VISA SERVICES CANADA

"I have no borders"

900-275 Slater Street
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H9
Phone: (613) 231-7054

CHINA

The People's Republic of China

Do I Need a Visa to Visit China?

Canadian citizens using a Canadian passports require a visa to enter China.


TRAVEL WARNING - The Canadian Government urges you to "EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION IN CHINA DUE TO THE RISK OF ARBITRARY ENFORCEMENT OF LOCAL LAWS." According to Canadian and US diplomats speaking off the record to major newspapers and news services, the Chinese regime has been arresting Canadians to use as hostages in an attempt to force the government of Canada to release Ms Meng who is the subject of an extradition attempt by the USA. Canadians are advised to seek alternative countries/airports for travel in Asia. Canadians can transit to anywhere in Asia through Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Bangkok. FURTHER WARNING: On 05 February 2019 an official of the Canadian Government who identified herself as Leah Marchuk called this office to pressure VSC into changing the wording of the warning to downplay the risks. The Canadian government is currently trying to downplay the diplomatic situation and to pressure private Canadian companies into not warning Canadians about travel risks.


Canadians must now apply for Chinese visas in-person only. Visa seekers should make an appointment to apply for a Chinese visa. Canadians are photographed and fingerprinted upon application. Canadians must apply directly to the Chinese visa centre. Apply and make your appointment here: http://www.visaforchina.org

Canadians must make an appointment at the Chinese Visa Application Centre responsible for their place of residence in Canada. There are only five Chinese fingerprinting offices in Canada: Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. Scroll down for office addresses. Apply and make your appointment here: http://www.visaforchina.org

Ensure you speak with the Chinese visa application centre before making your appointment and undertaking travel to the visa office. You should confirm all details and requirements by telephone first, as Chinese rules and procedures can change with little notice.


CHINESE VISA APPLICATIONS


CLICK HERE for ALL CHINESE VISA APPLICATIONS and APPOINTMENTS


All Chinese visas issued to Canadians are supposed to be multi-entry visas valid for the life of the passport up to a maximum of five years. This means you may get up to five years of multiple entries in one visa.


APPLYING IN PERSON & BEING PHOTOGRAPHED & FINGERPRINTED

All Canadians must apply in-person for Chinese visas and will be photographed and fingerprinted at one of the five Chinese visa offices across Canada. You may have to fly to your application centre. The China visa office responsible for your place of residence is not necessarily the one closest to you. Apply and make your appointment here: http://www.visaforchina.org

All Canadians must apply in-person for Chinese visas and will be photographed and fingerprinted at one of the five Chinese fingerprinting offices across Canada. You may have to fly to your fingerprint interview. Persons over the age of 70 years on the date of application are exempted from fingerprinting. The China visa office responsible for your place of residence is not necessarily the one closest to you. Ensure you speak with the Chinese visa application centre before making your appointment and undertaking travel to the visa office. You should confirm all details and requirements by telephone first, as Chinese rules and procedures are subject to change with little notice. Apply and make your appointment here: http://www.visaforchina.org

China Visa Application Centre - Ottawa
http://visaforchina.org
Suite 1450 - 220 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1P 5Z9
Tel: 613-563-8472

China Visa Application Centre - Toronto
http://visaforchina.org
Suite 1501 - 393 University Avenue
Toronto ON M5G 1E6
Tel: 416-345-8472

China Visa Application Centre - Vancouver
http://visaforchina.org
Suite 250 - 999 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V5Z 1K5
Tel: 604-336-8866

China Visa Application Centre - Calgary
http://visaforchina.org
Suite 200 - 855 8th Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2P 3P1
Tel: 403-930-2288

China Visa Application Centre - Montreal
http://visaforchina.org
Suite 700 - 2000 Mansfield Street
Montreal Quebec H3A 2Z6
Tel: 514-680-8472


JURISDICTION REGION

Jurisdiction areas of Canada refers to the geographic region of Canada covered by a specific Chinese visa office.
You can only apply at the office responsible for your region:
OTTAWA OFFICE - Ottawa and National Capital region (613 and 343 area codes), Gatineau Quebec (819 area code region), NS, NFLD, PEI, and Nunavut
TORONTO OFFICE - Ontario and Manitoba (but not the Ottawa or 613 area code region)
VANCOUVER OFFICE - British Columbia and Yukon
CALGARY OFFICE - Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Northwest Territories
MONTREAL OFFICE - Quebec and New Brunswick (but not Gatineau or 819 area code region)

15-DAY VISA-FREE POLICY FOR CRUISE TOUR GROUPS
Visa Exemption for Canadians

The 15-day visa-free policy of October 2016 enables cruise tour groups to visit specific coastal provinces for up to 15 days. Tourist groups must enter China by regular cruise ship and exit from China by the same cruise ship. The local Chinese travel agency receiving the tourists will handle the official paperwork upon their arrival. Foreigners eligible for this policy are allowed to stay in Shanghai, Beijing, Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan. It is imprative that you confirm thsi with your cruise line. It is also required that you buy a full tour of China from a Chinese travel agency, usually through the cruise line. Do not attempt to use this waiver without confirming all details with your cruise line well in advance.

