China visa application requirements for South Africans

Chinese flag fluttering in the wind

China is rapidly becoming one of the top business and tourist destinations for South Africans, but one of the frustrations is knowing what to do in order to apply for a visa as a South African. Here’s a bit of help on the how, what, where and when.

Visa Requirements

  • Completed Chinese Visa Application From
  • 2 x 2 inch passport photo (no hats or head coverings – specify to the photographer that the photo is for a Chinese visa)
  • Valid, permanent passport with at least two fully blank pages, valid for at least 6 months beyond return to South Africa
  • 3 Months bank statements showing sufficient and continuous flow of funds
  • Hotel reservations for entire duration of Chinese trip
  • Confirmed, return flight tickets (or cruise booking if entering by sea)
  • First time applicants need to submit a copy of their ID too

Additional documents for business travellers:

  • Qualified invitation letter from business partner or company sponsoring visit in China, this must be stamped and signed (the business should know the documents they need to provide). The letter should state your name, position in the company with company’s address and contact details, passport number and personal telephone number, reason for trip, duration of stay and full itinerary of trip in China.
  • If purchasing goods, the letter should also include planned items of purchase, with the quantity and value of the items as well.

Where to apply

You can apply through a visa handling agency in most cases

Gauteng

25 Cleveland Road Sandhurst, Sandton

Western Cape

25 Rhodes Drive Newlands, Cape Town

Price

R250 for the single entry visa, R380 for a two entry visa, R500 for a multiple entry 6 months validity visa and R750 for a 1 year multiple entry visa. As a tourist, you’d most likely go for the single entry one.

To pay for the visa cash must be deposited into the account of your local Chinese consulate. Generally you should be given a “pick-up” form which is your receipt of application when you apply, you will also be given bank details for the visa fees, you should bring the bank deposit slip with the pick-up form to collect your visa when it is ready.

How long in advance to apply

The visa takes 3-5 days to be processed but the consulate suggests a minimum of 7 days. If you need a visa within 7 days, the consulate may be able to grant it at a “rush-fee” of R250, though actually providing this service is at the discretion of the consulate.

Booking flights for your trip

We offer a flight comparison and online booking service to help you find the cheapest flights to China, you can book from the comfort of your desk and do payment online via credit card or EFT.

NB: We always recommend using a reputable visa company to apply for visas, while this information was correct at time of publishing, it is subject to change without notice, always double-check all info with the consulate directly. If you pick up any changes to the info above, please report them in the comments below.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. What are the requirements for a South African who’s going for the third time in three years? Thank you

    • Hi Susan, to my knowledge and according to all the info I have at my disposal, the requirements are exactly the same no matter how many times you have been before. I’m sorry I couldn’t have better news for you.

  2. Hi!

    I have everything for a visa.
    I also have my friend in China who will support me and write me a letter,giving the address too.
    I`m applying for a month travel visa.
    I have around R4000 to show on my account with flow of money there.Will that be ok?
    I dont want to ask my friends for exstra money!
    Thanks!

    • Hi Ian, unfortunately the Chinese embassy don’t specify what “sufficient funds” actually are. I would think though that R4000 for 1 month stay would be too little and would suggest at least double that. But I would suggest contacting the Chinese consulate to get a recommendation from them directly, their email address is: reception@chinese-embassy.org.za

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  3. Hi Nick
    I have a few questions regarding the application form.
    1) We only booked two hostels: one for the city where will enter China and one where we will exit.
    Do we need more? We plan to backpack and do not want to commit to specific dates and hostels.
    2) They want a full,detailed travel history for the past year. I’ve been in 9 countries so do I have to state the year, month and date? Or is year and month okay?
    3)The rest of the form that is not applicable to me, do I leave the boxes blank or do i write N/A or None?
    Thank you!

  4. Hi we are applying for a Chinese visa to revisit Shanghai in September, our stop over in Hong Kong is 5 hours, with our visa’s would we be allowed to leave the airport and sight-see Hong Kong.

  5. Hi, i nbooked a flight today from Seoul to Bangkok return via Macau. Stop over is only for a few hours each way…do i need a visa for that? im working in Korea on an SA passport. Thanks

  6. Hi

    I’d like to download the China Visa application Form but for some reason it wont downlad, how else can I get hold of it?

