Port visa in China.

If you need to enter China for urgent reasons, or it is too late to apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy or visa application centre, our immigration team can help you secure a China port visa.

Port visa in China

What is a port visa?

Also known as visa on arrival (VOA), a port visa allows foreigners to enter China without having to obtain a visa at the Chinese embassy before their departure.

Port visa in numbers.

5 days*

Length of stay
*can vary

304 CNY

Cost of the port visa

70 ports

Where VOA is issued
Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible for a port visa?

Passport holders of most countries can easily get a VOA except for Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and some Southeast Asian countries.

Foreigners who are in an emergency may also secure a VOA, especially if it’s business-related or a matter of life and death. An invitation letter from an accredited Chinese organization will be required.

Application process

Taking care of the whole application process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice

Recommendations and action plan on securing a port visa in China and requirements for ensuring successful application

Application tracking

Filing and tracking the status of applications

Document issuance

Arranging for issuance of port visa upon in-principle approval

Visa renewals

Handling renewal of port visas before they expire
Application documents

What you will need to apply.

You will need the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • Completed visa application form
  • Invitation letter from a relevant competent organization or individual in China

Ports in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Xiamen only require a valid passport, while the port in Hainan will also require you to present return ticket and hotel bookings.

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