How to understand the validity of a visa, number of entries and duration of stay?


Validity of a visa refers to the period within which the visa holder is allowed to enter China. Unless otherwise specified, a visa is effective from the date of issuance to midnight Beijing Time on the last date of validity.

The number of entries refers to the number of times the visa holder is permitted to enter China within the visa’s validity.


Duration of stay refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in China on each visit, and this is counted from the day following entry into China.


When all the permitted entries are used up, the visa is no longer valid. Even if there are still unused entries, the visa is no longer valid if the validity has already expired. In either case, the visa holder should apply for a new visa if another visit to China is planned.


The holder of a visa is eligible to enter China at any time prior to the expiry of its validity (allowed to enter China before midnight Beijing Time on the last date of its validity) provided that permitted entries on the visa have not been used up; the holder’s planned duration of stay in China must not exceed the duration stated in the visa.


Please be noted that the final decision on whether the visitor is permitted entry or not will be down to the  local Border Control Authority in accordance with individual cases, Chinese laws and regulations.

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How to understand the validity of a visa, number of entries and duration of stay?


Validity of a visa refers to the period within which the visa holder is allowed to enter China. Unless otherwise specified, a visa is effective from the date of issuance to midnight Beijing Time on the last date of validity.

The number of entries refers to the number of times the visa holder is permitted to enter China within the visa’s validity.


Duration of stay refers to the longest period the visa holder is allowed to stay in China on each visit, and this is counted from the day following entry into China.


When all the permitted entries are used up, the visa is no longer valid. Even if there are still unused entries, the visa is no longer valid if the validity has already expired. In either case, the visa holder should apply for a new visa if another visit to China is planned.


The holder of a visa is eligible to enter China at any time prior to the expiry of its validity (allowed to enter China before midnight Beijing Time on the last date of its validity) provided that permitted entries on the visa have not been used up; the holder’s planned duration of stay in China must not exceed the duration stated in the visa.


Please be noted that the final decision on whether the visitor is permitted entry or not will be down to the  local Border Control Authority in accordance with individual cases, Chinese laws and regulations.