China is now offering 10 year tourist and business mainland China visas to US Citizens. This should be rolled out world-wide by now in all of the Chinese Embassies and Consulates. It follows the same application procedure as before, except that you can now request 10 years length if you hold a US passport and are applying for either a tourist or business visa to mainland China.
The main benefit is that this will save you over a thousand USD, assuming you get a visa each year. Also, not to mention the time and effort to apply each year. The cost of the visa remains the same at $1100 HKD ( approx $140 USD. ) The cost of a China visa for US citizens has always been a flat rate, no matter the length of the visa.
Unless this is your first time applying for a China visa, in which case they might force you to get a single or double entry only, you should always opt for the 10 year multiple entry. Keep in mind the length allowed for each stay is still the same, e.g. 30 or 90 days per entry. Usually HK will give you 30 days, while if you apply in the US they’ll give you 90 days, in my experience. Apparently the gentleman in the picture received 60 days applying in China.
Check out my previous post about how to get a China visa here in Hong Kong. I assume there are new visa applications which have a 10 year check-box, if not, be sure to clarify it with the agent when submitting. The Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong SAR website hasn’t been updated since 2011/2012, so I wouldn’t rely on them for updated information or application forms. You can always use an agent such as China Travel Service as well, but they charge an exorbitant fee about the regular visa fee. Others visa agents may be less, shop around.
Undoubtedly one concern will be that your passport will expire before the visa does, because US passports are only valid for 10 years. There’s a solution to this, bring your old expired passport with the China visa, along with your newer current US passport to the border and viola, you’ll be able to use your valid China visa from your expired passport!
By the way, here is a picture of the first ten year visa, given to a 23 year old! Surprised he didn’t hide has name, or DOB.
Finally the day has come where United States Citizens can get a 10 year China Visa. I’m sure the consulates are swamped with US Citizens at the moment. I wouldn’t rush into getting in unless you have an upcoming trip to China, let the crowds die down first.