    Thanks
    Thandeka

  7. Completed Chinese Visa Application From (spelling!) and link does not work…

  8. Subject: Chinese Business Visa (F) with Multiple Entry for a year

    HI, I am holding Indian passport and working in South Africa on Intra Transfer –Work Permit which is valid till 28th February 2013 and I have invited to China for a business meeting and wants to apply multiple entry visa from South Africa itself so could you please help to guide me if I can do it from here or needs to apply from India. Thanks.

    • Hi Mayank,

      You should contact the Chinese Embassy directly for advice on how to apply.
      Phone (visa section): 012 431-6537
      Website: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za/eng/

      Aaron

  9. Hi
    I have my friend in China who will support me and write me a letter,giving the address too.
    I`m applying for a week’s travel visa.
    I have around R3000 to show on my account with flow of money there.Will that be ok?

    • Hi Mo,

      The Chinese Embassy site is unclear as to what constitutes “adequate money” – I suggest contacting the Embassy directly to clarify: 012 431-6537
      Alternatively you can make use of our visa application services: http://www.travelstart.co.za/visas.jsp

  10. hi,

    I need to apply for multiple entry visa’s for 3 people for business travels.

    One person is Namibian passport holder.

    What extra documents do I need to submit?

    • Hi Misha,

      For information regarding Namibian passport holder visa applications you will need to contact the Chinese Embassy:
      http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za/eng/lqfw/guidelines/visa/

      Embassy Pretoria
      225 Athlone Street, Acadia,
      Tel:012-4316500, ext.6537(visa)
      Fax: 012-4307620
      E-mail: visa@chinese-embassy.org.za
      Visa Office Hours: 08:30-12:00 , Monday to Friday

      Consulate-General in Johannesburg
      25 Cleveland Road, Sandhurst, Sandton Johannesburg
      Tel:011-6857540,ext.7561,7562 Fax:011-8835274
      E-mail:chinaconsul_jb_za@mfa.gov.cn

      Consulate-General in Cape Town
      25 Rhodes Avenue, Newland7700, Cape Town
      Tel:021-6740579  Fax:021-6740583
      E-mail:chinaconsul_ct_za@mfa.gov.cn

      Consulate-General in Durban:45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North, Durban 4051
      Tel:031-5634534  Fax:031-5634827
      E-mail:chinaconsul_db_za@mfa.gov.cn

  11. I would like to do a one month tour and would like your 3 best suggestions. Tour and Bussiness
    Thank you

    • Hi Nelson,

      I have asked one of travel agents to get in touch with you regarding your trip. On my list of places to visit I would love to visit are: Beijing (Forbidden City, Great Wall tour), Yangshou, Hangzhou, Sichuan province and Tibet.

  12. Hello, Dear sir I wanna apply for a Chinese visa (for business)and here i need your advice because I am a refugee holding A refugee travel document (also called a 1951 Convention travel document or Geneva passport) is a travel document issued to a refugee by the state in which she or he normally resides allowing him or her to travel outside that state and to return there.
    pleaase your help.
    Many thanks

  13. I need to visit gangzhou in china for the 1st time, my intention is to go and buy few items and I will spend a week, I will show them about R9000.00 on my account, is my debt card going to work that side since II don’t have a credit card. Any dvice on the cheapest flight and accommodation there. Please help me.

  14. How can export things from china without going?

  15. Hi please help me, I had applied for a Chinese visa, and I submitted all the documents neeDed including an invitation letter, a visa was granted but it was canceLled again becAuse when they called the company that sent me the letter for some reason they didn’t have my details in their system. Does this mean I cannot try to apply again? Please your response will be much appreciated. Thanx

  16. We are visiting China in June and we have our hotel reservation as well as return flights. When I went to the Chinese consulate in Johannesburg, they insist on an invitation letter from a duly authorized agent. I asked our travel agents, who are based in China, if they can send us this letter, but they say they do not issue these letters and that the hotel reservation should be sufficient for a visa. Have you encountered this issue before? Does the consulate in Pretoria also insist on an invitation letter? Appreciate any advice

  17. hi there,

    i am travelling to Guangzhou on the 14/04/2013. The chinese embassy is requesting an invitation letter before they can issue me a visa. Please can you advise how i would go about obtaining one?

    Thanks

  18. HI i am a south african and want to apply for chinese visa ,i have a invite letter from contact that i am going to see , do i have to confirm my hotel bookings or show just reservations, where do i get the application form , or is it available on the net.
    regards

  19. Hi Nick,
    I’m going to teach in China and I’m receiving my invitation letter today.But I’m going on a business trip and won’t be able to go to the consulate myself.Can I send someone with all the documentation required? Will they accept that?

