Notice on the Latest Requirements for Chinese Visa Application
2023-03-15 15:39

Update March, 2023

As of March 15,the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai will adopt the following new measures for Chinese visa application.

1. Application Procedures

1.1Visa applications areprocessed in accordance with respective consular jurisdiction areas of Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in India. For applicants who reside in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, and West Bengal, their visa applicationsare processed by Chinese Consulate-General in Kolkata. For applicants who reside in Maharashtra or Karnataka, their visa applications are processed by Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai. For applicants who reside in areas other than those mentioned above, their visa applications are processed by Chinese Embassy in India.

1.2 For applicants residing in the consular jurisdiction area of Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai, please submit visa application documents through Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Mumbai. First of all, please visit the website of Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Mumbai (, fill out visa application form and confirmation pageonlinemake an appointment, print out the confirmation page and full form, and sign name. Then at the appointment time, submit the application in person with materials (please see Part 2 for material requirements)at Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Mumbai and retain ten fingerprints.

1.3The following applicants can be exempted from fingerprint collection: those who are under the age of 14 or over the age of 70; those who already hadfingerprints collected within the past five years at Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai or Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Mumbaiusing the same passport; Applicants with all fingerprints uncollectable.

2. Material Requirements 

2.1 General Documents

(1) Chinese Visa Application Form and Confirmation Page of Online Visa Application.

(2) Original passport still valid for at least 6 months, with 2 or more blank visa pages, and the photocopy of relevant passport pagesand expired passports within 5 years and the photocopy of relevant passport pages.

(3) Two recently-taken color passport photos (full face, front view and bare headsize: 48mm×33mmwithin 6 months).

(4) Original and photocopy of the proof of legal stay, residence, employment or study statusor valid visa (applicable to applicants of non-Indian citizens)

2.2 Category Documents

In addition to the general documents in 2.1, the following supporting documents for respective visa categories must be submitted:



Description of Visa

Supporting Documents


Issued to foreign crew members

of international transportation, 

including aircraft, trains and ships,or motor vehicle driver engaged 

in cross-border transport activities,or to the accompanying family  members of the crew members ofthe above-mentioned ships.

Guarantee Letter from foreign

transport company.


Issued to those who intend to 

reside in China permanently.

Original and photocopy of the

Confirmation Form for Foreigner

Permanent Residence Status issuedby the Ministry of Public Security  of China.


Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, 

study tours and other activities.

Invitation Letter issued by relevant entity or individual in China.


Issued to those who intend to 

transit through China.

Onward air (train or ship)

ticket with confirmed date and

seat to the destination country or region.


Issued to resident journalists of

foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration  of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of theMinistry of Foreign Affairs of

China and an official letter issued

by the media organization for

which the journalist works.


Issued to foreign journalists of

foreign news organizations who

intend to go to China for short-termnews coverage. The intended

duration of stay in China is no

more than 180 days.

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.


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

(1) Itinerary documents including air ticket booking (round trip) and hotel reservation, etc. or invitation letter issued by entity or individual in China.

(2) Personal written statement with details as follows: place to visit, name, address and contact number of the inviting / contact company / person. 

(3) Certification letter from the local employer of the applicant (with details as follows: name and contact number of the employer, the applicant's income statement), or original copy of recent 6-month bank statement of the applicant.

(4) For tourist group visa, please provide an ‘Invitation letter for Tourist Group’ issued by  authorized tourism agency in China.


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


Documents on the commercial

activity issued by a trade partner 

in China, or trade fair invitation

or other invitation letters issued

by relevant entity or individual;

copy of business license of invitation party; copy of front and back sideof the inviter’s ID card, or the legalrepresentative’s ID card.


Issued to the family members of

Chinese citizens or foreigners

with Chinese permanent residence 

permit, intending to go to China for

family reunion. 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. 

(1) Invitation Letter issued by

Chinese citizen or foreign citizen with Chinese permanent residencepermit.

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID cardof the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.

(3) Original and photocopy of

certification (marriage certificate,

birth certificate etc.) showing the

relationship of family members   between applicant and inviting    individual.


Issued to the relatives of Chinese  citizens or foreigners with permanent residence permit, intending to go

to China for family visit. The intended duration of stay in China is nomore than 180 days.

(1) Invitation Letter issued by a

Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen 

with Chinese permanent residence  permit.

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID card

or foreign passport and permanent

residence permit of the inviting


(3) photocopy of relative certification  showing the relationship of family members between applicant and  

inviting individual.


Issued to high-level talents.

Confirmation Letter for High Level

Foreign Talents.


Issued to the family members   who intend to go to China to    visit the foreigners working or   

studying in China, or to those    who intend to go to China for 

other private affairs. The intendedduration of stay in China exceeds  

180 days.

