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Do I need a Chinese visa to visit the Canton Fair?

Who from countries without The visa-free policy of China, please apply for a Chinese visa(any type, usually "M") with the Invitation to the Canton Fair before you go to China. 

Here is the place you can get a Chinese Visa.

  1. The Embassy or Consulate General of P.R.China in your country(Missions Overseas). Each country is different, please contact them to get more information. Lots of paperwork but cost less money.
  2. A local travel agency or visa agency. It will cost some money, please search online for each country. The Chinese Embassy is very busy, and they often want you to have a professional agent to help with the visa business. That's why it can be so difficult to do it by yourself.
  3. The Commissioner's Office of China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong.  Website Tel: 852-34132300 or 852-34132424  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  4. 72/144 hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy. (Q&A on 72-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy)  


  • The official Canton Fair invitation list only the Buyer's Name, Nationality, nd Company Name. Usually, an invitation from any Chinese factories or foreign trade corporations (enterprises) more works for Chinese visa application. (Please be kindly noted that the invitation as you attached is the invitation letter issued by Canton Fair. It might help you get the Chinese Visa but it all depends on the Chinese Embassy in your country.)
  • Buyers who need to leave Mainland China to Hong Kong, Macau, and come back again to Guangzhou, must apply for a multi-entry visa.
  • It is very hard to extend the visa and apply for a new visa in China mainland, we suggest applying it by going to Hong Kong.
  • If you already flight to China without a Chinese Visa, you will be sent to Hong Kong.

These are the only place that you can get the Canton fair buyer badge. To encourage online pre-registration to save everybody's time, pre-registered can get the badge by Express Channel and save 150RMB register fee when getting to the registration office.

1. Registration Offices set up in cooperation hotels

2. Registration Offices set up in China Import and Export Fair Complex

Overseas Buyers' Registration Position:

a. Road opposite of Area A west side

b. Road opposite of Area B Eastside

C. Hall 16.1 Area C

3. Registration Offices set up in Canton Fair Hong Kong Representative Office

Address: Room 3106 – 3107, Office Tower, Convention Plaza, No.1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Customer Service Hotline: (852)2877 1318
Fax: (852) 2838 3169
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Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 12:30 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm; Closed on Saturday, Sunday and in Hong Kong Public Holidays

Notice: Canton Fair registration time 

Registration time of Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in China Import and Export Fair Complex: 

Phase I
Apr./Oct.14, 10:30-18:00
Apr./Oct. 15-18, 8:30-18:00
Apr. /Oct.19, 8:30-16:00

Phase II
Apr./Oct. 23-26, 8:30-18:00
Apr. /Oct.27, 8:30-16:00

Phase III
In Spring: May 1-4, 8:30-18:00,May 5, 8:30-14:00
In Autumn: Oct. 31-Nov.3, 8:30-18:00, Nov. 4, 8:30-14:00

Registration time of Overseas Buyers' Registration Office in appointed hotels:

Phase I 
Apr. /Oct.14, 8:30-18:00
Apr. /Oct.15-17, 8:30-18:00
Phase II
Apr. /Oct.22-24, 8:30-18:00
Phase III
In Spring: Apr. 30-May 1, 8:30-18:00; May 2, 8:30-14:00
In Autumn: Oct. 30-31, 8:30-18:00; Nov.1, 8:30-14:00