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 Jul. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in UK
Asked by Darren from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 22, 2019 09:19Reply
I am looking to go to China in early September, eg possibly the 5th.
However I haven't completed the online visa application yet and obviously not made an appointment. Is there still time if I complete this at the latest next 27/28th August, possible 23rd or is this too late. I will be user the London embassy. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 22, 2019 19:15

Darren, I checked the website of the CVASC in London and found that the nearest date for appoinment is September 3, so you have to complete your form and make the appointment in a hurry.
Asked by ryan doherty from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 15, 2019 06:24Reply
Applying in person as couple Express
Me and my girlfriend plan to travel from outside London to apply in person.
With the Express would we get our visa and passport back the same day? or would we need to travel back to London 3 working days later? Is express only 1 day quicker?
Would we need 2 copies of hotel/flight information? As I booked for both of us its my name on the hotels.
Can we start the online application before the 30 days and travel to CVASC closer to the time for the appointment?

Many thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 16, 2019 00:35

1. Yes, the express service takes three working days, only 1 day quicker than normal process.
2. Yes, you need 2 copies of hotel / flight bookings and include one in each of your application documents.
3. You can start the online application before 30 days.
Asked by Yoke Loh from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 12, 2019 14:16Reply
Hi there, I am going to Shanghai in May 2020, can i get Visa now in the UK ?
I am going to travel to Kuala Lumpur and transit to Shanghai in May 2020.
I am also planning to visit China again in Feb 2021 !
Can I apply for the Visa now in UK?
I am a Malaysian Working in London and planning to visit Shanghai and other near by cities for 10 days.

Many thanks,

Yoke Loh
Answers (1)
Answered by Violet from CANADA | Aug. 12, 2019 23:39

Dear, you can apply for it from UK, but it's too early to apply now. You are advised to apply for it one or two months before your intended travel date. For the transit in Shanghai, see if you are eligible for the 24h visa-free transit.
Asked by Michael Page from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 10, 2019 07:03Reply
Duration of visa before entry
Hi, I am visiting Cambodia for the three months before I hope to go to Shenzen also for a three month duration.
Would a visa obtained on 1st October still be valid on 30 January 2020. I am looking to get a 6 month multi entry visa as I want to do a few trips to Hong Kong.
If the visa from UK is not valid is it possible to get one in Phnom Penh?
Answers (3)
Answered by Sandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 12, 2019 20:37

Dear, if you can get a 6 month multiple entry visa, it should be valid for 6 months, that is, if you obtain it on October 1st, it should be valid until April 1st 2020. So it is still valid by January 30, 2020.
Answered by Michael from UK | Aug. 13, 2019 02:24

Hi, thanks for your reply, but still not sure because I will be leaving at the end of April so would it still be valid?
Answered by Michael from UK | Aug. 13, 2019 02:50

Sorry should have read more before replying. The visa is valid for 6 months before first use and then for the 6 month validity so it is fine thanks
Asked by Amanda from ENGLAND | Aug. 08, 2019 23:46Reply
Length of application
If I apply in person will I get my visa there and then or need to wait?
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 09, 2019 01:41

Amanda, you need to wait for about four working days for visa processing. If you want it faster, you need to pay more to apply for express service.
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