Crew Visa

The China crew visa is issued to people arriving as crew on international planes, ships or trains. This process should be completed via your employer. You will need a letter of guarantee issued by the foreign transport company or the invitation letter issued by the relevant entity from China

Regular service fee per visa:

$185

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Passport

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:
  • Must be valid for 66-120 months if requesting a 5 year visa. Passports with less than 66 months validity will get a shorter duration visa as set by the Consulate

All visa validity is granted at the Consulate's discretion. 5 year validity is not guaranteed.

  • Be valid for the next six months
  • Contain at least two blank visa pages for the visa stamp (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
  • If requesting multiple entries, the passport must contain at least two blank facing visa pages, there can be no stamps or amendment endorsement type on the pages 
  • Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

If your passport does not meet these requirements, please contact China Visa Service Center at 1-800-799-6560 for further details.

Photograph(s)

The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. We strongly recommend that you submit your photograph electronically to China Visa Service Center so we can ensure it meets the stringent characteristics mandated by the Chinese Consulate. Follow https://www.mychinavisa.com/photo-service to upload your photo.

All electronic photo submissions must be taken within the last six months against an all-white background. It must show a full frontal view of your head, face centered in the middle, the tops of your shoulders, and display a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible. No background light or shadows are permitted. You may not wear eyeglasses, jewelry, or headwear except for religious purposes. Do not wear a white shirt. 

Should you elect to submit an actual photograph then it must meet all of the above criteria and:

  • Be exactly 48 mm tall by 33 mm wide 
  • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Not be affixed to your application, with no evidence of adhesive tape or staples

Note that most passport photo vendors produce photos that are 2 inches by 2 inches and are not acceptable. China Visa Service Center cannot submit applications with incorrectly formatted photographs.

The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. We strongly recommend that you submit your photograph electronically to China Visa Service Center so we can ensure it meets the stringent characteristics mandated by the Chinese Consulate. Follow https://www.mychinavisa.com/photo-service to upload your photo.

All electronic photo submissions must be taken within the last six months against an all-white background. It must show a full frontal view of your head, face centered in the middle, the tops of your shoulders, and display a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible. No background light or shadows are permitted. You may not wear eyeglasses, jewelry, or headwear except for religious purposes. Do not wear a white shirt. 

Should you elect to submit an actual photograph then it must meet all of the above criteria and:

  • Be exactly 48 mm tall by 33 mm wide 
  • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Not be affixed to your application, with no evidence of adhesive tape or staples

Note that if you upload your photo to China Visa Service Center and we approve it, this does not mean that your photo was approved on your visa application. The photo must be approved on your online visa application as well with a check mark. Please review the provided examples of successful and rejected photo uploads included in the application kit. 

  • Must not be taken in uniform
  • Must be taken with a neutral expression, no smiling

Business Cover Letter

A Business Cover Letter issued by China Visa Service Center is included in this kit.You are required to provide a Business Cover Letter from your U.S.-based company. All letters must be printed on company letterhead that displays a U.S. mailing address. Use the included sample Business Cover Letter to complete your letter.A Business Introduction Letter issued by American Airlines DFW is included in this kit.A Business Introduction Letter issued by American Airlines must be provided.

Utility Bill

You must provide a proof of your current address of residency. These documents must include both a copy of the front of your driver's license or government ID and your most recent utility bill. The documents must:

  • Display your name as it appears on your passport
  • Display the current residence address as provided on your visa application

Please note, when submitting a utility bill the consulate requires electric, gas, or a water bill; phone and cable bills are not accepted.

Proof of State Residency

You must provide a proof of your current address of residency. These documents must include both a copy of the front of your driver's license or government ID and your most recent utility bill. The documents must:

  • Display your name as it appears on your passport
  • Display the current residence address as provided on your visa application

Please note, when submitting a utility bill the consulate requires electric, gas, or a water bill; phone and cable bills are not accepted.

China Visa Service Center Order Form

You must provide one completed China Visa Service Center Order Form.

Provide the China Visa Service Center Order Form included in this kit.

Visa Application Form

One fully completed and signed visa application form.  The application must:

  • Be completed online
  • Include answers for all required fields
  • List the name of the traveler exactly as it is written in the passport
  • Be printed single-sided
  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink
  • Be enclosed with all other documents in your visa application kit
  • Have your signature on the declaration confirmation page, as well as in section 9.1A

China Visa Service Center provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: https://www.mychinavisa.com/forms?formname=China Application Guide.pdf or type the address into your browser.

