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

BREAKING NEWS

The People's Republic of China is planning to require each visa applicant to provide their fingerprint. This will require the personal appearance at the responsible Chinese Visa Application Center. The biometric data will be saved for five years. During these five years, all further visa applications can be submitted with SERVISUM as before.The new regulation is due to be implemented in September/October 2019. We therefore recommend that you take a look at our website before submitting your next application. Please feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail.

SCHEDULING SYSTEM

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.

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AUTHORITY

SERVISUM Berlin

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

SERVISUM Hamburg

Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein

SERVISUM Frankfurt

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

SERVISUM München

Bayern

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IN BERLIN: 
A list of all non-european countries travelled since 2014 is required. Use this form.

IN HAMBURG: 
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.).

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR GERMAN CITIZEN
FOR ALL VISA CATEGORIES

  • visa application form (NEW since April 2019: Online Visa Application)

    • 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" (you don't have to schedule an appointment to submit your application)
      Berlin | Hamburg | Frankfurt | Munich

      Don't forget to sign the completed and printed application form on the first page and at pt. 9.1.A

  • passport (providing two entire free pages and valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the visa)
  • one passport photograph (biometric, coloured, white background)  -> see photo requirements
    in MUNICH: passport photograph not older than 6 months
    in FRANKFURT and HAMBURG: additional: one original passport photograph
  • in BERLIN: list of 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.

FOR TOURIST VISA


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

FOR BUSINESS VISA

additional to the minimum requirements:

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

HANDLING TIME:

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 www.china-botschaft.de 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.

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Embassy fees

FOR GERMANS

embassy fee

  60,00 €

CVASC fee

  65,45 €

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125,45 €

Application Form

NEW since April 10th 2019:

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.

Berlin

Hamburg

Frankfurt

München

Instructions to fill in

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.

  • 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

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:
41
,65 € (incl. VAT)

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