Thank you for visiting Duke Global Travel Team’s Entry Visa guidance for the People’s Republic of China.

If you have any questions, please write Christy Parrish (

Of note: we cannot apply for an entry visa to the People’s Republic of China (China) – no matter your citizenship or the type of visa we are pursuing – until we are within 90 days of your intended arrival date in China. Once you are within that time frame, please initiate the visa process by emailing a photo or scan of your passport biographical page and your flight itinerary to Christy Parrish. (If it is too early to apply, you can begin pulling together the materials outlined below as soon as you know you will visit China in order to be prepared to apply once we are within the allotted window.)

The list of required items is as follows:

  1. Applicants must have at least six months of validity from the date of your intended departure from China left in the passport booklet and on any legal status in the country from which you are applying.
    1. Note: if you have a Visiting Scholar or Student Visa or a Permanent Residence/Green Card for the U.S., you must also have at least 6 months of validity on that status to be able to apply for your China Visa from within the U.S. Otherwise, you will have to apply in your home nation.

  2. Applicants much have at least two completely blank “visa” pages (note: these must be consecutively numbered in the order of pages and cannot be those pages for ‘endorsements’ or that do not indicate they are for “visas”).

  3. Applicants must provide one digital headshot. This photo must meet the standards of the Chinese Embassy. You can view the digital requirements online at We recommend traveler's have a friend or family member take a photo of the applicant, standing against a white/off-white wall, with a "resting, neutral facial expression" and bright lighting (photos with shadows are not accepted).  You can email photos to see if they are accepted by the PRC online system to Christy.

  4. Applicants must provide a copy of either an NC driver’s license, utility bill or lease/mortgage statement proving residency in the region served by the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.

  5. Applicants must complete, sign and date the “Where you stay” form (PDF)

  6. Applicants must provide responses to the Qualtrics survey online at
    1. Please note these questions are directly from the Chinese Online Visa Application which we will complete on your behalf (as is allowed). There are additional questions regarding Duke’s financial support of your travels and associated with DKU, your inviter (which we will provide from records at Duke and your invitation from DKU).
    2. We will draft and secure your DKU invitation letter for your China Visa Application.
    3. If you have an invitation from a non-DKU host, please send that to Christy to ensure it is in the format, and contains the required information, required by China for a visa.

  7. As of June 30th, visa applicants must provide all work history post-education. This must include previous employers, an address, the name and phone number of your supervisor and the dates of your employment (mm/dd/yyyy is required).

  8. Applicants must provide all education beyond high school that has been completed (institution name, address, dates of attendance, degree granted and major/minor).

  9. Past travel: As of June 30, 2023, the PRC Embassy has announced that they wish to see all cities visited as well as more detail as to the purpose of travel (e.g., hosts, conference titles, etc.) if the traveler has visited any countries in the Middle East and Africa.  Please email these details to Christy.