Former PRC Nationals or Individuals Born in Chinese Territories

If you are a former PRC passport holder or were born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau:

  • You must write your name in Chinese characters for question 1.2 on the visa application form
  • You must provide a copy of your most recent China visa and a copy of the passport in which the visa was issued
  • If you have never been issued a China visa you must submit your original China passport and a copy of your Green Card, and a copy of your Naturalization Certificate
  • If you were adopted from China you must also include a copy of your adoption papers showing adoptive parents names, name change, and photo with parents (do not include the original papers).  If applicable, include a copy of your naturalization certificate and U.S. birth certificate.

Copy of Front and Back of Airline Crew Identification

You must provide a copy of the front and back of your airline crew identification badge.

Copy of your Driver's License

You must provide a photocopy of your driver's license. The home address you provide on the visa application form must match the address displayed on your driver's license.

One fully completed and signed visa application form.  The application must:

  • Be completed online
  • Include answers for all fields even if the question has no asterisk (*)
  • List the name of the traveler exactly as it is written in the passport
  • Be printed single-sided
  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink
  • Be enclosed with all other documents in your visa application kit
  • Have your signature on the declaration confirmation page, as well as in section 9.1A

Delta Bases Requirement

Visas are allowed by Delta for Flight Attendants in the following bases:  Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles.
Flight Attendants based at locations outside of the approved list are allowed to apply but will need to cover the cost on their personal credit cards.

If you are intending to acquire a Chinese tourist visa for personal travel STOP and contact CIBT at 1-800-361-6107 and request a Chinese Tourist application kit. When completing the application, ONLY request a single or double entry visa, DO NOT request a multi-entry visa. The Chinese will only permit one multi-entry visa in a passport.

If you intend to acquire a Chinese tourist visa, it will cancel your current crew visa.

Submittal of current or previously issued Chinese crew visas

The Chinese government requires the submittal of any current or previously issued Chinese crew visas. The following conditions may apply:

  • If you are only renewing your crew visa and your passport was issued after 01/01/2015 you must include your previous passport
  • If you are applying for a new (first time) crew visa and your passport was issued after 01/01/2015 you must include your previous passport
  • If you have a previously issued a passport, then you must include that canceled passport in your package to CIBT. Do not tear the visas out of the passport

Applicants with Dual Nationality

Applicants with dual nationality must submit the actual passport of the second nationality. If passport cannot be provided, please provide a separate statement attention to the Chinese Consulate explaining the reason why this passport cannot be provided.

Applicants with Former Nationality

Applicants with former nationality must provide their former nationality on application, provide a separate statement signed and date attention to the Chinese Consulate explaining they relinquish their former nationality this is why the passport cannot be provided.

If you were born abroad on USA soil or in a Military Base and never held another nationality but your current passport show another country of birth, please provide a copy of your birth Certificate abroad along with a separate statement explaining this information to the Consulate to match what is shown on your current passport.

Previous Visas

If you have been granted a China visa in the past, you must provide a copy of the most recent issued China visa. If the visa is not located in your current passport, you must submit the original passport containing the previous China visa.

"Where You Stay" Form

You must provide a completed and signed "Where You Stay" form included in this kit.

U.S. Citizens Born in Certain Countries

U.S. citizens born in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, or Syria who are currently traveling to China with their American passport may be asked to make a personal appearance in order to apply for a visa to China. China Visa Service Center will submit your request and follow up if the Embassy asks for you to appear in person.

Military Statement

If you have ever served in the military, are in active military duty, are on the reserves or retired from military, the Chinese Consulate request you to complete the DECLARATION OF ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE template form included in the kit.
 
The dates on this DECLARATION OF ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE form must match the dates on your application form for questions #8.8 and #8.12. The military information including dates of service must also be included in the Employment History section (3.2) of your application even thought this section only requires 5 year work history.


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Consular Fee

Service Fee

Processing Time

Standard

$140

$185

8 Business Days

Rush

$140

$235

4 Business Days

  • Processing time means the time it takes for the Chinese Consulate to process your visa. Please allow extra time for shipping and handling.

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