The cost of China Visa depends on the type and purpose of Visa application. For example, one may apply for a 10-year China visa which allows holders to enter China multiple times during the validity of up to 10 years without the trouble of applying for visas constantly. The cost of such Visa is different from others.
Currently, the 10-year multiple entry China visa applies to citizens from the US, Canada, the UK, and Argentina. The 10-year China visa for Australians is on the way, according to some reports, but it is not yet clear when it will happen.
The fees for a China visa are:
Single Entry, Double Entries, Multiple Entries 6 months, and Multiple entries 12 months, will cost a whopping amount ¥284 ($39.49/€39.28), ¥430 ($59.88/€59.55), ¥568 ($78.99/€78.59), and ¥850 ($118.48/€117.89) respectively.
One has to bear in mind that the visa fees will vary on the individual’s nationality. Our previous publications about China Visa Fees contain the amount of money to pay when applying for a China visa from a different country of residence.
In our previous publication, we analyzed the processing time for a China visa as approximately 4 working days, including the submission day. However, if one pays extra fees for express service, the visa can be processed in 3 working days.
Also, it’s necessary to know when to apply for China Visa. It is advised that one applies for a visa one month before the date proposal to enter China, but not three months beforehand. If one applied too early, the visa might expire before the date of departure for China. But if the application is too late, one might not be able to get a visa in time for a planned departure.
This is what to do when one’s China visa is rejected. One can appeal the rejection and add more details to update the application. This, however, depends on the situation, consular officers may decide whether or not to review the application.
Optionally, one can reapply for your China visa using the visa agency which is recommended when reapplying since they are more professional and familiar with the process. This can be done after three months of rejection.
Note, the visa fee is not refundable if your visa is denied.
Types of Visas in China
There are four types of Chinese visas: diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa, and ordinary visa. Ordinary visas are further divided into the following categories:
F Visa. An F-China visa is issued to those invited to China for exchanges, visits, study hours, and other activities.
M Visa. An M-China visa is issued to those invited to China for commercial and trade activities.
L Visa. An L-China visa is issued to those traveling to China for tourism.
Q Visa. Is issued to foreigners who are family members of Chinese citizens or permanent residents. Depending on the length of stay and eligibility of the applicant, the China family visa has two subclasses of the Q visa; Q1, and Q2:
Q1 Visa. Is issued to foreigners who are family members of Chinese citizens or those with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for a long-term family reunion. Moreover, the visa is also for those who intend to go to China for foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
Q2 Visa. The Q2 visa is issued to those who intend to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The visa is valid for 180 days.
S1 Visa. The S1 China visa is issued to relatives of foreigners working or studying in China for long-term visits or to those who intend to visit China for other private reasons. You can stay in China with this visa exceeding 180 days.
S2 Visa. Issued to those wishing to visit family members who are foreigners working or studying in China for other reasons. The validity of the visa is 180 days.
Z Visa. The Z visa is issued to those taking up a post or employment or giving commercial performances in China.
G Visa. Issued to those who are going to transit through China en route to a third country or region.
C Visa is issued to foreign crew members of aircraft, trains, and ships, motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, and the accompanying family members of the crew members.
X1 Visa. The X1 visa is issued to students who want to study in China for more than 180 days.
X2 Visa. The X2 visa is issued to students who want to study in China for up to 180 days.
R Visa. The R visa is for foreigners who are high-level qualified talents or whose skills are urgently needed by China.
J1 Visa. China offers a J1 visa to resident foreign journalists/media staff or foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
J2 Visa. A J2 visa is offered to foreign journalists or media staff on temporary news coverage missions. The visa is valid for 180 days.
D Visa. The D visa is issued to those who are going to reside permanently in China.