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: zj_uk@mfa.gov.cn
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
Consulate General of PRC in Manchester Greater Manchester, Durham, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear
Consulate General of PRC in Belfast Northern Ireland

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 four 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

CVASC in Belfast

Office Hours: 09:00-15:00 (Submission); 09:00-16:00 (Payment and Collection), Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Address: Chinese Welfare Association, 1 Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast BT7 1GB
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.

2021 Holiday Schedule of the CVASC in London

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Friday
Chinese New Year February 11 - 12 Thursday - Friday
Good Friday April 2 Friday
Easter Monday April 5 Monday
Early May Bank Holiday May 3 Monday
Spring Bank Holiday May 31 Monday
Summer Bank Holiday August 30 Monday
Chinese National Day October 1 - 4 Friday - Monday
Christmas December 25 - 28 Saturday - Tuesday
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 updated on Oct. 10, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.K.
Asked by Mike Lynn from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 06, 2022 23:43Reply
Can someone enter China for visiting family now for 6+ months or not? also, is vaccine required or n
If travelling from the UK to China as a non-Chinese with a wife in China, can such a person enter China for visiting family now for 6+ months or not? ...also, is a COVID-vaccine required or not?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ruby | Oct. 10, 2022 02:26

You can now enter China to visit your wife for 6+ or even more months. As for COVID-vaccine issues, you'd better contact the embassy directly because things change. As I know, previously, people entering china were asked to take COVID-vaccines beforehand.
Asked by Mohammed daud from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 29, 2021 05:06Reply
Visa requirement
Hello sir/madam I would like to know is the Chinese visa available now for British passport holders business and visit visa and if is available so what’s the requirements if not and when will be available? I’m waiting for your answer to hearing from you.
Thank you..
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Jul. 04, 2021 20:19

I'm afraid it's not available now. We can expect it will be available in the next year.
Asked by Max Kirkby from CHINA | Jun. 22, 2021 05:41Reply
Visit UK from China
I live and work in Shanghai and have associated work and residence permits. I have had two doses of an approved Chinese vaccine in Shanghai and got associated paperwork. I would like to visit the UK in late July to take of my elderly Parents for one month before returning to Shanghai. Is this possible? If so any particular steps I should take to facilitate a smooth return to Shanghai?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom | Jun. 28, 2021 00:29

It's possible but time-consuming. After returning back to China, you need to go on a quarantine for 14 days long in a hotel room. Before boarding the flight back here, you will need to do covid tests and get a green code using the wechat app. See details: travelchinaguide.com/china-travel-restrictions.htm
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