Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the US

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If you’re planning to work or live in Hong Kong, or visit Guangzhou or Shenzhen, you’ll need to apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy or consulate in the US. Below is the listings information for the Chinese Embassy and consulates in the US. If you're not sure if you need a visa, and tourists generally don't, see our article Do I Need a Visa for Hong Kong?

Note: Hong Kong does not maintain its own embassies; since the Hong Kong Handover, Hong Kong’s foreign affairs, including visa applications, are handled by Chinese Embassies worldwide.

Each of the below consulates and the main embassy are responsible for certain states and the Chinese Embassy warns that “sending your visa application or document(s) to the incorrect office may result in complication or delay in processing or even denial of application”.

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Visa Office: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688
Website: Embassy in Washington Website
Email: chnvisa@bellatlantic.net
Hours: Mon-Fri 10a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Responsible for: Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Chinese Consulate-General in New York
Visa Office: 520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 244-9392
Website: Consulate in New York Website
Email: cnnyconsulate@mfa.gov.cn
Hours: Mon-Fri 9a.m.-Noon.; 1p.m-2:30 p.m.
Responsible for: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Chinese Consulate-General in Chicago
Visa Office: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 573-3070
Website: Consulate in Chicago Website
Email: chinaconsul_chi_us@mfa.gov.cn
Hours: Mon-Fri 9a.m.-Noon.; 1p.m-2:30 p.m.
Responsible for: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin

Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles
Visa Office: 3rd Floor, 500 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 807-8006
Website: Consulate in Los Angeles Website
Email: visa@chinaconsulatela.org
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m –Noon 1p.m.-3 p.m.
Responsible for: Arizona, Southern California, Hawai, New Mexico, Pacific Islands

Chinese Consulate-General in San Francisco
Visa Office: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 674-2900
Website: Consulate in San Francisco Website
Hours: Mon-Fri 9a.m.-Noon.; 1p.m-3:00 p.m.
Responsible for: Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington

Chinese Consulate-General in Houston
Visa Office: 3417 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 521-9589
Website: Consulate in Houston Website
E-mail: visa@chinahouston.org
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-11:30 a.m.; 1:30p.m-3p.m.
Responsible for: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

Be aware that the above information, particularly opening hours, is subject to change, and should be confirmed with the responsible Chinese mission.