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Apply for a Chinese Business Visa

Apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa

Time Taken:

Processing Time: 15 working days
Delivery Time: 2 working days
TOTAL TIME: 17 working days

  1. Download and print the application
  2. Complete Application form
  3. Post (Royal Mail Special Delivery Prior to 1pm Next day) or bring in person to:

China Visa Bureau
Pall Mall Court
61-67 King Street
M2 4PD

How do I apply for a visa to China?

If you are a UK passport holder and are planning a trip to the People’s 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 must follow them exactly or you will not get your visa.

Apply for a Chinese Business Visa

Apply for a Chinese Tourist Visa

Please complete the form and post it to Visa Bureau (c/o The Travel Visa Company Ltd), The Quadrangle, Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, CW1 6UY along with your documents.

Call 0161 818 9512 for more details.

The only exception to this is if you are a UK passport holder and are changing planes in China, you can stay within the airport boundries for upto 24 hours so long as you have an onward ticket.

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 visas are the tourist visa, or L-Visa and the business visa or M-Visa.

Visas are issued at the Manchester Chinese Consulate in Rusholme (Please note that only Chinese passport holders can go to the Chinese consulate to apply for their visa, this must be submitted and collected IN PERSON, either by the applicant, or by an entrusted third party, including travel visa and passport company's).

With China Visa Bureau you can apply by post or in person (NO appointment needed). We will take your application(s) and submit them. We will also collect your passport and post it on to you if you require.
We promise if you choose to get your visa with us you will receive a service that’s second to none.

If applying in person, you will need to visit China Visa Bureau (c/o The Travel Visa Company Ltd), The Quadrangle, Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, CW1 6UY (ample free parking).

The China Visa Bureau offer the following service:

  • Regular 15 working day processing starting from £250.50

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.


--------- Help and Advice

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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