Chinese Journalist Visa
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fast: regular 4-5 days
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Updated: 08/15/2007I. For short-term news coverage in China by foreign reporters and related personnel, please submit:
What to submit (in addition to documents listed above)
How to apply
Visa processing time and fees
[For details on fees please see table here] The regular processing time at the Consulate is 4 working days. For express service, additional fees are required for same day or 2-3 working days processing.
Visa validity and duration of stay
Usually the validity of a Single Entry or Double Entry "L" visa is 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue. This means the holder of the visa shall enter China no later than 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue, otherwise the visa is expired and is null and void. If you intend to apply for double entry visa, please remember that your second entry can be no later than 180 days from the date your visa was issued!
The duration of stay of a "L" visa is 30 days, which means the holder of the visa may stay in China for up to 30 days from the date of entry. The visa officer may extend the Duration of Stay if the applicant needs and requests a stay in China for more than 30 days, upto 180 days (single entry) or 90 day (double or multiple entry).
* original Chinese passport and a copy of the photo/data page are required the first time you apply for a Chinese visa. Your Chinese passport will be returned to you after it is canceled.
** usually only copies of the photo page and the page with a Chinese visa is
needed, and you don't have to submit the actual old foreign passport with a Chinese visa.
** usually only copies of the photo page and the page with a Chinese visa is needed, and you don't have to submit the actual old foreign passport with a Chinese visa.
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You may use self-taken pictures for visa application (please print at photo stores), see visa photo requirement.
For US citizens, a 1-year multiple visa is as easy to get as a single visa, and costs the same.
Frequent travelers, please make sure you have at least one blank visa page.
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