Fingerprints for all visas from 12th November 2018

UPDATE 12th November 2018 – Fingerprints are required for all applications now (unless the traveller is under 14 years old or over 70 years old). Please let us know when you would like to come in to have your fingerprints taken – this can be done any working day at 0930 at the Chinese Visa Application Centre – we will be on hand at the centre to assist you. Further details provided when application has been received.

UPDATE 31st October 2018 – Fingerprints will be required from all visa applications submitted to the embassy from Monday 12th November 2018 onwards. GET YOUR VISA NOW!!!!

Chinese Visa Direct – 22nd October 2018

We have been informed of the Chinese Embassy’s intention to collect fingerprints from all visa applicants from around mid-November. At the moment, fingerprinting is required only in certain circumstances – that will change in mid-November, so if you are putting off applying, please do apply as soon as possible.


Fingerprints for Z visas

It’s been part of our website for a while, but now it is official. From 29th May 2018, all Z visa (work visas) applicants will need to come to London to have their fingerprints taken.

Apply with us in the normal way, but allow for an extra day or so’s delay. If you need your Z visa urgently, give us a call (0207 436 9156) and we will advise accordingly.


From 3rd April, the Chinese Embassy will only be accepting application forms which have been filled in on the computer. The Chinese Visa application form you download from our website is fillable online. Try it!

Please note that you still need to print off the form to sign it and send it to us together with the usual documents so we can get your visa.

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Chinese New Year holidays 2018! Apply now!

The Chinese Embassy and Service Centre will be closed for the Chinese New Year from 16th – 19th February 2018. We at Chinese Visa Direct will be open and able to receive your applications and answer queries but we will not be able to submit passports to the embassy.

Please allow extra time for your visas and legalisations at the Chinese Embassy – get your visa with us now!

Chinese Visa Direct

Need help corresponding with your inviter? New service!

If you need help communicating with your Chinese Inviter in relation to your invitation letter, CVD will now correspond with them by email and phone in Chinese. The cost for this service is:

£10 if you obtain your chinese visa from CVD.

£30 if you do not obtain your chinese visa from CVD.

Call us or email us for more detail.