The Canton Fair: How To Apply For A China Business Visa From Nigeria

Bilateral relations between Nigeria and china has been quite favorable in recent years, Nigerians can now have the benefit of participating in one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the largest trade fair in China.

The canton fair also known as China Import and Export Fair is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of China in collaboration with the People’s Government of the Guangdong Province, and organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre. This trade festival is usually hosted twice yearly in April and October, It boasts of having the largest assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair according to Wikipedia. For a rising Nigerian entrepreneur, online retailers, or an established business looking to expand business trades and connections, this is the place to be.

If you’ve decided to visit, no worries, Travel Lounge has made all effort to provide you with detailed information on how to get your China business (Class M) visa from Nigeria. The class M business visa to china is required for commercial and trade activities.  It is not as difficult as a UK or US visa to process but any wrong move could result in refusal, detention or deportation.

The visa and immigration process of getting a China visa from Nigeria consists of three (3) phases namely, appointment booking, visa interview and visa fees payment. Here are the complete details/guidelines for your China Business Visa from Nigeria:

Visa Appointment

An appointment booking is required to begin the visa application process, applicants or their appointed travel agents can book appointment every Tuesday and Thursday morning between 09:30AM and 12:30PM in the Visa Hall at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General (depending on your location), except on public holidays. Appointment booking will require all visas’ supporting documents submission.

The general documents required for the Chinese business visa application are:

  • A neatly genuinely completed visa application form. False or incomplete information could lead to visa refusal.
  • One recently taken passport photograph.
  • Photocopy of applicant’s Nigerian passport bio data page, note that passport should possess at least six months of validity and two blank visa pages.
  • Original copy of invitation letter from duly authorized unit or confirmation letter of invitation issued by the Chinese government departments, companies and social organizations authorized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
  • Original Invitation letter issued by a trade partner in China, the invitation letter should contain:
  1. Personal information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Planned visit itinerary including all information such as; purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, places to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures
  3. Trade partners’ information such as; name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual
  • One formal letter of consent from the applicant’s company to ascertain his/her identity, the purpose of visit to China, and supposed duration of stay in China.
  • Photocopy of applicant’s certificate of incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission.
  • Six months’ statement of account from applicants’ bank. First time business visa applicant should have at least 4 million Naira in account deposit.
  • Any other supporting documents which is deemed necessary by the Chinese-Consulate General.

Visa interview

On the appointed date, Applicants must come in person to the visa hall with passport and appointment slip. Interview day is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except for holidays. At the appointed date, the applicant himself or herself should come to the Embassy for visa interview; exemption applies to only holders of diplomatic and official passports. Any applicant who fails the interview will be rejected and those who pass the interview would get a pick-up form which specifies a date of visa collection. The Chinese immigration may still deem it necessary not to approve visa even after passing the interview.
It takes one to two weeks for processing the visa after interview. Validity, entries and duration of each stay of the visa are determined by Chinese Consular officials according to Chinese laws and regulations.

Visa fees and payments

On the specified date of visa collection, the applicant or appointed travel agent should come to the Embassy with the pick-up form to check the final result. The applicant, who gets granted visa, will be required to pay his/her visa fee with a valid debit card, before picking up their passport. The applicant who is not granted visa could directly get back his passport without paying fees. Cash payments are not accepted for visa fees payments.

Visa fees are as follows:
Single-entry visa valid for three months: N14, 000
Double-entry visa valid for six months: N21, 000
Multiple entry visas valid for six months: N28, 000
Multiple entry visas valid for one year or more: N42, 000

Here’s the address for the Chinese Embassy and Consulate offices in Nigeria

Chinese Embassy Abuja
Plot 302 – 303,
A. O. Central Area,
Abuja, Nigeria

Chinese Consulate Lagos
Plot 161A, Idejo Street,
P.O. Box 71510
Victoria Island,
Lagos, Nigeria

For further enquiries
Click here for the Chinese Embassy website
Click here for the Chinese Consulate website

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