Photo for China Visa - size & requirements

Photo for China Visa - size & requirements

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China Visa - photo size & requirements

Photo for China visa for US citizen / Passport Photo Online
Width: 33 mm
Height: 48 mm
600 dpi
Image definition parameters
  • Head height: 31.5 mm
  • Top of the Photo to Top of the Hair: 5 mm
Is it suitable for online submission?
Is it printable?
Background Color

How to make a photo?

Body-camera distance
Body-camera distance
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Posture: Straight ahead
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face
Even lighting on both sides of the face

Chinese visa photo requirements

Chinese visa is a document allowing you to cross the Chinese border - air, sea or land one. This is a document issued by visa authorities of the People’s Republic of China to foreign citizens. This permit document allows you to enter and depart China. Keep in mind that you must have a valid visa to exit China and you must leave China before the expiration of the indicated period of stay.

If you want to apply for the Chinese visa, you need to have a passport valid at least 6 months more, provide two identical passport color photos taken within 6 last months and a completed application form. The China visa application photo must satisfy certain requirements we write about below. 

China visa photo size

Required Chinese visa photo size is 33 x 48 mm (width x height) for printed on paper pictures. (It’s about 1.3 x 1.9 inches).

Demanded dimensions of the head are:

  • width: 15 - 22 mm
  • height (from chin to top of head): 28 - 33 mm
  • distance between the head and the upper edge: between 3 - 5 mm.

If the head is too big or too small, the photo will be rejected. Also if it is incorrectly placed, f.ex. the top of the head touches the upper edge.

For the electronic photo  requirements of horizontal pixels are 354 - 420 pixels and vertical pixels: 472 - 560 pixels.

Frames and special corners are not allowed.

Can I Use a 2×2 photo or passport photo for Chinese Visa?

No. The size for the US passport 2×2 inches is not suitable for a Chinese visa application.

In the United States most photo booths and shops offer only this size of passport picture but you cannot use it for this purpose. The solution is to prepare your Chinese visa photo online with an easy to use tool which crops, resizes, adjusts the background and checks the photo for you.

China visa photo general requirements

The photo must be properly exposed. Overexposed and underexposed pictures are not correct. The same rule applies to the contrast - too high or too low will disqualify your picture. 

The paper photo should be printed in proper color, not be blurred and damaged. If the picture has any defects, marks, stamps or other patterns on it - it will be not accepted.

Also selfies and photos with filters are not allowed. 

Background on the Chinese visa photo

Background on the China visa picture must  be white, free of patterns, shadows and any other objects. If you find it difficult to get, use a tool removing incorrect background and changing it into required white. This tool is a kind of a new Chinese visa photo generator and you can find it on the Passport Photo Online. Remember: if your photo’s background is not plain and white, you will be not granted a Chinese visa.

Chinese visa photo head position requirement

A photo must be taken in front with the head centred and eyes turned directly towards the camera. Eyes must be open and mouth closed. The full face, neck and the upper part of shoulders must be visible. The frontal view is required. Not facing camera pictures, photos with the head tilted, closed eyes and exaggerated face expression will be rejected. We recommend a natural and neutral face expression, not to no frown or smile.

Eyeglasses and hands-free tools on the Chinese visa photo

If you wear eyeglasses every day, you are allowed to wear them on your Chinese visa photo as long as the lenses are not tinted. Eyeglasses must not obscure your face or have a glare on their surface. If the glasses frame covers your eyes or is too thick, you risk a rejection of your photo. If you do not need eyeglasses for medical reasons (f.ex. recent ocular surgery and the eyeglasses are necessary to protect your eyes) it would be better if you took them off. The hear aid device is allowed if you wear it.

Jewellery, piercing and accessories on Chinese visa photo

Jewellery, piercing and headphones are forbidden to wear on Chinese visa photos. Also free-hands devices, sunglasses, and big hair accessories are not allowed.

Hair and head coverings on the Chinese visa photo

Your hair must not cover your face, eyes, eyebrows and ears. Generally speaking, hair coverings are not allowed but if you wear one for medical or religious reasons, remember that it must not obscure or cover your face. Your facial features must be clearly seen.

Clothing on Chinese visa picture 

You can wear your normal clothes while taking a photo for Chinese visa. Only one forbidden color is white and close to white because your silhouette must distinguish from the white background. We advise you to wear clothes in dark colors.

Where to take a Chinese visa photo?

