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Instructions On How To Apply For A Chinese Visa (May 2008)

Please note that, since 26th June,2008, all the regular passport holders applying for L (Tourism), F (Business), X (Studying), Z (Employment), G (Transit), C (Crew), J (Journalism) or D (Residence) visa should make the on-line appointment to submit the application to the Chinese Embassy. If no successful appointment can be made, application can be submitted to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) either by post, or in person with or without an appointment.

Those who hold Diplomatic, Service (Official) passport, or are qualified for the Chinese Diplomatic, Service, courtesy visa and visa-exempt certificate, or apply for Hong Kong visa/entry permit, can still submit the application directly to the Chinese Embassy without appointment.

Applications by post to the Embassy are not accepted. Applicants should submit their applications in person or entrust a third party to submit their applications on their behalf to the visa office of Chinese Embassy in the UK or to Chinese Consulate-General in Manchester or Edinburgh.

Interviews may be required by the visa officer if necessary. Visa may be refused without detailed explanation.

Checklist for visa application:

A. All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

(1) A valid original passport. There must be blank visa pages in the passport. Pages for endorsements or amendments can not be used as a visa page. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months, or 9 months for a multi-entry

(2) One completed Chinese Visa Application Form (please click to download)signed by the applicant. Children's application form can be signed by their parents or guardians;

(3) One recent passport photograph affixed to the visa application form. Life photos, copied photos and digital photos printed on ordinary paper are not acceptable.

B. Additional documents:

1. L visa

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) A copy of outward and return flight ticket booking, also called the itinerary;

(3) A copy of Chinese hotel booking (please note the applicants who are below 14 years old or born in China (including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) as shown in the passport are not required to provide this);

If the applicant is going to stay at a relative or friend's home while visiting China, and therefore unable to provide hotel booking, an invitation letter containing the inviter's home address and telephone, and a copy of the inviter's ID card or residence permit should be provided instead.

For applicants who are going to Tibet, an entry permit issued by Tibetan Tourist Bureau is required . (Fax number of Tibetan Tourist Bureau: 0086-891-6834632; Telephone number:0086-891-6834313)

2. F visa

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) A copy of outward and return flight ticket booking;

(3) A copy of Chinese hotel booking;

(4) Visa Notification Form (which is issued by the relevant department of Chinese government, companies or institutions, under the authorization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Detailed information can be obtained from the Foreign Affairs Office of the relevant province, autonomous region and municipality where the inviting party resides.);

3. X visa (for studying more than 6 months in China)

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) JW-201 or JW-202 form issued by the Ministry of Education of China;

(3) A letter of admission from a Chinese University/College.

4. Z visa (for long-term working)

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) An employment permit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security or the State Administration of Foreign Experts of China;

(3) An invitation letter from a relevant Department of Chinese Government or a government-authorized company.

5. J-1 or J-2 visa (for journalism)

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) A letter from a relevant Department of Chinese government;

(3) A letter from the employer.

6. G visa (for transit through China)

(1) Documents mentioned in part A;

(2) A copy of Chinese hotel booking;

(3)A copy of outward and return flight ticket booking;

(4) A valid visa for the country of destination.

NOTE 1: For applicants from some specific countries, additional documents other than those mentioned above may be required.

NOTE 2: Applicants should check the issued visa upon collection and if necessary raise any queries at the same time. If there is no immediate query relating to the issued visa, the applicant is held responsible under any circumstances thereafter.

(Latest updated on 20th June,2008)

Important Notes:

1. The Chinese Diplomatic Service in UK has recently reorganised their application process. Please check at which location you should submit your application. In particular, applicants living South of Manchester will now have to go to London!

2. Also remember you can apply via Courier Service - as going to London for your visa may not be time or cost effective

3. Embassy opening hours are usually 9 am till midday, Monday to Friday only. Same day visa's may be collected the same afternoon by arrangement

4. Applications by post are usually not allowed - please check this yourself

This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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