Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an China Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid six months beyond entry date
    • Be issued as a full validity passport 
    • Not be damaged in any way

  2. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must:

    • Have a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months

  3. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation is required. In order to fulfil this particular requirement the applicant can choose from one of the two options detailed below:


    A letter of invitation from the company to be visited in China. A copy is acceptable. This letter must:
    • Be printed on A4 company letterhead paper
    • Include the full name and address of the inviting company
    • Include the fax and phone number of the inviting company
    • State the applicants full name, passport number, date of birth and gender exactly as it appears on their passport
    • State the relationship between the applicant and the inviter
    • State the applicants source of financial support whilst in China
    • Include the date(s) of entry and exit
    • Include the length of stay and number of entries required
    • Specify the place and purpose of the visit
    • Bear the official company stamp
    • Bear the signature of the representative of the inviting company
    • Be issued within the last six months
    • Not be an email

    Invitations supplied with a company "chop" stamp must be accompanied by a copy of the Chinese Company Licence


    A sample letter of invitation can be found in the application pack


    Or


    A letter of invitation from the Chinese Foreign Ministry. A copy is acceptable. This letter must:
    • Be printed on A4 paper
    • Be issued by a Duly Authorised Unit
    • Bear the seal and signature of the inviting unit
    • State the applicants date of birth
    • Be issued within the last six months

    A sample invitation of duly authorised unit can be found in the application pack


    VisaExpress can obtain an Official Government Business Invitation (Visa Notification Letter) on your behalf.  This must be ordered with the China visa application by simultaneously filling in the Applicant Itinerary and Declaration Letter. We also need the VisaExpress Chinese Invitation Order Form which can be found within the VisaExpress Application Pack. The current processing time for this service is eight working days which includes the issuance of the visa. 

  4. Copy of Passport

    A photocopy of the following document(s) must be submitted to VisaExpress:

    • A clear colour copy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport
    • A clear colour copy of the applicant's valid proof of legal status in the UK where applicable

    Applicants who fail to supply the necessary photocopies will be charged a £10.00 + VAT fee and risk a delay in the submission of the application as VisaExpress will make the copies on the applicants behalf.

  5. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form

    • Applicants must fully complete all answers to all questions
    • Applicants whose occupation includes media related activities must state their full job title in 1.15  
    • Applicants who are self employed must supply a full and detailed job title in 1.15
    • Questions that do not apply to the applicant must be completed as "not applicable"  
    • Handwritten forms must be completed in block capitals and black ink only
    • There can be no handwritten changes or correction fluid
    • Applicants must sign the form in the original
    • Each page of the application form must be printed on separate sheets of A4 paper
    • Signature on visa form must match signature on passport  


    Please refer to the China Visa Application Instructions which can be found here

  6. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaExpress website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaExpress Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  7. Applicants of Chinese Origin

    First time China Visa applicants born in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) or those who have previously held Chinese nationality need to supply their former Chinese Passport and/or Identity Card plus their original Hong Kong/Macau ID or original Taiwan mainland Travel Permit. Applicants applying for a China Visa for the second or subsequent time must supply their current or former passport with Chinese Visa


    Applicants who have never held a Hong Kong ID card must supply a cover letter stating this and explaining the reason why. A copy is acceptable.


    The applicants name as stated on the Chinese Passport and/or Hong Kong ID card must be identical to the name on their current passport.

  8. Media Professionals

    Applicants whose occupation includes media related activities are usually only issued a one month single entry visa.

  9. Travel to Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau

    Travellers entering Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau are advised to research these destinations individually as separate regulations may apply

  10. Proof of Previous Visa(s)

    Applicants who have previously been issued one or more Chinese visa must:

    • Supply a clear copy of their most recently issued visa
    • Supply a clear copy of the information page(s) of the passport in which the old visa was issued
    • Supply the original cancelled passport if it contains a valid visa


    Applicants who fail to supply the necessary photocopies will be charged a £10.00 + VAT fee and risk a delay in the submission of the application as VisaExpress will make the copies on the applicants behalf.

    Applicants who are no longer in possession of the passport containing previous visas must submit an original personal statement addressed to the Embassy explaining why this is the case. 

  11. Applicants of Turkish Origin

    Applicants of Turkish origin are requested to submit an original invitation from the company in China

  12. Applicants of Sri Lankan Origin

    Applicants of Sri Lankan origin must provide their ethnic group and religion which should be handwritten at the bottom of the first page of the visa form

  13. Multiple Entry Applicants

    Applicants requiring a multiple entry visa must supply a clear copy of a previously obtained multi entry visa (if obtained before) when applying for a multi entry. Only previous visas that have been used will be considered.

    Please note that should applicants applying for a multiple visa not satisfy the above conditions, the Embassy may issue a single entry visa.

    Applicants who would like a visa valid for more than one entry must supply a copy of their last Chinese visa and ensure the visa application form and the invitation letter request this. Applicants are advised that the issuance of a visa valid for more than one entry is not guaranteed and is issued solely at the visa officers discretion.

    The Embassy's decision will be final and cannot be contested by VisaExpress.

