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What's the Cost for a China Visa? And the Application Documents?

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The total cost of a China visa usually consists of the visa fee charged on behalf of the Chinese Embassy/ Consulate-General, the application service fee charged by Visa Center. The visa fees and service fees vary according to your nationality, number of entries, and service option (regular service, express service & rush service, mail service, etc).

Regular visa fee & application service fee per person for citizens from USA, Australia, Canada, UK and Germany, 2013   


Visa Fee


Type of Visa

American citizens


Australia citizens


Canada citizens







Single Entry













Double Entry













Multiple Entry with 6-month validity













Multiple Entry with 12-month validity












Visa Application Service Fee













Special Notes:

1. For travelers from other countries, try, choose your location, click on Visa Knowledge and then Schedule of Fees, or contact the embassy/consulates in your country.

2. The fees stated above are only for applicants who summit the application at the embassy/ consulate in their home country. The fees for applicants of a third country might be different. Final payment is subject to the actual amount required by the Visa Center.

3. Express service and rush service are available but additional fee will be charged, varying from office to office.

What documents are needed for visa application?

1. Basic Documents:

a. Original Passport. 

Your passport must have at least six months of remaining validity with at least one blank visa page in it. For a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, your passport should have at least 9 months of validity; for one year multiple-entry visa, your passport should have at least 15 months of validity.

b. Visa Application From. 

A completed Visa Application From (You can complete the form online and print it out, or download it from the official website of relevant visa center and fill it manually). 

c. Photo

One recent passport photo (2x2 square inch, bare-head, full face against a light background) glued on the application form.d. Proof of legal status (for those not applying for a visa in the country of their citizenship)e. Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable for those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship).

2. Supporting Documents:

Apart from the basic documents, the embassies and consulates might request you to provide additional supporting documents according to your purpose of visit.

Because most people coming to China for tourism, here we provide the information for those with a tourist purpose (meaning who are going to apply for a tourist visa L). 

For tourist purpose, you need to provide documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, which should contain: 

a. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.),

b. Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.), 

c. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).

Under certain circumstances, you might be required to provide documents: 

a. financial proof: an original copy of recent 6-month bank statement, or a certification letter from your working unit, with following information: name and contact number of the working unit, your income statement. 

b. If it is not your first time to apply for Chinese tourist visa L, a personal statement is required, which contains: reasons for revisit, the places to visit this time and places you visited before.

Note: Currently, China Odyssey Tours can not apply the Chinese visa for you; however, we can offer an Visa Application Form and an invitation letter after your tour booking is confirmed in written form. Should you have any question or need any help, please write to and let me know.

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