How to apply for the Chinese Visa
2008/10/14

Norwegian Citizens need to apply for the Chinese visa if you want to go to China as a tourist or for business purposes. The Chinese visa is normally valid for 3 months.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

1. Passport: Original. Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity with at least two blank visa pages inside.

2. Application form: One completely Visa Application Form (Form for download). The form should be signed by the applicant in person. Copied, faxed or scanned form will not be accepted.

3. Photo: One standard 2×2 inches passport photo taken within recent 6 months (both black & white or color are acceptable). Other forms of photos, such as copies or printed digital photos are not accepted.

4. Non-Norwegian Passport bearers shall provide documents that entitle them to reside, work or study for an extended period of time in Norway.

5. An applicant who was born in China is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa when he/she applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport.

6. Other documents. The requirements vary depending on the visa type one applies for:

(1) Business Visa - F: is issued to an alien who is invited to China for a visit, research, a lecture, to do business, and culture exchanges, short-term studies or internship for a period of no more than six months. Please submit the following documents together with your application:

Visa Notifications Form from an authorized Chinese Unit,orinvitation letters from the host company, meeting or exhibition organizersin China, or an introduction letter from applicant's Norwegian company, etc.

(2) Tourist Visa - L: is issued to an alien who goes to China for sightseeing or visiting family members or friends. Please submit the following documents together with your application:

Foreign spouses and children of the Chinese citizens,providing the identity of the Chinese citizen and necessary documents proving the kinship.

(3) Study Visa - X: is issued to an alien who goes to China for study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of more than six months. An alien who goes to China to study, short term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months shall apply for a F visa. Please submit the following:

(a) An approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by the authorized Chinese unit,

(b) An enrollment or admission notice from the Chinese school,

(c) The document "Power of Attorney" (better in English) from the student's parents (for students who is under 18 years old) to authorize someone taking care of the student in China. This document should be signed by the parents, notarized by the local Norwegian Notary Public Office and legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and legalized by the Chinese Embassy in Norway.

(d) The applicant who will study in China for more than six months shall also provide a Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizen (Form for download).

Additional information: Generally, (X) visa is valid for one entry, three months. The holder of a (X) visa must go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.

(4) Employment Visa - Z: is issued to an alien who goes to China for a post or employment, and his/her accompanying family members. Please submit the following:

(a) A visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit,

(b) A Work Permit for Aliens issued by the Chinese Labor Ministry or Foreign Expert's License issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau,

(c) A Visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit for the accompanying family members.

Additional Information: ( Z ) visa is valid for one entry, three months. The holder of a (Z) visa shall go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.

(5) Visa-free entry & Transit (G) Visa:

★Visa-free entry for visitors:

No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore ,Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit.

★Visa-free transit

1. Visas are not required of aliens who hold air tickets tothe final destination and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.

2. Visas are not required of passport holders of the following countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas for the onward countries, final destination tickets and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours : Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland.

★Apply for a Transit Visa (G Visa):

Transit Visa (GVisa)is issued to an alien who transits through China. Please submit the following documents with your application:

A valid visa of the country of destination, and a final destination airline ticket.

The visa fee is charged when the visa is picked up. (The table of visa fee) Please pay by debit card.

IMPORTANTE NOTES:

1. If any of the above-mentioned items is lacking, a delay in processing or the refusal of the requested visa can be caused.

2. Please request your visa according to your times of entry, duration of stay and time of entry.

3. Visa Officers are empowered to decide on the times of entry, duration of stay and time of entry, following certain regulations, and may require the applicants provide some other relevant documents.

4. Applicants should check the issued visa upon collection and if necessary raise any queries at the same time.

5. Applicants should submit their applications in person or authorize a third party to submit their applications to the Consular Section. Interview may be required by the visa officer if necessary.

6.Any person suffering from a mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China.

All regulations are subject to change without notice.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at visa@chinese-embassy.no.

Takk!

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