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


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


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


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


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


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

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 May. 07, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in UK
Asked by Dinah from U.K. | Feb. 16, 2020 09:11Reply
Do children under 12 years and adults over 70 years need a visa
I am visiting Shanghai for a week prior to joining a cruise to Japan in October and on return will stay another night in Shanghai. I will be travelling with two children 9 years and six years. What are our visa requirements.
Answers (1)
Answered by Donald from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 17, 2020 20:24

Dear, you can check whether your routes are eligible for the 144h visa-free transit and 24h visa-free transit in Shanghai. If yes, then you don't need a visa.
Asked by SK from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 30, 2020 16:11Reply
Visiting China at the end of March
I have flights booked to stay with a friend in Shanghai in eight week's time, but I am obviously very concerned that I won't be able to go due to the ongoing situation there. Do you think it is worth me getting my visa just in case I do get to go, or should I just accept now that it won't be happening and not spend the money on the visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandy from CHINA | Feb. 02, 2020 21:29

Well, as far as I see, the situation will end in one or two months, so you can still make the trip, for which a visa is, of course needed.
Asked by Guzman from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 27, 2020 06:35Reply
What Visa should I get (UK citizen)
I want to stay in Shanghai for 35-40 days this is my first visit, in which I have a chinese friend living there so i will be spending time with her, like are ordinary citizens also allowed to write an invitation letter for me and alos does anyone know the best visa to apply for I have a British Passport.
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 02, 2020 21:27

The best visa to apply for is a tourist visa.
Asked by Cynthia Walker from GIBRALTAR | Jan. 10, 2020 08:52Reply
I am planning to travel to China in June
I have been told the entry Visa is very expensive £400 and I need to do a finger print .I am from Gibraltar, which is British, but not in England, so am told that I have to go to England to submit the Visa, which is going to become very expensive, with flights and accommodation.
Can I apply online .Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 12, 2020 18:10

Cynthia, sorry you cannot apply online. However, it's possible to apply for it from a nearby country which has diplomatic relation with China.
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