- Laowai Guide
Please remember that visas are needed for most non-Chinese nationals to enter China (exceptions are passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan). Application should be made to the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence, no later than four weeks before your departure. There are two types of visas:
- Tourist Visa (L Visa): A visa for tourism. You should check with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence to determine the local rules that apply for tourist visa applications. You may need to show evidence of bookings for your return flights and hotel. Alternatively, you may need to provide an official letter of invitation. This letter can be sent to you upon request.
- Business Visa (F Visa): If you encounter problems obtaining a Tourist Visa, an official invitation letter will be required to apply for a business visa. This letter can be sent to you upon request.
- Visa Application form available from the Chinese Embassy website
- Visa application procedure and form download in the U.S.
- List of Chinese Embassies and Consulates around the world
- Unofficial overview of Chinese Visa requirements
Professional Visa Services
For US residents China Visa Service Center, VisaRite and Atlas Services will take care of the application process. For British residents Thames Consular provides a similar service. The conference organizers do not endorse any particular visa service.