The IST 2017 congress will take place in Haikou, China. For some international participants, a visa may be required to cross the Chinese border and enter China. Please prepare your travel documents in advance and allow plenty of time for Chinese visa application.
What is a Chinese visa?
A Chinese visa is a travel authorization document usually required by China for entering its borders. It is issued by a Chinese embassy or consulate and affixed to your passport.
Do I need a Chinese visa?
Most foreign citizens entering mainland China are required to obtain a visa before the start of the travel. There is a "Hainan Visa Free and Visa on Arrival Policy". Please go to the website http://en.visithainan.gov.cn/English/PlanMyTrip/VisaPolicy/ for detail information. We suggest you should contact the nearest Chinese embassy or Consulate in your country to check out whether you need a visa to enter China for attending IST 2017 congress.
When should I apply for a Chinese visa?
You are recommended to apply for the visa two to three months ahead of your planned travel date.
Where should I submit the application?
Please go to the nearest Chinese embassy or Consulate in your country or follow the directions issued by the Chinese embassy.
Documents Required to Apply for a Visa
The following documents might be required for your visa application. For more detailed information, please refer to the Chinese Embassy in your country.
Your passport must have at least two blank visa pages (amendment pages and pages with bar codes are not acceptable for visa stamping) and be valid for at least 6 months on the date of your travel.
2. Visa Application Forms and Photos
Two passport photos are required (head and shoulders only, front view, with a white background, approximately 35mm x 45mm).
Please note that the Conference Organizing Committee cannot issue visas to attend the conference but can issue an Invitation letter to assist with your visa application.
Please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
• Your full name as appears on your passport
• Your title, affiliation, address and contact information
Invitation letters are only issued via email and will be sent within approximately one week after your information is received by the Organizing Committee.