Keep in mind that the Chinese Embassy and Consulates offices do NOT provide photo service. It is your responsibility to prepare it properly - crop, edit and check if it meets all requirements. So, if you ask yourself a question: where to take a Chinese visa photo near me? - you can look for some professional studio. Photo booths are not recommended because they usually do not offer required size of photo for a Chinese visa application.

A good idea is to take a picture on one’s own, at a convenient time and place. Use an online photo creator and get your photo in less than one minute!

With us you can be sure that your picture will be accepted. We guarantee that the picture you prepare with us will be accepted by a given People's Republic of China institution.

Digital photo or paper photo for a Chinese visa?

Both are accepted by a Chinese authorities and it depends if you apply for your visa online or in person. With our online photo editor you can order as well as order a picture in a digital version on your email address or we can print it for you and deliver it to your physical address. You can also order a file with a digital version of the photo and print it in a photo store in your neighbourhood.This is up to you!

Frequently Asked Questions

❓ Which are China visa photo requirements?

Basic requirements for a Chinese visa photo are:

  • photo in color
  • size: 33 x 48 mm 
  • white background
  • not older than 6 months
  • presenting front view of a candidat, showing clearly the face features
  • no jewellery, accessories allowed
  • eyeglasses allowed on certain conditions
  • head coverings only if for religious reasons

There are some more requirements you must meet. If not - your application will be rejected. For your convenience you may simply use a dedicated application to make the process of taking a perfect photo for your China visa easy and fast.

❓ Can I Use a 2×2 photo for Chinese Visa?

No. The photo size 2×2 inches is very popular in the US  but this is not suitable for a Chinese visa application.

In the United States and all over the world you can take pictures in photo booths and stores but be aware that they offer the most popular size of passport picture. Unfortunately, it is not adjusted to Chinese visa photos.

However, you can always take your Chinese visa photo online with an easy to use tool which checks it for you to avoid a disappointment of rejection of your application.

❓ Do I need a Chinese Visa?

If you are not a resident of Singapore, Japan or Brunei, you need to apply for a Chinese Visa to visit China.

The costs of a Chinese visa depends on the visa type, but a single entry visa for US tourists costs about 140 dollars.

Yes you can! It is in fact easier and faster to take a visa photo yourself rather than going to a photo studio or a photo booth! We suggest using a photo app. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself in the app or upload an existing one from your photo gallery.

The size of the Chinese Visa photo should be 33x48 mm. It is also not possible to use a 2x2 size picture.

Normally it takes no more than a week to receive your Chinese visa. However, be prepared to wait even longer if the lines to get visas are long. It may also depend on the visa type.

Unfortunately no. You may submit the photos when applying for the visa in a Chinese consulate or embassy. However, you can still take the visa photos yourself using a photo app. The app is able to deliver paper versions of the photo to you, and you can take them with you when visiting the Chinese consulate or embassy.

You can apply for a Chinese visa in a Chinese consulate or embassy. This is the easiest way, because the employees might ask some questions regarding your application.

Yes you can. Although, because of the pandemic there might some delays regarding the application. If you're traveling to China during the pandemic, make sure to follow the government's regulations. You're likely to come across some delays or even cancellations so make sure you're prepared.

You need to have a valid passport, 2 paper visa photos with the size of 33x48 mm and fill out the visa application. They might take your fingerprints in the embassy or consulate if you don't already have them registered.

A China visa is a document permitting non-Chinese citizens to enter and leave the People's Republic of China. All visitors except for residents of Brunei, Japan or Singapore are required a Visa to visit China.

It depends on the visa, but with the regular single-entry tourist visa you can stay in China for up to 30 days.

Yes! The most important thing is, that the makeup doesn't cover any facial features, such as scars or tattoos. It is recommended to wear natural and light makeup if you want to wear any.

About the document

China visa - what is this?

A China visa is a document permitting non-Chinese citizens to enter and leave the People's Republic of China. This document may be issued only by a Chinese embassy or consulate, and must be affixed in your passport. There are different types of visas, the most popular is a tourist visa which lets you stay in this country up to 15 days.

Chinese visa for US Citizens

Visa to China is a document that allows to enter the territory of The People’s republic of China as a non-Chinese citizen. In the United States, there are six institutions where one can apply for visa – Chinese Embassy in Washington, Consulate in New York, Consulate in Chicago, Consulate in San Francisco, Consulate in Los Angeles and Consulate in Houston. The document is usually issued within 7 working days. It is worth remembering that one does not need visa when travelling to Hongkong, provided that the stay for tourism purposes is not longer than 90 days.