    Thanks

  20. Hi

    I am looking for an invitation letter as a tourist to China. any suggestions where i can get it?

  21. Hi i am a flight attendant for Saa and have rebates flights for my family and friends .i Would like to take my brother and friend with on a flight to Beijing end of May . Have all the appropriate documents for there visas ,and a letter from work stating that they will be staying in my Hotel , the embassy needs a letter of introduction , how can i get this as the tickets are not booked trough an Travel agency and i don’t know any one in China to ask for a invitation letter?

  22. Pls I need your help, I have congolese passport with work permit in side bt I’m living in south Africa, what else do I need to get business vise

  23. hi
    my friend is a student here in south Africa and we are planning to go to China together at the end of this year,i am willing spend 2 months there,how much should i have on my bank account?and how much is the cheapest flight?

  24. Would like to get a multiple visa since I’ve been to china twice already n what do I need 2 apply ?

  25. Hi

    My boss and 3 colleagues would like to undertake a fact finding study tour, with at least 3 days in Shanghai.

    Please advise of the requirements.

    Thank you

  26. Hi, I have been to China many times. However, my passport is now full and I have applied for another one. I don’t think it will be ready in time, so I have applied for a temporary one.
    Do you know if China accepts temporary passports for their visa application?

  27. Hi there;
    i need to get a transit visa for hongkong. Where do i hand in the documents? can i hand them in the same chinese embassy (in pretoria, south africa) where i applied for shanghai tourist visa?

  28. Need visa to step out from the cruise ship, one entry or multiple entry required? The ship can stay two days at the port, pls advise

  29. hi i have a girlfriend in china and im from south africa now she wants to come and visit me here and she has a big struggle with her visa which i dont understand at all as i went to china and i got my visa in 4 days time no problem and i have sent her a invitation letter already but she still struggle with the visa.Can you please help me?

  30. hi

    I’m a south African citizen with a temporary passport and going to china for business, I have the invitation letter from the company I’m visiting. will I be able to obtain a visa. please advise

  31. Hi

    my friend’s boss sent me an invitation letter on the 19th of March to go and work in china and i can only go the first week of May. will the invitation letter expire before i apply for my visa or it doesnt expire.

  32. Hi, my name is john and I want to go to China for a business, to purchase some stock there .pls what are the requirements need from me , I have a south Africa passport. Pls reply thanks

  33. Hi there

    I am a South African working in Hong Kong for a year. My partner who is also South African will be joining me for the remainder of the duration (11 months). I have a few questions regarding the visa application:

    1. Does she apply through the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria to get a Hong Kong Visa?
    2. Please can you send me the application forms and requirements in order to apply for a 12 month multiple entry visa?
    3. Please can you send me the address and contact details of the embassy she will need to apply through.

    I have seen the address and contact details for the chinese embassy in previous threads but I am unsure about applying for HK visa. My visa was done by my company in HK.

    Many thanks

    Regards

    Steve

  34. Hello

    I have just recently been offered a teaching position in Shanghai. I need to apply for my Z-Visa (employment visa). How much would you recommend I need in my bank account for the embassy to approve my visa?

    Thanks
    Tasmyn

  35. Hi

    Im South African and i have been teaching in China for two years on a zvisa. This expired and the school did not renew it in time.

    I understand i have to go to South Africa to apply for a new Zvisa. The school will sent me the invitation letter.

    Please tell me all the documentation i need to submit when i apply for the zvisa in Pretoria.

    Kind regards,
    Jani.

  36. Hi I’d just like to know…apparently it’s been very difficult for south Africans to get visas to go and teach in china ( teaching English as a foreign language) and I’d like to know…I have returned from American and have a little money saved to get myself there. I’m not working at the moment because I’m studying a teaching course…..would it be an issue if I have about 13000 in my bank account but do not have money coming in?

  37. Hi, I’m 20years old from South Africa and I’m starting a business, I want to import clothes and other desired items they have in China, I just need to know how much money will I need to get to China, I have about R50,000 …… I don’t know which place to start looking or sleep in China please help me …. you may also reply through my email address md.dukashe@gmail.com

  38. Hi guys,

    South African here living in Thailand. Getting a visa for China is the easiest thing in the world! I got one from Thailand, but it’s even easier from South Africa.

