Visa & Visitors’ Guide


People from most countries will be required to obtain a visa to enter the People's Republic of China. AIRAPT 26 participants who are required to apply for visa to enter China can apply for a Chinese visa at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of China in your countries. For some visa applications, the process could take some time to complete, depending on your country of origin and certain visa restrictions. So we would like to suggest you start the visa application as early as possible.


As conference hosts, we can issue you an invitation letter for your visa with the necessary signature and official stamp. If you need, please contact us at and submit necessary information.
1. Scan copy of passport photo page.
2. AIRAPT26 registration confirmation letter.
3. Scan copy of Work ID or Student ID card.
The average processing time is 2-3 weeks, and then we will send the invitation letter to you by email directly.

Tips: Local organizers could NOT provide conference invitation letter to accompanying personnel according to related regulations. We suggest that accompanying personnel apply for tourism type visa, which will be much easier and require less paperwork.

For example, if you apply for visa at New York, firstly need check website of the local Consulate General of China for updated info at:

When you fill out the visa application form, in “Part 2.1 Major purpose of your visit”, you could select “Tourism”. In “Part 2.2 Intended number of entries”, you could select "Other:” and fill out “Multiple entries for 10 years". This will cost you same amount of application fee as apply for “Single entry for 3 months”.


1. Please submit information once per person. Multiple submissions may result in invalidation.
2. You should guarantee that all information provided is true and correct.
3. Due to the large expected number of inquiries, we can only reply to invitation letter queries AFTER you have paid your conference
4. In the letter for visa, we can only guarantee your stay in Beijing during congress period.

5. General visa information should be obtained from your local Embassy or Consulate of China. You could also check the information from

About Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China, a modernized historic city, now endowed with world-class convention centers, advanced facilities, beautiful hotels. The city is renowned for its historical palaces, gardens, museums etc. We list several typical places of interests for excursion during AIRAPT26 and their brief introduction, such as The Forbidden City, The Great Wall and Summer Palace.


The climate in Beijing is “continental”, with cold and dry winters, due to the Siberian air masses that move southward across the Mongolian Plateau. Summers are generally hot owing to warm and humid monsoon winds from the southeast bringing Beijing most of its annual precipitation. January is the coldest month and July is the hottest. Winters usually begin since the end of October. The summer months, June to August, are wet and hot with about 40% of the annual precipitation.

Average Data

Average High oF Average High oC Average Low oF Average Low oC Max


84/88 29/31 67/71 20/22 107 41.7 54 12.2 7.1/7.2 180/185



The electric current used in China is 220V 50Hz. Hotels provide 220V and 110V (shavers only) power outlets. Please note that plug adapters and converters might be required. 

Currency and Exchange

The currency used in China is the Renminbi Yuan (RMB or ¥) and the value is pegged to the US dollar with a current exchange rate of US$ 1: RMB 6.45 (May 2016). The Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao or 100 Fen. Notes come in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home as it can only be exchanged within China's borders.

Euros and US Dollars can be exchanged at your hotel or at any bank. Traveller’s cheques can only be exchanged at the Bank of China. Banks usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Currency exchange services are available for the following foreign currencies: US Dollar, British Pound Sterling, Euro, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Swiss Franc, Danish Krone, Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krone, Singapore Dollar, Malaysian Ringgit, and Macao Pataca.

Major credit cards are accepted at many establishments, such as American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Master Card and Visa.

ATM Machine

Beijing is a very ATM-friendly city. There are many banks with ATMs, but only about 50% of these accept foreign cards. The main foreign friendly ATMs are controlled by the Bank of China. Bank of China ATMs work in both Chinese and English (depending on your card), use the latest equipment, and are reasonably easy to find.


Organizers of the Congress do not take any liability for personal accidents or injury or loss or damage to private property of any participant indirectly arising from travelling to Beijing and/or attending the Congress. Participants are advised to purchase adequate travel and health insurance before leaving their own countries.

Safety and Security

In general China is a very safe country. However, be aware of pickpockets and be careful when crossing the road. Passports should be kept in the hotel for safety until the departure day. Also note the serial numbers of your traveller’s checks if you carry those. We also recommend having copies of your passport and credit cards with you in case of loss or theft.


Gratuities are not customary in China. However, in hotels and during group travels, tipping is practiced for porters, tour guides and drivers.


Smoking in indoor public places has been banned in Beijing from June 1, 2015 following the rolling out of the toughest ever anti-smoking regulation in China. The regulation extends smoking bans to include all indoor public areas and workplaces, plus a number of outdoor areas including schools, seating areas in sports stadiums and hospitals where women or children are treated. 


China covers four time zones. Beijing time is the only official time throughout the country; punctuality is highly appreciated.


Public Buses

Buses are the main means of transport in Beijing. Please prepare small bills as not all buses will carry change. Buses can be very crowded during peak times, which are generally from 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m.


The Subway
The subway system in Beijing has 15 lines. The fare is 3 - 9 yuan. Trains run from 5:30 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening. A ticket can be bought at the ticket office at each station or at an automatic ticketing machine. Subway stops are announced over the train's speaker system in Chinese and English.


Taxis in Beijing have several colours. All of them show a taximeter inside. You can easily find them in every part of Beijing. All Taxis will charge 2.3 yuan per kilometer with a base rate or minimum charge of 13 yuan.

Important Dates
Aug. 19th (Sat) to 24th (Thu), 2017
(Aug. 19 to 23, 2017: Scientific Program)

Abstract Submission Opens:
Jan. 30th, 2017

Early Bird Registration Due:
Apr. 30th, 2017

Abstract Submission Due:
May 30th, 2017

Advanced Registration Due:
Aug. 10th, 2017

Manuscript Submission Due:
Aug. 23rd, 2017