Visa Required:
Yes.
Visa Processing Time:
Consulate General Manchester: Normal Processing is 4 working days. Express service (next day service) takes 1 working day.
Consulate General Edinburgh: Usually 4 working days but Express Visa Processing is 3 working days.
CVASC London: Usually 4 working days but Express Visa Processing is 3 working days. Postal Applications take approximately 2 weeks.
Visa Appointment Required:
No. Appointment only required for applications to be made at CVASC London.
Visa Appointment Procedure:
Residents of Scotland & Northern Ireland: Applications are to be made at the Consulate General in Edinburgh: No appointment is needed for visa submission.
Residents of Derbyshire, Durham, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire: Applications are to be made at the Consulate General in Manchester. No appointment is needed for visa submission.
Residents of all remaining areas in UK (including London): Applications are to be made at Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) London. For this, appointment is needed and should be booked using the Online Booking System.
Visa Application Fee:
Normal Processing:
Single Entry: 20, Double: 30, Multiple (6months): 40, Multiple (12months): 60.
Additional Charges:
CVASC Normal Processing Charge (London Only): 34.50
CVASC Express Processing Charge (London Only): 46
Express Visa (3 day Processing): 15
Same Day Visa (Available at Manchester Only): 20
Payment is to be made during the collection of visa.
CVASC London: Payment is to be made with either cash or debit card.
Consulate General Edinburgh accepts cash, money order and company check. Other payments are not accepted. Money order or company check should be made payable to "Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh".
Consulate General Manchester: Only cash and postal orders are accepted.
Documents Required:
Application Form
Completed and signed visa application form with one recent passport sized photograph.
Passport
Valid for at least 6 months from the date of application with UK residence visa valid for at least 6 months. Passport should contain at least 2 blank pages.
Visa Notification
Applicants applying for special tour to China should provide visa notification issued by China National Tourism Administration or the tourism administration of related province, autonomous region or municipality directly under the Central Government. Special tour includes self-driving, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, hot air balloon, or other expeditions.
Postal Application:
Not available for applications to be made at Manchester or Edinburgh.
Available only for applicants who live in the areas whose applications are to be made at the Embassy of London.
Visa Application Procedure:
CVASC London: Applicants or anyone on their behalf should turn up at the CVASC during their appointed hour. They should then obtain queue number and then submit application when their number is called.
Applicants requesting the express service must lodge visa applications at the CVASC counter before 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday.
Consulate General Manchester: Submission hours are 9 am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. For the same day service, the applications must be made before 10:30 am (Please note that long queues are likely). The collection time for the same day service is between 11:30 am and 12:00 noon on that day.
Visa Collection Procedure:
CVASC London: The applicant can come back to the centre on the collection day or can request the centre to post the passport back by mail.
If the applicant has selected return mail delivery of passport by the Centre, the Centre will charge an additional 5 for Royal Mail Special Delivery service.
Status of the Postal Applications can be tracked using this link.
Consulate General Edinburgh: Applicant will be given a pickup form after submitting the visa application. Applicant or anyone can pickup the visa by submitting this pickup form. Visa is ready for collection at the Visa Office during office hours (9am to 12noon) after 3 or 4 working days from the date when the application is accepted. If the applicant wants to pick up their visa on the third day, please tick "express" on the application form.
Consulate General Manchester: Collection hours are 10 am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday.
General Visa Information:
Embassy advises the applicants to apply for a visa about one month in advance of the intended date of entry into China.
China Embassy Information:
CVSAC London:
Morley House,26 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2AT
Tel: 02078420960   
Fax: 02078420961   
Visa application:
9:00-15:00, Monday to Friday.
Payment and collection:
9:00-16:00, Monday to Friday.


Consulate General Manchester:
Denison House,
71 Denison Road, Rusholme
Manchester M14 5RX
Visa application:
9:00am-12:00, Monday to Friday.
Payment and collection:
10:00am-12:00, Monday to Friday.

Consulate General Edinburgh:
55 Corstorphine Road,
Edinburgh EH12 5QG
Visa Application/Submission:
9:00am-12:00, Monday to Friday

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