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Please Note

British Citizen Passport Holders will be required to obtain a Chinese visa before entering the country

*If you hold any other type of passport, other than British Citizen then please contact us for more information.

This page has been designed to help you complete your Chinese visa application form with the correct information. We understand there is a lot of information on this page, however we recommend that you read it fully to avoid your application getting rejected, when you attend the Visa Centre.

All visa applicants aged 14-69 are required to attend their nearest China Visa Application Service Centre in person to provide biometric finger prints.

All British passport holders will require a visa for China. If you hold any other passport or you were born outside of the UK (even if you hold a British passport), requirements may differ, and we suggest you contact us.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of your departure from China and should have at least 2 blank pages; these do not need to be together.

Please note Wendy Wu Tours are acting as a visa agent and have no influence over the embassies decisions in granting a visa.

Full instructions are below, or take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions which may help you complete your Chinese Visa application.

Travelling to Shanghai or Chongqing in 2020?

Plus, we understand that visas can be confusing, so we've made travelling to China easier with the launch of our brand new, hassle-free China Visas, exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours. As of January 2020, anyone travelling to selected destinations in China (Glories of China, A China Adventure, Majestic Yangtze, China Splendour and China Delights) as part of a Wendy Wu group tour will benefit from our 'China New Visa'.

The Chinese Embassy will require all visa applicants aged 14-69 to attend their nearest China Visa Application Service Centre in person to provide biometric finger prints.

The process differs dependent on where you live in the UK, as it determines which Visa Centre you will be applying at.

  • Every applicant must visit one of the Visa Centre's in person at the time of their visa application submission.
  • The China Visa Application Service Centre are able collect your finger prints at their offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
  • Fingerprints are NOT required for anyone under the age of 14, or over the age of 69 (if you are 69, you still need to provide fingerprints).
  • An online application form must be completed, printed and signed per person.
  • You will need to be ready to submit your applications between 4-11 weeks prior to departure.
  • We strongly recommend you send Wendy Wu Tours your application reference number in order to pre-check before submitting the application online. (Once your application form is submitted online, we cannot make any amendments)

Are you aged 14 to 69?

  • Complete an online application 11 to 4 weeks before your travel date (this must include a digital photo
  • When completing the online application form, please use the version of the application form relative to the location you will be visiting.
  • Save your application before submitting it and send your reference number and a colour scan of your passport to us so we can review it and make sure nothing is missing (allow 7 days). Please note that once your application form is submitted online, we cannot make any amendments.
  • Once we have confirmed to you that your application is in order, submit it online. Print a colour copy and sign it (you will need this later)
  • Book a visit to a China Visa Centre in London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast.

Please note, passengers over 70 do not need to attend a visa centre.

  • Complete an online application 11 to 4 weeks before your travel date (this must include a digital photo)
  • When completing the online application form, please use London version of the application form, as this is where your application will be processed.
  • Save your application before submitting it and send your reference number and a colour scan of your passport to us so we can review it and make sure nothing is missing (allow 7 days). Please note that once your application form is submitted online, we cannot make any amendments.
  • Once we have confirmed to you that your application is in order, submit it online. Print a colour copy and sign it (you will need this later)
  • Post your application and your original passport (not a copy) to our Head Office: Visa Department, Wendy Wu Tours, Cottons Centre, Cottons Lane, 47-49 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QG.
  • Once your visa has been processed, we will collect your passport and post this back to you via Special Delivery to your home address which you list on the application form.

Are you visiting the London Visa Centre?

  • Please ensure your appointment is pre-booked. You can book using our online appointment system which is the only way to ensure one of our representatives will be there to meet you on the day of your appointment (London only).
  • As soon as your appointment is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation. Please bring this with you.
  • Please ensure you arrive by 09:15am on the day of your appointment. We will only have a 10-minute slot at the Visa centre - if you miss this you will have to rearrange to visit the Visa centre at another time.
  • Bring your original passport (not a copy!) with you to your appointment as the embassy will keep of hold of this whilst your visa is processed.
  • We will collect your passport at a later date from the London visa centre, once the visa has been issued. Please allow up to 2 weeks from submission date to receive your passport and visa back. We will post this back to your home address via Special Delivery.
  • Appointments must be made directly with Visa Centre in Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast via the Visa Centre website. (use your reference number to do so).
  • You must pre-book your appointment online in advance and arrive on time.
  • As Wendy Wu Tours will be unable to make payment to the visa centre on your behalf, you will be required to pay for this on your appointment day. If your booking includes our visa service, we will apply a deduction or refund to your booking and send you an updated confirmation invoice confirming so. The refund the amount will be £151 per applicant (based on British passport holders applying on a standard service only).
  • For passengers in Northern Ireland: a temporary Visa Application Centre will be opening in Belfast for 4 days per month. Outside of these dates, applicants must apply at one of the mainland UK visa centres (you cannot apply at the Dublin centre).
  • Bring your original passport (not a copy!) with you to your appointment as the embassy will keep your passport whilst your application is processed.
  • You will be required to collect your passport at a later date - this can take approximately up to 1 week, but please confirm exact dates at your appointment. The Visa Centre may offer a post back service, however you would have to check with them directly and may cost you an additional fee.

