Chinese Tourist Visas

To apply for a Chinese visa in person you would first need to book an appointment at one of Chinese Visa Application Centres in the UK. There you would be likely to experience long waiting times, and this especially during the high season. Real Russia as a registered agency is authorised to submit visa applications at the London centre on a daily basis. If you buy your Chinese visa through us, you are not only guaranteed professional assistance with your application paperwork but you will also get your visa far quicker. Before you read the specific requirements related to your visit, please check if you are entitled to get your visa issued in the UK.

Tourist visa: allowing for multiple visits within 2 years to UK passport holders, and one or two visits for other nationals (valid for entry during a maximum period of 90 or 180 days respectively).

How do I order?

1. Select your passport nationality to allow us to calculate the exact price for your visa:

2. Select the visa type and processing speed from the options below:
Service type Single visit Double visit Processing time
Standard service £113.00 £123.00 4 days
Express service £146.00 £156.00 3 days
3. Click on an option above to order your visa online

That’s it ... we do the rest and you relax! One last thing though, to make sure we have got all the paperwork to successfully submit your visa application pack to the consulate, please take a look at the “documents required” section below and also confirm that the processing times meet your travel needs.

Fingerprinting for Chinese Visas in the UK

All applicants between the ages of 14 and 70 must now give their fingerprints when applying for a Chinese visa in the UK.

Please go to this page to see how the process works and where you need to go to give your fingerprints and follow our Facebook and Twitter here for more updates as we recieve them.

Am I entitled to apply for my Chinese visa in the UK?

In principle, we can help obtain a Chinese visa for all British passport holders regardless of your current location. Other foreign nationals are eligible to apply in the UK provided they hold a valid long-term UK visa or residence permit (the start date should be ideally 6 months ago or more). All applicants regardless of nationality should ideally present the travel booking confirmation which shows that your trip to China starts in the UK; otherwise the Consulate may not accept your application. If for any reason you are unable to provide this or you have any questions related to your specific circumstances, please contact us and we will see how we can assist you.

Are there any external issues which may affect my visa processing?

Please see the following link for any processing issues which may be affecting the Chinese visa service.

Due to recent unrest in Urumqi and Turpan the Chinese consulate may refuse to issue a visa if either of these cities are mentioned either on your visa application form or your itinerary. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this matter.

How long is a Tourist Visa valid for?

Chinese tourist visas are generally used by people who travel to China for tourism or leisure trips, and may be issued for a single, double or multiple entries, allowing for a 30 or 90-day-stay upon each entry.

For UK passport holders a tourist visa is valid for 2 years and allows multiple visits for a 90-day-stay each entry. Please be aware, that you cannot apply for this visa more than 90 days before the first entry.
For all other nationals the visa will be issued either for a single or double visits with a validity “window” that starts from the date the Consulate grant you the visa, and you should enter China before this validity “window” expires. For single entry visas the validity “window” is 90 days and for double entry visas it is between 90 and 180 days. The exact validity “window” of a double entry visa depends on whether you have been issued a Chinese visa before or not. Only if the original of such visa is available, are you eligible to receive a visa with a 180 days validity window. If you have never been issued a Chinese visa before or the original visa is not available, the window length will be shortened to 90 days. Please note that the final decision is always made at the Consulate’s discretion. It is possible to request a visa allowing for stay(s) of up to 60 days or 90 days rather than the standard 30 days, but the issuance of such visas is also at the Consulate’s discretion.

Please note that if you visit Hong Kong from China, and then intend to return to mainland China, you will need a double entry visa.

What is the processing time?

The processing time is the number of business days that it will take us to obtain your visa once we have received your documents and lodged your application with the Chinese Consulate. Visa applications received by our office before 16:30GMT on weekdays will be submitted the next consular working day, provided all the documents are in order. Visa applications received after 16:30GMT on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will take one more working day to process.

The day we receive your visa from the Consulate, we will send it to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery so you will have it the next business day before 1pm or optionally hold it at our office for your collection.

Business days exclude weekends, UK and Chinese public holidays.

Please note: Express visa processing at the Chinese consulates in the UK is currently not available for citizens of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Czech Republic, Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.

