Although not an e-visa, you can apply for a Chine Visa Online with the aid of a trusted visa agent. While China is truly fascinating with a timeless appeal, it has stringent visa policy, especially for the non-visa-exempt countries. These countries must apply for an advance visa before travelling to Mainland China.

But before getting into how to apply for a China visa online, let us understand the types of visa.

A Brief on Types of China Visa

There are 16 major categories of Chinese visa based on Chinese phonetic letters as follows;

  • L Visa or Tourist Visa
  • F Visa or Non-commercial Visit Visa
  • M Visa or Business Visa
  • Z Visa or Work Visa
  • X Visa or Student Visa
  1. X1 – Student visa for study stay periods more than six months
  2. X2 – Student visa for study stay periods under six months
  • C Visa or Crew member Visa
  • J Visa or Journalist Visa
  1. J1 – Issued to journalists posted in China for at least one year
  2. J2 – Issued to journalists on assignments to China for short periods of up to 30 days
  • G Visa or Transit Visa
  • D Visa or Residence Visa
  • Q Visa or Family Visa or Personal Visit Visa
  1. Q1 (Long-term) – for stay periods exceeding 180 days
  2. Q2 (Short-term) – for stay periods up to 120 days
  • S Visa or Relatives of Foreigners Visa
  1. S1 (Long-term) – for stay periods of 180 days and above
  2. S2 (Short-term) – for stay periods in between 30 to 90 days
  • R Visa or Visa for Highly Qualified Persons

Apart from these, there is a Chinese diplomatic visa, which is issued to government officials and the personnel of diplomatic missions. They are also provided to the staff/officials of the United Nations travelling to China on official missions or accreditation.

For more information, read China Visa

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China tourist and business visa online

The Chinese L visa or tourist visa and the M visa or business visa are the most preferred types of Chinese visa. The validity period of both the visa types is up to 90 days wherein they entitle you to a stay period of 30 continuous days. While the type of entry is single, there is also the option of multiple-entry. Refer to the illustrations below;

China tourist visa

Also, read China Tourist Visa

China business visa

Also, read China Business Visa


China express visa

For a shorter processing time of three to five days, you can opt for the Chinese express visa for tourism and business-related purposes. The validity and the stay period remain the same save for the processing time.

China tourist express visa


China business express visa


Salient features of Chinese visa

  • The business visa may be used for tourism purposes.
  • A tourist visa cannot be used for business purposes.
  • Business visa cannot be used in lieu of transit, work, residence visa, etc.
  • The mandatory documents remain the same.
  • Additional documents may apply depending on the visa type.
  • The L visa can also be used as a transit visa.

What are China Visa Requirements?

The list of mandatory documents remains the same for all the categories of China visa online. However, a few additional documents may apply based on the purpose served. For instance, a covering letter issued by your company is an additional mandatory requirement for a business visa, which does not apply to L visa.

China visa documents checklist is as follows;

Mandatory documents

  1. Passport
  2. Two (2) passport-sized photographs

The passport must have a validity of at least six months from the time of arrival. Also, it must have at least three blank pages. It is important as the Chinese visa is a sticker visa pasted on one of the pages in your passport. The passport-sized photograph must be taken against a white or light blue background.

Documents required for China L visa or tourist visa

China tourist visa requirements

Did you know?

We provide a 100% cashback on your China visa fee. And using this cashback, you can avail attractive discounts on your travel-related expenses like flight tickets, hotel bookings, etc. 

At Blinkvisa, we believe that a well-planned trip is vital to make the most of your trip. Thus, we provide a custom-made travel itinerary to meet your expectations and needs

Apart from the above-mentioned documents, the following documents are also required for a tourist visa;

  1. The original leave sanction certificate from your company (if employed)
  2. Pension payment certificate or six months’ bank statement as applicable
  3. In the case of student applicants – student id card along with bonafide certificates
  4. Copy of birth certificate in the case of infants and minors
  5. NOC letter from parents when the child is travelling alone
  6. When accompanied by a single parent, NOC from the non-accompanying parent

Documents required for China M visa or business visa

While most of the requirements are the same as in the case of a tourist visa, additional documents like an invitation letter from the company you are visiting in China apply.

China business visa requirements

Original leave sanction certificate or permission letter from the applicant’s company duly signed and sealed by the authoritative personnel. The letter must state the purpose of your visit. In the case of self-employed, you must furnish the following;

  • Business Registration License/MOA/Partnership deed/GST certificate/IT returns
  • The company’s last three months’ bank statement
  • Last three months’ bank statement of the company’s current account if applicable
  • IT returns of the company for the last three years

Also, read China Visa Requirements

What is the cost of China visa?

Type of China VisaVisa FeeBlinkvisa ChargesSGST + CGSTTotalAvail Cashback
Tourist VisaINR 8999INR 50018%INR 9589INR 9589
Express Tourist VisaINR 14499INR 50018%INR 15089INR 15089
Business VisaINR 10499INR 50018%INR 11089INR 11089
Express Business VisaINR 14499INR 50018%INR 15089INR 15089


To know how cashback works, read China Visa Fees

Why apply for China visa with Blinkvisa?

We endeavour to aid you at every step of the application process, and with this objective, we also offer the following assistance;

Blinkvisa visa documents assistance

How to Apply for China Visa?

The China visa online application process is as follows;

  1. Visit
  2. Select the country and visa type, enter your email id, city, etc and click on the ‘Get Visa’ button
  3. You will be directed to the specific visa page of the country chosen
  4. Fill in the basic details like the number of applicants, tentative travel date, return date
  5. Make the payment of INR 500 and receive the complete visa fee as cashback
  6. Share your documents
  7. Receive your visa in seven to ten working days (the processing time may vary as per the courier service)

Also, read Apply for China Visa

How to apply for China visa from Bangalore?

  1. Visit
  2. Select the country and visa type, enter your email id, city, etc and click on the ‘Get Visa’ button
  3. You will be directed to the specific visa page of the country chosen
  4. Fill in the basic details like the number of applicants, tentative travel date, return date
  5. Make the payment of INR 500 and receive the complete visa fee as cashback
  6. Make an appointment for document pickup
  7. The visa is delivered to your doorstep within seven to ten working days

Also, read China Visa Bangalore

Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs

1. Do Indians residing in Hong Kong or Macau need a visa to China?

Hong Kong residents with a valid Hong Kong id card may apply for single-multiple entry 6 or 12 months visa. Non-permanent Macau residents may apply for a 6-months (validity) multiple-entry visa while the permanent residents may apply for a 12-months (validity) multiple-entry visa.

2. Do I need a transit visa when I have a layover in China for more than 24 hours?

Yes, China has a transit without visa policy, which has its own set of stringent requirements. It is one of the main reasons why most of the travellers from non-visa-exempt countries apply for a Chinese tourist visa in lieu of China Transit Visa.

3. Is there a China visa on arrival?

China visa on arrival is only granted in the case of emergencies in the following cases;

  • you have an invitation letter issued by a government-approved sponsor or Chinese authorities
  • or have a confirmation from immigration authorities that the visa will be issued on arrival
  • when you have a government-approved sponsor meeting you at the airport