Terms and Conditions
While ChinaEntryVisa (hereinafter also referred to as “CEV”) endeavors to ensure that the information on the Website is correct, ChinaEntryVisa does not warrant the accuracy and completeness of the material on the Website. China Entry may make changes to the material on the Website, or to the products and prices described in it, at any time without notice. The material on the Website may be out of date, and ChinaEntryVisa makes no commitment to update such material.
The material on the Website is provided “as is”, without any conditions, warranties or other terms of any kind. Accordingly, to the maximum extent permitted by law, ChinaEntryVisa provides you with the Website on the basis ChinaEntryVisa excludes all representations, warranties, conditions and other terms including, without limitation, the conditions implied by law which, but for this disclaimer, might have effect in relation to the Website.
2. Terms and Conditions
Article 1 Definitions
1.1 “Embassy” refers to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China.
1.2 “Consulate General” refers to the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.
1.3 “Other Consular Institutions” refers to the Consulates, consular offices and related institutions of the People’s Republic of China.
1.4 “Embassies and Consulates” refers to the Embassies and/or Consulates General and/or Other Consular Institutions.
1.5 “ChinaEntryVisa” refers to the institution that provides handling services relating to applications for Chinese visas according to the working procedures set by the Embassies and Consulates, hereinafter also referred to as “CEV”.
1.6 “Clients” refers to any individual or a third party authorized by the former submitting a Chinese visa application to ChinaEntraVisa, including individuals, travel agencies or other agencies.
1.7 “Clients’ Information” refers to the data and information that Clients provide to the ChinaEntryVisa in the form of paper, electronic media or any other form deemed acceptable in order for the ChinaEntryVisa to provide clients with appropriate services.
1.8 “Personal Information” refers to all the required information related to a person included in the application documents submitted by a client, including, but not limited to, the name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, citizenship, passport information, telephone number, health record, criminal record, residential address, place of employment, family members, as well as any video recording, telephone call recording, email content and other private information.
1.9 “Website” refers to the website located at www.visaforchina.org where online services are provided to clients, such as information announcements, online application form completion, online appointment and visa application status query services.
1.10 “Basic Services” refers to the services directly related to visa applications that ChinaEntryVisa provides to clients.
1.11 “Expedited Services” refers to services provided by ChinaEntryVisa for the convenience of clients other than the Basic Services.
1.12 “Visa fee” refers to consular fees and charges payable to the Embassies and Consulates and accepted by ChinaEntryVisa from applicants on behalf of the Embassies and Consulates at rates prescribed by the Embassies and Consulates, including, but not limited to, the regular application fee, express application fee and urgent application fee.
1.13 “Application Service Fee” refers to the fee charged by ChinaEntryVisa to clients for providing them with Basic Services. The fees charged for Expedited Services are not included in the Application Service Fee.
1.14 “Pickup Forms” refers to the receipts issued CEV to Clients who have submitted their Chinese visa applications to ChinaEntryVisa, which serve as the only certificates evidencing payment of the Visa Fee and Application Service Fee as well as for collecting their passports and visas from CEV.
Article 2 About the Basic Services Offered by CEV
2.1 To receive clients and classify their visa application documents in accordance with the requirements of the Embassies and Consulates.
2.2 To provide clients with intermediate business services, including computer entry of basic information, and transmission of passports, visas and Clients’ Information between Embassies and Consulates and CEV.
2.3 To collect a Visa Fee in accordance with the requirements of the Embassies and Consulates and to deliver passports and visas to Clients on behalf of the Embassies and Consulates.
2.4 To release and transmit information about Chinese visa policy in accordance with the requirements of the Embassies and Consulates in a timely manner through website, information desk, telephone, fax or e-mail.
2.5 ChinaEntryVisa hereby states in particular that, government functions such as assessing, approving or refusing visa applications and issuing visas, belong to the exclusive authority of the Embassies and Consulates, and CEV is not legally empowered to provide any commitment, guarantee, interpretation or other legal obligations to clients in relation to that exclusive authority.
