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China Visa Appointment Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Last Update: 25-04-2024

Do I Need to Make an Appointment for a China Visa?

Yes, it's typically necessary to make an appointment to apply for a China visa. You'll need to schedule an appointment at the Chinese visa application centre or consulate where you plan to submit your documents. It's advisable to check the specific requirements and appointment procedures of the visa application centre or consulate you intend to visit.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. When Should I Schedule My China Visa Appointment?
  3. How to Schedule a China Visa Appointment?
  4. Documents Required for a China Visa Appointment
  5. China Visa Appointment Fees and Payment Methods
  6. Processing Time for China Visa Appointments
  7. Rescheduling or Cancelling a China Visa Appointment
  8. What To Do After Arriving at the China Visa Application Centre?
  9. Conclusion
  10. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a trip to China and need to schedule your China visa appointment? This guide simplifies the process for Indian nationals. Booking your appointment through VFS Global is crucial for your China visa application journey.

If you face any difficulties finding information, we're here to assist you. Reach out to us at 073148 52914 or via WhatsApp for support.

We wish you an amazing journey and unforgettable experiences in China! ✈️

When Should I Schedule My China Visa Appointment?

It's recommended to book your China visa appointment via VFS Global at least 30 days before your planned travel date. Appointments can be made up to 3 months in advance. 

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How to Schedule a China Visa Appointment?

Apply for Your China Visa with Teleport (Includes Appointment Booking)

Apply for your China visa effortlessly with Teleport's appointment booking service. Here's how it works:

Step 1: Initiate Your Application

Start your visa application process by visiting Teleport's China application portal and clicking on 'Start Application.'

Step 2: Provide Information and Payment

Fill in your passport and travel details, and choose your preferred payment method, whether full or partial.

Step 3: Schedule Your Appointment

After submitting your details and payment, Teleport assigns you a dedicated relationship manager to arrange your appointment at the visa application centre.

Step 4: Attend Your Appointment

Bring all required documents and your appointment confirmation to the visa application center on the scheduled day.

Step 5: Submit Biometric Data

During your appointment, your photograph and fingerprints will be taken. Note that if you've received a biometric visa from the Chinese consulate in the last 59 months, you might not need to provide biometrics again.

After the consulate reviews your documents via the application centre, a decision is made, and your documents are returned to the centre.

You can choose to have your passport mailed back or collect it in person from the application centre.

Booking a China Visa for Indians Appointment Through Government Portal

Booking a China visa appointment through visa application centre involves several simple steps:

Step 1: Start Your Application

Download and complete the visa application form, then print it out to bring to the Visa Application Centre for submission.

Step 2: Schedule Your Appointment

Book an appointment for your visa application and biometric data collection. You'll receive an email confirmation with the appointment details.

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Step 3: Visit the Visa Application Centre

Pay the visa fee at the centre during your appointment. Payment can be made in cash or by card.

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Please keep in mind:

  • If you're currently not in the same country where the Visa Centre is located, it's advisable to apply from your usual place of residence or upon your return.
  • Application acceptance is limited to those who are lawfully residing in the country where the Visa Centre operates.

Before applying, ensure your eligibility by verifying the consular districts of the Chinese Embassy in India.

Visa Application Centre Locations for China

Consular DistrictsChinese Consulate-General

Kolkata

Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal

Mumbai

Maharashtra, Karnataka

Residents residing in the specified consular districts should apply to the respective Chinese Consulate-General as per their location.

Important Update

Effective November 20, 2023, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Mumbai has suspended China visa online appointment bookings for Chinese Visa submissions at the Visa Application Service Centre. Instead, applicants are encouraged to visit the centre in person to submit their applications. Additionally, it's essential to complete the Visa Application Form online before your visit.

Step 4: Track Your Application

Monitor the status of your application online using the China visa status check tracking tool. Enter your Pickup form number along with your contact number or passport number and application number to check the progress of your application.

Step 5: Receive Your Visa

Retrieve your passport and documents from the Visa Application Centre, or opt for courier delivery for added convenience.

Note

To ensure the security of your package, it's necessary to fill out a courier return form when submitting your application. This form includes details such as a return address, valid bank account information, and contact details. Providing accurate information enables our visa centre to select a trustworthy postal company for the safe delivery of your passport to your designated address.

