China visa

If you’re not a Chinese national, you will usually need to get a Chinese visa.

Whether you’re off to China to walk the Great Wall or you’ve got business in the bustle of Shanghai, it’s likely you’ll need a visa for China (unless you’re Chinese national, of course).

When travelling to China visa requirements differ depending on your nationality and the reason for your visit. But not to worry – we’ve partnered with VisaCentral to make applying for your Chinese visa as easy as possible.

Passport validity

  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application. If you have less than 6 months’ validity on your passport, but still have a valid visa, you should be able to enter China for the duration of that visa.
  • Please note - This guidance is for UK passport holders only. Passengers from other countries should check with the necessary Government department for travel information.

How to apply for your Chinese visa

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You can also apply for your visa through the Chinese embassy in London:

Chinese embassy

  • Tel 020 7299 4049

Opening hours

Mon - Fri, 09:00 - 12:00; 14:00 - 17:00

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