    If you want to work there teaching English, get a company to send you the work permit and invitation letter, take those to the embassy in SA to then apply for the visa. Easy.

  39. Please help, does the Chinese embassy accept Temp SA passports for submission of a visa application?

    • Hello Fatima, you will not be able to get a temporary passport as of 21 August 2014. You will need a Permanent Passport for all Visa applications going forward, Almene

  40. hi
    I’m a south African citizen with a
    temporary passport and going to
    china for business. will I be able to obtain a visa. please advise

    • Hello Thato, the Embassies no longer accept temporary passports. You can contact one of our trusted Visa companies Rose Visa to assist with this, click here to contact them: http://bit.ly/1Bb1J7k

      Almene

  41. Hi my name Gabby, I have a problem and stressing. I applied for a Chinese Visa 7days ago through my travelling agency and I have R+-80 000 in my account and my monthly income is R6000. But I haven’t receive my visa and my depart date is in 3days to come. What could be the problem.

    • Hello Gabby, sorry we missed this one – please call one of our agents on 0861 878 278 / +2721-468-4300 if you still need assistance with this, Almene

  42. Hi there.
    I want to teach English in China but do not have a BA degree. I was told China is one of the places where I can teach without a BA degree and the school said they’ll send me a business invitation letter and that I’m able to teach with a business visa as the school has a good relationship with the local foreign affairs office. If this is correct, what else do I need to apply for a business visa?

    • Hi jae
      I am also looking to teach english in China if you could please foward me the process & the requirements needed to get it done also keen on permanent residency from Soth africa if possible.

    • Hi Clive,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      We have written a blog giving information to people wanting to go teach English in the Far East.

      These should shed quite a bit of light and give info on what its all about.

      http://www.travelstart.co.za/blog/10-steps-to-becoming-an-english-teacher-in-thailand/

      You can also go Travelbudco.com website

      http://travelbudco.com/apply-now/

      They will then be able to answer any queries you might have and advise on the correct procedures to follow.

  43. Hi
    I would like apply for 2 visitors Visas for China , can you please advise , process & procedure to follow ?

    • Hi Glenton, great to hear from you! You can go through a visa handling agency. Rose (Republic of Excellence) specialize in visas and should be able to assist you. Their contact details are: Johannesburg Regional Office

      Tel: 0100015060
      MainWeb: http://www.visaservice.co.za
      DirectWeb: http://www.rosejnb.co.za

      Best of luck and have a great day!

  44. Hi i also want to visit china i recently received my passport what is the next step

    • Hi Hlengiwe,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      You would need to book flights and accommodation and after apply for your visa.

      Visa Requirements
      Completed Chinese Visa Application From
      2 x 2 inch passport photo (no hats or head coverings – specify to the photographer that the photo is for a Chinese visa)
      Valid, permanent passport with at least two fully blank pages, valid for at least 6 months beyond return to South Africa
      3 Months bank statements showing sufficient and continuous flow of funds
      Hotel reservations for entire duration of Chinese trip
      Confirmed, return flight tickets (or cruise booking if entering by sea)
      First time applicants need to submit a copy of their ID too

      I would contact the Chinese Embassy to see if there is any further information required when applying for a Chinese visa in case these requirements have changed.

  45. Have been trying unsuccessfully for a month to speak to the Chinese commercial attaché in either PTA or Sandton via email and telephone. Nobody responds to emails or returns calls. Disappointing indeed. We want to extend trade to the country and would appreciate a little assistance. If its this difficult dealing with the Chinese in our OWN country. Imagine trying to do it remotely.

  46. Hi, we wil be in China transit for 16 hours in December, what visa do we need to exit the airport and spend some time in Beijing

    • Hi Lionel,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will require a normal tourist visa in order to exit the airport.

      See below contact details of the Issuing Authorities:

      a) Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
      225 Athlone Street, Arcadia, 0083
      Tel: (012) 431-6500/6532 (consular)
      Fax: (012) 430-7620
      P O Box 95764 Waterkloof 0145, Pretoria
      Web: http://za.china-embassy.org/eng/
      E-mail:nflssf@163.com

      I have found some further information, however we do suggest you contact the Embassy to get the most up to date information as the below is just a rough guideline and could change at anytime.

      Basic requirements

      (1) One fully completed visa application form, fully completed.
      (2) One recent colour photo (2x2inch) (bare head, full face) against a light background to be attached to the application form.
      (3) Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than 2 blank visa pages. A photocopy of the passport`s data page and the photo page if it is separate are also required.
      (4) MINORS: At least one parent is to apply in person and a certified unabridged birth certificate for the child is to be submitted.

