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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.

Tips for Getting Your China Visa FastKnowing the basics of getting your travel visa for China can make the process go a lot faster.

When to Apply
The timing of when you apply is an important part of getting your visa. You can start the application process within 90 days of your departure date, but no sooner.  Although we can validate any jurisdiction, there an extra $150 fee for processing applications outside of Houston.

No Showing Off Your Awesome Handwriting 
Also, the application for a China visa must be type-written. Although many embassies allow for handwritten visa applications, the Chinese Embassy isn’t one of them and any application not submitted in typed form will not be accepted.

Special Note for Individuals Born in China
If you were born in China, you will need to submit to us your Chinese passport or a copy of its personal information page, or your last foreign passport you received with a China travel visa. Your visa application may require that you submit renunciation papers.

Types of China Visas
There are two main types of travel visas. Business and tourist. The nature of your travel to China will depend on the type of visa you need to apply for.

Process for Getting a China Visa
There are just 4 easy steps to getting a visa for a trip to China.
1. Choose your type of visa.
2. Go to our China Visa page and complete the documents.
3. Ship completed paperwork to us with your payment
4. We make the trip to the embassy so you don’t have to.  The final thing to do is just wait for your visa to arrive in two to ten business days (dependent on the time service chosen).

 

China has made changes to their visa over the past few years. A Chinese travel visa for a U.S. citizen is now good for 10 years. The following is an overview of some of the most common questions we get about China visas.

How does getting a China visa work through Texas Tower?
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.

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.

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.

If you have a question about getting a visa for China travel, we welcome phone calls during business hours at 713-874-1420. You can also contact us on Facebook. Also, there is a chat feature on the Texas Tower site during business hours if you prefer to get information via text.