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Visa for China
2019/02/22
 

(Mainland only)

Please read this guidance carefully before submitting your application.

  

1. The Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand reserve the right to interpret, amend and change the Chinese Visa requirements in accordance with the laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China. We also reserve the right to review, delay, refuse and cancel your application without providing specific reasons. Based on the individual circumstances, the validity of a visa, length of stay and number of entry is decided on a case-by-case basis. The Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand are not liable for any financial losses due to above circumstances.

2. Please complete all relevant information on the Chinese Visa Application form (v.2013) accurately, all the information you have provided on the form and its supporting documents must be genuine. Your application will be declined or you can be refused entry permission to China if you provided inaccurate, false or misleading information.

3. The Chinese Visa Application form can be downloaded from the official website of Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand. It is recommended to fill the form on a computer. The form can also be completed by block letters in hand writing. Please make sure your handwriting is clear and readable, your application may be returned without processing due to illegible handwriting.

4. Applicant who was born in China (including Hong Kong SAR, Macao SAR, and Taiwan Province), please also write your names in Chinese characters in section 1.2 (if applicable).    

5. Applicant must sign the Chinese Visa Application form. If you are filling in this form on behalf of someone else, both you and the applicant must sign the form. We do not accept electronic signatures, nor faxed, photocopied and scanned copy of handwritten signatures.      

6. A faxed copy, scanned copy or photocopy of letter of invitation are acceptable. Please make sure the letter of invitation is clear and easy to read. We may require the original documents.         

7. Further additional documents may be required depend on your application, and you may also require to attend an interview as part of the visa processing.

8. You may request an expedited visa processing but it must be approved by a consular officer. 

9. You can nominate anyone, or travel agents, or visa agencies to lodge your application. The Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand have never built up a partnership with any agencies, nor have given authorisation to any agencies to be the official visa agencies, and no individuals or organisations have received any special treatment or exceptions for their visa application procedure.

10. You may not change or withdraw your application once it has been accepted for processing. We will not return any supporting documents submitted, please make additional copies if you want to keep them. You are fully responsible and liable for your visa become invalid that caused by yourself.

11. For New Zealand born child with Chinese descent:

1) A child born in New Zealand is not a New Zealand citizen by birth, nor has other citizenship by descent, and at the time of child's birth, one of the child's parent is Chinese citizen, the child is a Chinese citizen by birth, and the child is eligible to apply for a Chinese passport. Please refer to how to apply for a Chinese passport.

2) A child born in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen by birth or has other citizenship by descent, and at the time of child's birth, one of the parents is Chinese citizen who does not hold New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa or have permanent residency of other countries, the child is a Chinese citizen by birth, and the child is eligible to apply for a Chinese Travel Document. Please refer to how to apply for a Chinese travel document.

3) A child born in New Zealand is a New Zealand citizen by birth or has other citizenship by descent, and at the time of child's birth, one of the child's parent is Chinese citizen holding New Zealand Permanent Reside Visa or have permanent residency of other countries , the child is not a Chinese citizen by birth, and the child is required to apply for a Chinese Visa.

DESCRIPTION OF VISA CATEGORIES

You can use the chart below to determine what type of visa is required depending on the purpose of your travel.

Visa Category

Purpose of travel

C

Issued to foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains, and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.

D

Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

F

Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.

G

Issued to those who intend to transit through China.

J1

Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

Q2

Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

R

Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1

Issued to those who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

S2

Issued to those who intend to visit their family members who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

"family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

X1

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

1. Basic Documents

(1) Passport
Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of bio-data page of your passport and the photo page if it is separate.

(2) Visa Application form and Photo
Completed and signed Chinese Visa Application form (v.2013) and one passport photo attached on the application form. For further details on photo requirements please visit this page.

(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship). For non-New Zealand passport holder, when you apply for your Chinese visa in New Zealand, you must provide the original and photocopy of evidence of your immigration status in New Zealand, such as citizen endorsement, residence, work or student visa.

(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship). If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page. If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

2. Supporting Documents
In addition to the basic documents listed above, the following supporting documents are required depending on your purpose of travel.

C-Visa
A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China

D-Visa
The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

Please note that the holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

F-Visa
An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:
(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
(2) Information on the planned visit (the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, a signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

G-Visa
An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.

J1-Visa

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance or and complete relevant formalities.

Please note that the holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

J2-Visa
Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete the required formalities.

L-Visa
Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:
(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
(2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.).
(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, a signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).
(4) Photocopies of both sides of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.

M-Visa
(1) Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by a relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:
  a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
  b) Information on the planned visit (the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
  c) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, a signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).

Q1-Visa
For family reunion, the following documents are required:
(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
  a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.)
  b) Information on the visit (a purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)
  c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, a signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

(2) Photocopies of both sides of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.

(3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and inviting individual.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

For foster care, the following documents are required:
(1) Foster entrustment notarisation issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China.
(2) Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) notarized and authenticated certification showing the relationship between parents or guardians and children.
(3) A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.
(4) A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.

Please note that the holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

Q2-Visa
(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
  a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
  b) Information on the visit (the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures).
  c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature    etc.).
(2) Photocopies of both sides of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual.

R-Visa
The applicant should submit the relevant certification in accordance with the relevent regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China,

S1-Visa
(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:
  a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
  b) Information on the visit (the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.).
  c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.).
(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit
(3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual.
"Immediate family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 and parents-in-law.

Please note that the holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

S2-Visa
For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required:

(1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:
a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.).
b) Information on the visit (the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.).
c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)
(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit.
(3) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

X1-Visa
(1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.
(2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

Please note that the holder of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

X2-Visa
Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

Z-Visa
One of the following documents:
(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
(2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China or Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
(3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
(4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs or Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Foreign Affairs Office of provincial governments of China.
(5) Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;

Please note that the holder of Z Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Consular Jurisdiction
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand
Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington region.