      For full list of CVASC requirements for Tourist and Business visas, see their website http://www.visaforchina.org

      6. PAYMENT (for those foreign passport holders applying at the embassy)
      The Embassy of the People`s Republic of China will not accept CASH payment for visa/ passport/ notarization/ authentification fees.

      Applicants are kindly required to:
      1)Do DEPOSIT or bank transfer into our account in FNB;
      2)Pay through a speed point machine in our office at collection window;3) Pay by cheque in our office at collection window (cheque payment are not recommended because the process of CASHING may take long). Payment should be made before the date of collection so that we can verify with the transaction history of our account issued by FNB. Please note that payment on the date of collection may result in passport/visa releasing declined.

      VISA FEE: Visa fees are to be paid as a cash DEPOSIT or bank transfer into the Consulate account (cash payments are NOT accepted). Payment is to be made before the date of collection and proof of payment to be submitted. Please contact the Embassy/Consulate direct for bank account details.
      Single entry visa : R400
      Double entry visa : R500
      Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months : R700
      Multiple entry visa valid for one year : R900.00
      Remember to add the CVASC service charge which is R400 to the visa fee!

      PROCESSING TIME: 4-5 working days from the date of the application. You must present the Pick-Up Form and proof of payment when you come to get your passport back. Only with the consent of the Embassy can it be expedited but you are required to pay extra rush fees.

      Please contact the Embassy for visa fees for other Nationals. Refunds not available if application is cancelled or refused.
      All fees to be paid at the FNB after first obtaining the reference number from the visa office of the Chinese Consulate General.

      VALIDITY:
      Single or double entry – 3 months from date of issue.
      Double entries within 3-6 months.
      PLEASE APPLY FOR VISA ONE MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
      NB: All regulations and costs subject to change without notice.

  47. hi,how much is china visa if im going to stay for a year

    • Hi Nomcebo,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This information should be used as a guide only. Please confirm requirements with the consulate or embassy.

      VISA FEE: Visa fees are to be paid as a cash DEPOSIT or bank transfer into the Consulate account (cash payments are NOT accepted). Payment is to be made before the date of collection and proof of payment to be submitted. Please contact the Embassy/Consulate direct for bank account details.
      Single entry visa : R400
      Double entry visa : R500
      Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months : R700
      Multiple entry visa valid for one year : R900.00
      Remember to add the CVASC service charge which is R400 to the visa fee!

  48. I would like to teach English in china.i hold a TEFL CERTIFICATE in 2weeks.i also intend to study full time next year for chemistry eng in Shangai. How on earth do I do all this?which visa do I apply for at the great Chinese embassy?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      If you wish to apply for a student visa you will need to contact the Embassy direct.

      They will be able to assist by answering any queries you might have and advise on all the required documents needed when applying for a study visa.

      The below ling gives quite a bit of info along with Embassy’s contact details.

      http://www.thegsa.co.za/index.php?nav=destination_country&view=138

      Best of luck in your new adventure.

  49. One more thing. .I do not hold a degree but intend to study with a full scholarship in China.help me please

  50. Hi,

    One of the requirements for a visa is – Confirmed, return flight tickets –

    I was planning on getting my flight tickets once I have a visa, as flight tickets are not refundable.

    Would I not be able to get a tourist visa without confirmed flight tickets?

    Kind regards,
    Lily

    • Hi Lily,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      The “China visa application requirements for South Africans” blog was posted in 2011 the visa requirements could have changed since then.

      To my knowledge the requirements when applying for a Chinese visa are:

      Visa Requirements
      Completed Chinese Visa Application From
      2 x 2 inch passport photo (no hats or head coverings – specify to the photographer that the photo is for a Chinese visa)
      Valid, permanent passport with at least two fully blank pages, valid for at least 6 months beyond return to South Africa
      3 Months bank statements showing sufficient and continuous flow of funds
      Hotel reservations for entire duration of Chinese trip
      Confirmed, return flight tickets (or cruise booking if entering by sea)
      First time applicants need to submit a copy of their ID too

      You welcome to look directly on their website: http://www.visaforchina.org where they should give the most up to date information or contact the Embassy direct on:

      a) Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
      225 Athlone Street, Arcadia, 0083
      Tel: (012) 431-6500/6532 (consular)
      Fax: (012) 430-7620
      P O Box 95764 Waterkloof 0145, Pretoria
      Web: http://za.china-embassy.org/eng/
      E-mail:nflssf@163.com

  51. Hi,

    Can any one tell me if my travel partner who has a German passport will require a visa?

