The information on this page should assist you in deciding whether or not you need to apply for a Chinese Entry Visa. There are two (2) types of Visa for China;
The options and process for obtaining these visa is explained in this page together with applicable links.
The information shown should only be taken as a guide only and the links provided were correct at the time of publication. Should any of the links be broken, please contact Alex Jamieson.
Those wishing to visit The Peoples Republic of China are required to have a visa. There are various types of ordinary visas, however the required Tourist Visa is Type L - which is issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.
There is an additional Visa Type, Type G - issued to those who intend to transit through China. This is an 144-hour visa-free transit policy which is being carried out in Shanghai and other major cities, to facilitate international travellers to China. It allows passengers from 53 countries or regions, of which Australia is one, to transit in the above cities or provinces for no more than 144 hours (6 days) without holding a visa.
Applying for a Chinese Visa or Not
If you are travelling on an official package, your Chinese visa is more than likely included. However if you wish to do your own visa, and you possible should as it is cheaper, the information supplied here should assist you.
Using the attached Which Visa PDF file, hopefully this will assist you to decide which Visa is for you.
The following link is the the Chinese Embassy in Australia - Frequently Asked Questions which provides additional Visa information
Where to Apply and Fees
In Australia, you are required to apply for your Chinese Visa with the those travellers holding an 'ordinary' passport, must submit visa applications to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers located in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane according to their service areas, BUT NOT DIRECTLY to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in Australia.
If you are applying for a Tourist Visa - use this link for the Type L Visa requirements
If you are applying for a 144 Transit Visa - use this link for the Type G Visa requirements
Complete your Visa application and Fees
If you are applying for a Tourist Visa - you should use this link for the Type L Visa requirements and check list
NOTE: The Chinese consulate are very strict on passport photo’s and they must be new or within 6 months of your application. All passports need to have at least 2 blank pages and passports issued after 2014 must supply a 24 month destination list.
One of the RRTC Admins, discovered this following web site VisaRite. You should note that this is an 'American' site, so remember this when you use this resource.
What is the cost for your Visa? This link takes you to the Fee Schedule for each visa type