 

Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland
Northland, Auckland, Waikato region

 

Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch

Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland region

 

Apply In Person

1. Applicant or an authorised person can submit the application to the corresponding consular office of the Embassy or Consulate-General in New Zealand in accordance with consular district jurisdiction of the applicant's residential address in New Zealand. Application may be declined to process if received from areas outside consular district jurisdiction.

2. No appointment is required and please submit your application during office hours.

3. A pickup slip will be provided once your application has been accepted for processing and please keep the pickup slip in a safe place.

4. You must present your pickup slip at the time of collection and make the payment.

5. You can authorise someone else to collect your document, and the authorised person must also present the pickup slip at the time of collection and make the payment.

 

 Apply Via Post or Courier

(additional service charge applies and please refer to Processing time, Fees and Charges) 

1. Application can be submitted via post or courier to the corresponding consular office of the Embassy or Consulate-General in New Zealand in accordance with consular district jurisdiction of the applicant's residential address in New Zealand. Application may be declined to process if received from areas outside consular district jurisdiction.

2. Postal and Courier Address

For people live in Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington region, please send your application to:

Consular Section
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand
4 Halswell Street

Thorndon

Wellington 6011

 

For people live in Northland, Auckland, Waikato region, please send your application to:

Consular Office
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland

630 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland

 

For people live in Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago, Southland region, please send your application to:

Consular Office
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch

106 Hansons Lane, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch

 
It is not recommended to send your application by post.

3. Please include the following items when sending your application:
1) Prepaid, self-addressed envelope or courier package for returning your passport. We strongly recommend you using courier delivery service which provides tracking, such as NZ Post, Courier Post, and NZ Couriers.   

2) Please make sure that you have supplied a correct return delivery address, your full name, and contact phone numbers. We strongly advise you to make a record of your tracking number.

3) We only accept bank cheque for the payment if you request your passport to be returned by post or courier. Please ensure the cheque has the exact amount to be paid and is made payable to the correct office where you have submitted your application. 

 

Returning Your Passport

If you wish your passport to be returned by courier after you have lodged your application in person to the Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand, you must also provide a prepaid self-addressed courier package for returning your passport, and the application fee can only be paid by bank cheque. There is no additional handling service fees apply. 

Important Notes 

1) You can authorise any person you trust to submit your application on your behalf. No authorisation letter is required.
2) The expedited visa processing must be lodged in person and your passport must be collected in person from the office where you did the submission. We do not accept express (urgent) visa application submitted by post or courier.

3) There is no additional handling service fee when you have lodged your application in person to the Consular section but you have requested to return your passport by post or courier.

4) The Chinese diplomatic missions in New Zealand will not responsible for any loss, damage to your passports and documents, or delays caused by post or courier.

  

PROCESSING TIME, FEES AND CHARGES
(All fees are quoted in New Zealand dollars.)

Table of Visa fees

Nationality on passport / Number of Entries

Visa Fee
(per person)

New Zealand

Single-entry

$140

Double-entry

$210

Multiple-entry within 6 months

$280

Multiple-entry within 12 months or over

$420

United State of America

Single, Double and Multiple entry

$200

Canada

Single, Double and Multiple entry

$110

Argentina

Single, Double and Multiple entry

$210

Brazil

Single, Double and Multiple Entry

$200

Israel

Single, Double and Multiple entry

$40

Romania

Single-entry

$105

Double-entry

$140

Multiple-entry

$211

Other countries 
(Visa fees for other countries may vary and is based on the reciprocal agreements. Please contact us for more information.)

Single-entry

$60

Double-entry

$90

Multiple-entry within 6 months

$120

Multiple-entry within 12 months or over

$180


Handling service fee
An additional one-off $15 handling service fee applies to applications submitted via post or courier. This fee is charged regardless of the number of application.

Processing time
Most applications take four (4) working days to process. You will be given an indication of processing time if your application has been put on hold due to inadequate supporting documents or pending for additional verification processing.


Urgent (express) visa processing must be lodged in person. We do not accept expedited visa application delivered by post or courier. You must collect your passport from the office where you did submit your application. The expedited visa application must be accepted by a consular officer at the time of submission.

 

Expedited processing fee
(per person, on top of application fee)

Urgent visa application

One working day

$55

Express visa application

2-3 working days

$37

 

Visa fee waiver countries based on bilateral agreements
(Last update on 1 November 2017)

Country

Visa Fee

Expedited Fee

Albania

waived

payable

Pakistan

waived

waived

Belarus (applicant must not over 16 year old)

waived

waived

Bosnia and Herzegovina

waived

payable

Maldives

waived

waived

Federated States of Micronesia

waived

payable

Chile (For visa category F, L, M, Q2,S2)

waived

payable

 

 How to pay

 The following payment methods are available on collection at the counter:

a. Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard)

b. EFTPOS

c. Bank Cheque

d. UnionPay (credit card, debit card, Quikpass)

e. WeChat Pay

f. AliPay

Bank Cheque

For applications have been submitted to the Consular section of the Chinese Embassy in Wellington, please make the cheque payable to:
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in New Zealand, or
Chinese Embassy in New Zealand

For applications have been submitted to the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland, please make the cheque payable to:
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Auckland, or Chinese Consulate-General in Auckland

For applications have been submitted to the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch, please make the cheque payable to:
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Christchurch, or Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch

Please make sure the cheque is made for the exact amount due. Cheque with incorrect amount is not acceptable.

We do not accept payments made by cash, personal cheque, company cheque and direct credit. Credit card payments only available at the counter and we can not process payments by providing credit card numbers.

 

 

VISA APPLICATION FORM 

 

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