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Home > Visas to China > Guidelines for Visa Applications
· Part One: A Brief Introduction to Chinese Visas(2013-12-01)
· Part Two: How to make a visa application(2013-08-31)
· Part Three: Visas and Entry Permits to Hong Kong(2013-03-15)
· Part Four: Visas to Macao(2013-03-15)
· Part Five: Forms to Download(2013-03-15)
· Part Six: FAQs and Answers(2013-03-15)
Part One: A Brief Introduction to Chinese Visas
2013/12/01
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>A visa is an officially approved document issued by authorised bodies for the government, in accordance with the laws of the country, to foreign citizens applying to enter, leave or transit through the country.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>In line with international law and practice, any sovereign state is entitled to make its own decisions as to whether to allow a foreign citizen to enter or leave its borders, and to issue or refuse to issue a visa, or to revoke an issued visa according to its own laws.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Based on Chinese laws and regulations, Chinese consular officials may decide on the type of visa, number of entries, validity period and duration of stay, and may also refuse a visa application or revoke an issued visa.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>1. The necessity to apply for a Chinese visa if a foreign citizen is planning to visit <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place></SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Foreign citizens should have applied for and obtained appropriate visas before entering <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> unless they are visa-exempt according to certain agreements and regulations.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>You are advised to ensure that your visa is valid before travel. If your visa has expired or the visa has insufficient number of entries, you need to apply for a new visa.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>2.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>Types of Chinese visas</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Chinese visas fall into the types of diplomatic visas, courtesy visas, public service visas and ordinary visas. Ordinary visas can be further classified as the following categories:</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(1) C visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to foreign crew members of means of international <A name=OLE_LINK5><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 20px" color=#000000>transportation</FONT></A>, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border <A name=OLE_LINK4></A><A name=OLE_LINK3><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK4"><FONT style="FONT-SIZE: 20px" color=#000000>transport activities</FONT></SPAN></A>, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 16pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(2) D visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to those who intend to reside in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> permanently.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(3) F visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to those who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for exchanges, visits, </SPAN>study tours <SPAN style="COLOR: black">and other activities.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(4) G visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to those who intend to transit through <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(5) J1 visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>The intended duration of stay in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> exceeds 180 days.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(6) J2 visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to foreign journalists who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> is no more than 180 days.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(7) L visa: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to those who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> as a tourist.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(8) M visas: <SPAN style="COLOR: black">Issued to those who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for commercial and trade activities.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(9) Q1 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> exceeds 180 days.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(10) Q2 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> or foreigners with permanent residence in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>. The intended duration of stay in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> is no more than 180 days.</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(11) R visa: I<SPAN style="COLOR: black">ssued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(12) S1 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 宋体; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">,</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>or to those who intend to go to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> exceeds 180 days.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(13) S2 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>, or to those who intend to go to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> for other private matters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </SPAN>The intended duration of stay in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> is no more than 180 days.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>"family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(14) X1 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to study in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for a period of more than 180 days.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(15) X2 visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to study in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region> for a period of no more than 180 days.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(16) Z visa:<SPAN style="COLOR: black"> Issued to those who intend to work in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</SPAN><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 16pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>3. Validity period, number of entries and duration of each stay of Chinese visas</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(1) The validity period of a visa ("Enter Before") refers to the valid time length of the visa itself. A visa is valid for the visa holder to enter the Chinese border from the date the visa is issued to the expiry date (as of Beijing Time). If a visa has unused entries, the holder can still use it before the expiry date (inclusive).</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(2) The term "Entries" of a visa refers to the number of times the visa holder is permitted to enter the Chinese border within the validity period of the visa. A visa becomes invalid if all the entries are used up or if the visa has expired even though there are entries unused.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>In this case, you will have to submit a new visa application if you wish to visit <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place>. Holders of an invalid visa will be refused entry to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> at the border.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(3) The "Duration of Each Stay" refers to the maximum number of days a visa holder is permitted to stay in <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> after each entry, namely, the maximum number of days a visa holder can stay in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> from the day of entry.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Foreign citizens who stay in China longer than permitted by the visa without applying for an extension of stay will be considered as violating the <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Law of the People's Republic of China on Control of the Entry and Exit of Aliens </I>and <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Rules Governing the Implementation of the Law of the PRC on the Entry and Exit of Aliens, </I>and as a result will face prosecution of fines or other penalties. Therefore, the visa holder must apply for an extension of stay at local public security authorities above county level (detailed requirements are available on the websites of local public security authorities) should it be foreseeable that an overstay would happen. (However, approval of the application cannot be guaranteed.) Chinese embassies and consulates in foreign countries do not accept applications for visa extension.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Holder of D visa, J1 visa, Q1 visa, S1 visa, X1 visa, Z visa must register with a local public security authorities for residential formalities within 30 days of entry. Resident members of diplomatic and consular missions must complete residential formalities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or local foreign affairs departments within 30 days of entry.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>4. Visa Exemptions</SPAN></B><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></B></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Foreign citizens visiting <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> are exempt from visas if one of the following situations is applicable to them.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(1) Direct Transit</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Foreign citizens who are going to transit <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> are exempt from visas, as long as they have a booked seat in an international connecting flight, and their stay in the city of transit is not to exceed 24 hours, and they will not get out of the airport during the stay.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </P>
