China Visa Application in UK

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Procedure of Application at CVASC

1. Complete the Visa Application Form. You can complete the form online and print it out.
2. Make online appointment for your submission of application.
3. Obtain queue number upon arrival at the center and submit your application when your number is called.
4. Pick up your passport on the collection day and pay the fees.
5. If you apply for the mail back service, you need to fill the Payment Authorization Form (which can be downloaded from Center's web). Pay your visa and service fee afterward and leave your mail address. 

Procedure of Application at CVASC by Post

1. Prepare all required documents and materials, no express service available for postal application;
2. Complete the Application Form. You can complete the form online and print it out, or download first, then fill it by hand;
3. Prepare the envelope and postage;
4. Fill out the Payment Authorization Form, which can be downloaded from the Center's website. Only debit card will be accepted as method of payment for postal applications;
5. Prepare the stamped Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope for return delivery, the return address must be written on the envelope;
6. Put all the documents into the envelope, seal the envelope and post to the Center. (Please take down the tracking number of your mail in order to check the status of delivery;
7. Check the status of issuance on the Center's website;
8. Passport will be returned to you by post after visa issuance.

Fees for Application (in GBP)

UK citizens

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / 6-month or 1-year Multiple Entries 151 178 175
5-year Multiple Entries 236 267 260
10-year Multiple Entries 321 352 345

US citizens

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 156 156 156

Canadians

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 121 148 145

Israelite

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 88 115 112

Romanians

Types Regular Express Postal
3-month Single Entry 116 143 140
6-month Double Entry 131 158 155
6-month Multi-Entry 171 198 195
12-month Multi-Entry 171 198 195

Serbians

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 106 133 130

Polish

Types Regular Express Postal
Single / Double / Multiple Entries 113 140 137

Citizens of Other Countries

Types Regular Express Postal
3-month Single Entry 86 113 110
6-month Double Entry 96 123 120
6-month Multi-Entry 106 133 130
12-month Multi-Entry 126 153 150

Note:
1. The regular processing time is 4 working days; express service takes 3 working days; postal service takes 10 working days. For urgent cases, the express service is available for applicants who submit their applications directly to the center before 12:00 at noon, Monday to Friday.
2. This CVASC only accepts cash or debit card. You can make the payment by debit card only if you choose the postal application.
3. Group visas will be ready for collection 5 working days after submission, and no express service is available.

- Last modified on Oct. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in UK
Asked by Donald Kane from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 01, 2019 03:44Reply
Age restriction on visa bio requirements.
Previously visited China on a number of occasions before but require a new visa to visit again. I am a male UK born resident aged (73), say that as my birth day is on 15. December 1946 (when I apply for my new visa). Told that there are no requirements or appointments to attend for older applicants for Chinese visa Bio applications, can you confirm. If so can my application be carried out by 1st class Royal Mail service, please attach applicable forms necessary to complete this. Regards, Donald Kane.
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Answered by Diana from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 02, 2019 19:20
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Yes, it's true that you don't need to deposit your fingerprints at the visa center. However, you need to lodge the application at the visa center counter in person. You can request that the passport is returned by post while lodging the application.
Asked by Wei from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 16, 2019 19:42Reply
Hi, how can i upload the photo to the chinese visa form? Thanks
Hi, how can i upload the photo to the chinese visa form? Thanks
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Answered by Hazel from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 18, 2019 00:11
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When you complete the application form on the website of the CVASC, click "Upload Photo" and a window will pop up. Click "Choose Photo" and select the photo you wanna use. Drag it to adjust the size. Then click "Finish" and your photo has been uploaded.
Asked by Sharon Lazenby from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 11, 2019 11:46Reply
Do I need an invitation letter if I’m staying in a hotel in Shanghai?
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Answered by Diana from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 11, 2019 18:55
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No.
Asked by Diane Cook from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 28, 2019 06:33Reply
China Visa Query
I am going on a 14 day cruise to the Far East 28th Feb. Is it correct I don't need a Visa when on a Cruise ship? After the cruise I then fly to Xi'an Xianyag (from sat 14th March (stay 2 nights) until I then fly Mon 16th March from Xi'an to Beijing. Staying 3 nights.
I then fly from Beijing To Dubai Thurs 19th March, Then Dubai to Manchester

Do I need just the standard China Visa.
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Answered by Jane from USA | Oct. 29, 2019 19:09
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Diane, whether you need a visa for the cruise depends on the cruise route and layover time in China. You can look up details about visa-free transit schemes in China to see if you are eligible. Of course, for the later trip in China after the cruise, you need a standard China visa.
Answered by Diane from UK | Oct. 29, 2019 23:22
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Hi Jane

I’ve heard something about 144 hrs transit allowance , would this not cover the 5 days I am actually in China after the cruise? I know I don’t need a visa for the cruise ref the destinations we stop at don’t require one
Answered by Jane | Oct. 29, 2019 23:25
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No, because you stay in both Xi'an and Beijing. This makes you ineligible for 144h visa-free transit.
Answered by diane from UK | Oct. 30, 2019 00:56
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Thanks very much for your reply. Its soooo excessive for the Vise £150 each for only a 5 day stay.
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