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Notice of the Chinese visa requirements and visa processing of the Consulate General of China in Chiang Mai
2023-03-14 00:00

In accordance with the  relevant arrangement, starting from March 15, 2023, the Consulate General of the  People's Republic of China in Chiang Mai will accept visa applications with the  following details:

一、 Visa categories and Requirements

1)L visa

Objective: For tourism.

Main documents: 

-  A reservation of a round-trip flight ticket and hotel. For tourist  group visa, please provide an ‘Invitation letter for Tourist Group’  issued by an Authorized Tourism unit.

2) M visa

Objective: For a necessary business activity

Main documents: 

-  Invitation letter issued by the inviting entity in China. Please  specify the contact information and mobile phone number of the person in  charge.

3) F visa

Objective: For a necessary visit, exchange, or non-commercial activity.

Main documents: 

- Invitation letter issued by the inviting entity in China.

4)Z visa

Objective: For working in China

Main documents: 

- A valid of Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China.

5)Q1, Q2 visa

Objective: For  visiting/reunion with an immediate family member of a Chinese citizen  or a holder of a valid China Foreign Permanent Resident ID card. Family  members refer to spouse, parents, parents-in-law, children, children’s  spouse, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren.

Main documents: 

- Invitation letter from your family members in China.

- Proof of relationship documents between applicants and the inviting individual.

- An ID document of the inviter. If Chinese citizen,

please  provide a copy of Chinese ID card. If a holder of a valid China Foreign  Permanent Resident ID card, please provide a copy of passport and China  Foreign Permanent Resident ID card.     

6)S1, S2 visa

Objective: -  For short-term or long-term visiting an immediate family member of  foreigner(s) who is residing in China for work, study, or other  purposes. Family members refer to spouse, parents, parents-in-law,  children under 18 years old)  

- For a person who needs to come to China for personal matters.

Main documents:

- Invitation letter from your family members in China.

- Proof of relationship documents between applicants and the inviting individual.

- A copy of a passport and a valid Chinese Residence permit of the inviting individual.

- For personal matters, provide the relevant documents of your private affairs as required by the consular officer.

7)X1, X2 visa

Objective: For long-term or short-term study in China

Main documents for X1 visa:

- Original and Photocopy of Visa application for study in China(JW201/202).

- Original and Photocopy of Admission Notice or Acceptance letter.

Main documents for X2 visa:

- Original and Photocopy of Admission Notice or Acceptance letter.

8) J1, J2 visa

Objective: For  resident foreign journalist of permanent office of a foreign news  agency in China(J1 visa) or Foreign journalist visiting China for  short-term news coverage(J2 visa).

Main documents:

- For  J1 visa, provide the Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information  Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official  letter issued by the media organization where the journalist works.

-  For J2 visa, provide the Visa Notification Letter issued by the  Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or  other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the  media organization where the journalist works.

Remark: Applicants  should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate  General in advance and complete all relevant procedures properly.

9)C visa

Objective: For Crew members performing duties on board an international aircraft, an international vessel, or a shipping mission.

Main documents:

- A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China. 

10)D visa

Objective: For coming to China to take up permanent residence.  

Main documents:

- The  original and photocopy of ‘the Confirmation Form for Foreigners  Permanent Residence Status’ issued by the Ministry of Public Security of  China.

11)G visa

Objective: For transit through China

Main documents:

- A connecting flight/bus/boat ticket to a third country or region with a confirmed date.  

12)R visa

A foreigner  of high-level talent and specialists urgently needed by the Chinese  government. Those who meet the requirements of the relevant competent  authorities of the Chinese government shall submit the corresponding  documents with the related requirements.

Note: All the above-mentioned documents are not included basic documents.

二、Application process and processing time

An  applicant (Excluding Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao  Special Administrative Region) is required to complete an online  application form and make an online appointment via the website  https://visaforchina.org. After finishing the appointment, please print  out the visa appointment confirmation form and visa application form.  Then sign your name on the confirmation page of the online visa  application form. Please submit your passport and documents at Chinese  visa application service center in Chiang Mai within your appointment date  and time.

For  those who intend to visit China for humanitarian reasons such as  visiting an immediate family member who is in critical medical  condition, arranging funeral matters of an immediate family member in  China, or for other emergencies, please email to  chiangmaicentre@visaforchina.org in advance for enquiry.

The Consulate General of China in Chiang Mai will determine whether to accept applications and approve the  visa by considering the actual situation of the applicant.

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