Tourist/Family Visit Visa

Currently only travelers with Chinese passport are allowed to enter China. Your visa will be cancelled at China custom and boarder control if you travel there.

Tourist Visa/Family Visit Visa (L or Q2)

How to Apply

Please collect the required documents listed below and send them to our office via any trackable mailing service. You must send your original passport so that the visa can be issued once it has been approved. We will mail your passport with the issued visa back to you.

Documents Required

1. Original passport: (Your original passport must be valid for at least 8 months with at least two blank visa pages) If your passport has been issued within the last 12 months, we need your previous original expired passport.

For minors aged 17 and under and applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, we require a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of both parents’ passports or US driver licenses. If the minor has previously had a Chinese visa, then we only need a copy of the previously issued visa. For details on minor requirements, please see our minor requirement page.

Please also provide a copy of the first page of your U.S. passport (the page with your picture and passport information).

Applicants who were born in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan and have previously obtained a Chinese Visa with their US passport, please provide a copy of your previous visa and the first page of your previous US passport if the expired visa is not in your current passport.

Applicants who are former Chinese Citizens or were born in Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macau, and this is your first time applying with your US passport, please click here for additional requirements.

If you are a non-US Citizen, for more information please click here

2. Visa Application Form : Download the fillable 2019 Edition Form (total 4 pages) The application must be fully completed on a computer, and printed on single-sided letter size white paper only. If you cannot view the page, please download Adobe Acrobat Reader. If Adobe asks for you to download a font pack to type on the form, you can do so through adobe acrobat reader font pack. Please ensure all your information is correct and if there is any information that does not apply to you or you do not know, please write N/A. For instruction and tips on completing the application, please see Chinese Visa Application Instruction V.2019. If you experience any problems downloading the form, please contact us to email a form to you.

We offer a form filling service starting at $7 per application.

Hand written forms will not be accepted.

3. Additional Form Requirement: Additional Form (total 1 pages). The Chinese Consulate recently required an additional form to be completed for tourist visa applications. The form is not required for the following occupations: students, homemakers, retired, unemployed, or children. This form can be hand-written or typed.

4. Tourist Visa Requirement: Please provide a copy of your flight and hotel itinerary to China or a copy of the invitation letter issued by a tour group. If you have not booked your flight or hotel yet, please provide a tentative travel schedule to China on letter size paper.

Family or Friend Visit Visa Requirement – Please provide a copy of the inviter’s Chinese ID FRONT and BACK or if the inviter is a foreigner, please provide a copy of the inviter’s passport plus a copy of the inviter’s China Residence Permit.

Please provide a copy of the invitation letter written by the inviter. Please click here for a tourist invitation letter example. Inviter may hand-write the letter on paper, then scan, email or fax the letter to you.

Family Based Visas have two category – Q1 and Q2. For Q1 you must apply in person, and Q2 can be applied through us. Q2 visa duration of stay (how long you can stay each entry) is 60 days, 90 days or 120 days.  For extended stay longer than 120 days, please see extend stay requirement . For the difference in Q1 and Q2, please see Q1 and Q2 visas difference

For Family Based Visas for marriage, please provide a copy of your Chinese born spouse’s passport

If the relationship in the invitation is defined as friends, then the longest duration of stay is 60 days.

5. Two recent passport type (2”x2”) color photograph taken with a white background taken within the past 6 months. The photograph must be attached to the visa application form. You can take them at places that take U.S. passport picture such as CVS/Walgreen. Please see click to see Chinese Visa Picture Requirement for more information.

6. Applicants who have been to China within the past 2 years must provide a copy of their most recent Chinese Visa issued as well as a copy of the last entry and exit passport stamps in the passport.

7. Proof of Residency: Please provide a copy of your driver license or a copy of another state issued ID, student ID or employee ID. If you do not hold any of these, please send us a copy of a utility bill/bank statement/ or any other mail showing your name and home address. Applicants 17 or under without a driver license can submit their student ID or parent’s driver license.

8. Return Mail to return passport and visa: Chinese Visa Office provides return mail via FedEx starting at $30 dollars  –  Please complete our Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1, or you can provide a per-paid mail label or self-stamped envelope.

