U.K.

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 Maureen from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 20, 2019 10:45Reply
I arrive in Beijing on 6th October and sail out of Tianjin on 7th October.
Do I need a visa for less than a 48 hr transit?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daniel from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 20, 2019 19:24
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Yes, you need.
Asked by Deborah Roberts from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 18, 2019 11:25Reply
Holiday in Thailand , Wuhan for 2 days then back Thailand do I need visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Azhar from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 20, 2019 17:52
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Yes, you need.
Asked by Michael Wilson from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 17, 2019 05:05Reply
Exhibition Visit for 4 days
I intend to visit Shanghai for an exhibition from the U.K., staying for 3 nights, then returning to U.K.
Do I need a visa? Which type? Is there a visa centre in Manchester?
Answers (1)
Answered by Belinda from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 19, 2019 23:08
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Michael, you need a visa and can apply for tourist L type. Plus, you can submit your application at CVASC in Manchester.
Asked by Lester from UK | May. 11, 2019 05:31Reply
Uk national transit in fuzhou (less than 24 hours)
Hi
Im arriving from taiwan into fuzhou and then on to paris.. i will be in fuzhou less than 24 hours..im ok because i see conflicting views and cant get a definate answer from an embassy, airline or the airport..
They all seem to keep passing me back and forth
Cheers
Answers (1)
Answered by Rebecca from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 13, 2019 00:53
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Lester, as far as I know, anyone transiting in Fuzhou need to get a transit visa no matter how long the layover is. So you need to get a transit visa in advance.
Asked by Rita Fletcher from SCOTLAND | May. 07, 2019 12:16Reply
Do I need to make an appointment to apply for a visa in Edinburgh
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 07, 2019 20:40
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Yes, it's compulsory to make an appointment on the website of the CVASC.
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