<P class=a><SPAN class=11Char><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt" lang=EN-GB>From the 1st January 2013, citizens of the following countries holding a valid travel document, a transit flight ticket with a confirmed departure seat and date leaving within 72 hours</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN class=11Char><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 14pt; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'">,</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN class=11Char><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt" lang=EN-GB>who transit via Beijing (Beijing Capital International airport) or Shanghai (Shanghai Pudong International airport and Hongqiao International airport) to a third country (region) may be exempt from a transit visa, provided that their stay within the Beijing or Shanghai administrative regions does not exceed 72 hours</SPAN></SPAN><SPAN lang=EN-GB>: </SPAN><SPAN class=11Char><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 14pt" lang=EN-GB>Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 宋体; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US>,</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-GB>Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania</SPAN>, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></P>
<P class=a><SPAN lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal></o:p></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-font-kerning: 0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US" lang=EN-US>From the 1st August 2013, citizens of the following countries holding a valid travel document, a transit flight ticket with a confirmed departure seat and date leaving within 72 hours, who transit via Guangzhou Baiyun International airport to a third country (region) may be exempt from a transit visa, provided that their stay within the Guangdong administrative region does not exceed 72 hours: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 宋体; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US>,</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-GB>Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania</SPAN>, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; MARGIN: 8.7pt 0cm; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-outline-level: 3" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-font-kerning: 0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US" lang=EN-US><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; MARGIN: 8.7pt 0cm; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; mso-outline-level: 3" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-font-kerning: 0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-US" lang=EN-US>From the 1st September 2013, citizens of the following countries holding a valid travel document, a transit flight ticket with a confirmed departure seat and date leaving within 72 hours, who transit via Chengdu Shuangliu airport to a third country (region) may be exempt from a transit visa, provided that their stay within the Chengdu administrative region does not exceed 72 hours: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 宋体; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US>,</SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-US> </SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman'; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 仿宋_GB2312; mso-font-kerning: 1.0pt; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: ZH-CN; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA" lang=EN-GB>Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania</SPAN>, USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>(2) Travellers to the Pearl River Delta or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Hainan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Island</st1:PlaceType></st1:place></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>1) Foreign citizens holding ordinary passports of a country with diplomatic relations with China, are exempt from a visa, if they are already in Hong Kong or Macao, and wish to enter the Pearl River Delta region (including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing and Huizhou) as a member of tourist group organised by a travel agency legally registered in Hong Kong and Macao, and also if their stay will not exceed 6 days.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>2) Citizens of the following countries holding ordinary passports are exempt from a visa, if they travel to Hainan Province in a tourist group (more than five people inclusive) organised by an international travel agency registered in Hainan Province and approved by China National Tourism Administration, and also if their stay is not to exceed 15 days: the U.S., Malaysia, Thailand, Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, Germany, the U.K., France, Austria, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Singapore. Among the listed countries, visitors from <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Republic</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Korea</st1:PlaceName>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region> or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Russia</st1:country-region></st1:place> may stay for 21 days if their group includes more than two persons inclusive.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>3) Citizens of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Singapore</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Brunei</st1:country-region> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Japan</st1:country-region></st1:place></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Citizens of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Singapore</st1:country-region>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Brunei</st1:country-region> and <st1:country-region w:st="on">Japan</st1:country-region> are exempt from a visa when entering the border via a port open to foreigners, if their visit to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> is for the purpose of tourism, doing business, meeting relatives and friends, or transiting, and if their stay is not to exceed 15 days. However, a visa will be required if one of the following situations is applicable:</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>a. the passport held is an ordinary one and the stay is to exceed 15 days, and the purpose of the visit is tourism, business or meeting relatives and friends in China;</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>b. the passport held is an ordinary one, and the purpose of the visit is study, work, settlement, official visit or news coverage in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place>;</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>c. the visitor holds a Japanese diplomatic or a public service passport.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>4) Holders of valid APEC business travel cards</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>An APEC business travel card is equivalent to a three-year visa with multiple-entries. Holder of such a card together with a matching passport is entitled to making multiple entries, to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> during the validity period of the card, and the maximum length of each stay is not to exceed two months.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>5) Holders of valid certificate of permanent residence issued to foreign citizens by the People's Republic of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place></SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>6) Holders of valid residence permit issued to foreign citizens by Chinese public security authorities</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Foreign citizens who come to China to pursue study or to take office or to take employment, and resident foreign journalists, must register with the public security authorities for a residence permit after arriving in China. Within the validity period of the residence permit foreign citizens may reside in <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> or make multiple entries into and exits from <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> without having to obtain another visa.</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>7) Bilateral Agreements</SPAN><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 外交粗仿宋" lang=EN-GB><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; LAYOUT-GRID-MODE: char; mso-pagination: widow-orphan" class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 200%; FONT-SIZE: 15pt" lang=EN-GB>Citizens of some countries having bilateral agreements, either signed or reached with <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place>, are exempt from a visa if they meet certain requirements. For further information please check the list of agreements on visa exemption signed between <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> and foreign countries.</SPAN></P>
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