Information, Applications and Procedures for:
China San Francisco Tourist Visas

Note: This page applies only to the residents of the China San Francisco jurisdiction. This includes residents of the following states:

Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

And residents of the following California counties:

Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba

If you are not a resident of any of these states or counties, please select your consular jurisdiction here.

A valid passport and visa are required to enter The People's Republic of China. Americans arriving without valid passports and the appropriate visa may not be permitted to enter and will be subject to a fine and immediate deportation at the traveler's expense.

Immunization Requirements:

Please see the Center for Disease Control for the current immunization requirements for travel abroad. Be sure to click on all countries to which you are traveling to review the immunization requirements for each.

Please follow the instructions below. After you read all the instructions, if you have any questions, call us at 1-800-806-0581 before you start the process.

Items required to secure your visa to China.


    Submit your current, valid, signed Passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages. If you do not have the proper blank visa pages in your passport, you must first amend your passport to have pages added. A Briggs will secure your visa using the added pages. If your passport expires within six months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.


    Submit a completed, typed, signed China Visa Application form. It must be signed with blue ink and.


    • Your name on the application must match your name on your passport exactly, including middle name if applicable.
    • Any incorrect information (such as wrong passport info) on the application form may result in rejection by the embassy!

    China Visa Application


    Submit a recent, 2x2 Passport Photograph with the whites of your eyes visible and taken by a passport photographer. It must not be a digital or non-passport style photograph.

    Passport Photo Requirements

    We can prepare passport photographs for you at select A Briggs office locations nationwide.

    Passport Photo Locations


    If you are not a US citizen, submit your original proof of your legal long-term US residency (i.e. US Permanent Resident Card or US visa).

    If you do hold US citizenship, you must apply with your US passport at Consulate of China.


    Submit a computer-generated flight itinerary from your travel agent or airline, or a copy of your ticket(s). A photocopy is acceptable. It must indicate your name, date of arrival and departure from China and flight information.

    If you wish to have Emergency processing, your itinerary must indicate a departure time within 2-3 days. Emergency processing requires an additional $20 fee paid to the consulate.


    Submit ONE of the following:

    • A photocopy of your hotel confirmation for each night of intended stay in China.
    • A Tourist Invitation Letter from a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit.
    • A signed Invitation Letter from a company, corporation, institution or individual in China. The letter must include:
      • Your personal information on the application (name, gender, date of birth, etc.).
      • Travel details including purpose of the visit, date of arrival and departure, locations that will be visited, relationship between the inviter and the applicant, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China.
      • Inviter information, including name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the inviter's legal representative.
      • Also submit a copy of your inviter's passport bio-data page, and a copy of their Chinese ID card.

    Generally, a fax, photocopy or printout is acceptable; if necessary, the consular officer will ask you to submit the original document, provide additional documents, or schedule an interview.


    If you are under 18 years of age, submit a photocopy of your Birth Certificate.


    If you were born in China and do not have a China visa in your current passport, submit either your China passport or a prior U.S. passport containing a China visa.

    US citizens transiting China do not require a Chinese visa as long as they remain in the airport for less than 24 hours.

    Persons who plan to re-enter China from Hong Kong or Macao must obtain visas allowing multiple entries.

    Special permits are required to visit Tibet as well as many remote areas not normally open to foreigners.

    French passport holders residing in the San Francisco Chinese jurisdiction must appear in person when applying for a Chinese visa.


    Type Citizenship Entry Price Validity Processing Time
    Tourist US Multiple 160.00 10 year(s) 2 Day(s)
    Tourist US Multiple 140.00 10 year(s) 4 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Single 50.00 3 month(s) 2 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Single 30.00 3 month(s) 4 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Double 65.00 6 month(s) 2 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Double 45.00 6 month(s) 4 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Multiple 80.00 6 month(s) 2 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Multiple 60.00 6 month(s) 4 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Multiple 110.00 1 year(s) 2 Day(s)
    Tourist NON-US Multiple 90.00 1 year(s) 4 Day(s)

    NOTE: Processing times are business days, and do not include weekends, holidays, and regular consular closings. The first day begins the day after your package is received by A Briggs except in the case of pre-arranged same day service when available. Prices are per applicant.


    The A Briggs fees are:

    China Rush Visa Service155.00
    China Non-Rush Visa Service90.00

    If Paying by Credit Card
    You may pay your consular fees via credit card when filling out our Online Order Form.

    If Paying by Check
    Send a money order for the consular fees payable to the Embassy of China. The payment to the Embassy must be a money order. Personal checks are not accepted.


    You must complete the Online Order Form.

    The order form gives us your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to us and keep one copy for your records.

    While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay A Briggs. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.


    Shipping Address
    Customer Service
    A Briggs of San Francisco
    555 Montgomery Street
    Suite 700
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    *Shipping address may change based on time and products ordered. Be sure to check the shipping address given at the end of the digital order form process.
    *An additional $20.00 handling fee will be charged for those who choose to provide outbound USPS shipping labels. We highly recommend items be sent via FedEx or UPS due to our experience with delays in shipping and lack of accurate tracking. By using USPS you assume responsibility for all delayed or lost packages.
    Carrier Specific Shipping Notes
    Federal Express

    On the FedEx air bill, check the box in 4a "FedEx Priority Overnight".
    Do NOT ship "First Overnight" unless instructed otherwise by an A Briggs agent; this will delay the delivery of your package.


    The UPS Shipping Document must indicate "UPS Next Day Air". Any other type of UPS service is NOT acceptable.

    Note: Additional shipping costs must be charged to a credit card for each package shipped to an international destination and the following locations: Alaska, Hawaii, and all U.S. Territories.

    Saturday Delivery is an additional $16 when available to US destinations.

    Failure to follow these instructions may cause a delay in processing, and could also result in additional charges on your order for shipping, such as: before 8:00am delivery, Saturday Delivery, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us toll free at 1-800-806-0581.