Not all applicants will be able to apply for some of these Chinese visa types. The requirements and what allows you to apply for them may differ depending on what country’s passport you hold or where you were born.
Please see the Non UK passport page if you do not have a UK passport.
If you have a UK passport and were not born in the UK please ring 5 Star China Holidays on 0207 580 0554. There may be different requirements for you also.
|Visa Categories||Who gets this type||Purpose of Visit|
|F||Issued to those who are invited to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.||Exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities|
|M||Issued to those who are invited to China for commercial and trade activities.||Commerce & Trade|
|L||Issued to those who are going to travel to China for tourism.||As a tourist|
|Q1||Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for a long-term family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purposes of foster care (intended duration of stay in China exceeding 180 days).”Family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.||Family reunion, foster care or visiting relatives with permanent residence in China|
|Q2||Issued to those who intend to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China; the intended duration of stay is limited to no more than 180 days.|
|S1||Issued to relatives of foreigners working or studying in China for the purpose of long-term visit, or to those who intend to visit China for other private reasons (intended duration of stay exceeding 180 days).“Relatives” refer to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 years and parents-in-law.||Visiting relatives working or studying in China or other private affairs|
|S2||Issued to those wishing to visit family members that are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private reasons. The intended duration of stay in China is limited to no more than 180 days.”Family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.|
|Z||Issued to those taking up a post or employment, or giving commercial performances, in China.||Employment|
|G||Issued to those who are going to transit through China en route to a third country (or region).||Transit|
|C||Issued to foreign crew members of aircraft, trains and ships, motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, and also to the accompanying family members of the above-mentioned ships’ crew members.||As a crew member or a motor vehicle driver|
|X1||Issued to those intending to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.||As a student|
|X2||Issued to those intending to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.|
|R||Issued to those who are high-level qualified talents or whose skills are urgently needed by China.||As an introduced talent|
|J1||Issued to resident foreign journalists/media staff of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.||As a journalist|
|J2||Issued to foreign journalists/media staff on temporary news coverage missions. The intended duration of stay in China is limited to no more than 180 days.|
|D||Issued to those who are going to reside in China permanently.||Permanent Residence|
Below find a sample of what a long term visa such as the X1, Z or S1 visa category. You will notice that the “Duration of Stay” is “000”, this is because the duration of stay is determined by the Residence permit that you will receive.
- Applicants for Q1 visas need to provide proof of the relationship between them and their inviter.
- Applicants for Q2 visas need to provide proof of relationship with them and a Chinese citizen.