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Tourist / Family Visit Visa

Tourist / Family Visit (L Visa)

1. Basic requirements
(1) All applicants for a visa must provide:
* Your current valid & actual passport, with at least six (6) months validity left before expiration and at least one blank page left in it.
* One completed Visa Application Form (BG-01) with one additional passport photo (black & white or color is acceptable).
If the application form is not completely filled out, or is not legible, this can cause a delay in processing or the denial of visa.
(2) Under some circumstances, you might be required to provide actual airline tickets showing your departure date from China and/or invitation from a Chinese travel agency or an invitation letter from relatives you plan to visit. A single-entry or a double-entry visa can be applied for.
Please Note:
* The Consular Official will telephone the applicant if he or she is required to provide additional information.
* For travel to Tibet, please contact the Tourist Bureau of Tibet Autonomous Region in order to obtain approval before applying for a visa.
Tel: 86-891-6834313 Fax: 86-891-6834632
* Tourism information, website:http://www.cnta.com;http://www.cnto.org
China custom information, please visit:http://www.customs.gov.cn
2. Methods of Application and Processing Time
(1) Walk-in Service. To apply for a visa, applicants may appear in person at the visa office of the Chinese Embassy, or designate a representative or travel agency to appear.
The regular processing time is four (4) business days. Applicant may request express processing with the approval of the consular official. Additional fees of NIS 150 for one (1) working day processing and NIS 100 for 2-3 working days processing will be charged.
(2) Mail-in Service. The Chinese Embassy currently does not accept mail applications.
3. Visa Fee and Visa Validity
The Embassy does not accept personal checks. Please pay in cash, money order, or bank check. Please make the check payable to Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulate.
The following visa fees are applicable to Israeli citizens
Number of Entry Validity Duration Visa Fee (WALK-IN SERVICE)
Single 90 days 30 days NIS 100
Double 90 days 30 days (each entry) NIS 150

* Generally, a visa is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. To avoid delays in obtaining visas and unnecessary costs relating to rush service fees, please apply for your visa no earlier than three months and no later than thirty days before the planned date of departure to avoid expiration of the visa.
* Multiple-entry tourist visa is only issued to the applicant who has a relative working in Isreali Chinese Embassy in Beijing.
4. Visa for foreign-born Children of Chinese Origin
The Chinese government does not recognize dual nationality.
For foreign-born children of Chinese Origin, if one of their parents has become a naturalized citizen or permanent resident of a foreign country, (for example, possessing an Israeli passport), they are in fact foreign nationals. If they wish to visit China, they must use their foreign passports to obtain a Chinese visa. Procedures, requirements, and fees for obtaining a visa are the same as for other foreign nationals.
5. Visa Applications or Entry Permits for China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Israeli citizens who possess a valid Israeli passport and are going to Hong Kong for business or tourism may stay in Hong Kong for 90 days without a visa. If they plan to stay in Hong Kong for over three months, or if their purposes are for employment, study, training, residence, or visiting relatives, they must apply for a visa.
Chinese citizens who do not possess foreign residency can transit/stay in Hong Kong for 7 days without an entry permit. If they wish to stay over seven days, they must apply for entry permit from the Chinese Embassy.
Chinese citizens possessing foreign residency can apply for a Hong Kong Entry Permit for up to 14 days at the Chinese Embassy. If they wish to stay for over fourteen days, they must apply for approval through the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Detailed instructions for application for a Hong Kong visa or Entry Permit are listed in "Application for an Entry Visa for Hong Kong".
For more information about Hong Kong Visa Applications, please visit
http://www.info.gov.hk/immd(go to Topical Information);
Tel: 00852-28246111; Fax: 00852-28777711
6. Special Notes
* Any person suffering from mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other diseases shall not be allowed to enter China.
* The Validity of the Visa, Duration of Stay, and Number of Entries, are issued at the discretion of Consular Officers, whose decisions are based strictly on the laws and regulations of the Chinese Government. The Consular Officers have the authority to refuse any applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations. The Consular Officers are entitled to change and/or revoke issued visas. They reserve the right to refuse any application and withhold disclosure of the reason for the refusal.

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