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How to Apply for a China Visa in London


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As China takes it place of the world stage in a dominant way the demand for Chinese tourist and business visas have exploded over the last decade. As a subsequent result, the requirements for a China visa have also changed as well with applications being processed on the quickest turn-around time of 3 working days, and the slowest service is 5 working days. With such short timeframes, it is important to be clear on the process and what is required, especially if you are travelling to China on short notice.

Stage 1: Ensure you have sufficient time between your trip start date and travel

As mentioned, ensure that you have at least 3 working days available between when you can visit the embassy and when you fly out. This applies for both Chinese tourist visa applications and China business visa applications as well. If you are using postal applications, then you will need to have several weeks processing time.

Stage 2: Complete the application forms provided by the China visa centre

The forms are downloadable from the Chinese visa site or many agent sites. They can be printed and completed by hand or alternatively you can enter your details into the relevant entry fields as provided. Ensure that each part of the form is completed as accurately and detailed as possible. Do not leave any parts incomplete. For the part where it says ‘inviter in China’, you can use the hotel you are staying at and put their details into it.

Stage 3: Visit the China visa centre or send the application to an agent

Once you have completed and compiled the information then you can visit the main Chinese visa centre in London. The Visa applications can be submitted between 9:00-15:00 on working days. You will need to queue, and can provide your details to one of the front desk clerks. For business visa applicants, please ensure you have letters of invitation and letters of support as well and are formally written.

Stage 4: Collection of the visa and payment

Depending on the service that you have used, you can collect the visa from the centre that you initially lodged at. The payment and collection times are 9:00-16:00 on working days. You will need to provide the receipt that you would have been provided by the visa officer when you first submitted your application. You will need to pay for the visa and upon payment your passport will be returned to you.

For non UK passport holders no additional information is required for the application, however for French passport holders, proof of travel, itineraries and a letter stating the purpose of travel will be required. There are two main types of tourist visas which are a single and double entry visa. The visa does not allow for more than a 30 day stay in China. For Chinese business visa applicants, 1 year multi entry visas are available.

For more information we can be contact at rapid visas for expert advice.


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