Article 3 About Use of the Visa Application Services
3.1 Clients acknowledge and hereby confirm that CEV is not involved in the visa assessment and decision-making process. The Embassies and Consulates have the authority to decide whether a visa will be issued or not, the type of a visa to be issued as well as its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in accordance with China’s relevant laws and regulations. A client is required to pay the Application Service Fee to CEV regardless of approval or disapproval of an application by the Embassies and Consulates. The Application Service Fee is non-refundable.
3.2 Clients can make inquiries to ChinaEntryVisa via its website or through the telephone. Clients are required to acknowledge that ChinaEntryVisa is a non-governmental organization, and its provision of inquiry services for clients is free and based on its unilateral understanding of clients’ inquiries and the limited information known and mastered by it in order to provide assistance for its clients for their visa applications. No matter what the circumstances are, it cannot be interpreted that CEV has made any promise or assurance, nor does it bear any other legal responsibility for the answers to clients’ queries.
3.3 Clients are required to submit to the ChinaEntryVisa all the relevant Clients’ Information required for any visa application, and ensure that the information provided is true, reliable and complete. Clients acknowledge and agree that acceptance ChinaEntryVisa of the Clients’ Information provided does not mean that such Clients’ Information as is provided is deemed sufficient. The Embassies and Consulates have the right to request a client to provide additional supporting documents or request the applicant to attend an interview.
3.4 Clients shall carefully check all the information on the Pickup Form and make sure that it is correct when receiving this document issued by ChinaEntryVisa. If any mistakes are found, clients must contact ChinaEntryVisa immediately, and ChinaEntryVisa will make necessary correction as soon as possible.
3.5 Clients must carefully check all the information on the visa issued to them and make sure that it is correct at the time when they collect their passports containing the visas. If any mistakes are found, they must contact ChinaEntryVisa immediately. ChinaEntryVisa will try its best to help them with modification or re-issuance of the visa. Clients acknowledge that modifying or re-issuing a visa may involve new fees if the information on the issued visa is found incorrect due to the reasons or causes assignable to them.
3.6 To ensure service safety and service quality, a network monitoring system and telephone recording system have been installed by CEV. The actions of clients at ChinaEntryVisa as well as the telephone conversation between clients and ChinaEntryVisa may be recorded and preserved, and clients hereby acknowledge and agree to this arrangement.
3.7 Unless otherwise notified by ChinaEntryVisa, clients should collect their passports and visas before the expiry of the visa. ChinaEntryVisa accepts no obligation of taking care of any passport if clients fail to collect the documents before the expiry of the visa. After the expiry of the visa, or 365 days of the decision by the Embassies and Consulates to issue or refuse the visa application, the ChinaEntryVisa has the right to deliver the relevant travel documents to the Embassies and Consulates, which will return them to the competent authority of the passport issuing country.
Article 4 About the Use and Protection of Personal Information
4.1 Clients hereby agree and confirm that their Personal Information can be collected, transmitted, stored, processed and used by CEV in accordance with this article whether this information is transmitted to ChinaEntryVisa through the Internet or directly by the clients concerned or the representatives entrusted by the clients.
4.2 In order to process Clients’ visa applications, ChinaEntryVisa must collect Clients’ related Personal Information from the application documents submitted by them and enter the information into the computer system.
4.3 ChinaEntryVisa may collect Clients’ Personal Information through telephone, email, fax, application documents (including passports and photos), online application system, online appointment system, video monitoring system and other media.
4.4 Personal Information will be submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General through CEV’s proprietary channel and may be transferred to and stored in countries other than the client’s country of residence, such as the People’s Republic of China.
4.5 Personal Information, including video recording, telephone recording, electronic information, etc., may be collected for later use by ChinaEntryVisa when necessary (e.g., when it is requested by the competent department of the local government or for purpose of internal supervision on service).
