Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an China Visa for Singapore Citizens

  1. Visa May Be Required

    A visa is not required for stays not exceeding 15 days. The traveller must:

    • Hold a passport valid a least six months on entry with two blank visa pages
    • Hold proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay
    • Hold all documents required for the next destination
    • Hold proof of a confirmed onward/return flight within 15 days of arrival
    • Confirm with the airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change

    For stays exceeding 15 days a visa is required and must be obtained prior to arrival. Please refer to the VisaCentral application pack for further details.

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond the length of your requested visa (e.g. if you are requesting a 6 month visa your passport must be valid for 12 months)

  3. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must meet the following strict criteria (guidelines are also provided in this kit from the Chinese Embassy of Singapore):

    • Be taken within the last 6 months against an all-white background, with no edge frame
    • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be 48 mm by 33 mm; width of head: 15mm-22mm; height of head: 28mm – 33mm
    • Head position: =20°left or right tilt, and =25°up or down tilt
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, lips closed and ears visible
    • There should be no extra movement or objects visible in the photo
    • Eyeglasses are allowed except thick-rimmed, tinted or glare glasses
    • Clothing should not be identical to the background
    • Jewellry should not be worn
    • Hat or other head wears are only permitted due to religious reasons
    • There should be no damages or impurities on the photo, no permeation or shadow over the face
    • Photo should be in natural tone, but not over or under exposed, red-eyed or distorted
    • Your photo should be glued to the designated section of the visa application form (in the absence of a designated area, affix to the top right or top left corner)

  4. Copy of Passport Identification Page

    A clear colour copy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport

  5. Letter of Invitation

    Applicants must provide a Letter of Invitation from the Chinese Business Counterparts. A copy can be provided. This letter must:

    • Be in English or Chinese
    • Be addressed to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Singapore
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include information of the applicant indicated on the passport ID page (Full name, date of birth, gender, passport no, issue date, expiry date & passport issuing authority)
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey (including place of visit, arrival and departure dates, relations
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Be signed by the legal representative of the company  or the inviting individual
    • Must have the company stamp on the letter 

  6. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    You must provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip.  Details of your intended arrangements must:

    • Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket showing entry and exit dates
    • Show the traveler's full name as it appears in the passport

  7. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form (do not print double sided).

    The Visa Application Form must:

    • Be typed (not handwritten) using the "fillable" version of the application form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack 
    • Be free of any corrections or whiteout  
    • Be completed and signed by the applicant - the signature on the visa application form must match the signature in the applicants passport
    • Have answers to ALL questions - If the question is not relevant please complete with "Not Applicable or "N/A". Blank fields will not be accepted
    • If someone other than the traveller is filling up the visa form, they must additionally complete and sign Part 5 and provide a clear copy of their IC (EP, NRIC, Blue IC, SPASS etc.) or passport bio page

    Please Note: Visa Application forms which have been handwritten or include whiteout and/or corrections, will not be accepted by the Chinese Visa Application Centre.

    VisaCentral provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://visacentral.sg/forms?formname=Guide To Completing A China Visa Application Form.pdf or type the address into your browser.

  8. VisaCentral - Order Confirmation

    Provide the VisaCentral Order Form included in this kit.

  9. Place of Birth

    If the applicant was born in China, (including Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macau), they must provide:

    • A copy of their previous China visa

    If the applicant has not had a previous visa for China, they must provide:

    • A copy of the passport identification page and cancelled information page from the old China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau passport

    Please Note: Further documentation may be requested at the discretion of the Embassy.

  10. Applicants with Media Occupations

    If the applicant works for a company associated with the media, they must supply an additional original business introduction letter. The letter must:

    • Be addressed to the China Embassy 
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • Include the applicant’s passport number
    • Include the applicant’s designation
    • Include a brief description of the nature of the applicant’s company 
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey and if is not media related, clearly indicate that the visit is  not media related or engaging in any media coverage
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Be signed by the applicant's supervisor or the company's HR department

    An original personal declaration letter is also required. The letter must:

    • Be addressed to the China Embassy 
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • Include the applicant’s passport number
    • Include the applicant’s designation
    • Include a brief description of the nature of the applicant’s company 
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey and if it is not media related, clearly indicate that the visit is not media related or engaging in any media coverage
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Be signed by the applicant

    An original invitation letter from Chinese business counterparts is also required. The letter must:

    • Be in English
    • Be addressed to the China Embassy
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include information of the applicant
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey and if is not media related, clearly indicate that the visit is not media related or engaging in any media coverage
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Include a brief description of the nature of the company
    • Be signed by the applicant's supervisor or the company's HR department in China company

    Processing time and visa validity granted will be subject to the Chinese Embassy’s discretion. CIBT cannot assist to obtain invitations for applicants with media related occupations.

