Bicyclyes in Beijing, China

Fingerprinting for Chinese Visas

How does this affect me?

If you would like to obtain a Chinese visa, you will need to attend an appointment at the Chinese Visa Application Centre to give your fingerprints before it will be processed. This is the same whether you are applying for a tourist or business visa.

Real Russia make this process easy by checking that your application form and all of your documents are correct, before making the appointment for you. We will then meet you at your appointment and talk you through the fingerprinting process.

If the applicant is under the age of 14, or over the age of 70, fingerprinting will not be required.

How will this work?

1. Complete an online visa application form on our website for either a tourist visa or a business visa and follow the instructions your 'Next steps' email.
2. Once you are ready, you can send your passport and any other requested documents to our London office by post, courier, in person or via  a designated representative. If the applicant is under the age of 14, or 70 and over, once you have completed your application form, do not send any further documents to us at this time. We will check your application and contact the applicant to confirm next steps.
3. We will check the documents you provide, prepare any other documents required and complete your visa application pack.
4. Once we are happy with your application and documents, we will contact you to arrange a day to visit the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London in order to provide your biometric data (fingerprints). All appointments are at 9.30am on your chosen day, subject to availability.
5. Please arrive at the visa centre on the agreed day in plenty of time, where our courier will meet you and hand you your completed visa application pack ready to sign.
6. You will then be asked to provide a scan of your fingerprints; this can take up to 20 minutes.
7. We will manage your application with the consulate, and when your visa is ready, we will collect your passport on your behalf, confirm the visa has been issued correctly, and either post it to your selected address on the same day or hold it in our office for collection.

Where do I need to come?

You will need to visit the Chinese Visa Application Centre at:

Chinese Visa Application Centre
12 Old Jewry

Please arrive to your fingerprinting appointment on time. If you are running late, the appointment will need to be re-scheduled for another day. Please contact our visa team to alert us if you cannot get to your fingerprinting appointment on time.

Please note that if you are applying for an Official (sometimes known as "Service"), Diplomatic or Courtesy visa to China, you must give your fingerprints and submit your documents at the Chinese Embassy, not the Chinese Visa Application Centre. The Chinese Embassy's address is:

31 Portland Place

Is it safe?

Yes, in line with many other countries, China has introduced bio-metric data collection of visa applicants to help with managing its security and control illegal immigration. The equipment used is similar to that used by the UK government when collecting bio-metric data from applicants for UK visas, and the data will be stored and managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and migration services for the purposes outlined above.

I still have some questions

If you have further questions, please contact our visa team who will be happy to assist you.