Visa-free entry for visitors

No visa is required for ordinary passport holders from Singapore and Brunei to visit China for up to 15 days for business, sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends or transit.

From December 1, 2023 to November 30, 2024, China has decided to implement a unilateral visa-free policy for ordinary passport holders from six countries: Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia. Citizens holding ordinary passports from the above countries who come to China for business, tourism, family visit and transit purposes for no more than 15 days can enter China without a visa. People from the above-mentioned countries who do not meet the conditions for visa exemption still need to apply for a visa before entering China.

To further facilitate cross-border travels, China will adopt a unilateral visa-free policy for Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg from 14 March 2024 to 30 November 2024. Ordinary passport holders from the above-mentioned countries may enter China visa-free for business, tourism, family visit or transit for no more than 15 days. Those who do not meet the visa-free policy requirements from the six countries still need to obtain visas before entering China.


Most international visitors are required to obtain tourist (L visas) or Non-commerce visas (F visas) to travel to China. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China maintains a worldwide index of embassies. Some countries have introduced Chinese Visa Application Service Centers. In some countries, specialized agencies offer rapid hassle-free services to expedite your Chinese visa needs.

Quick Links: Chinese embassies/centers in AustraliaGermany,  India,  JapanKoreaUnited KingdomUSA            

Visa Agencies: US/Canada: VisaRite 

Invitation Letter

If you need an invitation letter for the visa application, please write to Ms. Yan Zhang ([email protected]) with the following information: the meeting title, applicant’s full name, gender, date of  birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue & expiry date, tentative arrival and departure date.

If you need a visa notification issued by the Chinese authority, please write to Ms. Yan Zhang (yazhang@cshl.eduwith a scanned copy of your valid passport and indicate the meeting you are going to attend. The notification application need around 5 working days.


1. Please leave enough time for the entire application procedure. Chinese consulates will be closed for Chinese holidays.

2. Usually it’s more convenient and quick to apply for a tourist Visa than Non-commerce visa to attend our conferences.