China Visa Guide for Hong Kong
It is very easy to get a China tourist visa or China business visa in Hong Kong. I will tell you exactly how to do so in this short guide.
How to Get a China Visa in Hong Kong
- For a China Business Visa – Prepare at least two business cards, a visa photograph, and your passport. The business cards should have your name, the name of the business or company you are a part of, an address, phone number, fax number, and email that are all based in a country other than China. Do not try to apply for a China business visa with a business address in China!
- For a Tourist Visa – Prepare a visa photograph and your passport.
- Go to Tsim Tsa Shui in Downtown Hong Kong – Scout and/or ask around until you find a somewhat legitimate looking tourist/visa office. To get your passport and visa back the same afternoon, you should arrive before 8:30 AM or so. To get it back the same day, anytime before 11:00 AM should be fine. If you turn in your passport later than this, you will probably have to wait until the next day to get your passport back.
- Update: China Travel Services – If you’re running late (won’t make it downtown until after 11:00), go straight to the China travel services (ä¸å›½æ—…è¡Œç¤¾) main office at the entrance to Wan Chai station on Hong Kong island.Â I got a visa application in at 12:00 there once.
That’s it! It’s very easy to get a visa for China in Hong Kong.
Info on China Business Visas from Hong Kong
This information may be outdated by the time you read it, but a business visa from Hong Kong obtained in the manner proscribed above will take one of two forms. The first two times you get a business visa for mainland China in this manner, it will be a two-entry visa with each entry limited to 30 days. This visa should cost about HK$1350.
After you have used up two of this kind of visa (the third time you go for a business visa to mainland China), you can get a six-month, unlimited entry visa for HK$1600 or so. As an American, my visa has a restriction of 30 days for each ‘visit’ to mainland China (although I live here on a pretty much full time basis). People from other countries seem to get a China visa with no time restrictions besides the full six months of the visa.
Also note that if you get a different type of China visa at any time, you must start this process over again (first getting two two-month visas before you can get a six-month business visa).
Hope this helps someone out there get a business visa to China! People who are not part of a legitimate business have been known to get visas in this way, although I am not recommending this!