*UPDATE 15th SEPTEMBER 2016* – The new Chinese Embassy rules on non UK passport holders NO LONGER APPLY – so no additional requirements needed for EU passport holders, and non EU passport holders simply require an entry stamp (from the airport) or a UK visa to apply.
This is getting complicated!
FOR ALL VISA APPLICATIONS – we now need a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. Please remember you will still need to send us your original passport for the visa to be inserted! We are also going to need a copy of your most recent Chinese Visa (if you have visited China before)
FOR TOURIST VISA APPLICATIONS WITH INVITATION LETTER – in addition to the old invitation letter requirements (see our tourist visa page), your inviter must prove who they are. If the inviter is a Chinese citizen, the invitation letter will need to specify his/her name, contact number, address, and his/her ID card number. We’ll need a photocopy of both sides of the ID. This is in addition to the stuff listed in the paragraph above.
If your inviter is not Chinese, the letter will need to specify his/her name, contact number, address, and his/her passport number and Chinese Visa number. We’ll need a photocopy of the inviter’s passport photo page and of the visa.
All clear? See our tourist visa page for more information on the requirements for China Tourist Visas or our business visa page for information on Chinese Business Visas.