  14. Double Entry Applicants

    Applicants requiring a double entry visa must supply a clear copy of a previously obtained visa (if obtained before) when applying for a double entry. Only previous visas that have been used will be considered.

    Applicants who are not able to supply a copy of a previously obtained visa must supply a copy of the flight confirmation showing both dates of entry and exit

    Please note that should applicants applying for a double visa not satisfy the above conditions, the Embassy may issue a single entry visa.

    Applicants are advised that the issuance of a visa valid for more than one entry is not guaranteed and is issued solely at the visa officers discretion. The Embassy's decision will be final and cannot be contested by VisaExpress.

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an China Visa for UK Citizens

  1. Passport

    The applicant's actual passport. The passport must:

    • Have at least two blank visa pages
    • Be valid six months beyond entry date
    • Be issued as a full validity passport 
    • Not be damaged in any way

  2. Photographs

    One passport sized colour photograph. The photograph must:

    • Have a white background
    • Be taken within the last six months

  3. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    This must be provided as a copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  4. Proof of Accommodation

    This must be provided as a copy of the hotel confirmation showing each applicant's full name

  5. Copy of Passport

    A photocopy of the following document(s) must be submitted to VisaExpress:

    • A clear colour copy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport
    • A clear colour copy of the applicant's valid proof of legal status in the UK where applicable

    Applicants who fail to supply the necessary photocopies will be charged a £10.00 + VAT fee and risk a delay in the submission of the application as VisaExpress will make the copies on the applicants behalf.

  6. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form

    • Applicants must fully complete all answers to all questions
    • Applicants whose occupation includes media related activities must state their full job title in 1.15  
    • Applicants who are self employed must supply a full and detailed job title in 1.15
    • Questions that do not apply to the applicant must be completed as "not applicable"  
    • Handwritten forms must be completed in block capitals and black ink only
    • There can be no handwritten changes or correction fluid
    • Applicants must sign the form in the original
    • Each page of the application form must be printed on separate sheets of A4 paper
    • Signature on visa form must match signature on passport  


    Please refer to the China Visa Application Instructions which can be found here

  7. VisaExpress Order Confirmation

    For orders placed on the VisaExpress website, a copy of the Online Order Confirmation which is sent to you via email, must be submitted.


    For all other orders, and where applicable, a completed VisaExpress Visa Order Form which can be found in the VisaExpress Application Pack should be submitted.


    Please note that all card payments will only be made upon completion of the visa application process. 

  8. Applicants of Chinese Origin

    First time China Visa applicants born in China (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) or those who have previously held Chinese nationality need to supply their former Chinese Passport and/or Identity Card plus their original Hong Kong/Macau ID or original Taiwan mainland Travel Permit. Applicants applying for a China Visa for the second or subsequent time must supply their current or former passport with Chinese Visa


    Applicants who have never held a Hong Kong ID card must supply a cover letter stating this and explaining the reason why. A copy is acceptable.


    The applicants name as stated on the Chinese Passport and/or Hong Kong ID card must be identical to the name on their current passport.

  9. Minors

    Children Under the Age of 18

    Parent must sign and complete sections 4 & 5 of the Visa Application Form

    Children under the age of 18 are requested to provide the following documents:
    • Original and copy of long birth certificate
    • Original passports of both parents plus a copy of their information page(s)
    • Original and copy of their Indefinite Leave to Remain permit where applicable
    • Old Chinese passport or People's Republic of China Exit and Entry Permit if applicable

    VisaExpress is unable to assist children who are applying for their first visa and whose parent(s) holds a Chinese passport as they must apply in person for their visa.


    Children Under the Age of 6

    Children under the age of 6 are requested to provide the following documents:
    • Copy of long birth certificate must be supplied
    • Copy of the information page of both parents passports
    • Letter of consent signed by both parents

    VisaExpress is unable to assist children who are applying for their first visa and whose parent(s) holds a Chinese passport as they must apply in person for their visa. 

  10. Media Professionals

    Applicants whose occupation includes media related activities are usually only issued a one month single entry visa.

  11. Travel to Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau

    Travellers entering Tibet, Hong Kong and Macau are advised to research these destinations individually as separate regulations may apply

  12. Proof of Previous Visa(s)

    Applicants who have previously been issued one or more Chinese visa must:

    • Supply a clear copy of their most recently issued visa
    • Supply a clear copy of the information page(s) of the passport in which the old visa was issued
    • Supply the original cancelled passport if it contains a valid visa


    Applicants who fail to supply the necessary photocopies will be charged a £10.00 + VAT fee and risk a delay in the submission of the application as VisaExpress will make the copies on the applicants behalf.

    Applicants who are no longer in possession of the passport containing previous visas must submit an original personal statement addressed to the Embassy explaining why this is the case. 

  13. Double Entry Applicants

    Applicants requesting a double entry visa are requested to provide a flight and hotel confirmation showing both sets of entry and exit dates

  14. Multiple Entry Applicants

    Multi entry visas are only available to cruise ship passengers. Applicants requiring a multi entry visa must ensure that the itinerary provided shows more than two entries in China excluding Hong Kong and Sanya.    

View a China Visa

Want to see what a visa to China looks like? You can view a sample visa for China and see what information it contains.

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