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Notice for Online Chinese Visa Applications with E-application Forms and Appointments

As from 1st August 2020, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates-General in South Africa will implement a newly developed online visa application form and appointment booking system. All applicants are required to log on to the official website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (, to fill out the E-form and make appointment online.

During the transitional period from 1st to 31st August 2020, applicants can still use the existing physical paper application forms. Starting from 1st September 2020, all applications will have to be submitted through the online application system, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in South Africa will cease to accept application forms of version 2013.

For diplomatic, service and courtesy visas, applicants are required to complete the E-forms at, then submit hard copies at the Chinese Embassy or Consulates in the South Africa. Appointment is not required.

Please be informed that the Chinese Embassy, Consulates-General as well as Chinese Visa Application Service Centre are all closed at the moment due to the nationwide lockdown. The above requirements will be implemented when services resume.

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