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Chinese Visa Explained
Chinese Visa Explained

Below is reproduced a sample Chinese Visa courtesy of The Chinese Embassy in London
The notes are mainly self-explanitory
Please ensure all details are correct immediately upon receipt, otherwise incorrect details cannot be changed
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(Latest updated on 20th June,2008)
1. Entries

This refers to the number of entries the visa holder is permitted to enter China. When all entries permitted are used up, the visa will not be valid any more. When there is still entry unused, but the validity of entry runs out, the visa is not valid either. In either case, the visa holder should apply for another visa before they go to China.

2. The validity of visa (Enter before)

Before the entries are used up, the visa holder can enter China any day within the validity of the visa. The visa holder is allowed to enter China before 24:00 the day it expires. A single or double entry visa is usually valid for entry within 3 months from the date of issue. The multi-entry visas are of three categories, which are valid for six months, one year and two years respectively.

3. Duration of each stay after entry

This refers to the longest period of time the visa holder can stay in China from arrival each time and is not related to the validity of visa. If the visa holder needs to stay longer than the duration of stay, he or she should apply for extension of duration to the local public security bureau of China in advance.

4. Additional Notes

Tourist visa's normally have a 30-day limitation, meaning you must leave China for a least one-minute on the 30th day, before re-entering the Mainland. Going to Hong Kong or Macao is acceptable practice

The duration of each stay on X, Z, D, or J-1 visa is a specified number of days. Those visa holders should go through the procedure for obtaining residence permit in the local public security bureau of China within 30 days from the date of entry. (Your Official Local Police Station)
This information 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 guide only
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