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.
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 http://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/newchinaapp.pdf 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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*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.
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
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.
Being a British national, I always find the visa experience a little odd and I always wonder whether landing cards are kept and filed etc. by the Chinese authorities. Suffice it to say that they are. It is therefore of paramount importance that when you fill out your China Visa application form that you are as accurate as possible. So, for example, if you state that you last visited China in 2005 when in fact you visited China in 2006, this could delay your application for a Chinese Visa.
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I am often asked whether or not we can provide cheap flights? We used to, but do not anymore. However, my advice is that if you are looking for flights to Beijing or Shanghai, the best fares are invariably accessed from the airline directly. This did not used to be the case but is now.
Don’t forget to apply for your China Visa through Chinese Visa Direct!