Visa L are issued to foreigners who intended to go to China as a tourist. American tourists need to apply the visa at Chinese embassies and consulates in their country. 9 people or more can apply for a group visa. Americans can travel to areas open to foreigners in China with their valid passports and travel (L) visas.
The followings are procedures to apply Chinese visa:
1. Provide a valid passport;
2. Fill in the visa application form and submit a recent 2-inch bareheaded photo;
3. Submit relevant proofs for your tour in China.
Foreigners holding tourist (L) visas shall accept inspections at China's ports open to Americans or designated ports, and submit valid passports and Chinese visas to border inspection agencies.
American tourists are not allowed to visit areas that are not open to foreigners, or you’ll be held responsible in accordance with the law. If you need to visit such areas due to business affairs, you must apply to the Exit and Entry Administration Department for Alien Travel Permit. When applying for the Alien Travel Permit, you should provide your passport, valid visa and an official proof listed the reasons for the visiting.
Holders of visa L are not allowed to engage in activities beyond their legitimate rights as tourists, such as employment, religious propaganda, and illegal interviews. Foreign tourists in China must abide by Chinese laws and respect Chinese customs. American tourists can travel in China within the intended duration of stay stipulated in the visa. If the visa expired during your stay, you can apply to the local public security organ to extend the duration. If you lose your passport in China, you should promptly report the loss to the local public security organ's entry and exit department. Then you need to process exit formalities in American embassy or consulate to China.