9. Rush Service ONLY: Currently Rush Service is reserved for family emergencies only.  Please provide evidence of an emergency such as a doctor’s note, hospital bill or diagnosis.
*Rush Service is at the consulate’s discretion and they might reject rush service or delay at any time without providing a reason.

Fees and Payment methods: We accept personal checks, business checks, cashier’s checks, money orders or credit card payments for saver, regular and express service. For Rush Service, we only accept on-line or phone credit card payments. Please complete and download our Credit Card Order Form and send the completed form with your passport to us or see our payment page for more information.

The applicant must submit the above required documents and the total fee (A+B) as shown below

A: Visa Processing Fee

Service Type Process Time (3) Validity (2) Entries Consulate Fee Service Fee Total Fee
Saver 7+ Workdays 10 Years M $140 $99 $239
Regular 6-7 Workdays 10 Years M $140 $129 $269
Express 4-5 Workdays 10 Years M $160 $189 $349
Rush(1) 2-3 Workdays 10 Years M $170 $229 $399
Same Day (**) 24 Hours 10 Years M $170 $289 $459
** Same Day is currently reserved for applicant that have family emergencies in China only. Consulate requests a copy of proof such as hospital notification, doctor diagnostics, accident report or other document that can verify the emergency  (Chinese consulate reserves the right to reject same day service request at their discretion without providing a reason)
1) Please call to check Rush Service eligibility and availability. Rush Service is currently reserved for applicants that have a confirmed airline ticket that departs within 5 days. Please provide a copy of the airline ticket confirmation. (Chinese consulate reserves the right to reject rush service request at their discretion without providing a reason)
2) The Chinese Consulate reserves the right to adjust the validity of the visa based on the applicant’s information. The fee does not change in the event the Chinese Consulate issues a visa less than 10 years’ validity.
3) Processing time is not guaranteed and will be affect by holiday, consular vacation, closure, and other circumstances. Chinese consulate reserves the right to extend processing time without notification or reason. .
4) Tourist visa duration of stay is either 30 or 60 days. Family based visa duration of stay is either 30, 60, 90 or 120 days. If you would like extend duration of stay of up to 180 days, please request this on your visa application. It is up to the consulate to grant such request. For more information on extend stay, please see Extended Stay Requirement.

B: Return Mailing

If you wish to use our return mail service, please complete our Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1

Remarks Fees
FedEx Standard Shipping $30
FedEx First Overnight $65
FedEx shipment to HI, AK, PR $40
FedEx Saturday Delivery $40
FedEx International $75
Additional Return Address (Contiguous US Only) $30
Pick-up /Pre-paid Envelope $0

By choosing to use our return mailing service, you agree to our return shipping cost and policy. FedEx Standard Shipping rates only apply to contiguous US. Our FedEx return shipping is released without a signature. Should you require a signature with your return shipping envelope, please inform us by noting it in Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1 or contact us by phone. FedEx has its own damage, lost or missing and claim policy, please visit FedEx website for information. For Chinese Visa Office return shipping information, please visit our return shipping cost and policy 

*For HI, AK, PR and international destination, those rates are standard guideline, upon learning your zip code, we might request additional charges due to geographically difficult to access location or higher than usual sub-charges. For more information on shipping to HI, AK, PR or International Destination, please visit our return shipping cost and policy page for more information.

C: Total cost to pay: Service Fee + Return Mailing Cost

If you have any additional service such as form filling service, please add it into the total cost.

Check/Money Order/Cashier Cash payee is Chinese Visa Office and can be mailed along with the all the required documents to our office. Please complete Credit Card Order Form or call us at 713-774-5606 to provide cc payment. You can mail the credit card order form along with other materials. You can also visit our payment information.

Mailing Address:

Chinese Visa Office
Susan Guo
10402 Harwin Dr. Suite #A3
Houston, TX 77036

Tel: 713-774-5606

We highly recommend using FedEx shipping. USPS does not issue receipts for mail drop off. For USPS priority mail, please ask for a confirmation number when you purchase the return mail. For more information on return shipping rates, time, and options, please read our return shipping cost and policy

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