The online application form is quite long and complex, therefore, we recommend you allow approximately 1 hour per application.

Please note you will need to provide personal information such as previous work experience and previous education, we recommend you obtain this information prior to completing your form.

Once you start your application, please make a note of your application reference number (e.g. LON2181210AL7734116). You can re-visit your application at any time, providing you have clicked the 'save' button which is located at the bottom of each page.

Important

Before submitting your application, you will be required to have your form checked through by Wendy Wu Tours. We will pre-check your form and make any amendments to the application form before it’s submitted.

Please visit visas.wendywutours.com to provide us with the relevant information, in order for us to pre-check your form and advise you of the next steps.

You will need the below information available to hand:

  • Your Wendy Wu Tours booking reference (e.g UKQ123456).
  • Your application reference number (e.g LON2181210AL7734116).
  • A clear coloured copy of your passport photo page.
  • A photograph that meets the strict requirements detailed further down on this page.

Below is a step by step help guide with all the answers that you require for each section of the visa application form. This includes the relevant hotel information needed.

Section 1 - Personal Information

      1. Family name as per passport – please type your surname as it appears in your passport
      2. Middle name – please type your middle name as it appears in in your passport (if you do not have a middle name, please leave blank)
      3. Given name as per passport – please type your first name as it appears in your passport
      4. Other name(s) – please type any previous names you may have including maiden name (please type N/A if not applicable)
      5. Name as written in native language – please type your full name as per your passport.
      6. Upload your photo – please scan a passport sized photo to upload in JPEG format only (please ensure your photo meets the required photo specifications as per our guidance)
    1. Date of Birth – please enter your date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd)
    2. Gender – please select your gender
      1. Country of Birth – please select your country of birth (e.g. United Kingdom)
      2. State/Province of birth – please type your county of birth (e.g. Kent)
      3. City of birth – please type this as it appears in your passport
    3. Material Status – please select
      1. Current Nationality – please select your nationality (e.g. United Kingdom)
      2. National ID number – if you hold a British passport, please tick 'Not applicable'
        • Do you hold any other nationality – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details
        • Do you holder permanent residence in any other country – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes please provide details
        • Have you ever held any other nationality – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details
      1. Type of passport/travel document - if you hold a standard passport, please tick 'ordinary'
      2. passport number – please type your passport number as it appears in your passport (for British passport holders this is just the nine digit numbers only)
      3. issuing country/region – please select the country your passport was issued in (e.g. United Kingdom)
      4. issuing place – please type United Kingdom or the country your passport was issued
      5. issuing authority – for British passport holders please type either IPS or HMPO as per your passport
      6. issuing date – please type date of issue (yyyy-mm-dd)
      7. expiration date – please type date of expiry (yyy-mm-dd)
    4. lost/stolen passport/travel document – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details

We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 2.

Section 2 - Application Information

    1. Types of visa and major purpose of your visit to China – please select (L) Tourism, then select Independent Tourist
      1. Visa validity – please type '24'
      2. Maximum duration of longest stay – please type '30'. 
      3. Entries – please tick 'Multiple' for British passport holders or 'Single' for any other nationality
    2. Service – please select 'Normal'

We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 3.

Section 3 - Work Information

    1. Current Occupation – please select from the dropdown list
    2. Annual income – this needs to be in RMB, so you will need to convert your annual salary from GBP to RMB to complete this section. Use the conversion rate £1 = 8.5 RMB (approx.), e.g. if you earn £30k annually, you should work it out as follows; £30k x 8.5 = 255,000 RMB.
    3. Work experience – please complete details of your current employer first, followed by your previous employer. If you are retired, please list your last employers - dates can be approximate. 

We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 4.

