Chinese New Year 2016 – Embassy holidays

Just a quick note to say that the Chinese Embassy will be closed on the 8th and 9th of February for the Chinese New Year. These days won’t count in calculating the length of time needed for your visa to be processed. Be aware if you are planning to get a visa around that time. Chinese Visa Direct, however, will be open, although we will start at 9am instead of 8:15am on those two days only, and finish at 5pm. Normal service resumes on Wednesday 10th February.

Price changes and rule changes January 2016

We have just been informed that the price of Chinese visas is changing for all passports which are going to be submitted on Monday 11th January 2016 onwards. We are in the midst of updating our website now. However, please do call for prices if you have a UK, USA, Canadian, Polish, Serbian or Romanian passport.

We also understand that the rules for visas will be changing on the week beginning 11th January 2016. We will of course keep you informed of how any rule change will affect your application (if you have already sent us your application) and will update the website with all relevant changes as soon as possible.

More information will follow as it comes to us.

Chinese Visa Direct

10th January 2016

Chinese Embassy Holiday 1st – 5th October 2015

The Chinese Embassy is closed 1st – 5th October 2015. We’ll still be open though. What this means is that the intervening working days (Thursday, Friday and Monday) will not count as processing days for the purposes of calculating how long your Chinese visa will take. So, if we submit your passport on 30th September (Wednesday) on the express service, the soonest we will get it back is Wednesday 7th October.

Furthermore, sometimes after the holidays, there are restrictions on what can be submitted. Please therefore allow extra time. Get your visa application to us now!

August 2015 – Price increases and delays

We have just been informed that the Chinese Embassy has put up its prices by £30. We have no option but to pass these price increases on and these price increases are effective immediately in our pricing structure. We apologise if this causes inconvenience.

We have also been informed that due to changes at the embassy, there will also be delays for passports submitted on 6th and 7th August, which will affect all services. Please allow extra time.

To get your visa now, click on this link to our pricing page. Don’t forget, you can get you visa cheaper if you choose to pay by debit card “offline” – click here to see our offline prices.

Chinese Visa Direct
5th August 2015

Invitation Letters (updated March 2015)

Extra requirements for invitation letters

Chinese Visa Direct Blog

Increasingly, invitation letters are needed for all kinds of Chinese Visas, whether tourist or business. For example, an invitation letter can be used in lieu of hotel bookings if you want to get a tourist (holiday) “L” Chinese Visa.

However, it is important that the invitation letter is in the correct format and contains the correct information.

The letter does not have to be an original – it can be a scanned copy or a fax copy – a plain email will not do.

Invitation letter requirements

This is the information that needs to be in the invitation letter:

An invitation from an organisation (such as a business if you are applying for a Chinese business visa) must contain the following information of the applicant: –

date of letter,
full name,
gender,
date of birth,
purpose of visit,
date of arriving and leaving China,
place of visit,
relationship…

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