China Visa Information

Visa Procurement

All foreign nationals must obtain a visa for a visit to China. It is essential that the China visa is obtained prior to travel.

NOTE: Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of return from China.

For passport holders of other nationalities not included here, please check with your local Chinese Embassy.

When applying for a visa you will be required to provide details of the hotels where you will be staying on your holiday. For the list of hotels we use in China please click here.

China Visa Requirements For

UK residents

Travel visas are an essential part of your holiday and you can’t get on with your adventure until you have them but they can be complicated things to sort out. There are application forms to complete, paperwork to provide and embassy queues to stand in. If you're a resident of the UK and would like someone to handle your visa application for you then we recommend CIBTvisas. Please follow this link for more details on how to start your visa application with them -

For further information regarding your visa application and/ or a list of hotels used on our tours - please click here.

If you prefer to obtain your visa yourself then upon confirmation of your holiday, please visit here and complete the online China visa application.

China Visa Requirements For

US & Canadian residents

Please visit the relevant embassy link below for visa form and instructions.

US Embassy of China
2201 Wisconsin Avenue
N.W., Suite 110
Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688

Canadian Embassy of China
515 St. Patrick Street
Ont. K1N 5H3

China Visa Requirements For

AUS & NZ residents

Please visit the relevant embassy link below for visa form and instructions.

Embassy of China in Australia
15 Coronation Drive
A.C.T 2600
Tel: 0262734780

New Zealand
Embassy of China in New Zealand
57 Messines Road
Tel: 04721382-600

China Visa Requirements For

South African Residents

Please visit the relevant embassy link below for visa form and instructions.

China Embassy
972 Pretorius St,
Pretoria, 0083,
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 431 6500

Visa Free Trips To China

Travellers can enter China visa free for 72 hours and, as of 30 January 2016, stay in Shanghai for 144 hours. These new regulations are making it easier to enjoy China, whether it is the ancient history, intriguing culture and imperial beauty of Beijing across three days or the neon lights, futuristic skyscrapers and charming classic gardens of Shanghai in a long weekend.

Both Beijing and Shanghai make for exciting stopovers, breaking up your journey to experience some of China’s incredible highlights. Our Beijing Visa Free tour takes you to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the UNESCO listed Great Wall of China while our Shanghai Visa Free is a three day whistle stop tour of the city’s futuristic skyscrapers, peaceful temples and charming classic gardens.

The exciting new visa change means Shanghai can also be considered for a long weekend enjoying all this sprawling futuristic metropolis has to offer. Our five day Eye on Shanghai tour includes guided sightseeing to the serene Jade Buddha Temple, the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens, the iconic Oriental Pearl TV Tower and many more of the city’s top destinations. End the second day with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River for fantastic views of the bright neon lights of the city’s high-rises against the night sky.

Visa free regulations require that travellers are stopping over in Beijing or Shanghai en-route to elsewhere. On arrival in China, you will need to fill out the Arrival/Departure Card and go straight to the dedicated counter at immigration inspection. Once you have had your passport stamped with the permit, which will show the allowed duration of your stay, you will need to check in with your hotel. Your hotel will take care of registering your stay with the local authorities.

Visa requirements - Tibet

When travelling to Tibet you need a Tibetan Permit in advance. If you are booked on our Group Tour Take me to Tibet, we can arrange this for you. It has to be applied for one month in advance and we need a copy of your Chinese visa in order to obtain this.

Visa requirements - Hong Kong

The Hong Kong visa system is almost exactly the same as it was under British rule, and therefore wholly separate to the Chinese visa system.

Most Western visitors to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China do not require a tourist visa issued in advance of travel. Currently, nationals of Australia, Canada, Ireland, most other EU countries, New Zealand and the US do not require a visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days. UK nationals do not require a visa for a stay not exceeding 180 days, whilst holders of RSA passports do not require a visa for a stay not exceeding 30 days.

Visa requirements are subject to change. Visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not that of On The Go Tours.

Your passport must possess at least 2 blank pages and have at least 6 months validity remaining after date of intended exit from China.

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