I intend to travel to China as a tourist in a little bit over two months. My nationality (German) means that I require a visa. I will be applying from my place of residence, i.e. from the Osaka consulate. Due to bad planning, I have an international flight in the middle of these two months for which I naturally need to hold on to my passport. Getting a second passport on short notice is not an option.
The website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre states the following processing times:
- Regular service: The processing time is usually 4 working days:
- Express service: The processing time is usually 3 working days:
- Urgent service: The processing time is usually 2 working days:
However, I can write on a website whatever I want. In practice, are Chinese tourist visas processed that rapidly? From my limited experience with other countries’ visas, I would not only expect a significant standard deviation but also a mean about twice that.