Due to the separate border control policies, ordinary Chinese visas are not valid for entry to Hong Kong or Macau, so travellers must apply for Chinese visas for Hong Kong or Chinese visas for Macau, should they require a visa for travelling to these regions.
Nationals from these countries can apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu for connecting flights to a third country (or region).
24 Schengen countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
13 other European countries: Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Roumania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.
6 American countries: The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.
2 Oceania countries: Australia and New Zea land.
6 Asian countries: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The usual tourist single-entry visa is valid for a visit of 30 days and must be used within three months of the date of issue. A double-entry tourist visa must be used within six months of the date of issue.
The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries based on specific conditions of the applicant.
The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter. If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other documents or supplementary materials.