When can I apply for my visas?

UK passport holders are entitled to a multiple entry visa valid for 2 years and giving you 90 days to enter China from the date the Consulate issue the visa. Once you entered China, you can stay there up to 90 days.
Other nationals can apply either for a single or double entry visa. The single entry Chinese visas give you 90 days to enter China (from the date the consulate issue the visa); having entered, you can then stay up to 30 days. The double entry visas give a period of between 90 and 180 days from the date the consulate issue the visa during which time you may enter the country twice; your first entry to China has to be made within the first 90 days of the visa validity. You can then enter the country for the second time any time before the “enter before” date on the visa. Once entered, you can again stay in China for up to 30 days.

Today the Chinese consulates are issuing single entry visas that are valid for entry before 13 March 2019 regardless of entries and validity. 

Your profession may affect when you can apply for your visa. For further details see our FAQ page.

What documents do I need to provide with my application pack?

The documents that you need to provide to allow us to prepare and lodge your application at the Consulate depend on the visa type you require and your nationality.

Please note, if you have dual nationality for UK and another country, the Consulate requires that you apply for your Chinese visa using your UK passport.

If you have an EU passport and a non-EU passport, you will need to apply with your EU passport since that has priority over the non-EU passport (i.e. you would not need a visa for UK). Where you hold two non-EU passports, please contact us as we will need to check with the Consulate what passport you should apply for your Chinese visa with.

Please note, regardless of visa type, non-UK passport holders should present the original long-term UK visa or residence permit to the Consulate along with their application. The UK visa/permit should be valid for at least 6 months.

Your profession may affect what documents are required when applying for your visa. For further details see our FAQ page

Check your visa application requirements by selecting your passport nationality, purpose of visit and service level from the options below:

Nationality:  Purpose of visit:
Entries: Processing time:

I am travelling on the Trans Mongolian, can you help me with Mongolian and Russian visas as well?

Yes, of course we can. We will process all necessary visas "back to back" and return your passport with all three visas when they are complete. See the following links for further details:

How do I read my visa?

Please see the following guide for more information: Reading a Chinese visa.

Can I deliver my passport and collect my visa from your office in person?

Yes, of course you can; we have an office in central London and we will be happy to see you and assist with your application if needed. If you intend to deliver an application in person or collect your passport and visa we are open for collection and deliveries during the following times.

Passport Collection and Delivery times
Weekdays 09.00 GMT 17.00 GMT
Saturday Closed Closed
Bank / public holidays (except 25, 26 December and 1 January) 09:00 – 12:00 GMT

Visa applications received by our office after 16.30 on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will not start to be processed until the following working day.

How can I pay for my visa?

You have several options to pay for your visa including:

Sounds good, how do I get my visa?

To order your Chinese visa online, simply click on the level of service you want from the options above.

What will happen when I click the service I want?

  • When you select the service you want from the options above we will ask you to fill in a simple online form with details about yourself, your trip and finally you will have the option to pay using your credit or debit card through our secure servers.
  • We will then email your visa application form to you.
  • Print and sign the visa application form and send this, along with the rest of required documents, see above, to us.
  • We will complete all the necessary forms and submit your completed visa application to the Chinese Visa Application Centre (CVAC). During the processing of your application, we will be on hand to answer any queries the Consulate may have and to ensure that your application is dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.
  • The day your visa is ready we will collect it in person and return this to you using Royal Mail Special Delivery so you will have it the next business day before 1pm, or hold it at our office for your collection.


You can follow the progress of your order through our online order tracking system which will detail the steps taken and the steps remaining to obtain your visa.


Emergency Assistance

If you’re in need of assistance whilst travelling we offer a dedicated 24 hour telephone support service.

For all emergencies you can call us on +44 (0) 207 100 7370 where our operators are available to provide help 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you experience problems whilst away, our team can offer guidance and support. If for example you have mislaid your passport, you are experiencing difficulty boarding a train or any number of other travel issues, call our emergency helpline for immediate assistance.

Can you tell me more?

We try to give you as much information as we can to help you choose the service you need, though if you still have more questions please feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us directly and we will be happy to help.