Your passport must be valid for at least six months after
the expiry date of your visa and you’ll need at least one
entire blank page in your passport for the visa. You may be
required to show proof of hotel reservations and onward
travel from China, as well as a bank statement showing you
have $100 in your account for every day you plan to spend in
A standard 30-day single-entry visa can be issued from most
Chinese embassies abroad in three to five working days.
Express visas cost twice the usual fee. In some countries
(eg the UK and the US) the visa service has been outsourced
from the Chinese embassy to a Chinese Visa Application
Service Centre, which levies an extra administration fee. In
the case of the UK, a single-entry visa costs £30, but the
standard administration charge levied by the centre is a
A standard 30-day visa is activated on the date you enter
China, and must be used within three months of the date of
issue. 60-day and 90-day tourist visas are reasonably easy
to obtain in your home country but difficult elsewhere. To
stay longer, you can extend your visa in China at least
once, sometimes twice.
Visa applications require a completed application form
(available at the embassy or downloaded from its website)
and at least one photo (normally 51mm x 51mm). You normally
pay for your visa when you collect it. A visa mailed to you
will take up to three weeks. In the US and Canada, mailed
visa applications have to go via a visa agent, at extra
cost. In the US, many people use the China Visa Service
Center, which offers prompt service. The procedure takes
around 10 to 14 days.
Hong Kong is a good place to pick up a China visa. However,
at the time of writing only Hong Kong residents were able to
obtain them direct from the Visa Office of the People’s
Republic of China. Single-entry visas processed here cost
HK$200, double-entry visas HK$300, while six-month/one-year
multiple-entry visas are HK$500. But China Travel Service
(CTS) and many travel agencies in Hong Kong can get you a
visa in two to three working days. Expect to pay HK$650 for
a single-entry visa and HK$750 for a double-entry. Both
American and UK passport holders must pay considerably more
for their visas.
Be aware that political events can suddenly make visas more
difficult to procure or renew.
Chinese law requires foreign visitors to carry their
passport with them at all times; it is the most basic travel
document and all hotels (and internet cafes) will insist on
seeing it. You also need it to buy train tickets or to get
into some tourist sights, particularly those which are free.
It’s a good idea to bring an ID card with your photo in case
you lose your passport. Even better, make photocopies, or
take digital photos of your passport – your embassy may need
these before issuing a new one. You should also report the
loss to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB).
A Letter of Invitation is a proof for conference
registration and attendance application. It will be stated
in English and may help with your visa application. However,
it does not guarantee you a visa. Invitation letters will
only be issued once your registration and payment have been
confirmed. And it will be sent by e-mail.
For those who require a visa, please note that the
Organizing Committee has no control over the visa
application process, or the decision of the visa adjudicator
in the embassy or consulate. The conference cannot be
responsible for actual visa issuances. The process length
varies from individuals, you're strongly advised to start
your application as soon as you can.
Should your application be denied, we cannot change the
decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will we
engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the
Embassy on behalf of the applicant.