The problem with Chinese visa is that they want you to submit a photo according to their specification.

As Americans or non-Chinese citizens interested in visiting China, you have to get a visa.

If you have a long layover in Beijing and you want to visit THE Great Wall? Oh well. You can't. (I am speaking about those from the countries that a Chinese visa is required)


So what you have to do is applying for a Chinese visa. 

And guess what.

They want you to submit a passport sized photo but not the US size (2 x 2 in) but Chinese standard sized.

Chinese visa photo requirement samplel photos 1


Some of the Chinese visa requirements are

- Photo size should be 33x48mm

- Head size must be 28-33mm

- From the tip of the chin to the bottom of the photo should be greater than or equal to 7mm

- From the top of the head to the end of the photo should be between 3-5mm


Actually, that is not it.

There is the whole bunch of other requirement listed underneath.

No printing with matte finish, photo quality, shirt color, and the list goes on.

Chinese visa general photo requirements

Also see the photo examples according to the publication of the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of China.

Chinese visa photo examples


 Were you thinking of taking a random picture and cutting it? The problem is that you need a white background. If you bring a traditional gray background photo. Your photo will likely be rejected.

Where are you going to print the visa photo that matches the Chinese government's specification? You probably can't think of anywhere.


Then there is Tomamor. Tomamor is so easy and it allows you to pick up the right size Chinese visa photo.

If you upload a photo like this below.

Sample photos


Then you will get two sets of perfectly sized Chinese visa photo like the picture below.

Chinese Visa photo measurement

You can pick up your photo at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, or Target near you. (Or mail it home!) But if you go directly to those stores without using Tomamor, you won't be able to get those pictures for $6.


So don't worry about the Chinese visa photo requirement and start worrying about what you are going to do in China! 

By the way, American citizens should definitely apply for the 10-year tourist visa (multiple entries) because it costs the same as the shorter length visas.


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