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Implementation of Fingerprint Requirement for Chinese Visa Applicants

2019-11-04 18:25

With reference to international practices and mature experience, according to relevant Chinese laws and regulations, the Chinese Embassy will issue Biometric visa and implement fingerprint requirements for Chinese visa applicants from 17November 2019.


Exemptions for the fingerprint requirements are granted to:

1. Children under the age of fourteen;

2. Seniors above the age of seventy;

3. Persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;

4. Diplomatic passport holders or applicants enjoy reciprocal arrangement.


The fingerprint will be collected upon submission of visa applications and will be stored for five years. During these five years, the applicant who apply for Chinese visa again with the same passport do not need to collect their fingerprints.


The Embassy kindly requests all the visa applicant to fill the online application form COVA (https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn/) and make the appointment (https://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn) before you come to the Embassy.


The Embassy kindly remind the visa applicant to retain the fingerprint in person. Visa applicant shall bear all the legal consequences including denial of entry for the forged fingerprint or using other people's fingerprint for visa application.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!



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