“Family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

(1) Invitation Letter from the

inviting individual.

(2) Photocopy of the inviting

Individual’s passport and residence 


(3) Original and photocopy of

certification (marriage certificate,

birth certificate etc. and kinship   attestation issued by Chinese     Embassy or Consulate-General)   showing the relationship betweenapplicant and inviting individual.


Issued to family members who  intendto visit foreigners working or 

studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other

private matters. The intended durationof 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.

(1) Invitation Letter issued by the

inviting individual.

(2) Photocopy of the inviting     individual’s passport and residence


(3) Original and photocopy of    certification (marriage certificate,   birth certificate etc. and kinship   attestation issued by Chinese     Embassy or Consulate-General)   showing the relationship between  the applicant  and the inviting    individual.

For private affairs, documentation

identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as

required by consular officers.


Issued to those who intend to 

study in China for a period of 

more than 180 days.

(1) Original and photocopy of the

Admission Letter issued by a schoolor other entities in China.

(2) Original and photocopy of “VisaApplication for Study in China” 

(Form JW201 or Form JW202).

For those who are on the lists of

students reported to the Embassy by relevant schools, visa application

can be submitted with the copy

of Admission Letter and the copyof  “Visa Application for Study

in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202). The validity period for

this measure will be adjusted by theEmbassy in due course according

to the actuality.


Issued to those who intend to

study in China for a period of nomore than 180 days.

Original and photocopy of Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.


Issued to those who intend to work in China.

Valid “Notice for Foreigner’s Work Permit”

2.3 Relevant Reminder

(1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but consular officers may require the applicant to submit the original invitation letter.The invitation letter should contain following information: information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.); information on the visit, such as purpose of visit, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, intended arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures; information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

(2) Consular officers may require the applicant to provide other supporting documents, or require an interview with the applicant. Consular officers will decide on whether the visa should be issued and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.

3. CasesNotNeedingTo Apply For ANew Visa

(1) Foreign nationals who subject to mutual visa exemption agreements.

(2) Valid permanent resident permit ID card.

(3) Valid residence permits.

(4) Holding valid APEC Business Travel Cards  (please note: To further facilitate business travel, APEC Virtual Cards holders will also be accepted for entry from 1 May 2023. Astransitional arrangement, APEC Virtual Card holders who need to apply for a visa before 1 May 2023 will be facilitated by the Consulate-General, please contact the Consulate-General for details).

(5)Transit Visa Exemption Program.

(6) Hainan visa-free policy; Visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port; Guangdong visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups entering from Hong Kong SAR or Macao SAR; visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries entering Guilin, Guangxi province (For details, please contact the immigration inspection authorities of the intended destination).

4. Submitting Channels for Visa Application

Please submit visa applications to Chinese Visa Application Service Center in New Delhi, or in Kolkata or in Mumbai, according to respective consular jurisdiction area.For details of visa process, requirements, timelimit and fees, please contact relevant visa center or refer to their websites.

4.1 Chinese Visa Application Service CenterIn New Delhi

Address: Concourse Floor, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi -110001 India.

Tel91-9999036735 (Weekdays 9:00 am - 14:00 pm, 15:00 pm - 17:00 pm).

4.2 Chinese Visa Application Service CenterIn Kolkata

Address: BIPI Building Omega, Ground Floor, Bengal Intelligent Park, Block EP & GP, Sector V, Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata, India.

Tel91-9999036735 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), 91-033 40010210 (Tuesday,Thursday), Weekdays 9:00 am - 12:00 am, 13:00 pm - 16:00 pm.

4.3 Chinese Visa Application Service CenterIn Mumbai

Address: 8th Floor, Mafatlal Center, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021.

Tel91-22-22855271 (Weekdays 10:00 am - 13:00 am, 15:00 pm - 18:00 pm).

5. Applications For Diplomatic And Service Passport Holders And Diplomatic, Service And Courtesy Visas

Please fill out the visa application form online( (no online appointment is required), print out the confirmation page and full form, sign name, and submit visa application with original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, a photocopy of the passports data page and the photo page if it is separate, one color passport photoand an official note to the Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai.Diplomatic and Service Passport holders and Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy Visa applicants are exempted from fingerprint collection. For relevant questions, please directly contact the Chinese Consulate-General in Mumbai.

6. Consultation For Visa Application Within Consular Jurisdiction Area of Chinese Consulate-General In Mumbai

Address: 11th Floor, Nariman Bhavan,Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, India.


Tel91-11-24675259 (Weekdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm3:00 pm-6:00pm).


7. Interpretation of Notice

This notice is interpreted by Chinese Embassy in India. In the event of any inconsistency between the previously released information and this notice, this notice shall prevail.

   Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai

      14March, 2023

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