How to Apply for a Chinese Visa

Visa Office 

Embassy of the P.R.China

Address:Karmnu Court, Lapsi Street, St. Julians' STJ1264

Tel: +356-23798805 (only answered 09:00 -12:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,except public holidays)

Fax: +356-21380251

Opening Hours: 09:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Except for Chinese Public Holidays and Maltese Public Holidays)

 

1. Complete the China Online Visa Application Form https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn

2. Make online reservation https://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn

3. Print and sign the Confirmation page and the completed COVA form. Submit application on the booked date IN PERSON to the visa office

    of the Embassy with the completed COVA form, the Confirmation page, passport and other necessary documentation.

    (Please click the category of visa you need for further information on the list of necessary supporting documents) 

4. Biometric information collection including fingerprinting is required

5. Applications by post are not accepted

6. Interviews may be required by the consular officer

 

Categories Description of Visa (Please click on the category code to see detailed requirements)

Visa Categories

Description of Visa

C

Issued to foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.

D

Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

F

Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.

G

Issued to those who intend to transit through China.

J1

Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

 "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

Q2

Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

R

Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1

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, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

S2

Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

"family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

X1

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

  

Fees :

 

Applicants needn't pay beforehand.

The consular officer will give you instructions on payment when you submit your application at the visa office.

 

*Visa fee for citizens from certaincountries may vary from the list above based on reciprocal agreements. Please check with consular officer.

 

Important notes :

(1)The applicant should check all the information of the issued visa upon collection and if necessary raise queries. If there is no immediate query relating to the issued visa, the applicant is held responsible under any circumstances thereafter.

(2) Please apply for a visa about one month in advance of the intended date of entry into China. Applicants will be held responsible for any consequences if they fail to submit visa application at an appropriate time, which may lead to either the issued visa becoming expired or it being too late to get a visa before the intended entry date.

 

 

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