Chinese Visas for children under 18

For any child under 18 going to China, the following documentation is now required:

  1. Both parents to sign the Chinese Visa application form
  2. Original birth certificate
  3. Original passports of both parents.

This is regardless of where the child was born.

To get your china visa, get click here.


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.

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5th August 2015

Invitation Letters (updated March 2015)

Extra requirements for invitation letters

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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,
date of birth,
purpose of visit,
date of arriving and leaving China,
place of visit,

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Chinese New Year 2015

It is soon Chinese New Year. This means that the Chinese Embassy will be closed from 18th February 2015 to 20th February 2015. The days it is closed do not count in the calculation of the number of days to get your visa, so it will take longer for visas to be processed. Also, frequently, after the Chinese New Year holidays, there can be additional delays. So get your application in early and apply now!

Getting your company recognised in China

And by this I don’t mean brand recognition or advertising. I mean in a legal sense. To do this, you need your company documents to be legalised at the Chinese Embassy – documents such as your company’s certificate of incorporation etc. Any official UK document is capable of being legalised. How do we do it? First we take your document to be apostilled – once the apostille has been applied (by the Foreign and Commonwealth office), we then take the document to the Chinese Embassy to be legalised. We then return it to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery, or courier (depending on your preference) or you can come to collect it. Then your document will be recognised by the authorities in China.

Of course, we can do this for other embassies too. We can also get all kinds of documents (whether personal, such as birth certificates, or official company documentation from Companies House) legalised at, for example, the UAE embassy – very useful if you are going off to work in Dubai.

Our service is perfect for you if:

you don’t have the time to go round the embassies / consulates yourself or if you are in a rush. Remember that we can access the Foreign Office’s same day service for apostilles if you need your documents in a hurry and most embassies have a fast service which can be used upon payment of a fee.

Also remember that for repeat business customers, we offer an account facility. Please email for more information.

For more info, click here to go to our webpage:

If you want to make an enquiry about our services or need a quote, please drop us an email:

Chinese Embassy Holiday – Spring Festival 2014

Please be aware that the Chinese Embassy will be closed from 31st Jan to 4th Feb inclusive for the Chinese New Year. These days are not counted as processing days. Furthermore, if your visa is processed during this time (and due to be collected when the embassy reopens), there is a possibility that there will be processing delays due to volumes at the embassy. Our advice therefore is to GET YOUR APPLICATION IN EARLY.

2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year itself is on Friday 31st January.

If you are out and about in London, don’t forget the London Chinatown celebrations, a link to which is below:

Happy Chinese New Year.

Love from Chinese Visa Direct