Chinese Visa – Friends/ Family Visit

Important Notice – 2yr Multiple entry visa for UK passport

From 11 Jan 2016, the Chinese Embassy will usually issue  2 year mulitple entry business (M)/ tourist (L) / family visit (Q2) visa for UK passport holders (born in the UK), as well as multiple entry visas (up to 10 yrs) for USA/ Canadian passport holders. All other passport holders will have single/ double entry visas for business (M)/ tourist (L) / family visit (Q2) visas. If you need a multiple entry business (M) visa for non-UK passport, please see our latest guidelines at

Processing Time

All successful applications received by 10:00am can be submitted to the authority on the same working day (Optional – extra charge may apply). Documents arrived after 10:00am can only be processed and submitted by the next working day.

Processing time :

Service Type VAC Processing Time – 48Hrs VAC Processing Time – 72hrs
Processing Time 48 Hrs (excl Holidays) 72 Hrs (excl Holidays)
Submission Method In Person/ Courier/ Postal In Person/ Courier/ Postal
Earliest Collection Date (With Optional Same Day Submission)
(e.g. Submission by Monday 10:00am )
Wednesday 10am
*Please email us before lodging your application
Thursday 10am
*Urgent service is NOT AVAILABLE to USA passport holders and to some countries. Click here for more information.

Documents – Friend/ Family Visa

Your Chinese Visa applications (L/ Q2) will need to provide the following documents:


Passport  1. With at least 2 blank pages
2. With at least 6 months validity remaining

Passport size photo Two standard passport size, coloured photo with:
1. WHITE background
2. NO visible distortion of facial features (i.e. NO glasses/ Ear rings)
3. Head width between 15mm and 22mm, head height between 28mm and 33mm
4. Should be taken within 6 months

More details is available at

Mandarin Visa Order form +
Application Form
Download here:

1. Order form:
2. Visa Application Form:
Note: Hand-writing form is not accepted – application form MUST completed electronically

Invitation Letter from China Your letter should include a list of information:

– Your FULL NAME, Gender, Date of birth, and passport number
– Your intended Entry and Exit dates to China
– Your purpose of visit to China
– Your intended destination(s) in China
– Your source of financial support for your trip to China
– Your relationship with the inviter
– Name, address and contact telephone number of the inviter
– Signed and dated by the inviter

Valid ID of inviter ID should be one of the followings:
1. Passport information page plus current Chinese residence permit (for non-Chinese national)
2. BOTH sides of the Chinese National ID card for Chinese national

Proof of Relationship (if applicable) Proof of relationship should includes the following documents:
1. Marriage certificate/ Birth certificate of the applicant
2. Copy of passport information page of the relatives

Interview You may need to attend an interview at the Chinese Consulate. Please see here for more information

Applicants age under 18 should also provide their birth certificates (with parents’ information) and the passports of BOTH parents. Both parents will also need to sign on Section 5 of the application form.

If you are a Chinese origin, you may need additional documents. Click here for more details. 

Special Cases

Chinese Embassy in London requires extra documents under the following conditions – visit our special case page for more information.

  • Non UK passport Holders (incl EU/ EEA)
  • French passport Holders
  • Turkish born/ Turkish passport Holders
  • Media professionals
  • Applicants ages under 18
  • Chinese origins (For applicants who were born in China (including HongKong, Macau and Taiwan) or used to have Chinese Nationality)

How to submit your application

Mandarin Visa accepts applications via different channels, and all successful applications received by 10:30am can be submitted to the authority on the same working day.
Our office address is: Mandarin Visa, Executive Offices, 1 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.


Submission  Method Process
Application made in person Our office opens from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5pm (excl Bank holidays). For applications delivered in person to our offices an application checking service is available but is provided on a discretionary basis. Charges may apply for this service.
Application deliver by courier You may send your application by a same day/ next day courier, and we will review your application as soon as your documents arrived at our office. For same day submission, please make sure your documents arrive by 10:00am.
Application send by post You may send your application via post, and we will review your application as soon as your documents arrived at our office. Please make sure you send it via Royal Mail Special Delivery as it can be tracked via Royal Mail’s system. For same day submission, please make sure your documents arrive by 10:00am.


All fees are charged per applicant. Total price of your order will depend on the services you select and the number of applications.
Fees charged by Mandarin Visa are per application and inclusive of VAT + Embassy’s fees. All fees are listed and charged in Pound Sterling.

Fee (in British Pounds) VAC Processing time – 48hrs VAC Processing time – 72hrs
UK Passport Up to 2 Yrs Multiple Entry £270 £230
Canadian/ USA/ Israel/ Argentina Passport Up to 5/10 Yrs Multiple Entry £365 (Not Applicable to USA passport) £270
Polish/ Serbian/ Romanian Passport Single/ Double Entry £230 £190
All Other Passports Single/ Double Entry £210/ £225 £170/ £185
Optional Same Day Submission (before 10:00am) +£40

Payments – How to Pay

Mandarin Visa offers varies payment methods, and you will only need to pay before collection, and all fees will be charged according to the type of visa issued and the service you have chosen.

Payment Method Process
Online Card Payment After we have submitted your application to the Chinese Embassy, we will send you a confirmation email and a payment link.The payment link allows you to pay over the internet, and it is all secured by Paypal.

Don’t worry, you will not need a Paypal account to pay via Paypal.

Bank Transfer Please confirm the amount with us before making a bank payment, as price may vary and sometimes additional postage may incur.Our bank account is:

Company name: Mandarin Management Limited
Sort code: 30-95-74
Account Number: 41779560

After making a payment, please provide the proof of payment (e.g. payment record) in your application document.

Cheque If you wish to pay by cheque, please send us a cheque address to: Mandarin Management LimitedPlease confirm the amount with us before sending your cheque, as price may vary and sometimes additional postage may incur.

We will return your passport and visa back to you after the payment has been cleared.


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With our expertise, your visa application will be processed quickly, securely and as easily for you as possible. Our service is:

  • Fast. We provide the fastest way to obtain a visa.
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