Applying for a visa can be troublesome. The step-by-step guide below provides detailed instructions on how to apply for China Visa the hassle-free way.
How to apply for China Visa in Singapore
- Prepare your China Visa supporting documents
- Fill in the China Visa online application form
- Make appointment online
- Attend your appointment at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center
- Make payment and collect your passport
Prepare your China Visa supporting documents
This is the most troublesome process in applying for a China Visa. Once this process is completed, the rest will be a breeze. The documents you need to prepare include:
- Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and with blank pages for the Visa. If you are using a completely new passport or unused passport, you will need to bring your previous passport too.
- A colored copy of the passport details and photo page.
- Proof of legal stay or residence status for non-Singaporeans such as Re-entry permit(form 7), WP, EP, STP, DP or SVP.
- Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (only for former Chinese citizens who have now obtained other citizenship).
- For those wanting to apply for a tourist visa (visa L), you will also need to prepare copies of your air tickets and hotel reservations. They will verify the name in your passport against the name in the air ticket.
- For those wanting to apply for study tours (visa F), commerce and trade (visa M), visiting relatives residing in China (visa Q), visiting relatives working or studying in China (visa S), employment (visa Z), transit (visa G), crew member (visa C), student (visa X), introduced talent (visa R), journalist (visa J) or permanent residence (visa D), you may follow the link here.
China Visa photo requirements
- A recent 6 months color passport photo
- Bare-head and full face against a white background
- Size: 48mm x 33mm
- Full requirements here. Just let the person at the photo-taking shop know you are preparing for China Visa.
Fill in the China Visa Online Application Form
- Fill in the online application form here. First, agree to the terms and conditions, select your location, and choose Option A when in doubt.
- Information needed includes your personal information such as education and employment, family members and their occupations, hotel address in China, last China Visa date and place (if any) and countries visited in the last 12 months.
- Once completed, save and print out the application form.
- You may also click here to download the PDF application form.
Make Appointment Online
Always make an appointment before going down to the service center to skip the long waiting queue.
- Make your appointment here at least 3 days in advance. The appointment comes in a block of 30 minutes and time slots are available from 9 AM to 3 PM from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Singapore’s public holidays and China’s National Day holidays.
- Print out the appointment slip before attending the appointment.
- If you need to change the date and time or modify your appointment, manage your appointment here and reprint your appointment slip. You will need your appointment number and passport number.
Attending your appointment at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center
The address of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Singapore is 80 Robinson Road, #16-01/02/02A, Singapore 068898. It is located just diagonally opposite Lau Pa Sat, opposite Sofitel So and beside Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board. The nearest MRT stations are Raffles Place MRT, Tanjong Pagar MRT, Telok Ayer MRT and Downtown MRT stations. If you are lost, just ask any of the friendly CBD workers.
Once you reach the service center, you will see a long queue. Don’t hesitate, join the queue even if you have made appointments beforehand. The receptionist will go through your supporting documents to make sure that your documents are complete before issuing you a queue ticket. Let her know that you have made an appointment and show her the appointment slip. She will issue a priority queue ticket.
When your queue number is called, proceed to the counter and submit your queue ticket, application form, supporting documents, photo, and your passport. The staff will go through everything and if nothing is wrong, you will be given a collection slip with the collection date. You will only need to make payment during the collection.
Make payment and collect your passport
You may collect your passport anytime between 9 AM to 4 PM on the collection date. Bring your collection slip.
Do not join the long queue this time. Go to the right side of the counter. Once the receptionist sees your collection slip, she will issue you a queue number. Proceed to the counter when your queue number is called. Payment options available are cash and NETS.
Congratulations! You just got your China Visa!
When is the best time to apply for China Visa?
Submit the application around 1 month before your travel date. Do note that the application processing may take up to 4 business days.
Do you need to head down to the service center to submit and collect on your own? Can someone else pick up my Chinese visa?
As long as you have completed the application form and signed it, you may entrust someone to do it for you.
When is the peak time or crowded time for China Visa application?
China is a popular destination for both business and travel. It is almost certain that there will be a crowd. An online appointment will help you to skip the queue.
Do I need a visa for China from Singapore?
Singapore is one of the few countries that does not require a Visa to visit China. However, your Singapore passport entitles you to stay in China for only up to 15 days. If you wish to stay in China beyond 15 days, you will need to apply for a Visa.
What documents do I need for China visa?
You will need the application form, recent colored photos, flights and hotel bookings and proof of residency status in Singapore to apply for a tourist visa. For supporting documents to other types of China Visa application such as exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities, refer here.
Can Malaysian apply for China visa in Singapore?
Malaysians and other nationalities can apply for a China Visa in Singapore as long as you have proof of residency such as Re-entry Permit, Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, etc.
Can I apply for China Visa online?
Yes. You may fill in the application form online. However, you will still need to go to the China Visa Application Centre to submit the supporting documents and collect your visa. The good news is that someone can do this on your behalf if you are busy, be it your family, friend, employee or agent.