A general visa guide for Indian citizens traveling to China:

  1. Visa Types: Indian citizens traveling to China usually require a visa to enter the country. The most common visa types for visitors from India are the Tourist (L) Visa and the Business (M) Visa. Other types of visas, such as the Work (Z) Visa, Student (X) Visa, and others, are required for specific purposes of travel.
  2. Application Process: The visa application process for China typically involves the following steps:a. Application Form: Complete the visa application form online or obtain a printed copy from the Chinese embassy or consulate. Fill in the form with accurate and complete information.b. Supporting Documents: Prepare the necessary supporting documents, which may include:
    • Valid passport with at least six months’ validity beyond the intended stay.
    • Completed visa application form.
    • Recent passport-sized photograph.
    • Proof of travel arrangements (flight bookings, hotel reservations, etc.).
    • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the expenses during the stay.
    • Invitation letter from a Chinese company or individual (for business visa).
    • Itinerary of the visit.
    • Any additional documents required based on your specific purpose of visit.
    c. Visa Fee: Pay the applicable visa fee at the time of submitting the application. The fee may vary depending on the type and duration of the visa.d. Submission: Submit the visa application and supporting documents in person at the Chinese embassy or consulate in India. Note that biometric data, including fingerprints, may be collected as part of the application process.e. Processing Time: The processing time for a Chinese visa may vary, but it is typically processed within a few working days. It is advisable to apply well in advance to allow sufficient processing time.
  3. Visa Validity and Duration: The validity and duration of the Chinese visa depend on the type of visa and the purpose of the visit. Tourist visas are usually granted for a stay of 30 days or 90 days, depending on the visa type and the consular officer’s decision. Business visas may have varying durations depending on the specific circumstances.
  4. Entry Requirements: Upon arrival in China, you may be required to fulfill certain entry requirements, such as having a valid passport, a valid visa, proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay, and a return or onward ticket.

It’s important to note that visa requirements and processes may vary based on individual circumstances, such as the purpose of visit, duration of stay, and previous travel history. It is recommended to visit the official website of the Chinese embassy or consulate in India for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements and application procedures specific to your situation.