Foreign citizens generally need a visa to visit China's mainland with the exception of visa-free entry according to relevant agreements and regulations. (See Exemption of visa for more information.)
I am a U.S. citizen, can I apply for a Chinese visa at the port of entry?
U.S. citizens must obtain a visa before arrival in China. You are not eligible for a landing visa.
I have received my visa, but there will be a change in my trip plan. Do I need to apply for a change of the visa type or validity?
Once your visa application is processed and approved, you will not be able to change a visa type or validity unless you request the visa be voided by the Visa Office and apply and pay for a new one. If you have entered China, you should apply to the local Public Security authority for a change in visa type or an extension of stay or validity. Your application will be considered by the Public Security authority in accordance with relevant Chinese Laws and Regulations.
I get a new passport, but I have a valid Chinese visa in my old passport. Can I travel with both passports to China without applying for a new visa?
Yes, you may travel with both passports provided that your visa is still valid and the personal details including your name, sex, date of birth and nationality on both passports are exactly the same.
I have received my visa. Is there a guarantee that I will be allowed to enter China?
A visa is not a guarantee to enter China. The decision on whether or not you will be allowed to enter China is made at a port of entry by Chinese Border Control authority in accordance with Chinese Laws and Regulations.
I am planning to travel as a tourist to Hong Kong, Macao and other cities in China. Do I need different visas?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you need to apply for mainland China visa only. For non-U.S. citizens, if you are not eligible for a short-term visa-free visit to HKSAR/Macao SAR , you will need to apply both mainland China visa AND HKSAR/Macao SAR visa.
I am now in China on a Z visa and have received my residence permit. Can I leave China and come back as often as I wish?
You may use your residence permit (placed on your passport and similar to a visa) issued by the local public security authority to enter and exit China during the validity of the residence permit. No other visa is needed.
If you are a Chinese Permanent Resident Card holder, you don't need a visa to enter China during the validity of your Permanent Resident Card.