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Chinese Visas

Telephone: 0808 164 22 24 (Mon - Fri, 9 AM - 5 PM)

e: (Mon - Sun, 8 AM - 8 PM)

Due to current restrictive opening times at the Chinese consulate, all Visa processing will take approximately 1 week.Therefore only the standard processing options are available. Unfortunately these timings are out of our control. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

A new temporary form called the “Health Declaration Form” has been introduced by the Chinese, applicants now have to sign it when applying for a Visa, as well as getting the Covid-19 test done. We will email you that form at the time of your visa application being made. NB: Applicants also have to get another test done no more than 5 days before the flight. A client recently reported to us that he was refused boarding as his test was 11 minutes out of date, so we recommend that you check the up-to-date conditions with your airline.

Kind Regards,

Travel Direct Team.

NB: All tourist and business visas issued to UK passport holders are valid for up to 2 years and are multiple-entry.

The Chinese government requires all visa applicants aged 14 – 70 to submit their bio-metrical data (fingerprints) by pre-arranged appointment in London or Edinburgh. Waiting times at the embassy for the fingerprinting appointments are usually 2 - 4 days. Occasionally appointments at very short notice come up due to cancellations, if you need a fast track visa please contact us as early as you can to book your bio metrics appointment. During your fingerprinting session one of our staff in London or Edinburgh will accompany you throughout the process.


(Our all-inclusive prices include the actual visa ready for your travels, the Chinese embassy fees and our admin fees).

• CHINESE VISA BY POST (for persons aged under 14 / over 70), 5 WORKING DAYS PROCESSING - £240.00 (Incl. VAT)

• CHINESE VISA BY POST (for persons aged under 14 / over 70), 2 WORKING DAYS PROCESSING - £290.00 (Incl. VAT)

• CHINESE VISA (for persons aged 14-70 years), 4 WORKING DAYS PROCESSING - £270.00 (Incl. VAT)

• CHINESE VISA (for persons aged 14-70 years), FAST TRACK 48 H PROCESSING - £380.00 (Incl. VAT)

Processing times start from the time of submission of your application/fingerprints to the Chinese consulate, include working days only and do not include postage/delivery time. For example, if a Fast Track 48 hours application is submitted to the Chinese consulate on Monday morning, your visa will be ready on Wednesday morning, an application submitted on Tuesday will have the visa issued on Thursday and so on. Please note that the acceptance of your visa application, the visa processing time, the visa type and the terms are always at the sole discretion of the Chinese Consulate. Visa fees are not refundable.


Step 1: Complete the following form:

Chinese Visa Application Form. Your personal data will not be passed to any third parties except where it is required for the visa processing purposes.

Step 2: Please also prepare the following items:

• VALID PASSPORT, it must have at least two blank pages. Your passport will be kept by the Chinese consulate for the duration of the visa processing.

• FOR BUSINESS VISAS: Letter of invitation, this has to be a letter from a Chinese company/organisation with the company stamp and the inviter's signature.

• FOR TOURIST VISAS: A copy of your travel bookings with your name shown on them, or a letter of invitation from your host in China.

• FOR WORK (Z) VISAS: a copy of the work permit from your Chinese employer. The earliest you can apply for a Z visa is 3 months prior to your entry to China.

• PRE-PAID SPECIAL DELIVERY return addressed envelope available from the Post Office.

Step 3: Make payment.

Payment should be made by the time we receive your application form as we start working on it immediately. Payment can be made by postal order made payable to Travel Direct (UK) Ltd., by a bank transfer, or on-line (below). When paying by a bank transfer please state the applicant's surname as reference. If you require a detailed VAT receipt/invoice please contact us.

Bank details for bank and internet transfers:

Travel Direct UK ltd. Sortcode: 801120. Account: 06030445. SWIFT CODE/BIC: BOFSGB21002. IBAN: GB33 BOFS 80112006030445.

On-line links for paying by debit / credit cards - please click on the type of service required:

Chinese Visa (for under 14's and over 70's only), 5 working days processing £240.00

Chinese Visa (for under 14's and over 70's only), 2 working days processing £290.00

Chinese Visa, 4 working days processing £270.00

Chinese Visa, 48 hours processing £380.00


After receiving your application form and the payment, we will process and prepare your documents for the Chinese embassy. Depending on the urgency of your visa application we will contact you within 30 min (for most urgent applications) and 2 working days (for regular applications) by phone or by email to arrange an appointment for your bio-metrics (fingerprints) to be taken. Once the visa is issued, we will collect it and send it to you by post or a courier of your choice.