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Chinese Embassy in United Kingdom

  • Name Chinese Embassy in United Kingdom
  • Address: 49-51 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON W1B 1JL
  • Tel: 0044-20-72994049, 07
  • Fax: 0044-20-76362981, 76
  • Office hours: 9:00am-12:00noon Monday-Friday
  • Website: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk

Tourist (L) Visa Application

Visa Office of the Chinese Embassy is only responsible for Diplomatic, Service, Courtesy visa application and Visa-exemption Certificate. Chinese Visa Application Service Center is responsible for visa application of L-tourist, F-business, X-study, Z-work, G-transit, C-crew, and D-permanent residence.

The Chinese Embassy Visa Office

  • Website: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/
  • Office Hours: 9:00am –12:00 noon (Monday to Friday, Except British and Chinese holidays)
  • Address: 31 Portland Place, London, W1B 1QD, London, W1B 1QD
  • Tel: 020–7631 1430 (09:00am–12:00 noon and 2:00pm–4:00pm by operator, during the rest of the day by auto-attendant)
  • Fax: 020–7436 9178
  • E-mail: visa@chinese-embassy.org.uk

Holiday schedule for 2011

In the year of 2011, the Consular Department of the Chinese Embassy in UK will be closed to observe Chinese and British public holidays: New Year, Chinese New Year, Easter Day, International Worker's Day, Summer Bank Holiday, Mid-Autumn Day, National Day, Christmas (including Boxing Day).

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Manchester

  • Website: http://manchester.chineseconsulate.org/eng/default.htm
  • Address: Denison House, 71 Denison Road, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5RX, United Kingdom
  • Office Hours: 9 am–12 noon, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
  • E-mail Address for General Inquiry: Chinaconsul_man_uk@mfa.gov.cn

Visa Office

Inquiry: 0044–161–2248672 (answered by staff 2:00am–4:30pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays)
Tel: 0044–161–2247443(Chinese citizen consular assistance only, not for general inquiry)
Fax: 0044–161–2572672

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Edinburgh

  • Website: http://edinburgh.chineseconsulate.org/
  • Address: Corstorphine Road. Edinburgh EH12 5QG
  • Office Hours: 9:00am–12:00noon, Monday to Friday except the regular Chinese and British public holidays and the Spring Bank Holiday (May 30, Monday) and Chinese Dragon-Boating Festival (June 6, Monday)
  • Information Center: 0131–3373220 (3:30pm–4:30pm)
  • Fax: 0131–3371790
  • Email: edinburgh_chineseconsulate@mfa.gov.cn (The email is for visa, passport, authentication and legalization applicants only.)

Getting a Visa in Visa Center

1. Tourist (L) Visa Application

You should submit your visa application to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in person. If you can not submit the visa application by yourself, you can entrust someone (relative, friend, or a travel agent) to submit on your behalf. Before your submission, you must make an appointment online before submission of your application to the Centre. Post application is acceptable. Postal application is accepted.

If you are planning to tour Tibet, you should contact the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region (Tel: 0086–891–6834315; Fax: 0086–891–6820410).

Documents Required

  • For individual: A neatly filled out L visa form, passport (with at least 6 months validity and at least on blank visa page), and a 2 inch passport style photo. Applicants are planning to tour Tibet should provide a visa notification form which is issued by Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
  • For group tour: A visa notification form issued by authorized travel agencies in China, a name list of the members of the tour group, original passport of each group member and a photocopy of the information page of each passport and a letter (including the group number, total number of group members, contact person and the itinerary of the tour) issued by the travel agency which organizes the tour.

Fee and Payment Method

The total amount of the fees to be paid by an applicant is visa fees adding application service fees. Cash or debit card can be accepted but postal applications fee is paid by debit card only. If you prefer to have your passport returned by post, an additional service fee of £15 (exclusive of VAT) will be charged. If you do not provide a prepaid Royal Mail special delivery return envelope, the visa centre will provide one with £6 (exclusive of VAT) postage charge.

Schedule of Fees (Unit: British Pound)

Fee category Amount
UK Citizen US Citizen Third Country Citizen
Visa Fees Single entry 30 70 20
Double entries 45 70 30
Multiple entries/6 Months 90 70 40
Multiple entries /1& year 180 70 60
Extra visa fee(3rd working day

15(if you apply for Express service)
Application Service Fees Regular Service(4th working day
36.00 (VAT inclusive)
Express Service(3rd working day
48.00 (VAT inclusive)
Postal Service (apply by post) 54.00 (VAT inclusive)

Processing Time

  • The regular processing time is 4 working days (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Thursday).
  • Express service is 3 working days processing (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Wednesday). Please note that express service is only available to those customers who submit applications to the visa counter before 12:00 at noon, Monday to Friday.
  • Group visas will be ready for collection 5 working days after submission.
  • There is no same day service or next day service.
  • Postal applications will be processed and returned within 5 to 14 working days on the condition that the documentation is in good order and no further requirements involved. The Centre is unable to provide express services for postal applications.

Visa Pick-Up

You should pick up your visa on the pick-up date specified in the receipt. The receipt must be presented.

Where to Apply Tourist (L) Visa

You should go to the London or Manchester office of Visa Application Service Centre to apply your visa.

Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in London

  • Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/LON_EN/
  • Office Address: Morley House 26 Holborn Viaduct London, EC1A 2AT United Kingdom
  • Nearest tube station: Chancery Lane (Central Line)
  • Bus routes: Number 8, 25, 521 (Holborn Circus Bus Stop)
  • Office Hours: Monday–Friday
  • Application Submission: 9 am–3 pm
  • Payment and Passport Collection: 9 am–4 pm

The Centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Call: 0207 842 0960
  • Fax: 0207 842 0961
  • E-mail: ukcentre@visaforchina.org

Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Manchester

  • Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/MAN_EN/
  • Address: First floor, 75 Mosley Street Manchester M2 3HR United Kingdom
  • Office Hours: Monday– Friday
  • Application Submission: 9 am–3 pm
  • Payment and Collection: 9 am–4 pm

The Centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Call: 01612361070(xxxxxx)
  • Email: manchestercentre@visaforchina.org

Holiday Schedule for 2011: New year's Day, Chinese Spring Festival, Good Friday, Easter, Royal Wedding Bank Holiday, Early May, Spring Bank holiday, Summer Bank holiday, Mid-Autumn Festival, The Chinese National Day, Christmas Day.

Note: This information was last updated on Dec. 31, 2010. See the embassy website for confirmation: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/