Visa Information

Visas are required for all foreigners entering mainland China except for those holding passports from Brunei, Japan or Singapore, who enjoy visa-free access to China (restricted to a maximum stay of 15 days). Please contact your local Chinese Consulate or Embassy to enquire about visa regulations for your particular country and how to obtain a visa. As the visa procedures can be rather time consuming we recommend that you obtain this information as soon as possible. Further information and a list of Chinese embassies can be found at

Tourist Visa

If you are applying for a tourist visa, the Chinese embassy in your country should not require any additional documentation from ICEF. A standard single-entry visitor visa is usually easy to obtain and valid for a duration of 30 days from the date of entry.

Business Visa

If you are applying for a business visa, the Chinese embassy will require an original invitation letter from the relevant state departments of the People's Republic of China, local government, business entity or non-profit governmental organisation. You can obtain this business visa invitation letter for a single entry business visa from ICEF's partner visa agency in China at an additional charge.

Please note that the application for the business visa is time consuming and expensive: total processing time can take up to 4 weeks. Please also note that ICEF can only provide you with a letter of invitation for the duration of the workshop (October 14 to 17, 2015).

The fee will be EUR 50 until September 10 and EUR 100 after September 10 per applicant for a faxed document plus EUR 35 per applicant for a mailed document (courier charge).

Application deadline is September 19. After that date ICEF cannot guarantee that the document can be provided in time for a successful visa application. The above rates do not include the visa processing fees of the Chinese Consulate or Embassy.

A business visa invitation letter application form can be downloaded here.

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