Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you arrive. The Chinese visa is only valid for 3 months from the date it is issued, so you cannot apply for it too soon in advance. It is typically done 4-6 weeks before departure and it normally takes 10 working days to process.
More information can be found about the application process here.
For travel as a tourist you will need an “L” type visa and you can either apply in person at one of the service centres or by post.
You will need to fill out an application form and post this to the embassy along with your passport, passport photo, itinerary, flight details and return envelope.
You will also need an invitation letter from the tour operator in China along with the names and addresses of the hotels you will be staying at on your holiday in China. We will provide this to you after booking along with full details of the tour operator (also needed for your visa application).
Click here to download an application form. On the application form you will need to list your hotels and the name of the tour operator. We will provide you with this information after booking.
You can either pay in person at the service centre or use a Payment Authorization Form if applying by post. To download a Payment Authorisation Form, click here.
For 2017, the fee for Australian passport holders for a single entry visa submitted by post was $131.50 per person. For more information about the fees, click here.