Visa - Types of Visa - Details
A Brief Introduction to the Chinese Visa :
The Chinese visa authorities
may issue a Diplomatic, Courtesy, Service, or Ordinary
Visa to a foreigner according to his/her: identity,
purpose of visit to China, and passport type. The Ordinary
Visa consists of eight sub-categories, which are respectively
marked with the Chinese phonetic letters L, F, X, Z,
G, C, J, and D.
1. L Visa: aka Tourist Visa
Issued to an applicant who comes to China for tourist
purposes, family visiting or other personal affairs.
2. F Visa: aka Business Visa
Issued to an applicant who is invited to China for conference,
research, lecture, business, scientific-technological
and cultural exchanges or short-term studies or intern
practice for a period of no more than six months.
Please Note: Rules for issue of Business
Visa changed in 2008, and now a Company Letter of Invitation
is not good enough - you need an Official Letter of
Invitation issued by a Chinese Governmental Department
or Authorised Company
3. X Visa: aka Student Visa
Issued to an applicant who comes to China for the purpose
of studying or intern practice for more than six months.
4. Z Visa: aka Work Permit
or Official Teaching Visa
Issued to an applicant who is to take up a post or employment
in China, and his/her accompanying family members, and
who is to conduct commercial performance in China.
Please Note: China is now adopting
a USA style 'Green Card', by installments. Please do
not confuse the D-Class visa, and the Z-Class visa -
they are very different things. By 'Green Card', Chinese
mean a Z visa only
5. G Visa: aka Transit Visa
Issued to those who transit
6. C Visa: aka Crew Visa
Issued to crew members on international aviation, navigation
and land transportation missions and family members
7. J Visa: aka Journalists
Issued to foreign journalists.
J Visa is subdivided into J-1 Visa and J-2 Visa.
J-1 Visa is issued to a foreign resident
correspondent in China.
J-2 Visa is issued to a foreign correspondent
on temporary short term news report mission in China.
8. D Visa: Issued to applicant who
is to reside permanently in China (Normally 10-year
Residency Permits (Versions). These
are actually 'D' visa's - and usually apply to Foreign
Chinese only, especially Hong Kong
9 . Diplomatic or Official Service Visa:
Issued to applicants who are visiting China for: Diplomatic,
Armed Services, or other Official Governmental Capacity
Information on Visa to Hong Kong S.A.R. and
British citizens may visit Hong Kong for up to180 days
without a visa, but visa is required for those to work,
study, establish or join in any business or to take
up residence. For visa requirements for foreign citizens,
please visit the Hong Kong Immigration Department web
Citizens of U.K. and U.S. and other 53 countries may
visit Macao without visas. Citizens from the other countries
should apply for entry permit when they enter Macao.
Please visit the Identification Department of Macao
web site: http://www.dsi.gov.mo
is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th
June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this
information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst
we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold
us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple