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 updated on Jan. 29, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on 10-Year China Visa for UK Citizens
Asked by Jane from UK | Jan. 31, 2023 21:18Reply
10 year visa
Hi, I am planning to visit my parents in China. My parents are Chinese. I'm British citizen. I've got more than two 2-year Chinese visa previously. Can I apply the 10-year visa or do I have to apply for the 5-year visa this time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Feb. 02, 2023 21:42

You can apply for a ten-year one.
Asked by John Holden from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 29, 2023 14:22Reply
Ten year visa
I have a ten year visa from 2016-2026 . I have been told it is no longer valid. I am a UK citizen with a Chinese National wife. We were married in China but now live in England. We want to visit relatives this November in China. Can I travel with my existing visa?
Asked by Kei Li from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 15, 2021 14:43Reply
Am I allowed to apply for 10 years china visa?
Hi there
I want apply for 10 years china visa , I'm a British citizen , my she is china citizens residents , am I allowed to apply for 10 years china visa ?multiple entry ? How many days maximum stay every entry to mainland ? Thank You So Much .
Best regards
Answers (3)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 21, 2021 00:24

Firstly, you need to figure which type you are going to apply for. Since you are married to Chinese citizen yet, only L and M visa is fine for you. In this case, you need to obtain a 5-year visa before the 10-year one. The duration of each entry is usually 60 days, but you can extend the stay after arrival.
Answered by Kei Li | Aug. 06, 2021 07:21

Hi there
Thank You for reply.
Previously I have apply for three times china visa from UK before to visiting to China, first two china was L visa the last visa was Q2 visa stay for two year multiply entrance .just need to know am I eligible to apply for 5 years or 10 year china visa ? Before I apply for the new 5 or 10 years visa do I need to proof and show all my previous three times china visa to the application center ? All my previous three times china visa is my old UK passport ?
Kind regards
Answered by Kei Li | Aug. 06, 2021 07:23

All my previous three times china visa is on my old UK passport.
Asked by christina | May. 28, 2021 03:06Reply
Minimum stay

If you have a 10 year family or tourist visa as a UK citizen, do you have to leave periodically? For example, have to leave every 3 months, so can't stay more than 3 months at a time.

Answers (1)
Answered by Dave | Jun. 01, 2021 00:55

Different kinds of visas allow different duration of stay. For example, if each entry says duration of stay is 3 months, then you can only stay here for no more than 3 months. But there is a solution. Before it goes expire, go to local entry and exit administrative office to extend the stay. Usually, one can extend each entry for 1-2 times and each time at least 30 days. Another solution is that, go to the nearby HK or Macau and then reenter, then you will get a brand new stay duration.
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