How to Apply Chinese VISA in South Africa

Chinese VISA application guide by country

Basic Documents

  • Passport

    Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than 2 blank visa pages. A photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate are also required.

  • Visa Application Form and Photo

    One fully completed Visa Application Form with one recently- taken color photo (bare head, full face) against a light background attached.

  • Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

    Applicants other than South Africans must provide the original and photocopy of your permanent residence permit or other temporary residence permits valid for over 6 months beyond the date of your intended date of arriving in China.

  • Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

    If you were a Chinese citizen and have obtained South African citizenship, when applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page. When applying for a Chinese visa with a renewed South African passport that does not contain any previous Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the previous Chinese visa page. (If the name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

Special requirements for applicants under 18 years:

When applying visa for a child under 18 years old, at least one of the parents should come to apply. Agent can submit applications only when the child and the parents’ passport are handed in together for visa application. The child’s application form should be signed by both of the parents. In case that one of the parent does not travel together, a letter of consent (affidavit) from that absent parent should be attached, along with his/her passport copy. Unabridged birth certificate of the child, or an affidavit from the parents is required as proof of filial relationship.

Special Reminder:

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, or require an interview with the applicant.

The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.

Supporting Documents

X1 Visa

Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of X1, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply for foreigners’ residence permits from the exit/entry administrations of local police authority.

X2 Visa

Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school in China.


1 entry visa R.250
2 entry visa R.380
Mutiple entry visa valid for 1-6 months R.500
Mutiple entry visa valid for one year R.750
Express service fee for the next working day R.250
Express service fee for the third day R.170

The Embassy does not accept cash payment. Applicants are kindly requested to:

1) Deposit fees to the Embassy’s bank account.

2) Make payment through internet transfer.

3) Make payment on collection day using visa/master card at the Embassy.

Bussiness Hours & Location


225 Athlone Street, Acadia, Pretoria

Office Hour:

8:30am-11:30am, Monday to Friday

Hotline: 0027-12-4316537: 2:00pm-4:00pm, Monday to Friday

Tel:012-4316500, ext.6537(2:00pm-4:00pm,Monday to Friday)

Fax: 012-4307620


Visa Office Hours: 08:30-11:30 , Monday to Friday

Consulate-General in Johannesburg :25 Cleveland Road, Sandhurst, Sandton Johannesburg:

Tel:011-6857540,ext.7561,7562 Fax:011-8835274

Consulate-General in Cape Town:25 Rhodes Avenue, Newland7700, Cape Town:

Tel:021-6740579  Fax:021-6740583

Consulate-General in Durban: 45 Stirling Crescent, Durban North, Durban 4051:

Tel:031-5634534  Fax:031-5634827