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How to Apply: Business Visa

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Once government-approved, your visa will be ready for collection, marking the start of your travels.

Learn More: Business Visa

What you need to know

  • The China Business Visa allows you to visit clients, meet with business partners, and attend trade fairs.

  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from arrival and have 2 blank pages.

Last updated: March 2024

China is also home to the second-largest economy in the world, making it one of the most critical business travel destinations for companies.

If you plan to go to China for your next business trip, you must apply for a China Business Visa. In this article, you will find all the info you need regarding business visas and how to apply.

What is the China Business Visa?

The China Business Visa is an official travel document to enter the country for business purposes.

What can I do with the China Business Visa?

With this visa, you're allowed to:

  • Visit trade fairs
  • Participate in business competitions
  • Visit clients
  • Meet with business partners

What can't I do with the China Business Visa?

Keep in mind, you're not allowed to:

  • Live in the country or take up residency
  • Study
  • Take up employment

Who requires the China Business Visa?

Business travelers from over 160 countries must apply for a China Business Visa.

How long is the China Business Visa valid?

This is a Single Entry document, meaning you have to apply for a new visa each time you want to visit China for business. You must use it within three months after issuance, allowing you to stay up to 30 days Per Entry.

This is the only Business Visa type we currently offer.

China Business Visa: Required documents

To apply online with us today, we usually only require a copy of your passport and an application photo.

However, you still have to submit supporting documents during the application. These requirements generally look like this:

  • Original passport with at least 6 months of validity and 2 blank visa pages.
  • A high-quality scan of your passport bio page.
  • A recent passport photo against a light background.
  • Completed visa application form.
  • An invitation letter issued by the Chinese inviting company.
  • If you apply for a Chinese visa in a different country of your citizenship, you must present documents that assure proof of legal residency status.
  • Applicants who are Chinese citizens or have obtained foreign citizenship should present a copy of their previous Chinese passport or previous Chinese visa(s).

After you've paid for processing, we'll send you a complete document checklist tailored to your situation and a step-by-step guide to complete the next phase in the process for an error-free visa application.

How to apply for the China Business Visa

To apply for the China Business Visa, you will need to complete the following steps:

Step 1: Start the online application on this platform or our user-friendly app, completing your business and trip details.

Step 2: Pay the processing fees and upload a copy of your passport and a photo.

Step 3: Visit the embassy with the required documentson the appointment date, wait for the embassy's answer, receive your visa, and get ready to travel!

One of our agents will carefully check all your information and supporting documents to ensure no inconsistencies. If there are any problems, we will reach out to you via email before processing your request.

China Business Visa: Cost and processing time

The standard processing of the China Business Visa application with iVisa takes 20 days.

On top of that, the government can take another 5 days to issue the visa, so we recommend to apply as soon as possible.

The cost may vary depending on your location and nationality. You can check the exact costs by starting the application now.

Benefits of getting your China Business Visa with iVisa

When applying for a China Business Visa with iVisa, the benefits may include the following:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team will review all information and ensure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Simplified form: Visa applications can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll ensure only relevant questions are included, making the application up to 50% shorter than usual.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Expert customer service: Our team is always available to answer any questions and help you solve any issues you may have during your application.

What else should I keep in mind before traveling to China?

Here are some tips for a successful business trip to China:

1. Socializing before jumping into business is the norm. Building respect and trust before any business dealings is better, so don’t shy away from a dinner invite.

2. Give gifts! Chinese customs encourage giving gifts with a sense of personal or cultural identity. It does not need to be expensive, just thoughtful.

3. Learn some basic Chinese phrases. While it's a challenging language, your Chinese business partners will appreciate your efforts immensely.

4. Keep in mind the difference in business culture between Western and Chinese standards. Negotiating is highly valued, as is profit and a personal reputation.

5. Download Didi Chuxing – the Chinese ride-share version of Uber. Available in English, it is far more likely to get you to your meeting in time than an unlicensed cab.

Where can I find more information about the China Business Visa?

If you have questions about the Chinese Business Visa or other Chinese visa options, feel free to chat online with our customer service team or contact them on WhatsApp.


My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
If this happens, please contact our customer service team. Our visa experts are available 24/7 and will gladly help resolve the problem with your China Business Visa application.
What can I do if my China Business Visa has been canceled or rejected?

Our iVisa experts review all applications and documentation to help you avoid rejections. If government officials find any errors and reject your application, iVisa will refund the iVisa processing fee.

Note: Government fees will not be refunded.

You may reapply for your China Business Visa if your application was canceled or rejected.

I am still waiting to receive my completed application confirmation email. What can I do?
If you need to correct a mistake on your China Business Visa application, you need to contact our customer service team immediately so that we can help you make the change. Our experts are available 24/7.
Can I apply for a multiple-entry China Business Visa?
No, iVisa only offers a Single Entry option for the China Business Visa. You must contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for a multiple-entry visa.
How do processing times work?
At iVisa, we understand that your time is valuable, and we strive to provide you with the fastest service possible. Our processing times are estimated based on the average duration it takes governments to process visa applications. These estimated times begin from the moment we receive all the correct information for your application until you receive your visa. While we work diligently to expedite the process, it’s important to note that we are reliant on the processing times set by the government authorities.
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