Not have to.
The invitation is used to apply China visa. Pre-register online can save time(more than 20 minutes) and about 150RMB when you get to the fair.
Everybody with a foreign passport can get a badge at Canton Fair Registration Office or Registration Offices set up in cooperation hotels.
Refer to the following questions
For Buyer Entry Badge to the Canton Fair, please access official website’s Buyer E-Service Tool (BEST) on http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx with your personal information to make a registration. After registration, the verification E-mail will be sent to your E-mail address, then please click the link in that E-mail to activate your Username & Password. After getting your Username & Password, please complete the personal & company information which is under the button “My Canton Fair” first. If you haven’t had the Buyer Entry Badge, please click “Attend the Fair”------ “Pre-application for Buyers Badge”, scan to the bottom of that website, click “Pre-application for Buyers Badge” ------“Query” choose the employee who you would like to apply for the Buyer Entry Badge, complete the information, then you can submit it and wait for the approval patiently.
Once the application for Buyer Entry Badge is accepted, please log in our Buyer E-Service Tool to click “My Canton Fair” ------ “My Buyer Badge” to print this Pre-application Receipt out. At your arrival, you can get your Buyer Card for free with that Pre-application receipt, your personal valid documents (Overseas Passport, Hong Kong or Macao Home-return Permit, or Taiwan Compatriot Travel Certificate, or Chinese passport with an overseas employment visa valid for over one year or Overseas Permanent Residence Permit), and business card at the Overseas Buyer's Registration Office.
Without registration online, you also can apply the Buyer Entry Badge at the fair, but it will cost you 100RMB as service fee. Meanwhile, at your arrival, you need to present your Overseas Passport, business card and your Identification photo(5cmX4cm) at the Overseas Buyer’s Registration Office.
If only show your staff but not yourself, please add yourself as an associate as well.
for an apply visa please try option 2,3,4,5,6 is better
Overseas buyers could apply invitation for Canton Fair through:
- BEST (Buyer E-Service Tool), regular buyers go>>> new buyers go>>>
- Canton Fair Call Centre, China Foreign Trade Centre
- The Economic & Commercial Counsellor's Office of the Embassy (The Economic & Commercial Section of the Consulate General) of P.R. China in your region
- Canton Fair Hong Kong Representative Office
- The Chinese foreign trade corporations (enterprises) with whom you are business-related
- By contacting overseas cooperative organizations of China Foreign Trade Centre
You do not need to register, and the badge can get at registration, the same badge number. IC badge that is valid for multi-sessions of Canton Fair and enables you to enter the Fair directly every time.Please keep it safe and take it whenever you visit Canton Fair. If you lost or forgot to bring it, 200RMB/Badge will be charged at any Overseas Buyers’Registration Center of the Fair Complex, Hong Kong office or the appointed hotels.
You can apply for E-invitation or Paper Invitation through Buyer E-Service Tool (BEST) on our official website www.cantonfair.org.cn by registering your company's information and personal information online. Once your application gets confirmed, you will receive our reply within three to five working days after the registration, to inform you the User Name and Password. With the User Name and Password, you can log in the Buyer E-service Tool (BEST) to apply your E-invitation with the personal information and enjoy the relative services. If you apply for Paper Invitation, it will be sent to you by post.
Please be kindly noted that if you’ve already had a Buyer entry badge (Buyer Card) which is effective from the October of 2008, please be informed that: This Buyer entry badge (Buyer Card) which is valid for multiple sessions of the Canton Fair. If you forgot to bring it or lost it, the new buyer entry badge (Buyer Card) will cost you 200RMB/card as service fee.
If you want to retrieve your passwprd, we hereby suggest you to use IE 8.0 or Firefox browser to visit our official website’s Buyer E-Service Tool (BEST) on http://invitation.cantonfair.org.cn/en/index.aspx. Then please click “Forgot your password” to recover your password.
1) Application from a foreign commerce chamber:
2) Application from consulates or embassies in China
Please confirm by fax details of the company to be invited, or the name and title of the official to be invited, and his/her contact address, phone, and fax in China.
3) Application form economic and commercial counsellor's offices
Please contact 86-20-89138616.
It could be used to 1) Apply for a visa to China; 2) Register at Canton Fair Complex to get free access to the fair.
In order to get a visa to China in time and without hindrance, buyers are required to provide applicant's name, company name, and other important information when they are applying for Canton Fair Invitation.
A citizen of the Chinese Mainland who holds valid work visa (one year or above), or permanent resident card, of a foreign country, may apply for an invitation in the same procedures as a foreign buyer does; and those who do not hold such documents cannot apply for an invitation.