How do I apply for a visa to China?
If you are a UK passport holder and are planning a trip to the People’s Republic of China, you will require a visa, your permit to be in the country. If you don't have one you will be refused entry at the passport control. The rules are strict, and you must follow them exactly or you will not get your visa.
We have created a single form that will meet the criteria for all of the reasons for travelling to China, tourism, business study or media. Please complete the form and post it to Visa Bureau (c/o The Travel Visa Company Ltd), The Quadrangle, Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, CW1 6UY along with your documents.
Call 0161 260 0335
for more details if you are stuck
The only exception to this is if you are a UK passport holder and are changing planes in China, you can stay within the airport boundries for upto 24 hours so long as you have an onward ticket.
You DON'T need a visa for Hong Kong or Macau SAR if you are visiting for less than 90 days (if you hold a UK passport).
There are several different types of visa, each one having a letter to identify it (such as 'L-Visa'). The letters refer to the sound of the Chinese word in the Chinese alphabet, so they don't make a lot of sense. The main visas are the tourist visa, or L-Visa and the business visa or M-Visa.
Visas are issued at the Manchester Chinese Consulate in Rusholme (Please note that only Chinese passport holders can go to the Chinese consulate to apply for their visa, this must be submitted and collected IN PERSON, either by the applicant, or by an entrusted third party, including travel visa and passport company's).
With China Visa Bureau you can apply by post or in person (NO appointment needed). We will take your application(s) and submit them. We will also collect your passport and post it on to you if you require.
We promise if you choose to get your visa with us you will receive a service that’s second to none.
If applying in person, you will need to visit China Visa Bureau (c/o The Travel Visa Company Ltd), The Quadrangle, Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, CW1 6UY (ample free parking).
There are 2 services China Visa Bureau can offer to you
- Regular 4 working day service
- 72 hour urgent service which is the fastest possible service to obtain a Chinese Visa.This service is 72 working hours Mon - Fri, 9:00am - 5:30pm
- Both services start from the day we receive all your correct documents (so please make sure you send us all the correct documents so it doesn’t delay the time for you).
Visa's are generally granted, but be warned that they are especially careful in vetting applicants who were born in China and now hold a UK passport, or who are second generation Chinese immigrants (ie if your parents were born in mainland China). You will have to submit copies of your birth certificate as well as the other documents they ask for, and the applications can take a little longer.
Applicants from journalists, or from those going to China to interview someone, are also vetted carefully, and a different visa is required for those intending to do any reporting (see the end of this page).
For all visa types, your passport MUST have at least six months validity left on it, and MUST have two empty visa pages.