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 (M) It is issued to those who intend to go there for commercial and trade activities.
Noncommercial Visit (F) It is issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other 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
 UK citizens can now apply for a 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. Compared with regular visas, the required documents are the same while the price is higher.

Meanwhile, the 5-year multiple-entry China visa is now also available for UK citizens.

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 May. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.K.
Asked by Vee from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 03, 2019 07:15Reply
Irish passport but lives in Northern Ireland.
As a resident of Northern Ireland I can be dual nationality but have an Irish passport. Can I apply to Chinese Embassy in Belfast for a visa ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Betty from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 04, 2019 00:30

Yes, as you are a residence in Northern Ireland, it's possible to apply from the CVASC in Belfast.
Asked by John Smith from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 24, 2019 12:05Reply
Visa help (Cruise)
A group of four of us, all United Kingdom citizens, aged 70, 72, 73 and 76, are boarding a Holland America Cruise ship, The Westerdam, next March, departing from Hong Kong for a 15 day cruise, finishing in Yokohama Japan. The cruise ship will be visiting Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin, and Dalian with Holland America organised shore excursions at each port of call. Please could you inform us if we need individual visas for this visit. Thank you for any information you can provide that will help us prepare for this trip. John Smith
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandra from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 24, 2019 23:45

John, if you book a Shanghai tour from a China travel agency at least 24 hours before your arrival, you don't need the visa. Otherwise, each of you need to get one. I advise you to book a one day Shanghai trip with TravelChinaGuide. It saves trouble of applying for a visa and the cost is less.
Asked by P Bonner from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 19, 2019 09:59Reply
144 day transit
We are doing a three day stay in Beijing before we do a 14 day cruise round China and Japan flying back to the Uk from Singapore do we qualify for the 144 free transit
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from USA | Jun. 19, 2019 20:44

Dear, can you specify your itinerary? I can't figure out whether you are eligible for 144h transit without visa on your current information.
Asked by Jean-Christophe Plantin from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 18, 2019 01:31Reply
applying for a Chinese Visa F in the UK while on family visa

I am a French citizen resident in the UK and my wife is an American citizen living in the US. We are planning to go to China (Shanghai) on a visa F for 14 days in September. We are planning to apply for our visa this summer.

My wife does live in the UK and but will be on a UK family visa starting this summer. Does this visa allow her to apply for a Chinese Visa in London?

Many thanks in advance,
Answers (1)
Answered by Greta from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 18, 2019 19:30

Dear, your wife can apply at CVASC in London on UK family visa.
Asked by John Morrissey from UK | Jun. 14, 2019 02:29Reply
We are arriving in Beijing on 12/09/19 and leaving on 15/09/19 for leisure, do we need visas
Mr John Morrissey age 75

Mrs J Morrissey age 75 both UK full passport holders
Answers (3)
Answered by Troye from USA | Jun. 14, 2019 02:51

Dear, is your itinerary UK - Beijing - UK? If yes, you are required to obtain visa in advance.
Answered by John Morrissey from UK | Jun. 26, 2019 02:02

Hi Troy

Thanks for your answer.

My iteniery is actually UK-Hong Kong-Singapore-Beijing-Uk does this make any difference to requiring a visa

Answered by Troye from USA | Jun. 26, 2019 18:18

Dear, your itinerary is qualified for 144h visa exemption transit in Beijing. That means you can stay in Beijing without visa for up to 6 days.
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