The PRC follows the international system and
issues visas according to its laws and
regulations which may be modified from time
to time. The information provided on this
page is about entry to the PRC mainland
only: it does not include entry rules for
Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan. In some limited
situations visa is not required, but most
foreign travellers need one. Generally,
travellers requiring one must obtain it
prior to travel, but there are a few
Foreign travellers holding connecting tickets to pass through China are exempt from visa requirements provided they stay in the transit area of the airport for a no longer than 24 hours.
Visas can be issued for various durations; immediate or later start dates, and allow one, two (dual), or multiple entries. Any exit from the mainland of the PRC, including to Hong Kong and Macau will require that you have a valid entry to the mainland to permit you to re-enter. Otherwise you will need to apply for a new one at a consulate (or equivalent in Hong Kong) before entry is permitted.
The Chinese visa is usually a paper sheet glued into your passport but it can occasionally be a rubber stamp.
Please note ICNCT is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Acceptance Letter and Invitation Letter issued by the organizing committee.
* Invitation letter will only be issued upon request after successful registration.
Should your application be denied, ICNCT cannot change the decision of the consulate, nor will the organizing committee engage in discussion or correspondence with the consulate or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant.