix the visa. Amendment/endorsement pages do not count. Please check your passport before you send it.
- Section 3.6 (major family members) on visa application form needs to be filled in, even you travel alone or your family members do not accompany you on the China trip. Please provide your spouse, children, parents or siblings information where applicable.
- If you are self-employed, you must specify nature of the job. Please provide your business name, mailing address and phone number on section 3.5 of current employer information.
Please provide your special attention to the issues listed above, as such mistakes occur frequently, causing China Spree to take additional time and attention to fix such mistakes, and incurring additional expenses. Also, please note that China Spree is not in a position to verify or check visa applications for accuracy or completeness. Each traveler is responsible for making sure that the China Visa Application Form is completed correctly, and his or her passport is valid for the intended period of travel, is properly signed, and has enough blank pages for whatever visas are required. Failure to do so will delay your China visa application and could increase the cost of the process.
Note that you must participate in China Spree tours to be eligible for using our visa handling service. If you would like to handle your own visa application, you should send us a copy of your passport for our records. Visa application fees are non-refundable.
For potentially sensitive information such as occupation (government employee, journalist etc.) and criminal records, use your own judgment and common sense. Please note that China Spree cannot advise you or offer any kind of suggestions to you on how to fill out that information and/or answer those questions.
China Consulates prefer the visa applications be typed - either on a computer, or by manual typewriter. The visa application form on our website is a PDF with fields that accept typed input and can then be printed. In order to use this PDF form, you must download the updated Adobe Reader and install Chinese Language support. Adobe Reader will prompt you to do so when you open this document, because the original form is created using both Chinese and English.
Part 1: Personal Information
1.1 Your name as on your passport. Surname is your last name, and Given name is your first/middle name
1.2 Name in Chinese: input NA if you don't have a Chinese name.
1.3 Other names: e.g. maiden name or other aliases
1.5 DOB (Date of Birth)
1.6 Current nationality
1.7 Former nationality if applicable
1.8 Place of birth
1.9 Local ID/Citizenship number: input your U.S. /Canadian driver license number
1.10 Passport/Travel document: select "Ordinary" if applicable
1.11 Passport number
1.12 Date of issue
1.13 Place of issue: This is actually the “Authority” such as National Passport Center, etc.
1.14 Date of expiry
1.15 Current occupation: It's a tricky question. Choose one from the following: Business person,
Company employee, Industrial/Agricultural worker, self-employed (must specify nature of
the job), or Retired. Doing otherwise may complicate your visa application.
1.17 Employer/School: Please refer to 1.15. If you are "Retired" or "Self-employed" you can provide your
1.18 Home address
1.19 Zip code:
1.20 Home/mobile phone
1.21 Email address
1.22 Marital status
1.23 Major family members: Your spouse, children, siblings and parents, where applicable, even though
they may not accompany you on this trip.
1.24 Emergency contact
1.25 Country or territory where the applicant is located when applying for the visa
Part 2: Travel Information
2.1 Major purpose of your visit to China: Check "Tourism"
2.2 Intended number of entries: China Consulates charge the American passport holder a flat fee for
single/double/multi visa, so check “multiple entry valid for 12 months” even if you only need a single
visa. This does not apply to Canadian passport.
2.3 Are you applying for express service: leave it blank, we will complete it for you.
2.4 Expected date of your first entry into China: The second day is the beginning of your tour. For
example, you leave U.S. on July 3rd, 2015, you then arrive in China on July 4th, 2015.
2.5 Your longest intended stay in China: The actual duration of your tour. For example, 21 days for 21-Day
2.6 Itinerary in China (in time sequence): The hotel check-in date and address for your specific itinerary is
available at the Member Area on China Spree website. Instead of contacting China Spree please refer
to the Hotel Information page by logging into your Member Area. We prepare the hotel list for your
convenience. You may wipe out the cities which is not included in your actual itinerary. Please note:
the hotels we have entered are solely for the benefit of the China Consulate and may not be
the hotels you actually stay in. Remember don't input "Tibet, Urumiqi, Kashigar, or Turpan"
that may complicate your visa application.
2.7 Who will pay for your travel and expenses during your stay in China
2.8 Information of Inviter in China: We have completed it for your convenience
2.9 Have you ever been granted a Chinese visa
2.10 Other countries or territories you visited in the past 12 months
Part 3: Other Information
3.1-3.7 Complete as it is
3.8 This section applies only in rare instances when more than one person shares the same passport.
Usually a parent and a small child
Part 4: Signature and date
You must sign and date it to validate your application. Parents signature is required for client below 18 years old.
Part 5: If the application is completed by another person on applicant behalf
Complete as it is. You must sign for client below 18 years old.