Section 4 - Education

    1. Language Skills – please type any language skills you have, including English (written and verbal).
    2. Education since High (Secondary) School – please type details of previous, college, university or any other form of education you have attended since leaving Secondary School. If you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details.

We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 5.

Section 5 - Family Information

      1. Country of current address – please select 'United Kingdom' (You must be a permanent resident of the UK to apply in the UK.)
      2. State/Province of residence – please type your county of residence (e.g. Kent)
      3. City of residence – please type your city of residence (e.g. Canterbury)
      4. (there is no 5.1D field on the application form)
      5. Postcode – please type your postcode
      6. No./Street/Avenue – please type the first line of your address
    1. Phone Number – please type your home number with no spaces. 
    2. Mobile number – please type your mobile number with no spaces.
    3. Email – please type your email address.
      1. family member/spouse details - please give details of your spouse(there is no 5.5A field on the application form if you have selected single)
      2. family member/fathers details – please give details of your father or tick 'Not Applicable' if you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details
      3. family member/mothers details – please give details of your mother or tick 'Not Applicable' if you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details
      4. family member/childrens details – please give details of your children or tick 'Not Applicable'
      5. Do you have any immediate family in China (not including children or parents) – please tick 'Yes' or 'No'. if you tick 'Yes' please give details

We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 6.

Section 6 - Travel Information

      1. Intended date of arrival – please type your arrival date (yyyy-mm-dd)
      2. Flight/Ship/Train arrival Number – please type your flight number (this can be found on your confirmation invoice)
      3. City of arrival – please type your city of arrival (this can be found on your confirmation invoice)
      4. County of arrival - please type one of the following, Beijing – Chao Yang Qu, Xi’an – Weiyang Qu, Shanghai - Pudong Xinqu.
      5. Intended date of departure - please type the date you leave China (yyyy-mm-dd)
      6. Flight/Ship/Train departure Number – please type your flight number (this can be found on your confirmation invoice)
      7. City of departure - please type your city of departure (this can be found on your confirmation invoice)
      8. County of departure - please type one of the following, Beijing – Chao Yang Qu, Xi’an – Weiyang Qu, Shanghai - Pudong Xinqu
      9. Destinations - please enter hotel details below in order of arrival and departure (if you are entering or leaving a city which is not listed, please contact us for further hotel details)
        • You only need to list a maximum of 3 hotels for this section.
        • Please note the below hotels are not the hotels you will be staying in. These are example hotels for visa purposes only which must be listed.
        • You must list these 3 hotels in the correct order in which you arrive or depart China. If your tour arrives or departs from anywhere other than Beijing or Shanghai, please contact us.
          • Chang An Grand Hotel - Beijing

            27 Hua Wei Li
            Chao Yang District
            Beijing, China, 100021
            County - Chaoyang Qu
          • YuLong International Hotel – Xi'an

            No.5 West Part of North 2nd Ring Road
            Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng,
            China, 710018
            County - Weiyang Qu
          • YaFan Longmen Hotel - Shanghai

            777 Hengfeng Rd,
            HuoCheZhan,
            Zhabei Qu,
            Shanghai Shi,
            China, 200000
            County - Pudong  Xinqu
             
      1. Name – East Shanghai International Travel Service
      2. relationship to you - Inviter
      3. phone number - 02158885682
      4. email address – administrator@eshtravel.com
      5. state/province - ShangHai
      6. city - Shanghai
      7. county – Pudong
      8. postcode - 200122
      9. serial number – leave blank
    1. emergency contact – please give the following details of your emergency contact
      • Surname
      • Middle name (or leave blank)
      • Given name
      • Relationship to you
      • Contact number
      • Email address
      • Country of residency
      • County of residency
      • City of residency
      • Post code of residency
    2. Who will pay for your travel – please select 'organization' and give details of the 'inviter'. Please enter address - 1F Esit Plaza, 1877 Pudong Nan Road, Shanghai
    3. domestic or foreign sponsor – please tick 'Not Applicable'
    4. travel companion – if you are travelling with anyone, please give details

Section 7 - Travel Information in the past

    1. previous visits to China – if you have travelled to China previously, please give details
    2. previous China visa(s) – if you have been granted a China visa in the past, please give details
    3. valid other countries visa – if you have any other valid visas for any country, please give details
    4. countries visited in the last 5 years – if you have travelled to any other country in the last 5 years, please give details