Documents Required for a China Visa Appointment

Mandatory Documents

Visa Application Form

A completed visa application form with a valid signature.

Original Passport

Original passport valid for at least 6 months, with 2 or more blank visa pages.

Photograph

  • Two recent photographs
  • Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm
  • Matte finish,
  • 80% face visibility,
  • White background,
  • Ears should be visible.

COVID Vaccine Certificate

Provide a vaccination certificate linked with the passport.

Bank Statement

  • Include the original last six-month bank statement with a stamp and signature on each page
  • Minimum recommended bank balance of ₹ 2,00,000

Cover Letter

Should include details such as the purpose of the visit, travel dates, full name as per passport, work profile, stay details in China, travel logistics, expenses responsibility, home address, and contact number.

Travel Itinerary

Provide day-to-day details of the visit, including arrival and departure dates, places to be visited, and accommodation arrangements.

Proof of Accommodation

Hotel confirmation from China on hotel letterhead with a seal and signature.

Flight Reservation

Confirmation of round-trip flight booking.

Old Chinese Visa

Copy of previous visas, if any.

Supporting Documents

If Employed

Employer's NOC letter confirming approved leave on company letterhead with an authorised signature.

If Self-Employed

Business registration proof - Company GST.

If Student

Certification letter from the school (including the company or school name, address, contact person's name, contact telephone number, etc.)

China Visa Appointment Fees and Payment Methods

China visa fees consist of a visa fee of INR 2900 plus a service charge of INR 1861, payable to the Visa Centre. Visa fees are collected on behalf of the Chinese Embassy, while application service fees are non-refundable charges levied by the Centre.

Applicants are required to pay the total amount of fees in cash, combining both the visa fees and application service fees. Accepted payment methods at the Visa Centre include cash and Demand Draft.

For applicants opting for Express Service with a 3rd working day collection, applications must be submitted before 11 AM. Visas can then be picked up after 3 PM on the 3rd working day afternoon.

It's important to note that the schedule of fees may be adjusted quarterly to align with the exchange rate of USD and INR.

Processing Time for China Visa Appointments

The processing time for China visa appointments for Indians can vary depending on the type of visa and the specific circumstances of the application. Generally, standard processing times range from 4 to 5 working days from the date of submission of the application. However, applicants can also opt for express services for quicker processing, usually within 2 to 3 working days. It's advisable to check with the Visa Centre or consulate for the most accurate and up-to-date information on processing times based on your individual situation and visa type.

Rescheduling or Cancelling a China Visa Appointment

If you've already scheduled an appointment but need to reschedule for a different date or time, follow these steps:

  1. Use the 'Manage Appointment' function in the Quick Access section to reschedule or cancel your current appointment.
  2. Once you have made the changes, you can use the same Pickup form or passport number to book a new appointment for a different date or time.

What To Do After Arriving at the China Visa Application Centre?

When you arrive at the Centre, it's important to be punctual. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Obtain a Queue Number: Upon arrival, you'll receive a queue number for submitting your application. Please wait until your number is called.
  2. Submit Your Application: Approach the counter assigned to your queue number to submit your application.
  3. Receive a Pick-Up Form: After submission, you'll be given a pick-up form, which serves as a receipt with details of your application and the expected collection date.
  4. Verify Information: Take a moment to review all details on the pick-up form. If you have any questions or notice any discrepancies, don't hesitate to reach out to the staff for clarification.

Remember to keep the pick-up form safe, as you'll need to present it when collecting your passport.

Conclusion

Securing a visa appointment for China is a crucial step for Indian travellers. Using Teleport can streamline the booking process, simplifying it for applicants.

If you opt to apply directly through the China visa portal, it's vital to follow a comprehensive guide for a seamless China visa appointment in India. 

Whether you opt for Teleport's services or apply independently, thorough preparation and strict adherence to guidelines are crucial for successfully obtaining a China tourist visa from India.

For further assistance or inquiries, feel free to reach out to us. Our team is committed to offering support and guidance.

You can contact us at 073148 52914 or via WhatsApp.

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