    • Hi Jacqueline, pretty much every nationality on Earth needs a visa in order to visit China unfortunately. This includes German passport holders. Your travel partner will need to apply for a visa in advance to travel around China. Just note that certain cities offer German citizens exemption from visas, these cities are Hong Kong and Macau and then 72 hours visa-free transit is allowed in Beijing, Chengdo, Chongqing, Dailan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Shanghai, Shenyang and Xi’an. This information is subject to change and I suggest you double-check this with the Chinese consulate/embassy.

  52. Hi
    I have several questions!
    My daughter is currently teaching in China.
    My spouse and I want to go visit and explore with them before they return.
    How will it work ?
    We plan just to arrive and backpack.To see the main sights.
    How do we know where we will stay ?
    We plan on leaving on 31 July 2015
    Where is the visa application done in Sandton or Cape Town.
    How much money do you think we require? Per person R20k each for 3 weeks?
    Do u purchase your flight ticket before or after the visa?
    Thanks Brenda

    • Hi Brenda,

      All ordinary passport holders wishing to visit mainland China are requested to apply for visas at The Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in Johannesburg.

      http://www.visaforchina.org/

      With regards to accommodation you welcome to look for hotels and prices on our website on: http://hotel.travelstart.co.za/templates/376268/index here you are able to find all differnt hotels in different areas to suite you travel needs.

      When applying for the visa the application form will give all the necessary information on all the requirements / documentation needed.

  53. Hi I am in the process of obtaining a english celta through the university of cambridge I would like to obtain a visa to teach english in China or Thailand permanent visa for work purposes would also be considered

  54. Hi
    I am South african lady, planning to go to China in may it is my first time.
    i am going to buy some stuff ,please help in what to do to obtain the Visa.

    • Hi there,

      thanks for getting in touch.

      Travelstart is an online agent who specialize in flights, accommodation and car hire. I’m afraid we do not specialize in visa’s and applying for them.

      We have some Blogs written but this is a guideline for passengers to follow however they would need to contact the Embassy direct to get the most up to date information. This blog was written in 2011 so I do suggest you contact the Chinese Embassy for the most up to date info.

      They will be able to provide you on the cost, correct documentation required and procedures to follow.

  55. Hi there,
    We are in the process of getting our visa for China in May. However we are flying in and out of Hong Kong and train to Mainland.
    Does the visa process stay the same because we will not have flights to and from China.
    Only to and from Hong Kong.

    Perhaps we should book train tickets to China from Hong Kong?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Garth,

      Thanks for the interesting question.

      This visa information is not guaranteed. Kindly confirm details with the Embassy direct.

      To my knowledge the visa process should still be the same.

      South African passport holders do not require visas for a stay of up to 30 days when visiting Hong Kong so you would only need to apply for a visa when visiting China. It should not matter if you are not flying into Mainland China and entering and departing by train.

      Best of luck.

  56. Hello,

    How are you and how is work?

    My name is Fredrick Abaka Sam,the General Manager of my company in Accra-Ghana

    We will like to bring (8) eight of company executive to china for tour

    And because of that i went to the Chinese embassy in Ghana here and spook to the counselor about acquiring a visas so that we can come to china for tour and the counselor told me that before she can issue us visa’s to come to china for tour we need to get an invitation letter from you government first

    1. I will like to know if you can get us the Visa

    2. How much will it cost

    3. How long will it take for you to get the visas for us

    Thank you and i hope to hear from you as soon as possible

    My number 00233242640780 whatsapp/wechat

    Regards

    Fredrick Abaka Sam

    • Hi Fredrick,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required. As well as any other visa information you require.

  57. Thanks for sharing this informative blog, it seems very helpful.

  58. Hi there

    I need to have a medical done for a Z-Visa.
    Are there specific doctors or can I do it at any hospital?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not sure on this. You would need to ask the Embassy direct they should be able to provide you with the relevant information.

  59. Hi Guys,

    I am planning to visit china, for the first time, I am from South Africa. I would like to go for a week in September. Do i need to apply for a visa? I only got my passport this month.

