Electronic Travel Visa Authorization systems allow travelers to apply for either an electronic visa (eVisa) or register for a visa waiver online. These systems mean that Chinese nationals can avoid having to go to an embassy to apply for a visa in person.
Around 40 countries have an eVisa system available for which travelers from China are eligible. The applicant must complete an online visa application form, which usually involves submitting their basic personal details, passport information, and a contact email address.
Many online visa requirements for Chinese citizens also include answering a few questions on topics such as health and previous travel for security purposes.
The approved digital visa or confirmation of approval is sent to the applicant by email. An eVisa is usually linked to the Chinese visitor’s passport, although some countries may require them to bring a printed copy as well.
As a rule, eVisas allow the holder to visit the destination for short stays. This may vary from 2 weeks to 3 months, depending on the country.
Some countries have eVisas that allow Chinese citizens to make multiple visits, while others permit a single entry only.
A number of sovereign states have similar online systems for visa waivers. These are often referred to as electronic travel authorizations (ETAs). More streamlined than eVisas, these systems require visa-exempt foreign nationals to register their details in order to pre-screen visitors for security purposes.
Consult the list below for all the destinations that have an eVisa, ETA, or EVUS available for Chinese travelers.