Visa application / entry requirements for China (People's Republic)

BREAKING NEWS / November 20th 2019

From December 16th 2019 all applicants will be required to provide fingerprints. This will require personal appearance at the relevant Chinese Visa Application Center. The biometric data will be saved for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During these periode of time, all further visa applications can be submitted with SERVISUM as before (without personal appearance).


Please read these information before completing the online form! (click here)
Use one of the following links to select the place of submission and click on "New Application Form"
Link to Application Form for Berlin | Link to Application Form for Hamburg | Link to Application Form to Frankfurt | Link to Application Form for Munich
You don't have to schedule an appointment to submit your application. SERVISUM will do that for you.
Don't forget to sign the completed and printed application form on the first page and at pt. 9.1.A.
SERVISUM will arrange a submission date for your documents, for which a fee of € 23.80 per application will be charged.


The Chinese Visa Application Centres are introducing an appointment booking system for the submission of the application documents. 
You do not have to book an appointment yourself, the appointments are booked by SERVISUM (if all documents are completely and checked), but cannot be attended on the same day as the documents arrive at our office. We recommend to use our application support and/or our PreCheck. Please be prepared for significantly longer processing times.




Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen


Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein

SERVISUM Frankfurt

Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Nordrhein-Westfalen




A list of all non-european countries travelled since 2014 is required. Use this form. EU countries as well as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau should not be listed.

Visa applications are accepted by the consulate not more than 50 days before the planned entry.
Applicants of "Z" visas (work visas) must appear at the Visa Application Center in person (for fingerprints etc.).



  • visa application form (NEW since April 2019: Online Visa Application) See in black box on the right!
  • original passport (providing two entire free pages and valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the visa)
  • NEW additionally an original biometric passport photo (identical to the uploaded photo) (biometric, coloured, white background 
    -> see photo requirements the photos must meet these requirements.
  • in MUNICH: passport photograph not older than 6 months
  • in BERLIN and new in HAMBURG: list of travelled countries (use this form)
  • data protection declaration depending on place of submission (for Berlin | for Hamburg | für Frankfurt | for Munich)

ATTENTION: For applicants of some professional groups (eg religious, media (design, journalism), artists, etc.) the following additional forms are necessary: self-declaration, employer's declaration

IN HAMBURG: French citizens additionally require proof of entry and exit (flight confirmation) as well as a proof of account balance of at least € 200.00 per travel day.

All other citizen who live in Germany need a current "Meldebescheinigung" (not older than 6 months) or a copy of the residence permit card.


ordinary tourist visa (category L)
additional to the minimum requirements:

  • booking confirmation (flight and hotel, also for a second entry, with all names of applicants)

private tourist visa, visiting friends (category L) or relatives (category S)
additional to the minimum requirements:

  • booking confirmation of flight (with names of applicants)
  • letter of invitation from person you intend to visit
  • copies of the passport and residence permit from the person who invites you, if it's a chinese citizen a copy of national ID card
  • in some cases: letter of motivation


additional to the minimum requirements:

  • letter of invitation (copy) from the chinese province ministry or company
  • in HAMBURG: letter of company in Germany (sample)


about 4 to 5 working days 
(nlow, extended processing times possible due to changed application modalities)
We recommend you to use our PreCheck service to avoid mistakes and any resulting delays.

If you require any further information, please visit or contact the SERVISUM HOTLINE.


You can place an order for the pre-check and/or the pick-up of your documents via using the visafinder.

Please attach the SERVISUM-Order Form to your assignment.

Return to visa applications

 You'll need the Adobe Reader to display PDF files. You can download the latest Version here.

Embassy fees


embassy fee

  60,00 €


  65,45 €


125,45 €

Application Form

Online Visa Application Form (please select place of issue), please click "new application form". You don't have to schedule an appointment to submit the application form. As usual SERVISUM will handle everything for you.

You will be redirected to the relevant page of the Chinese Visa application. SERVISUM is not responsible for the content of these links.

Link to Application Form for Berlin

Link to Application Form for Hamburg

Link to Application Form for Frankfurt

Link to Application Form to Munich

Instructions to fill in (please read)

Application Help

Do you have troubles with the online application form?

We'll help you!

Please send the application form by email with the following documents and we will make your online application. (The original documents are not necessary at this time yet.)

  • scan of your passport (page with personal data)
  • passport photograph (biometric, 420 x 560 px, white background)
  • additional for business: copy of letter of  invitation from China and 
    for one-year visas: copies of the last two business visas with entry and exit stamps

This service is provided by SERVISUM Berlin, no matter in which office you apply for the visa.

Processing time: 2 to 10 working days (depending on urgency)

fee per applicant:
,65 € (incl. VAT)