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How to get your China Visa in Houston, Texas

China is one of the top countries we expedite travel visas for from our Houston office.

For U.S. citizens traveling for either business or tourism purposes will need a valid China visa. We put together an easy-to-follow checklist to make getting your entry visa fast and simple.

The timing is a consideration for applying for your China visa. China requires that you can only put in your application within 90 days to your departure date. Additionally, the Chinese embassy requires that all applications are type-written, and handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Travelers who apply in our Houston office for a China visa that were born in China will need to submit their China passport or a copy of its personal information page. Also, last foreign passport with a China visa will also be accepted. Sometimes the Chinese embassy will require additional documentation such as renunciation papers.

Steps to Getting Your China Visa for business or tourism travel

  • You will need to complete a China visa application remember the application must be typed and not handwritten.
  • One job description form 
  • You will need to submit one passport type photo
  • You will need to submit your physical passport with an expiration date six months beyond the completion of your trip to China. Your passport should also have side by side blank visa pages.
  • One copy of flight itinerary from the airline
  • Copy of valid driver’s license
  • Texas Tower order form

    Business-class China Visas Only:
    One official invitation from the Chinese company with their Chinese seal stamped on the invitation letter
    Company business letter – Generate one now and print on your company letterhead.

    Tourist-class China Visas Only
    Hotel confirmation

Parents that are traveling with minors will need to supply a copy of their child’s birth certificate in order to receive China visas for their minor travelers.

Visit our dedicated China Visa page to see fees and time service and make an appointment at our Houston Office by calling 713-874-1420


China is one of the top ten travel visas that we process the most. We put together a page of the common questions we get from applicants. If you have a question we haven’t covered in this blog post, just contact our office at 713-874-1420 or write us at info@texastower.net.

Is a passport required for entry to China?
Yes. Your passport will need to have a minimum of six months validity remaining. Passports with less will result in deportation from China.

I heard about a 10-year Visa for China, how does that work?
Exactly like a regular travel visa, it’s just valid for ten years. It’s a good thing for individuals who travel frequently to Hong Kong or Macau, allowing for multiple entries to China.

Is a valid visa required to exit China?
Yes. You need to leave China before the expiration date on your travel visa.

Is China a country I can obtain a visa at on arrival?
No. You must have a visa prior to arriving in China.

Are vaccinations required?
China does not require vaccinations for U.S. citizens entering the country. Be aware that influenza, typhoid, measles, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and tuberculosis are prevalent and travelers should get boosters against all these conditions prior to visiting China. Talk to your personal physicians about the vaccinations you need several weeks before your trip to China.

Does the State Department recommend any safety precautions?
While violent crime isn’t common in China, they do advise being aware of your surroundings at all times when traveling in China. Also “110” is the Chinese version of “911.” However, be advised very few English-speaking individuals staff their emergency lines.

What is the “Tourist Tea” scam?
Young Chinese individuals invite tourists out for tea then stick them with a huge bill.

I heard about a phone scam on travelers in China, how does that work?
The State Department has reported that individuals traveling in China have received phone calls in the hotel rooms that they need to wire money immediately to a police officer to avoid arrest for a supposed crime. The State Department advises any U.S. citizen receiving a call like this to immediately contact the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) to verify the caller’s identity.

What are “Black Cabs?”
These are mostly encountered at airports. Black cabs are essentially unlicensed, un-metered taxi cabs. The State Department advises that travelers always have the driver remove any bags from the trunk of the taxi before paying.

How can I avoid counterfeit currency in China?
Counterfeit currency is an on-going issue in China. The State Department advises that travelers use small bills and only use ATMs at trusted financial institutions.

What types of travel visas does Texas Tower process?
We can obtain both business and tourist visas for China.

What forms do I need for a China Visa?
We have a dedicated page for that, you can begin the process here using our handy list of documents you will need to get your China visa.

Are up a traveler between the ages of 14 to 70? You may find yourself providing your fingerprints upon entry to China next time you visit.

In an effort to strengthen national security, China will be asking foreign visitors to provide their fingerprints upon entry. According to a story in the South China Morning Post, the information will be stored for official use. It was not stated if the fingerprints would be shared with other agencies. The new system is designed to be efficient and the Ministry said no unnecessary delays should be experienced by travelers.

The current exceptions are for foreigners traveling on diplomatic passports and visas. At this time those travelers will not be required to provide their fingerprints. China cited the program they are utilizing is already active in other countries. For example, the U.S. has been collecting fingerprints from foreign nationals since 2004.

The first fingerprints will be collected through Beijing’s Shenzhen Airport the last week of February. The process is then scheduled to roll out across the nation to all entry points into China.

Tips for Getting Your China Visa FastOne of the smartest things you can do when you’re planning to travel to China from the United States, outsource the procurement of your travel visa to Texas Tower.

How Does the Process Work?
For both business and tourist travel visas to China, just visit this page and follow the instructions. We have organized what paperwork to submit to us, with links to make it easy.  Once you gather the necessary documents, we save you a trip to the embassy and obtain your China travel visa for you. We can also translate any necessary documents for you to or from English.

What are the Passport Requirements for China?
Also, our agent will help you with your passport if necessary. Entry to China requires a passport valid 6 months beyond trip completion and side by side blank visa pages. If you need to renew your passport, we can help you with that too.

Can You Obtain Certified Documents?
If you need any certified documents such as a birth certificate, we can obtain a copy from anywhere in the United States.

How Long Does it Take?
Acquiring your China travel visa can take anywhere from 2 to 10 days depending on the type of service you order from Texas Tower.

Take the hassle out of gathering your travel documents and going to the embassy to get your travel visa, let Texas Tower take care of the legwork for you.  Call us today at (713) 874-1420 to get started.