Type F - Business or Student Visa, allows someone to enter China on a short term
basis for business or research purposes. This visa requires a written letter from
your Chinese sponsor for the application to be approved.
Type G - For Transit
Type J - For those who are Journalists
Type L - Tourist Visa, allows one to two entries and stays up to a month. This is
the most common.
Type X - For long-term students
Type Z - Working Visas
For those interested in a trip to China to start your import business, you will either
go solo on a Type L Visa or enter via a Type F Visa provided that you can find a
Apart from the citizens of Japan, Singapore and Brunei, all other citizens require
a Visa to China.
You can apply for a Visa to China in any of the Chinese Consulate within the U.S.
There are offices in Washington, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San
For those living in the U.S., the secretary of state has some good information on
traveling to China. You can find it under the international travel section. http://travel.state.gov/
A word of caution. Having a Visa to China does not give you the right to roam and
explore every section of China. There are restricted areas that are off limits to
foreigners such as parts of Tibet. You better check with the Dept. Of Public Service
(PBS) in China before you go wondering off to what you believe is an interesting
place to visit and get yourself in trouble. Stay Safe!
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