Do I need a Chinese visa?

If you are not a citizen of Singapore, Brunei and Japan and you want to cross the Chinese border you will need a visa. If you have a ticket for a flight with change on Chinese territory but you do not plan to leave the airport, you do not need a visa thanks to visa-free transit Chinese policy. In all other cases you do.

Which are the Chinese visas types?

You can go to China for numerous reasons including education or a permanent residence. The most popular is the L-category visa for those who intend to go to this country for tourism. There is also a commerce and trade visa, exchanges and study tours visa and many others; also single-, double-, and multiple- entry visas.

You will need to choose the purpose of your travel and pick up the most adequate visa application form. Other requirements - like f.ex. Chinese visa photo specification - do not change.

Where to apply for a China visa?

You do it in the China embassy or consulate general in your country or choose a visa application center which helps with this. The best way however is to do submissions in person, as consular officers may want to ask questions about your intended travel. Since  2018, citizens of some countries are required to be present during the application for biometric finger-print collection, check if it applies to your citizenship.

What are China visa requirements? 

You need to prepare demanded documents and fill out the application form. Before starting, prepare:

  • passport personal details page scan or copy
  • two identical passport color photos taken within 6 last months
  • airline confirmation or tickets copies
  • proof of accommodation or invitation letter
  • passport valid at least 6 months more with at least one empty visa-page left

it is not required but a suggestion to prepare a general travel plan, including times and locations of your planned trip.

Remember that there are restrictive Chinese visa photo requirements you must satisfy.

When you have your photos and all the documents ready, submit the application at the appropriate visa office or online and make an appointment.

How long does it take to get a visa to China?

Generally speaking it is no more than one week for a tourist visa.

However, it is highly recommended that you apply for the visa two months before the intended travel because China visa processing time may differ depending on the type of visa, country and general conditions.

How to extend my China visa?

If you are already in China and think that you may like to stay longer in this beautiful country, it is possible to extend your stay there.

In almost every major city there are local “Entry and Exit Administration Bureau” where you need to go at least seven days before the expiration date of your valid visa. Fill out a temporary residence form and provide the same documents as for the original application. Remember that you are again to provide two identical photos. If you want to save your time and money and not look for a local photo studio, just take a picture in a convenient time and place and adjust it to Chinese visa photo requirements with a photo generator.

What to do if my passport with Chinese visa is stolen or lost?

First, always carry with you photocopies or at least pictures in your smartphone of your passport and visas wherever you go. It will help you to replace the documents in the accident of theft, robbery or loss.

In China tourists are required to have their passports always with them. When you realize  your passport was lost, go as soon as possible to the nearest local police station and make an official report of the loss. Police officers do not always understand English so if you don’t speak Chinese, ask a hotel receptionist or any other person you trust to help you with translation. Important thing: once you obtain a signed report issued by a police station, your passport with visa becomes invalid! For travel back home you must get a new one!

Then you need to apply for a “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport” in the Exit & Entry Administration of the local Public Security Bureau. The officers will tell you what you are required to provide, but normally there are:

  • original and copy of the police “Receipt of Report”.
  • copy of the lost passport 
  • other identity proofs, such as ID Card or driving license 
  • 2 recent front bareheaded full-faced photos 2x2 inches
  • completed report from obtained in the bureau

After submission, you will wait. And it normally takes about 2 working days for processing. Remember that in this case your pictures must have size 2 x 2 inches (51 mm x 51 mm). Small framing is also allowed. You can use a special online photo tool to adjust the size of your picture.

With the “Confirmation of Reporting the Loss of Passport” you must visit your Embassy or Consulate in China. You shall apply in person for a new passport, and bring all needed documents including passport photos as required by your country. Check it before or ask the embassy workers to assist you.

Can I get a Chinese visa in 2021?

The situation with covid-19 pandemic is changing dynamically so you need to follow official Chinese government statements. Any way, even if you obtain your visa, be prepared for some unexpected situation and your itinerary’s changes when you finally get there. Some hotels may not receive guests from abroad, some attractions may be closed or have a requirement to make a booking or buy a ticket in advance.

Moreover, you may be requested to scan QR code when you enter and exit public places (supermarkets, indoor attractions, malls etc.)

The most important thing is to pay attention to the epidemic situation of your desired destination and to choose services that can be changed or canceled at any time if you are forced to change your travel plans.

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