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Diplomatic/ Official Visa
2004-09-21


1. Basic documentation and application form
(1) Your actual passport having at least six months validity left before expiration and with more than one blank visa page.
(2) Officials of foreign governments or members of a diplomatic or consular mission, members of the United Nations, or an international organization, who will visit China on official business or are dispatched to a mission in China, should submit an official note from their government or their employing organizations, along with their applications. In some cases, they may be requested to provide an invitation from related Chinese governmental organs. Primary contents of the letter must include the applicant's full name, his/her rank (title), the name of the employer, passport type and number, purpose of journey, entry and departure dates, and the duration of stay in China.
(3) One completed Visa Application Form (BG-01) with one additional passport photo (Black & white or color is acceptable).
2. Methods of Application and Processing Time
Walk-in Service. To apply for a visa, applicants may appear in person at the visa office of the Chinese Embassy, or designate a representative or travel agency to appear. The regular processing time is four (4) business days.
The Chinese Embassy currently does not accept mail applications.
3. Visa Fee and Visa Validity
No visa fee is charged for diplomatic/official passport holders.
Number of Entry Validity Duration
Single 90 days 30 days  
Double 90 days 30 days (each entry)  
* Generally, a visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. To avoid delays in obtaining visas, please apply for your visa no earlier than three months and no later than thirty days before the planned date of departure to avoid expiration of the visa.
4. Special Notes
* Any person suffering from mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other diseases shall not be allowed to enter China.
* The Validity of the Visa, Duration of Stay, and Number of Entries, are issued at the discretion of consular officers, whose decisions are based strictly on the laws and regulations of the Chinese Government. The consular officers have the authority to refuse any applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations. The consular officers are entitled to change and/or revoke issued visas. They reserve the right to refuse any application and withhold disclosure of the reason for the refusal.


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