Visas for China

Visa Travel International

Important information for China

Travel restriction: obtaining a Visa for China

Notice on Chinese visa waiver for ordinary passport holders from six countries including France 

2023-11-24 16:36 

From December 1, 2023 to November 30, 2024 at 24:00 p.m., holders of valid ordinary passports from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Malaysia traveling to China for reasons of trade, tourism, family visit and transit are exempt from visa for a maximum period of 15 days.

Holders of ordinary passports from the 6 above-mentioned countries who go to China for any other reason or for the stay exceeding 15 days as well as holders of service passports from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain must always apply for a visa before their trip to China.


 Since January 2023, visa applications for China are now possible under certain conditions.

Please note: even if it remains mandatory in certain cases, the Invitation Letter PU issued by the competent Chinese authorities is no longer necessary for the application for the commercial visa (M) and the exchange visa (F) for travelers from businesses resuming their professional activities (in fields such as economy and trade, education, science and technology, sport and culture, etc.).

If the traveler has already offered their fingerprints to the Paris China visa center then their presence will not be required. In this case you will have to send us a photograph as well as the original passport.

If the traveler has not offered their fingerprints to the China visa center in Paris, then their presence will be required and Visa Travel International will be at your side to assist you in this process (see the different types of services with Fingerprint Deposit Assistance – Please note that we are currently only able to assist you with fingerprint application at the parisain chinese visa centre).

NOTE: in accordance with the notice of the Chinese Embassy in France, visa applicants, from August 10 to December 31, 2023, are exempt from the collection of fingerprints, only for single or double entries and for different categories of visas: commercial (M), tourist (L), family visit (Q2), transit (G), crew members (C).

Once the form has been completed and validated (either by yourself online or by us – see list of Documents to Provide), we will make an appointment with you to deposit your fingerprints at the Chinese Visas centre (do not book an appointment by yourself – a specific time slot is allocated to Visa Travel International for greater efficiency)

Please note that the visas for CHINA obtained before March 2020 (long term) and still valid can be used (contact us if you want confirmation).

IMPORTANT: for travellers from Province, please contact our team on or at to consider a possible deposit of fingerprints on a Chinese visa centre located in Province (Marseille, Lyon or Strasbourg). We will assist you in filling and checking your application, making appointments and preparing your appointment at the chosen visa center. 


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NB : The lead times given here are the ones from Consulates and/or Embassies.

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VTI’s advice for your trip to China

The form that China requires you to fill out is long, and the questions asked sometimes seem irrelevant with a Visa application. Despite everything, we invite you to take the greatest care to answer them otherwise you run a risk to see your application rejected.


NB: travelers have reported to us several hours (up to 3h!) of queuing at customs for trips without Visa, unlike travelers with Visa who benefit from a fluid queue. Contact us for more information.

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