Visas to travel to China
China continues to open its doors to some countries for temporary entry, promoting tourism and knowledge of the country.
The Chinese Administration has just approved that in January 2019 five more cities implement their 144-hour visa: Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Chengdu and Kumming for visitors from 53 countries and with exit tickets to third countries.
But if you are going to travel to China, this information needs to be looked at very carefully, because there are exceptions that are no longer accepted, such as the third country being Hong Kong and the entry visa also has restrictions on mobility. It is also not accepted in some cases that the departure ticket has stopovers in China.
It changes continuously, in 2016 new possibilities were opened with the 144-hour visa, this is the information we publish
A visa is not required to travel to Hong Kong if you are a Spanish or one of 44 other countries
If you fly to Hong-Kong or another 3rd country, stopping in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, you can stay 72 hours in China without a visa, but you need to have the flight to Hong-Kong or another purchased destination, including the assigned seat.
As of January 31, 2016, it extends to 144 hours (6 days) if the destination is Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan (you must have the flight to that destination purchased) and you are allowed to travel through Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang if you are Spanish or one of the other 50 countries.
If you do not have a visa for China and already have your ticket, there is an option to enter China by certain airports by filling out a stay form that allows you to stay 7 days in China and extend it later, but that option requires you to be picked up at the airport and is authorized upon arrival. It is a riskier option and we do not recommend it, but there are times when a layoff to apply for a visa forces us to at least try.
For business reasons, a letter of invitation and the ticket are usually sufficient to obtain a Chinese visa for an entry and a month.
Visas for internships no longer exist, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a visa to work in China. But there are always alternatives and options if you really aim to work and live in China.
How does the Chinese New Year affect us?
At this time various traditions are followed in the eastern country. Chinese factories try to finalize the stock of their warehouses, square their accounts and send workers home. It is therefore important to note that from the end of January until the second half of February the work activity in China will be very low as it is considered a national holiday from 4 to 10 February.