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 Feb. 18, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.K.
Asked by Fed from ITALY | Mar. 20, 2019 11:34Reply
italian citizen in london
I am an Italian citizen and I live in London. I am planning a trip to China and I will need a tourist visa. Can I apply for it in your Embassy in London or I need to come back to Italy and apply there?

Answers (1)
Answered by Abell from HONDURAS | Mar. 20, 2019 20:52

It's possible for you to apply from the CVASC in London. You can have a try.
Asked by Mary Earle from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 18, 2019 13:14Reply
What is the current process for obtaining a chinese visa for myself from uk
Where do I get my visa, what documents do you need. Can it be obtained in one day. I appreciate your help. Thank you. Mary Earle
Answers (1)
Answered by Solomon | Mar. 19, 2019 18:09

If you want to apply L type, first, make an online appointment, and prepare your passport and copy of its data page, the application form, a passport-style photo, round trip air tickets and hotel reservation. Next, submit the application to CVASC. You can try to apply for 2 or 3 days rush service.
Asked by Kim from MALAYSIA | Mar. 16, 2019 06:40Reply
My husband and I are travelling through Asia , we are hoping to travel to China in 5 weeks
We are UK cititzens but will be in Thailand for next weeks then Japan for 10 days before hopefully China. Where should we apply in Thailand ( physically or online) what will the cost be. Thanks so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Edith from GREECE | Mar. 17, 2019 23:33

You can try to apply from the CVASC in Thailand in person, and it would cost THB1,750 per person.
Asked by Mario from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 10, 2019 01:04Reply
Appropriate travel document for my 1-year old to China (Chinese mother, non-Chinese father)
Hi, I have British and Italian nationalities. My son, 1 year old, holds the same both. My wife is Chinese and she has been in the UK for the past 3 years, so she doesn't have yet a British ILR. We are planning to travel to China in May to visit in-laws, and I am wondering what is the appropriate travel document. I thought my son would need a visa on his British passport like me, but, after searching online, it seems that this is not possible because he is considered a Chinese citizen, being born by Chinese mother that does not have settled status abroad. Can somebody please help here? Should I apply for a normal entry permit for him, or a Chinese Travel Document, as suggested online?
Answers (1)
Answered by Casey from KUWAIT | Mar. 10, 2019 20:17

If your son has British and Italian passport, you can apply for a normal visa for him, I suppose. You can contact the visa office to inquire the details.
Asked by Hayder from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 08, 2019 23:13Reply
Hello, i’m iraqi i have BRP Biometric Residence permit can i get visa to PRC.
Answers (1)
Answered by Natalie from GREECE | Mar. 10, 2019 20:14

It's possible for you to apply for Chinese visa. Just give it a try.
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