ABACE Media Registration – J2 Visas for Foreign Journalists
The Chinese Government has provided a legal framework governing foreign journalists and their work in China. Foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage with an intended duration of stay in China of no more than 180 days, are expected to apply for a J2 visa. In addition to the normal visa requirements, foreign journalists must have a Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works. The Visa Notification Letter and the official media letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout. An applicant may be required to submit an original invitation, provide other supporting documents, or schedule an interview with the consular officer. Applicants should contact the press office of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities.
For security reasons, the local police will enforce this requirement at ABACE2018. Foreign journalists who do not secure a J2 visa may be prevented from covering ABACE by the local police.
Steps for J2 Visa:
- Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity, blank visa pages, a copy of the passport’s data page and the photo page (if it is separate).
- Visa Application Form
- One completed Visa Application Form with a photo on glossy photo paper glued onto the form (your photo must meet these requirements).
- Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to non-U.S, citizens)
- You must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment status, or other valid certificates of legal stay provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.
- Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (only applicable to foreign citizens who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)
If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change).
- Visa Invitation and Consent Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and a Notice and Certification letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.
Applicants should contact the press office of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General at least 30 days in advance to complete the application process.
- The applicant should guarantee that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in denial of the visa or refusal of entry into China.
- The Visa Notification Letter and the official media letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout. An applicant may be required to submit an original invitation, provide other supporting documents, or schedule an interview with the consular officer.
- The consular officer will make decisions on whether or not to grant a visa and allowed validity, duration of stay and number of entries based on individual application.
For more assistance, reference the links below:
- Chinese Embassy J2 Visa Explanation:
- Guide for Foreign Journalists in China:
- Procedures for Foreign Reporters to Apply for Short-term News Coverage in or Resident Accreditation to China
- Information about Equipment Declaration Form