  11. Multiple Entry Visa Applicants

    Applicants requesting a 6-month or 12-month multiple entry business visa must provide copies of their previous Chinese business visa. Please keep in mind the following:

    • If the valid visa is in another valid passport, that valid original passport must be submitted to the Embassy for cancellation (travellers can only carry one valid China visa on any passport)
    • If the expired visa is in an expired passport, you must provide a clear colour copy of the previous passport biodata page
    • If the expired visa is in another valid passport (e.g. for dual passport holders or holders of second national passport), that valid original passport must be submitted also to the Embassy for verification purposes

    The applicant's Employment Authorisation or Residency Permit must also be valid at least 1 month beyond the exit date of the intended visa. For example, to request a 12-month multiple entry visa, the applicant's pass must be valid for at least 13 months.

    Additionally, the applicant's passport must be valid for at least 18 months. For example, to request a 1-year multiple entry visa, the applicant's passport must be valid for at least 18 months.

    Please note: The 6-month and 12-month multiple entry business visas are issued at the discretion of the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.

  12. Travellers Born In or Travelled to Turkey

    Applicants who were born in Turkey or who have travelled to Turkey must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for travel to Turkey and specify the exact date(s) of entry, exit, and duration of the stay(s). Additionally, a photo copy of the Turkey visa (if applicable) and all entry and exit stamps must be provided.

  13. Withdrawal of Applications

    Please note the Chinese Embassy discourages the withdrawal of an application once submitted

  14. Travellers Born In or Travelled to Pakistan

    Applicants who were born in Pakistan and who have travelled to Pakistan must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for travel to Pakistan and specify the exact date(s) of entry, exit, and duration of the stay(s). A photocopy of all Pakistan entry and exit stamps must be submitted together with the application.

    For Pakistan passport holders, a clear photocopy (front and back) of Pakistan ID card must additionally be provided. If you are unable to provide the Pakistan ID card, the reason must be provided in the personal letter.

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an China Visas for Singapore Citizens

  1. Visa May Be Required

    A visa is not required for stays not exceeding 15 days. The traveller must:

    • Hold a passport valid a least six months on entry with two blank visa pages
    • Hold proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay
    • Hold all documents required for the next destination
    • Hold proof of a confirmed onward/return flight within 15 days of arrival
    • Confirm with the airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa as these conditions are subject to change

    For stays exceeding 15 days a visa is required and must be obtained prior to arrival. Please refer to the VisaCentral application pack for further details.

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid for six months beyond the length of your requested visa (e.g. if you are requesting a 6 month visa your passport must be valid for 12 months)

  3. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must meet the following strict criteria (guidelines are also provided in this kit from the Chinese Embassy of Singapore):

    • Be taken within the last 6 months against an all-white background, with no edge frame
    • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
    • Be 48 mm by 33 mm; width of head: 15mm-22mm; height of head: 28mm – 33mm
    • Head position: =20°left or right tilt, and =25°up or down tilt
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, lips closed and ears visible
    • There should be no extra movement or objects visible in the photo
    • Eyeglasses are allowed except thick-rimmed, tinted or glare glasses
    • Clothing should not be identical to the background
    • Jewellry should not be worn
    • Hat or other head wears are only permitted due to religious reasons
    • There should be no damages or impurities on the photo, no permeation or shadow over the face
    • Photo should be in natural tone, but not over or under exposed, red-eyed or distorted
    • Your photo should be glued to the designated section of the visa application form (in the absence of a designated area, affix to the top right or top left corner)

  4. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    You must provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip.  Details of your intended arrangements must:

    • Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket showing entry and exit dates
    • Show the traveler's full name as it appears in the passport
    • Include a copy of the hotel confirmation

    Double entry visas: Two flight itineraries must be provided for double entry visa applications. The first itinerary must show the first entry & exit dates to China. The second itinerary must show that the applicant is required to enter China within a short period of time from the first entry (e.g Travellers who are on cruise and are travelling to two destinations in China).

