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Notice on the Launch of Online Application and Appointment for Chinese Visa

    To provide visa applicants with standard and quality services, in accordance with the unified deployment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.C, the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe will initiate the online visa application and appointment system from May 10,2021. The specific arrangements are as follows:
    1. As of May 10, visa applicants are required to log on http://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn and fill in the visa application form online. After completing the form online, you may enter the visa appointment interface by clicking the button of "Start to book appointment", or afterwards log on http://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn, enter your contact information and Application ID to make an appointment for visa application.
    Applicants are required to submit passports and other required documents to the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe with the printed complete application form and signed Confirmation of Online Visa Application as per scheduled appointment.
    2.To ensure the smooth transition to the online application and appointment, from May 10 to June 9, the applicants may still submit the old version paper application forms without online appointment.
    However, during this period, in principle, all applications processed through visa agencies are required to fill in application forms and make appointments online.
    3. As of June 10 , 2021, the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe will no longer accept old version paper application form and will strictly implement the online application and appointment.
    4.Exceptions to the above arrangements:
    I. The visa application for Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions of China will remain unchanged, and there is no need for online visa application and appointment.
During the COVID-19 period, for enquiry of visa policies of Hong Kong and Macao, please visit the official websites of Immigration Department of Hong Kong SAR (http://www.immd.gov.hk/) and Public Security Police Force of Macao SAR ( https://www.fsm.gov.mo/psp/cht/main.html ) for details.
    II. The diplomatic and official passport holders as well as those who apply for diplomatic or official visas do not need to make an appointment. However, applicants are required to fill in and print the complete online application form pursuant to the above-mentioned requirements.
    5. The Embassy would like to remind during the COVID-19 period, the Embassy only accepts visa applications for necessary economic, trade, sci-tech activities, and urgent humanitarian needs. If you have already obtained the Invitation Letter issued by the provincial Foreign Affairs Office or the competent commercial department, or the critical illness notice or death certificate of immediate family member, you can directly log on http://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn to fill in the visa application form and make appointment accordingly.

The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe
May 9, 2021

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