:: Passport valid for six months on exit
:: Two blank visa pages in passport
:: Copy of passport information page
:: Signed declaration form
:: Proof of status
All applicants must submit a valid visa or certificate of stay, residence, employment or student status. Please provide both the original and a clear colour photocopy.
:: Completed and signed application form
The application form must be completed online – handwritten forms will not be accepted. Please ensure all questions are answered in full, and all names and details exactly match those in your passport. Applicants are advised to make sure they provide the full name, address, area code and telephone number of both their hotel and inviting organisation (where applicable) in the relevant section of the form. The embassy is likely to reject your application if you fail to do so
Once you have completed the online form, print it out, then sign and date, ready to submit to us along with the other application requirements.
If you require further assistance with the online application form, we can complete it on your behalf for an additional fee of £35. Please see our Services page or contact us for further information.
NB. When filling out the online application form, you should select London as the location for submitting your form. Please DO NOT book an appointment after you’ve completed the form – we will do that on your behalf.
If you would prefer to attend an appointment in Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast, we can still assist with form-filling, application checks and booking an appointment, but will not be able to accompany you to the application centre.
:: One recent passport photograph
This must be uploaded to the online application form as a JPEG (file size 40KB – 120KB). We can scan and convert your passport photo for an additional fee. Please see our Services page or contact us for further information.
Please note, the passport photo must clearly show your forehead and ears, but no jewellery (including earrings). Click here to view full passport photo guidelines for Chinese visa applications.
:: Biometric information, provided in person
Applicants aged between 14 and 70 must provide biometric information (fingerprints and photograph) in person at the Chinese visa processing centre on the day of application. The biometric process is compulsory and applications from travellers who refuse to give their fingerprints will automatically be rejected.
All appointments for applicants using our service will be at 8.45am.
:: Letter of invitation OR proof of travel arrangements
A letter of invitation can be issued by a company, individual, authorised tourism unit or public institution in China. It must include the name, address, fax and telephone number of the inviting party, and should state the applicant’s full name, date of birth, passport number and gender. It must also provide details of the applicant’s relationship to the host, and note duration, dates and purpose of trip, locations to be visited, and source of financial support while in China.
The letter must be no more than three months old, and should be written on company letterhead, bearing the official company stamp (where applicable). The signatory (your sponsor or host) must sign and print their name in Chinese characters, and should also submit a copy of the information page from their passport. The signature on the invitation letter must be exactly the same as the signature in the passport. If your host is a private individual, they must also submit a copy of their Chinese ID card.
As an alternative to a letter of invitation, you may provide proof of travel arrangements. When submitting, please include a confirmed hotel booking which clearly states your name, plus full flight details covering travel to and from China.
The hotel and flight booking details must clearly state entry and exit dates for both trips if you are applying for a double-entry visa.
:: Copy of previous Chinese visa(s), if applicable
Applicants who have previously travelled to China must submit a good quality photocopy of their most recent visa.
:: Personal statement, if applicable
If you have a valid (current) Chinese visa in your passport, this must be cancelled before a new one can be issued. Please provide a letter, addressed to the Chinese Embassy, explaining why you require a new visa.
:: Birth certificate, if applicable
Applicants under the age of 18 must supply their original birth certificate and a good quality photocopy. They must also submit both parents’ passports, along with a copy of the information page from each one. Children’s applications must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, and both must also sign section five of the application form if their signatures are shown in the child’s passport.