China Embassy in U.K.

 Visa Application Form of PRC
 Application Procedure and Fee

Ambassador: Mr. Liu Xiaoming
Address: 49 Portland Place, London W1B 1JL, UK
Tel: +44-020-72994049 (General Line) 
Office Hours:  09:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00, Monday-Friday (except British and Chinese Holidays)
Website: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/

Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in UK

Address: 31 Portland Place, London W1B 1QD
Tel: +44-020-76311430 (Answer phone 09:00-12:00, 14:00-16:00)
Fax: +44-020-74369056
Email: visa@chinese-embassy.org.uk
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00 Monday-Friday (except holidays)
The Station Nearby: Great Portland Street Station, Regent's Park Station , Oxford Street Station

Consular Districts of Chinese Embassy/Consulates in UK

Embassy/Consulate General Consular Districts
Embassy of PRC in London Except the consular district of Consulates in Manchester, Edinburgh, other regions are the consular jurisdiction of the Embassy in London.
Consulate General of PRC in Edinburgh Scotland, Northern Ireland
Consulate General of PRC in Manchester Greater Manchester, Durham, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear

Notice for Application

CVASC is responsible for receiving applications to mainland China from all ordinary passport holders who are UK citizens and citizens of other countries. It collects visa fees on behalf of the Embassy and the Consulate General. Currently, there are three branches in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. The applicants who apply in London are required to make online appointment at http://www.visaforchina.org/. If they apply in Manchester and Edinburgh, they can directly submit their applications to the centers. However, they are still strongly advised to make online appointment in advance to guarantee a short waiting time.

For people who apply for Diplomatic/Service/Courtesy Visa, Visa and Enter Permit to Hong Kong/Macao, they still submit their application to the embassy or consulate directly. 

CVASC in London

Office Hours: 09:00-15:00 (Submission); 09:00-16:00 (Payment and Collection), Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Address: 12 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8DP
Tel: 020-7710 6000
Fax: 020-7710 6001
E-mail: ukcentre@visaforchina.org

CVASC in Manchester

Office Hours: 09:00-15:00 (Submission); 09:00-16:00 (Payment and Collection), Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Address: First Floor, 75 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HR
Tell: 016-1236 1070
Fax: 016-1244 5883
Email: manchestercentre@visaforchina.org

CVASC in Edinburgh

Office Hours: 09:00-15:00 (Submission); 09:00-16:00 (Payment and Collection), Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Address: 2nd Floor, Exchange Tower,19 Canning Street, City of Edinburgh, EH3 8EG
Tel: 0131 2292519     
Fax: 0131 2291598
E-mail:  edinburghcentre@visaforchina.org

Major Visa Types & Requirements

Types Purpose
Tourist (L) It is issued for an alien who comes to PRC for sight-seeing.
Business (F/M) F is issued for an alien who comes to PRC for non-commercial business activities, such as research, lecture, science and technology exchange visits on invitation.
M is issued to those who intend to visit for commercial and trade activities.
Employment/Work (Z) It is issued for applicants going to PRC for employment or work.
Student (X)

It is issued for an alien who comes to PRC for study.
X1 is for those who plan to stay for more than 6 months, while X2 is issued for short stay.

Private Visit (S) It is issued to family members who intend to visit the foreigners with Work Z or student X in PRC, or to those who intend to go to PRC for other private affairs.
Family Reunion (Q) It is issued to family members of Chinese citizens or foreigners with permanent residence in PRC.
Transit (G) It is issued for applicants going to PRC for transit to another country/region.
Hong Kong SAR & Macao SAR Visas 1. UK citizens are exempt from Hong Kong visa if they go to Hong Kong for visit or sightseeing for less than 180 days.
2. UK citizens are exempt from Macao visa for up to 180 days.

 Procedure for Application at CVASC      Visa Fees

2019 Holiday Schedule of the CVASC in London

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Tuesday
Chinese New Year February 4 & 5 Monday & Tuesday
Good Friday April 19 Friday
Easter Monday April 22 Monday
Early May Bank Holiday May 6 Monday
Spring Bank Holiday May 27 Monday
Summer Bank Holiday August 26 Monday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 13 Friday
Chinese National Holiday October 1 - 3 Tuesday - Thursday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday
Boxing Day December 26 Thursday
Note: The holiday arrangement of the CVASC may be different. Please log on their official website for detailed holiday notice.

 Please contact Embassy of U.K. in China if British are in problems there. 

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- Last modified on Jan. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.K.
Asked by Tony from UK | Jan. 21, 2019 10:01Reply
Visa for Under 48 hours in Shanghai
I'm staying over in Shanghai for a day and a half before going on a cruise. I hold a British passport, would I still need a visa? The first day and a half will be the only time I'll be in China.
Answers (1)
Answered by Reynolds from RUSSIA | Jan. 21, 2019 18:40

If you are traveling Country A - Shanghai (144 hours) - Country B then you don't need to apply for a visa as you can use free transit policy.
Asked by Poon from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 20, 2019 06:27Reply
Malaysia Passport apply china tourist visa at UK
can I apply China tourist L at London if holding Malaysia Passport with permanent resident status in UK ?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Chandler from EGYPT | Jan. 21, 2019 01:11

You can apply from the CVASC in there.
Asked by Nicola from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 11, 2019 09:30Reply
Chinese Visa - Name as written in native language
We hold UK passports, with British names

Do we need to fill in 1.1E 'Name as written in native language' question or answer N/A for this one?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Richard from INDIA | Jan. 13, 2019 19:07

Hi, maybe you can answer N/A for this.
Asked by Chris from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 07, 2019 04:48Reply
UK national with less than 3 months on passport can I transit in China on my way to Australia
I don't intend to leave the airport
Answers (1)
Answered by Arthur from HUNGARY | Jan. 07, 2019 19:47

Hi, you are advised to renew your passport before your departure.
Asked by David Hinton from UK | Dec. 19, 2018 08:43Reply
Transit visa for Hanoi to Hong Kong by train
Dear Sir/Madam,

I wonder if you can help. My wife and I and our 2 children (Aged 15 and 13 ) would like to travel to Hong Kong by train from Hanoi in Vietnam in August 2019.
We would like to take the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Nanning, leaving Hanoi Gia Lam station around 21:40 and arriving Nanning main station around 10:10 next morning . We would leave
Nanning Main station on train D3625 at 13:22 and arriving Guangzhou South at 17:22. We would then change trains and travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, leaving Guangzhou South at 19:08 by high-speed train and arriving Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus at 20:08.

As I understand this would take less then 24 hours and therefore I understand we should be eligible for a transit visa g. Could you confirm that this is possible and if so how and where we can obtain a transit g.

Many thanks

Kind regards

Answers (1)
Answered by Bailey from DENMARK | Dec. 19, 2018 19:43

Hi, I suppose you can get the 24h twov in this trip. Apply for 24-hour visa-free entry permit in 4 steps: Fill an Arrival/Departure Card at the border inspection counter; Get the temporary entry permit stamp or sticker; Claim the luggage (if needed); Go through the customs. You can have a try.
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