Visa to China

A visa is required to visit China. We will apply for visas as a group.
Please make sure your passport is up to date.

Visa to China

Visas are required to visit China. Without one you cannot enter the country. We will apply as a group for visas. Students will be responsible for the visa and application cost (approximatly $175 USD). This information will be discussed once you are accepted into the program. The following information is for informational purposes.

What do you need to be able to enter China?

  • 1.     A tourist (L) visa
  • 2.     Your US passport that is valid for at least another 6 months with at least one blank visa page

Before You Go:

To enter China, you need a visa as well as six months’ validity remaining on your passport. If you do not have a valid passport and the appropriate Chinese visa, you will not be allowed to enter China, you will be fined, and you will be subject to immediate deportation. U.S. citizens traveling to China may apply for up to a one-year multiple-entry visa. Check your U.S. passport before applying for a visa to make sure that it has one year or more validity remaining; otherwise, you may be issued a visa for less than the time you request. The Chinese Embassy and consulates general in the United States do not always issue maximum validity visas even if requested to do so. A multiple-entry visa is essential if you plan to re-enter China, especially if you plan to visit either Hong Kong or Macau and return to China. China has recently instituted new supporting document requirements for tourist (L) visas. Please visit the website of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for the most current visa information.

Chinese visa information.

Visa Application fee for the U.S. citizens is $140 and nonrefundable.

Note: You may apply for the Chinese visa individually, but the program director highly recommends you using the recommended travel agency to help you apply for the visa as a group. This will save you lots of paperwork and time and it will increase the opportunity for you to get the visa before you departure day. The service fee for visa application is $35 per person. More details to follow.

Some useful information:

U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China
Americans living in or visiting China are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and obtain updated information on travel and security within China.

Address: No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu 100600, Beijing, China
Phone: (86-10) 8531-3000
After-hours emergency phone: (86-10) 8531-4000
Fax: (86-10) 8531-3300
Web site:

U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai, Main U.S. Consulate General Building

Address: 1469 Huai Hai Zhong Road (Near Wulumuqi Nan Lu), 200031, Shanghai, China
For American Citizen Services:
Address: Westgate Mall, 1038 West Nanjing Road, 8th Floor
Tel: (86-21) 3217-4650
Fax: (86-21) 6217-2071

Regular Hours: 8:15am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:30pm Monday to Friday.
Closed on Wednesday afternoons.
After Hours Emergencies: (86-21) 3217-4650 then press “0” for an operator.

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau
26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: 852-2841-2211, 852-2841-2225, 852-2841-2323 (Direct lines to American Citizen Services during regular business hours)
Emergency after-hours telephone: 852-2523-9011
Fax: 852-2845-4845
Web site:

For U.S. Citizens needing immediate consular assistance, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit at (852) 2841-2211 during regular business hours (8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday).
For deaths, arrests, hospitalizations or other emergencies involving U.S. citizens outside of these hours, please call 2523-9011, press 2 for English and 1 for emergencies to be connected to our after-hours duty officer.

U.S. Interests Section in the Appropriate Country
Americans living or traveling in China are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website, , and to obtain updated information on travel and security within China. Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

The U.S. Embassy is located at No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu 100600, Beijing, China.
The main Embassy switchboard telephone is (86-10) 8531-4000.
Recorded consular information, including instructions on whom to contact in case of an American citizen emergency, is available at tel. (86-10) 8531-4000.
The main embassy fax is (86-10) 8531-3300.
The Consular Section fax is (86-10) 8531-4200.
The Consular Section is open to the public from 8:30a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except American and Chinese holidays.

Additional information on Embassy services available to U.S. citizens is available on the Internet at:, or by e-mail: