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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.

Planning your first visit to China? Here are some tips to know to make your visit go smoothly.

Learn a Little Chinese
Most Chinese people learn English in primary grades. If you speak English clearly and slowly to someone in an urban area, chances are you will be understood. In the more rural areas, it might be difficult to find someone that speaks English. It’s good to learn some Mandarin phrases for basics you might need to ask about.

Make sure Beijing is on Your List of Destinations

Focus Your Tourist Destinations
This is not only the capital city of China, but you can see one of the eight Wonders of the World, The Great Wall. Check out the Forbidden City and see the Summer Palace.

Look at the Long-Range Weather Forecast Before You Go
China has the distinction of having the largest range of weather of any country on Earth. Because the weather can vary from region to region, look up the long-term weather predictions where you plan to visit.

4. How to Shop in China

December is the prime time to score deals. With vendors, most prices are negotiable. Keep your cool, smile when you are bargaining and know not all price negotiations will be successful. Always act like the item isn’t very important and if you walk away, sometimes the vendor will follow you and accept your price.

5. Dining in China

One of the most interesting things about China is every region has a distinct style of cooking. Roast duck in Beijing, Shanghai has steamed pork buns you shouldn’t miss out on, and Guilin rice noodles are delicious.

Once you make your travel plans, talk to us about getting your passport and travel visa, we can make the process fast and easy.