The Chinese tourist visa is required for most passport holders wishing to travel to China for tourism, holidays and sightseeing. Regardless of the length of your trip, it is likely you will require a visa. Fortunately, all the information you need is here and we can help you to obtain your visa. Please read carefully through the entire page as additional documents may be required from you depending on your circumstances.
Other Chinese visas:
Download the visa application form from this web page. The form can be downloaded below You can then save it to your computer.
Print out and begin filling in the form with a black pen. If you have any questions regarding the form, please call us for advice free of charge. We are more than happy to help you.
Send the application and your passport to us along with any additional documents mentioned on the form. It is best to post it using a secure service such as Royal Mail Special Delivery or another courier company.
Copies of flight tickets (or booking confirmation) showing entry and exit from China. Your flight tickets would need to show your flight all the way from the UK to China, including any connections if applicable.
If you are applying for a double entry visa then all flights must be accounted for, if travelling by public transport you must provide a letter addressed to the Chinese Embassy explaining how you travel from Hong Kong/Taiwan etc. back to mainland China.
There are two ways to prove your stay in China:
Copies of hotel booking for the entire stay in China. If you are applying for a double entry visa then all bookings must be accounted for. If you are staying with friends or family they must issue you with a signed invitation letter which must include your full name, gender, DOB, passport number, purpose of visit, intended entry and exit date, relationship with the inviter and source of financial support for your trip to China. The letter must include the inviter’s name, address, ID number, contact telephone number and signature of the inviter, also a copy of their ID, or if they are staying on a visa a copy of the visa as well.
If you have been invited to China by a friend/relative and you are staying at their place then a (Hotel booking is not required) but you will need to provide an invitation letter from the inviter, this must be a formal, signed letter and must state the following:
Information of the inviterFor personal inviter: (including Chinese citizen, residence from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan holding legal residence in mainland China, and foreign citizen holding legal residence in mainland China): name, contact number, address and signature. You must provide a copy of Id of the inviter if he/she is a Chinese national or a copy of the main page of the passport if is non Chinese national also a copy of his valid visa/residence status.
Your photograph needs to be exactly 45x35mm. This is the standard passport photograph size and can be obtaining from the majority of the photo booths in the country.
The photo needs to have taken with the last 3 months. If you use the same photograph that is in your passport then your application would not be accepted.
The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous tone and printed on proper photographic paper.
The passport should be valid for at least another 6 months. If it is due to expire before then, you will need to get a new passport. Additionally, if the passport was issued less than 6 months ago, you will need to include your previous passport with the application.
The passport needs to have two completely free pages facing each other in order that the visa can be stamped in. If you do not have two pages side by side then you will need to get a new passport.
You must hold a valid UK passport in order to apply under the standard conditions. If you hold another type of passport, please see the additional documentation section on this page to find out what else you need to include.
You can include cash with your application when you are sending the application forms to us. You would find the appropriate amount on the order form.
You can include a Cheque or Postal Order with your application when you are sending it to us. If so, please make it payable to Visa24.
You can pay by BACS bank transfer while your application is being processed. If you choose this option, we shall invoice you once we have received your application and you make the payment while the embassy considers your request.
There are three different ways to receive your passport and visa when the process is complete. You can select the option on the order form that you download and print out from this web page. The options are:
|Shipping Service||Additional cost|
|Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day||£10|
|Royal Mail Special Deliver Next Day with Consequential Loss||£16|
|Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day (9am delivery)||£20|
How do I pay?
Cheque/Postal Order: You can include a cheque or postal order with the application making it payable to VISA24.
Cash: You can pay by cash upon submission or collection of your passport. You can also send us the cash payment with your application, we would then recommend sending this via recorded mail.
Bank Transfer: You or your company can pay by bank transfer by choosing “Bank Transfer” on the payment options on our order form. You will then receive an email from us with our bank details and an itemised invoice.
Visa24 is not affiliated with the government of China. If you want to apply for a visa directly with the Chinese Embassy, you can make an appointment to go in person. Click here for the Chinese Embassy website in the United Kingdom.
Since we receive many questions about getting a Chinese visa, we have put together this informal guide about Chinese tourist visa or Chinese travel visa. Traditionally, you have had to visit the Chinese Embassy in London to start the application process for your Chinese visitor visa. This meant making an appointment first, visiting the embassy at least two times, filling out the china visa form, and spending several hours traveling and waiting in line, resulting in lost income due to missing 2 days from work.
As air travel prices came down, the popularity of this great country has grown and demand for a tourist visa to china has increased a lot but there was still only one place to get the Chinese visa UK wide. This has further increased the waiting time and has put the pressure on officials to come up with an alternative solution. A different method for getting a visa for China was implemented.
They have allowed visa agencies like Visa 24 to file visa applications instead of the person who is traveling. Now all you need to do is to download and fill out an application for your tourist visa for China, send in the form along with your passport, photograph, and any additional documents – you can find the exact document required higher on this page – pay a small service fee on top of the embassy fee and you are all set. Instead of having just one place to get China visa UK wide, you can now save all the time used to be lost on travel and also save your lost revenue from work.
Stop reading all the confusing information online about how to get a Chinese visa and let us do the work for you. We will review all the paperwork before submitting and ensure that your application process will be smooth and you won’t lose precious time due to missing paperwork. Once your China tourist visa is ready, we will send it to you or notify you that it is ready to be picked up, depending on which method you have chosen for getting your passport back.