Chinese Transit (G) Visa
The main difference between a Chinese transit visa and a Chinese tourist visa is the validity of the visa.
A Chinese transit visa is valid for 7 days. To apply you would send your passport, a passport photo, visa application and a copy of your itinerary indicating the dates of transit through China.
A Chinese tourist visa is typically issued for 6 months validity with a stay of 30 days. The requirements are the same as the Chinese Transit visa except in addition you would need to submit a copy of your Hotel Reservation.
The fee is the same for both the Chinese Transit visa and the Chinese Tourist Visa.
We highly recommend you apply for a Tourist visa for the flexibility is provides.
Who needs a Chinese Transit Visa?
Chinese Transit Visa (G Visa) is issued to an alien who transits through China. Visas are not required in the following circumstances:
1.Visa-free entry for visitors:
No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit.
*Visas are not required of aliens who hold air tickets to the final destination and have booked seats on international airliners flying directly through China, and will stay in a transit city for less than 24 hours without leaving the airport.
*Visas are not required of passport holders of the following countries, who transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport of Shanghai, provided they hold valid passports, visas for the onward countries, final destination tickets and have booked seats, and stay in Shanghai for less than 48 hours:
Republic of Korea, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Greece, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland.
If you need assistance applying for a Chinese Transit Visa please click the link below and select Tourist visa- the application process is exactly the same. Chinese Transit Visa