China Online Visa Application (COVA) guidelines
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China has detailed the China Online Visa Application (COVA) guidelines.
WHERE TO APPLY FOR COVA
Kindly visit the online portal >> here and proceed with the instructions below.
(I) When completing the COVA, you must use the “Back” or “Save and Next” buttons at the bottom of each page instead of the back/forward buttons on your browser.
(II) Please answer each question accurately. Questions marked (*) are mandatory. You have to answer all the mandatory questions on the page before proceeding to the next step. If some of these questions do not apply to you, please tick “Not Applicable
ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING COVA PROCESS
In case you need any assistance in completing the application (COVA), click the “Help” button on the upper right corner of the section and continue.
WHERE TO SAVE THE APPLICATION
By clicking the “Save” button found on the bottom of each page what you have completed up to that point will be saved for 30 days. To return to a partially completed application, please click the “Retrieve an Application” button on the homepage and enter your application ID and Passport/Travel Document Number.
- Please be sure that all information is complete and accurate before you click the “Submit” button. Once the application is submitted, you cannot make any changes.
- Completing the 9-page COVA form online and clicking the “Submit” button does not necessarily mean your visa application has been delivered to the Chinese embassy/consulate. A printed and signed COVA form, together with the other necessary documentation, is still required when applying for a Chinese visa.
- A visa appointment may be required by the Chinese embassy/consulate (click here to schedule an appointment).
- Your application ID will be needed to book an appointment.
- Please fill in the form in Chinese /or English.
VITAL NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
Successfully submitting the COVA form online does not mean your application for a visa has been approved. Any decision pertaining to the issuance and refusal of visas is made by the Chinese embassy/consulate, which may be inconsistent with your application.