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

2018 Holiday Schedule of the CVASC in London

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Monday
Chinese New Year February 15 & 16 Thursday & Friday
Good Friday March 30 Friday
Easter Monday April 2 Monday
Early May Bank Holiday May 7 Monday
Spring Bank Holiday May 28 Monday
Summer Bank Holiday August 27 Monday
Chinese National Holiday October 1 & 2 Monday & Tuesday
Christmas Day December 25 Tuesday
Boxing Day December 26 Wednesday
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 Nov. 18, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.K.
Asked by M F Ives from SPAIN | Nov. 16, 2018 05:16Reply
Request for general inquiries email for UK Chines Embassy
I want to make an enquiry, not regarding Visa, is there an Email address in UK I can mail too
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Tina | Nov. 18, 2018 17:48

General Line of the Chinese embassy in UK: 020-72994049. E-mail of the Political Section of the embassy: political_ukmfa.gov.cn. For visa affairs please contact CVASC, Tel:020-77767888, E-mail: ukcentrevisaforchina.org
Asked by J from CHINA | Nov. 09, 2018 04:55Reply
How can I check when the passport is ready for collection?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah from FINLAND | Nov. 11, 2018 18:16

After you submit the application, you can get a pick up slip which shows the date of the recaption.
Asked by A Clarke from ENGLAND | Oct. 29, 2018 03:53Reply
travelling to Shanghi with a british passport
Hello I will be travelling to Shanghai in a few days time. I will be travelling on British Airways as a cling-on. My daughter is cabin crew and she will be working on the flight. Do I need to get a visa as I will be there for three days?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daley from GERMANY | Oct. 29, 2018 20:16

If your trip would be country A-Shanghai-country B, and you have confirmed ticket, not standby, you can use the 144h twov in Shanghai, and no visa will be needed.
Asked by Ivor richards from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 21, 2018 09:45Reply
Flying to shanghai to join ship
I join ship same day sailing to japan island then hong kong do i need a visa thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Daine from OMAN | Oct. 22, 2018 00:35

No, as you can enjoy free transit in Shanghai. Nice trip.
Asked by Ahmed from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 21, 2018 03:53Reply
T144 free visa Shanghai
I am travelling on British Passport from UK to Dubai on 10/12/2018.Then Dubai to Shanghai for 5 days.
Then Shanghai to Dubai for 3 days. Finally Dubai to back London.Can I get T144 twov at Shanghai Airport.

Answers (1)
Answered by Fitch from GERMANY | Oct. 22, 2018 00:34

You cannot get T144 twov at Shanghai Airport because Dubai-Shanghai-Dubai is not a transit.
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