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Visas for China 中国签证

Important notice on Fingerprint collections of visa application - 15/10/2018

In accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, and based on the principle of reciprocity, as of 1st November 2018, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Manchester will collect 10 fingerprints of all visa applicants on behalf of the Consulate-General of People's Republic of China in Manchester.

Please be noted that fingerprints are not required for:

  1. Children under 14 years old and adults over 70 years old;
  2. Applicants who suffer from ten fingers mutilation or whose fingerprints cannot be collected.

Please note that all applicants should have their fingerprints collected in person at the Visa Application Centre.

Visitors to China whose fingerprints do not match may be denied entry and should bear all the consequences. Meanwhile, every applicant is kindly reminded to make an appointment online as early as possible well ahead of his or her travel schedule.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

How do I apply for a visa to China?

If you are a UK passport holder and are planning a trip to the Peoples Republic of China, you will require a visa, your permit to be in the country. If you don't have one you will be refused entry at the passport control. The rules are strict, and you you must follow them exactly or you will not get your visa.

How do I apply for a visa to China?The only exception to this is if you are a UK passport holder and are changing planes in China, you can complete a form at your port of entry (ie before you get off the aeroplane). This will allow you to stay in the airport only before catching your next airplane.
You DON'T need a visa for Hong Kong or Macau SAR if you are visiting for less than 90 days (if you hold a UK passport).

There are several different types of visa, each one having a letter to identify it (such as 'L-Visa'). The letters refer to the sound of the Chinese word in the Chinese alphabet, so they don't make a lot of sense. The main visa's are the tourist visa, or L-Visa and the business visa or F-Visa. The other visa's are listed at the end of the website.

Visa's must be submitted and collected IN PERSON, either by the applicant, or by an entrusted third party, for example the China Visa Bureau. Applications made via email will not be accepted but applications will be accepted by post to the China Visa Bureau or to the Chinese Embassy (where an extra fee is applied).

The official line is that all visa's are available for collection 4 working days after an application is made, however it is safer and more reliable to assume the process will take two weeks. Remember, you must pick up your visa in person or use an entrusted representative. Use an entrusted representative such as the China Visa Bureau.

Visa's are generally granted, but be warned that they are especially careful in vetting applicants who were born in China and now hold a UK passport, or who are second generation Chinese immigrants (ie if your parents were born in mainland China). You will have to submit copies of your birth certificate as well as the other documents they ask for, and the applications can take a little longer.

Applicants from journalists, or from those going to China to interview someone, are also vetted carefully, and a different visa is required for those intending to do any reporting (see the end of this page).

For all visa types, your passport MUST have at least six months validity left on it, and MUST have two empty visa pages.

A Visa for China will cost from £191.00 +VAT (inclusive of fees).

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Chinese Visa General Line: 0161 818 9512

There are a number of different types of visas for those interested in China travel. This website will describe these different types of visa, as well as how to fill out the application form that is required to be completed in order to get one.

Chinese consular services give you the option of single, double or multiple-entry types of visa. Single or double-entry visas are available for either ninety or one hundred and eighty days. Should you have questions regarding Getting a Visa for China, get in touch with us and we will answer them as best we can.


Visas for China Ltd
Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester, M2 4PD
Phone: 0161 818 9512 China Visa Bureau

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