4.6 Physical information provided by Clients will be transferred to and stored at the Chinese Embassies or Consulates. CEV will save the collected clients’ information in physical or electronic form and take reasonable administrative measures in order to prevent information leakage or unauthorized use and ensure the proper use of all the information.
4.7 ChinaEntryVisa will collect, transfer, store, process and use all the Clients’ Information in accordance with local laws for the purpose of fulfilling CEV’ legal responsibility and obligation, including but not limited to applying for Chinese visas.
4.8 ChinaEntryVisa will take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of the Personal Information and documents of the applicants strictly in line with relevant laws of the resident country, but is not be liable for any consequences due to events or acts beyond its reasonable control such as natural disasters (Force Majeure), unforeseen accidents and larceny, etc, which may occur when the information and documents are in transit between ChinaEntryVisa and the Embassies or Consulates.
Article 5 About Liability
5.1 If a passport is lost or damaged from the custody of CEV, ChinaEntryVisa will bear the reasonable cost incurred by visa applicants for replacement of passports following the normal application procedures with their country’s passport authority. The cost will be reimbursed on presentation of the copy of the receipt issued by the passport authority. However, this agreement does not mean that ChinaEntryVisa will be held liable in any way.
5.2 Clients must make their visa applications at an appropriate time in accordance with their travel arrangement. Under no circumstances will ChinaEntryVisa be responsible or liable for any delay of travel arrangement as a result of a Client’s inappropriate action in regard to the time of submitting the visa application or the visa assessment result of the Embassies and Consulates.
5.3 If a client selects to apply by post, or requests return delivery by post in regard to a processed application, ChinaEntryVisa will not be responsible or liable for any delay, delivery to a wrong address, or damage to or loss of the documents by any mail service or delivery service company or not by ChinaEntryVisa.
5.4 If a client chooses to opt out of purchasing a return shipping method from ChinaEntryVisa and uses their own prepaid post, it is up to the client to ensure the delivery of the returning parcel and any special delivery requests. ChinaEntryVisa is solely responsible for dropping off return parcels at the corresponding shipping facilities. ChinaEntryVisa is not responsible for providing special delivery requests or tracking numbers for the client if it is a prepaid post.
5.5 To the maximum extent permitted by law, ChinaEntryVisa expressly disclaims all conditions and warranties, express or implied, in connection with the visa application services other than any conditions or warranties expressly stated in these terms. Where the law precludes such exclusion and implies certain terms, conditions and/or warranties into the terms (“Implied Terms”), the liability of ChinaEntryVisa for a breach of such Implied Terms shall be limited, at the option of ChinaEntryVisa, to any one or more of the following:
(a) Re-supply of the relevant application services; or
(b) Cost of the re-supply of the relevant application services; or
(c) Any amount paid by the Client to the applicable government department or authority in respect of the relevant application services (upon being provided with proper receipt).
5.5 Clients acknowledge and agree that under no circumstances will ChinaEntryVisa be liable to them or anyone claiming through them for any indirect, incidental, special and/or consequential losses or damages of whatever nature, or for loss or profits, loss of opportunity, loss of business or goodwill or interruption of business, whether arising out of or in connection with their application and/or any of the visa application services, and whether or not relating to any act, error, omission or negligence by ChinaEntryVisa or any officer, agent, employee and representative of ChinaEntryVisa.
5.6 All terms hereof are governed by laws of the respective state or province where CEV is located. Litigation relating to visa services will be heard by a court in the resident state or province.
Article 6 Other Terms
6.1 ChinaEntryVisa, in its sole discretion, may change, amend, cancel or withdraw any or all of the terms and conditions mentioned herein at any time without any prior notice. If a client is dissatisfied with the changes being made, the client’s sole and exclusive remedy is to refuse the services which ChinaEntryVisa provides.
6.2 The client hereby agrees to accept and confirm that the applicant and / or his / her representative, prior to submitting the visa application, has read, understood and agreed to be bound by, without limitation or qualification, all of the terms, conditions and details provided herein.