    Please note that it will be at the discretion of the Chinese Embassy to approve a double entry visa.

    If staying with family or friends the following must be supplied:

    • A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel - If you are requesting a double or multiple entry visa, the itinerary and invitation must specify all entries and exits
    • A photocopy of the inviting party’s passport and residence permit/visa or copy of front and back of their Chinese ID card if a Chinese national.
    • An invitation letter which must contain:
      a) Information of the applicant (incl. full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
      b) Information regarding the visit (incl. purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relationship between the applicant and the inviting party, and details of any financial support to be provided during the stay in China)
      c) Information of the inviting individual (incl. name, contact telephone number, address, signature of individual).
    • If visiting a family member the applicant must supply a photocopy of their certification of kinship i.e. marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship issued by the Chinese Public Security Bureau showing the relationship of family members between applicants and inviting parties. ("Family member" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law)

  5. VisaCentral - Order Confirmation

    Provide the VisaCentral Order Form included in this kit.

  6. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form (do not print double sided).

    The Visa Application Form must:

    • Be typed (not handwritten) using the "fillable" version of the application form which can be found in the VisaCentral Application Pack 
    • Be free of any corrections or whiteout  
    • Be completed and signed by the applicant - the signature on the visa application form must match the signature in the applicants passport
    • Have answers to ALL questions - If the question is not relevant please complete with "Not Applicable or "N/A". Blank fields will not be accepted
    • If someone other than the traveller is filling up the visa form, they must additionally complete and sign Part 5 and provide a clear copy of their IC (EP, NRIC, Blue IC, SPASS etc.) or passport bio page

    Please Note: Visa Application forms which have been handwritten or include whiteout and/or corrections, will not be accepted by the Chinese Visa Application Centre.

    VisaCentral provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://visacentral.sg/forms?formname=Guide To Completing A China Visa Application Form.pdf or type the address into your browser.

  7. Place of Birth

    If the applicant was born in China, (including Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macau), they must provide:

    • A copy of their previous China visa

    If the applicant has not had a previous visa for China, they must provide:

    • A copy of the passport identification page and cancelled information page from the old China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau passport

    Please Note: Further documentation may be requested at the discretion of the Embassy.

  8. Copy of Passport Identification Page

    A clear colour copy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport

  9. Applicants with Media Occupations

    If the applicant works for a company associated with the media, they must supply an additional business introduction letter. The letter must:

    • Be addressed to the China Embassy
    • Be on company letterhead paper
    • Include the name of the applicant
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey and if is not media related, clearly indicate that the visit is  not media related or engaging in any media coverage
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Include an acceptance of financial responsibility for the applicant
    • Be signed by the applicant's supervisor or the company's HR department

    A personal letter is also required. The letter must:

    • Be addressed to the China Embassy
    • Specify in detail the purpose of journey and if it is not media related, clearly indicate that the visit is not media related or engaging in any
      media coverage
    • Specify the requested number of entries and the length of visa required
    • Be signed by the applicant

    Processing time and visa validity granted will be subject to the Chinese Embassy’s discretion. CIBT cannot assist to obtain invitations for applicants with media related occupations.

  10. Travellers Born In or Travelled to Turkey

    Applicants who were born in Turkey or who have travelled to Turkey must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for travel to Turkey and specify the exact date(s) of entry, exit, and duration of the stay(s). Additionally, a photo copy of the Turkey visa (if applicable) and all entry and exit stamps must be provided.

  11. Withdrawal of Applications

    Please note the Chinese Embassy discourages the withdrawal of an application once submitted

  12. Travellers Born In or Travelled to Pakistan

    Applicants who were born in Pakistan and who have travelled to Pakistan must provide an original personal letter. This letter should state the detailed reasons for travel to Pakistan and specify the exact date(s) of entry, exit, and duration of the stay(s). A photocopy of all Pakistan entry and exit stamps must be submitted together with the application.

    For Pakistan passport holders, a clear photocopy (front and back) of Pakistan ID card must additionally be provided. If you are unable to provide the Pakistan ID card, the reason must be provided in the personal letter.

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