Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone launches China Online Visa Application
Published On : 2019-05-15 14:07:36
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Photo: State House, Freetown, Thursday 11 April 2019 – The Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Sierra Leone, Hu Zhangliang, when presenting his Letter of Credentials to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown.


Notice: From Now Only Online Application
for Chinese Visa Will Be Accepted

The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of Sierra Leone has formally launched the China Online Visa Application (COVA) system and the Appointment for Visa Application Submission (AVAS) system on 10th April 2019.The COVA and AVAS will effectively facilitate the visa application, and an increasing number of applicants are taking this new application method. However, we noticed that some applicants were still unaware of the available online visa application. The Embassy wishes to inform once again that:


From now on, all the applicants applying for a visa for China (Mainland Only) in Sierra Leone are required to complete the online application form and make an online appointment. THE HANDWRITTEN APPLICATION FORM WILL NO LONGER BE PROVIDED, NOR WILL IT BE ACCEPTED.


To access the guide to the online visa application, please go to: or the visa service page of the official website of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone (


Also, based on the online application forms we have received, some applicants tend to write their middle name or maiden name in the “Other names” column. For this, we suggest that applicants ignore the “Other names” and “Middle name” columns, and fill the “Family name” and “Given Name” columns with exactly the same names on the passport.


Applicants are advised to fill in the online application form and make online appointment 7 days in advance. We look forward to providing high-quality application service to every one of our applicants.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

15th May 2019 

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