CANADIANS with questions about the Chinese transit visa waiver policy MUST CONTACT THEIR AIRLINE prior to travel for further details, and to register their intention to fly/transit through China without a visa. Please contact your airline.



VISA-FREE TRANSIT of SHANGHAI and BEIJING and TIANJIN Port
144-hour Transit Visa Exemption for Canadians entering SHANGHAI or BEIJING or TIANJIN

Canadian citizens can acquire a 144-hour visa free transit in Shanghai airports and seaports, and Beijing Capital Airport. This visa-free travel is only offered to passengers who are transiting China by air or ship on their way to another/third country (from Canada through China to another country; or from another country through China to Canada). You must fly/sail in and out of Shanghai or Beijing or Tianjin Port. You cannot go to any other city. You cannot leave Shanghai or Beijing for another point in China. You cannot use this to go from Canada to China and back to Canada. The transit must be to a third country for air travel or sea ship travel purposes. It is also valid for entry of Shanghai by fast train from Hong Kong. There are 3 requirements:
1) You must be a Canadian citizens or from one of the approved countries in the 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program;
2) You must be a Canadian national / foreign national with a valid Canadian passport / international traveling document, and air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country or region traveling within 144 hours; or the same for a ship (cruise); or the same for a non-stop Hong Kong-Shanghai rail journey; and
3) You must be flying into and out of the Pudong or Hongqiao Airports of Shanghai, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, or Hangzhou Xiaoshan International airport; or sailing/cruising into and out of one of the seaports of Shanghai; or Beijing Capital Airport; to a third country. Or entering Shanghai by high-speed non-stop rail from Hong Kong. This includes the following entry points: Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG); Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA); Shanghai Port of International Cruise Terminal; Shanghai Wusongkou Port of International Cruise; Port of Shanghai Railway; Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG); Hangzhou International Airport (HGH); Beijing Capital Airport (PEK); and the Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.
This applies to Canadians and the following nationalities: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland; Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine; United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile; Australia, and New Zealand; Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

CANADIANS with questions about the Chinese transit visa waiver policy MUST CONTACT THEIR AIRLINE prior to travel for further details, and to register their intention to fly/transit through China without a visa. Please contact your airline.



VISA-FREE TRANSIT
72-hour Transit Visa Exemption for Canadians

Canadian citizens can acquire a 72-hour visa free transit several Chinese international airports (listed below). The visa-free travel is only offered to passengers who are transiting China by air on their way to another/third country (from Canada through China to another country; or from another country through China to Canada). You must fly in and out of the same city. You cannot go to any other city. You cannot leave the city in which you landed. You cannot use this to go from Canada to China and back to Canada. The transit must be to a third country for air travel purposes. This 72 hour visa is available when transiting the following airports: Chengdu (CTU), Chongqing (CKG), Dalian (DLC), Guangzhou (CAN). Guilin (KWL), Shenyang (SHE); Xiamen (XMN) and Xi'An (XIY). Wuhan (WUH), Harbin (HRB) and Kunming (KWL). There are 3 requirements:
1) You must be a Citizens from one of the 45 countries (including Canada) in the 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Program;
2) You must be a Canadian national / foreign national with a valid Canadian passport / international traveling document, and air ticket for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country or region traveling within 72 hours; and
3) You must be flying into and out of the Capital Airport of Beijing, or Pudong or Hongqiao Airports of Shanghai, or others, (see complete list above) to a third country.
This applies to Canadians and nationals from Western Europe, the Schengen zone, OECD countries, and the USA.

CANADIANS with questions about the Chinese transit visa waiver policy MUST CONTACT THEIR AIRLINE prior to travel for further details, and to register their intention to fly/transit through China without a visa. Please contact your airline.



VISA-FREE HAINAN ISLAND (and HAIKOU CITY)
Visa Exemption for Canadians

Canadian citizens can travel directly to (non-stop) Hainan Island (Hainan Province) and Haikou City, and stay for holidays or business VISA-FREE for up to 30 days. The visa-free travel is offered to 59 nationalities. You must register with your airline at least 48 hours prior to travel. You cannot transit through mainland China on your way to Hainan - that would require a full Chinese visa.

CANADIANS with questions about the Chinese transit visa waiver policy MUST CONTACT THEIR AIRLINE prior to travel for further details, and to register their intention to fly/transit through China without a visa. Please contact your airline.




TRAVEL WARNING - The Canadian Government urges you to "EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF CAUTION IN CHINA DUE TO THE RISK OF ARBITRARY ENFORCEMENT OF LOCAL LAWS." According to Canadian and US diplomats speaking off the record to major newspapers and news services, the Chinese regime has been arresting Canadians to use as hostages in an attempt to force the government of Canada to release Ms Meng who is the subject of an extradition attempt by the USA. Canadians are advised to seek alternative countries/airports for travel in Asia. Canadians can transit to anywhere in Asia through Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Bangkok. FURTHER WARNING: On 05 February 2019 an official of the Canadian Government who identified herself as Leah Marchuk called this office to pressure VSC into changing the wording of the warning to downplay the risks. The Canadian government is currently trying to downplay the diplomatic situation and to pressure private Canadian companies into not warning Canadians about travel risks.


For more information about travel conditions in Asia and China, please visit the Foreign Affairs Web site.