    • Hi Carol,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      All ordinary passport holders wishing to visit mainland China are requested to apply for visas at The Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in Johannesburg.

      http://www.visaforchina.org

  60. Hi
    I am planning on visiting China for the first time. I am 15 years old and I would like to know what documents are required for my visa application as well as other things that might be required.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Please contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

      They will be able to advise on the cost, correct procedures to follow and what documentation will be required.

  61. I might start work in 2017 in China. I want to take my children with me and founs a wonderful online school they can attend as they have been home schooled. What type of visa should i get ans what type for my children.

    • Hi Nazley,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area of visa requirements.

      You would need to contact the Embassy direct and they will be able to assist in answering any questions you might have.

  62. Hi there
    What is the current price for a Chinese Visa and what will it cost to speed up the process?

    • Hi Aysha,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Please double check with the Embassy direct as this informaiton could change at any time.

      *Total Fee per person (tax excl) **Visa Fee
      charged by Embassy/Consulate
      (tax excl) ***CVASC
      Service Fee
      (tax excl)

      Single entry visa R800 R400 R400
      Double entry visa R900 R500 R400
      Multiple entry visa valid for 6 months R1100 R700 R400
      Multiple entry visa valid for one year R1300 R900 R400

      Regular – 4-5 working days from the date of the application.
      Express – 3 working days
      Urgent – 2 working days

      Applicants are advised to apply one month in advance but not earlier than 3 months.
      Applicants are requested to provide the original pick-up slip as well as the proof of payment when collecting passport or other documents.

  63. Hey there
    I am going to China next year for 2 months, and i might do my TEFL there and start looking for a job while I travel. Is it possible to only buy a one way ticket to china then apply for a work visa while I am there? Or do i have to buy a return ticket and cancel the ticket?

    • Hi Hannes,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to have a return ticket when traveling to China. Just make sure when purchasing your ticket the rules of the ticket allow date changes.

  64. Hi there
    I am planning on visiting China for the first time on the 14 October 2016, however, my South African passport expires on the 15 November 2016. Can I apply for my visa, book flights and accomodation while awaiting for my new South African passport? As part of the visa requirements, the passport has to be valid 6 months and more after returning to China and my passport will be valid for less than 6 months after returning to China since it is expiring on the 15 November 2016.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      To my knowledge they won’t grant you a visa with your old passport expiring soon.

      You will need to apply for a new passport then apply for your visa.

  65. Hey Travelstart by the way I am impressed by how your website is so simplistic and so easy to use.I booked my second series of flights with you guys for my upcoming trip to Asia and it took less than 5 minutes and the response from your team was swift.
    I would like to know when does one know when to pick up their visas (chinese)

    Your assistance would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Hi Anele,

      Thanks for the great comment. We always appreciate all feedback from our clients.

      With regards to the Chinese visa. I see they said it takes around 4 – 5 working days from date of application (but this is not guaranteed)

      If they have a backlog it will take longer.

      As we do not specialize in this area we do suggest you contact the Embassy direct. They will be able to give the most up to date information.

      The Embassy of The People’s Republic of China (Pretoria)
      Telephone No : 012-4316500, ext.6537 (visa) 6531, 6532 (consular)
      Hotline : 012 431 6537 (2:00pm-4:00pm Mon-Fri)
      Fax No : (012) 430-7620
      Street Address : 225 Athlone Street, Arcadia, Pretoria 0083 (Visa section)
      Postal Address : P. O Box 95764 Waterkloof, Pretoria, 0145
      Email Address : visa@chinese-embassy.org.za / reception@chinese-embassy.org.za
      nflssf@163.com
      Web Address : http://www.chinese-embassy.org.za

  66. I so much want to know if I am on my 30 day no visa in Hong Kong may I apply in Hongkong for extention of my tourist visa.
    I am going to visit my children and want to stay longer.
    And is it possible to apply in Cape Town for an extention on my 30 days visa free’

    Thank you

    • Hi Anita,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct, as they are the ones granting the visa. They will be able to advise accordingly and answer any visa related questions you have.

  67. I am planning to travel to China for the first. I am a foreigner with a study permit living in South Africa and I have heard that I need an invitation letter as one of the requirements of the visa application. However, I have no contact in China. Can you help me? My email address tsingasabryna@hotmail.com

    • Hi there Sali,

      Thank you for getting in touch with us, as this information is always changing, we suggest you contact Home Affairs direct to get the most up to date information.

      They will be able to answer any questions you have and they specialize in this area.

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