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China has no shortage of things to see and do. From visiting the Great Wall near Beijing and the Terracotta Army in Xi’an to eating wonderful Chinese food in a chic Shanghai cafe or relaxing on a beach in suddenly trendy Sanya, there are countless reasons to visit the country. If you’re a US citizen, you need to secure a visa before you go — whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure.

Shanghai is an ultra-modern and cosmopolitan city. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

The easiest way to get a visa to visit China (or other countries that require a visa) is to use Allied Passport. You’ll need to make sure you complete several steps (outlined below) before you can send your materials off to Allied to begin processing:

  • One completed China visa application (PDF)
  • One professionally printed passport photo on hard stock glossy paper with a pure white background
  • Passport valid for six months beyond trip completion and side-by-side blank visa pages
  • One flight itinerary with passenger name listed on reservation (required, but does not have to be a purchased ticket or confirmed reservation — unbooked itineraries are acceptable)
  • One Allied Passport & Visa order form (save to your desktop before typing)

Once you’ve gathered all the above materials, send them via FedEx to Allied’s office at the following address:

Allied Passport
1 Saint Matthews Court NW
Washington, DC 20036

You’ll have to pay the Chinese embassy fees (which vary according to how quickly you need your visa), Allied’s processing fee (which also varies according to date needed) and the return shipping costs, all of which can be found on Allied’s site. I used Allied’s services on a recent trip to China to review Xiamen Air’s 787 Dreamliner, and it took all the guesswork out of the process and saved me from spending hours in the Chinese consulate to apply in-person.

If you’re traveling to China soon (or to another nation that requires a visa for US passport holders), you should certainly consider using Allied Passport & Visa to help with the process. Mention The Points Guy on your order form to get a $5 discount just for TPG readers.

Featured image of Beijing courtesy of Getty Images.

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