10-Year China Visa for UK Citizens

Starting on March 25, 2019, UK citizens can enjoy the benefit of the 10-year China visa with multiple entries, if they plan to visit China for the purposes of tourism, commercial or business activities, and short-term family visits. This will allow them to travel back and forth between UK and China without the hassle of applying for visa time after time. Meanwhile, the 5-year multiple-entry China visa is now also available for UK citizens.

How long can I stay in China on a 10-year visa?

Visa Type Max. Stay Duration after Each Entry
Tourist (L) 60 days
Business (M) 60 days
Private Visit (S2) 120 days
Family Reunion (Q2) 90 days

Who are eligible for a 10-year China visa?

The 10-year Tourist (L), Business (M), or Private Visit (S2) visa is available for all UK citizens provided that they have been granted a 5-year China visa before.

Therefore, for many applicants, actually the first step is to get a 5-year China visa by meeting either of the following requirements:
1. The applicant has been granted two or more 2-year China visas by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in UK.
2. The applicant has been granted one China visa with the validity of two or more years, and has visited China for at least three times each year in the past two years.

However, British spouses and children of Chinese citizens, and spouses and children of British Chinese, with the invitation from their Chinese family members can directly apply for a 10-year Q2 visa once they meet the above requirements.

What documents do I need to prepare?

1. A valid passport with the remaining validity of at least six months. It means your passport may expire during the validity of your 10-year China visa. In such a case, you can travel with both passports to enter China, saving the trouble of applying for a new visa.
2. A printed application form which has been completed online on the website of the CVASC center.
3. Documents justifying for your reasons for the travel, for instance, round-trip tickets and hotel booking for tourism purpose, an invitation letter from your business partner in China for commercial purpose…

How to apply for 10-year China visa in UK?

1. Navigate to the website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). On the homepage, select the CVASC in London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast according to their service areas.
2. Complete the Chinese Visa Application Form on the website of the respective CVASC office. Then print it out and sign on it.
3. Collect other documents such as your passport, round-trip tickets, hotel bookings…
4. Make an online appointment on the above-mentioned website. Note that it's compulsory to do so if you apply for China visa from the CVASC in UK.
5. Submit your application to the CVASC on the appointed date and pay the visa fee.
6. Collect your visa on the date shown on your pick-up slip.

How much does a 10-year China visa for UK citizens cost?

Visa Type Regular Service Express Service Postal Return
10-year 321 pounds 352 pounds 345 pounds
5-year 236 pounds 267 pounds 260 pounds
Note: The fee includes the service fee charged by the CVASC office.
- Last modified on May. 28, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on 10-Year China Visa for UK Citizens
Asked by Ian Baldwyn from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 24, 2020 06:10Reply
Visa Renewal
If you've previously provided all biometric data, can you renew a visa online or do you still need to visit in person?
Answers (1)
Answered by Judy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 28, 2020 23:48

I heard that now you can renew it online, but I'm not certain about it. You can call the local exit and entry administration to get the answer.
Asked by Chris Guy from UK | May. 27, 2020 14:43Reply
Visa application
My wife recently accepted a job in Hainan, she's an American and myself a Brit. I am in the US as I write on a tourist visa. Can I apply for the S1 visa from the US so I can join her at the same time or do I need to apply from the UK?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marco from IRELAND | May. 28, 2020 00:07

You can apply together with her in the US.
Asked by Brian George from UK | May. 14, 2020 21:42Reply
Visa extension
I am a British Citizen and my current visa expires end May but I live in the Philippines and the do not allow anyone to enter who has travelled from China.
How can I get an extension to my visa?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Rona from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 17, 2020 20:40

Brian, you cannot extend your visa outside of China, so you may need to apply for a new visa later.
Asked by Chris from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 16, 2020 23:33Reply
Visa options to live with my partner (not married) in China?

My partner (French) is about to sign a contract to work in China (Shanghai) for 3 years. I have my own online business and I don’t want to find employment in China. What kind of visas should I get if I want to live in China with my partner? Or at least spend 90 days visits on a regular basis? I am a UK passport holder.

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 18, 2020 23:06

You can apply for a multiple-entry tourist visa.
Asked by Thomas Rose from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 31, 2019 11:56Reply
Can I get visa/permit to live with my Chinese wife in China
I am retired 58 yrs old British citizen living in London and married my Chinese girlfriend this year. She has to move back to live in China next year (2020). Don't think I'm qualified for D visa so which visa/residence permit should I initially apply for if I want to live with her indefinitely in China?
Answers (3)
Answered by Nathan from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 02, 2020 18:50

After you get married, you can apply for a Q1 visa to live with her in China. With the Q1 visa, you can get a temporary residence permit. Then you need to renew it annually.
Answered by dan from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 10, 2020 20:10

Hi Nathan, do you need to renew it from the UK or can it be done in China.
On the Q1 visa do you need to leave the country every 90 days still?
Answered by John Doe | Jan. 13, 2020 19:07

A Q1 visa does not authorize you to stay in China until you have obtained the associated family-based residence permit which can be valid for between six months and five years. Renewal of a residence permit can only be done within Mainland China so you cannot apply for a renewal if you are not in Mainland China.
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