Section 8 - Other Information

    1. have you ever been refused a Chinese visa? – if yes, please give details
    2. has your Chinese visa been cancelled? - if yes, please give details
    3. have you ever entered China illegally, overstayed, or worked illegally? - if yes, please give details
    4. do you have a criminal record in any other country? - if yes, please give details
    5. do you have any serious mental disorder or infectious diseases? - if yes, please give details
    6. have you ever visited any countries or territories where there has been an epidemic in the last 30 days? - if yes, please give details
    7. Have you ever been trained, or do you have any special skills in the field of firearms, explosives, nuclear devices, biological or chemical products? - if yes, please give details
    8. have you ever served in the military? - if yes, please give details
    9. Have you served or participated in any paramilitary organisations, civil armed units, guerilla forces or rebellion organisations, or been a member thereof? - if yes, please give details
    10. is there anything else you want to declare? - if yes, please give details

Section 9 - Email Information

      1. Do you choose to send your passport to the visa centre? – please tick ‘No’, all applications must visit a visa centre in person to give fingerprints
      2. Are you collecting your passport? – if you would like Wendy Wu Tours to collect your passport on your behalf (London centre only) or you would like to collect your own passport please tick ‘by visiting the visa centre’ if you would like your passport to be posted back to you, please tick ‘By post’ and give details

On Section 9, you will see a 'save' or 'submit' button. Please ensure you click the SAVE button and email us your application reference number, so we can check this and make any changes on your behalf.

Section 10 - Declaration/Review

Please review all your answers on the application before declaring all information is correct. Please note once the visa form is completed, you will not be able to make any amendments. Any incorrect information will result you needing to complete a new application.

      1. Declaration – please select ‘personal application’ if you are over the age of 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old, please select ‘Assisting another application’ – further details need to be completed by a parent

Once we have checked your form, if all is correct we will submit it on your behalf and email it back to you.

You will need to print this in colour, sign and date.

The Chinese Embassy is extremely strict with regards to photographs, please ensure that you read the below specifications as this may result in your application being rejected when you attend the Visa Centre. See further detailed photo specifications issued by the China Visa website.

  • Must be taken in a photobooth or by a professional photographer.
  • You cannot take this photo yourself.
  • Must be on a white background.
  • The photo must be different to the one in your passport and must be taken within 6 months.
  • Passport size photo.
  • Your fringe must be off your forehead.
  • Your head should be positioned in the centre of the photo.
  • It should show your full face (without smiling) and your face should be in the centre of the frame.
  • Your hair should be tucked behind your ears.
  • No sunglasses.
  • No glasses.
  • No jewellery.
  • No hats or scarves.

Once you have taken the photo in a photobooth/photographers, this will need to be scanned and uploaded to your computer as a JPEG file only and the file size must be 40KB-120KB. If you are having difficulty with meeting the above requirements and your photo is not uploading, please email through to ChinaVisa@wendywutours.co.uk and we can resize and correct the file type for you. Please allow 7 working days for this to be actioned.

Even if your photograph is accepted on the online application form, if your photo does not meet the above requirements, the visa centre may ask you to have a new photograph taken on the day of your appointment. There is a photobooth available at the centre at an additional cost.

Mandatory

  • Passport - your physical current passport (6 months validity from arrival date to China and two blank pages).
  • Application Form - your fully completed and signed visa form printed in colour.
  • Photograph - even though you upload your photograph online, please also take the original with you
  • Passport Photocopy - coloured copy of your passport photo information page.
  • Entry/Exit details to/from China - a copy of your flight confirmation.
  • China invitation support letter - we will send you this once we have pre-checked your form.
  • Your appointment confirmation - you must have an appointment confirmed

If Applicable

  • Non-EU passport holders will need to provide original proof of UK residency (UK visa or residence permit)
  • Coloured copy of any previous Chinese visas
  • If applicable, if you work in Government, Charities, Religious, Media or passengers under the aged of 18, then additional documentation will be required - please contact us.

London

China Visa Application Service Centre
12 Old Jewry
London
EC2R 8DU

tel: 0207 776 7888
email: ukcentre@visaforchina.org

Manchester

China Visa Application Service Centre
Ground Floor
71 Mosley Street
Manchester
M2 3HR

tel: 0161 236 1070
email: manchestercentre@visaforchina.org

Edinburgh

China Visa Application Service Centre
2nd Floor, Exchange Tower
19 Canning Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EG

tel: 0131 229 2519
email: edinburghcentre@visaforchina.org

If you have any queries that are not listed on this page or our Chinese Visa FAQs page, then please do not hesitate to call us on 0808 274 8594 or email visa@wendywutours.co.uk.

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