We have tried to answer some of the most commonly asked questions, however, if we have not answered all of your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us
Q: Who requires a visa to visit China?
A: A visa is required by ALL travellers to China or via China (in transit) to an onward destination.
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong and Macao?
A: No, if you are travelling as a tourist or on a business trip a visa is not required for a UK passport holder. Please note that no entry will be permitted to Mainland China through any route without a visa.
Q: Do I need anything additional papers to visit Tibet?
A: YES, a Tibet Permit. For this a full itinerary will be required and a valid Chinese Visa.
Q: How long before I travel should I apply for my visa?
A: You cannot apply until 3 months before your departure date - We suggest applying a month before you depart.
Q: How long does it take to obtain a visa from the Chinese embassy?
A : It normally takes 5-7 working days to process.
Q: What type of passport do I need?
A: You need to have a passport with at least TWO blank consecutive pages.
For a Single or Double entry visa, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months;
For a Multiple entry visa, your passport must be valid for at least 12 Months
Q: How long is a visa valid for?
A: Tourist visa:
A single or double entry tourist visa is usually valid for entry within 3 month from the date of issue and is valid for a trip up to 30 days
The Multiple Entry Business visa is available for the following 3 periods:
Half a year
All valid from the date of issue
Q: If I do not travel can I obtain refund of the cost of the visa
Q: If my application is declined by the Embassy, can I obtain refund of the cost of the visa?
Q: What extra documents do I need for children under 18 years old and of Chinese origin?
A: Applicants under 18 years old and of Chinese origin applying for a Chinese visa for the first time should provide the following documents:
1. The child's full birth certificate which must show both parents' names (original and copy);
2. Passports of both parents (original and copy of information page);
3. If one or both parents are Chinese passport holders, the permanent residence permit or valid UK visa (original and copy) of the Chinese passport holder is required;
4. Old Chinese passport (if applied) or People's Republic of China Exit and Entry Permit (if applied). NB: If you have previously successfully applied for a Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy London, you do not need to provide the above documents. The above documents are only required from first-time Chinese visa applicants
Q: If I am an EU Citizen, do I need to provide any other documents?
A: You need to fill in extra forms (form V.2011B). Please contact our office for further information.