Chinese Crew Visa (C Type)

Important Notice – Crew Visa

The Chinese Embassy will only issue single/ double entry crew visas. Please check the following for further information.

Processing Time – How long does it take to get a Chinese visa?

Most successful applications received before 03:00pm can be submitted to the authority on the next working day. Documents arrived after 03:00pm can only be processed and submitted by the third working day.

Processing time :

Service Type VAC Processing Time – 48Hrs VAC Processing Time – 72hrs
Processing Time 48 Hrs (excl Holidays) after lodging biometrics 72 Hrs (excl Holidays) after lodging biometrics
Documents can be accepted by  By Email/ In Person/ Courier/ Postal By Email/ In Person/ Courier/ Postal
Earliest Collection Date(e.g. Biometrics by Monday morning) Wednesday 2pm*Please email us before lodging your application Thursday 2pm
*VAC48hrs service is NOT AVAILABLE to some countries. Click here for more information.

Documents – Crew Visa

Your Chinese Visa applications will needed to provide the following documents:
[icon name=”file-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Biometrics The Embassy has implemented a new system from 9 Nov 2018 and requires all applicants to lodge their biometric information (i.e. fingerprint) at their London visa centre. Advanced Appointment is available – see here for more details

  1. PRE-CHECK – Before having an advanced biometric slot – kindly email your documents (i.e passport copy, photo, forms and supporting documents) to us ([email protected]) for pre-check and arranging bookings.
  2. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS – (i.e. passport, UK residence permit) must bring in at the appointment – We will then notify the VAC/ Embassy to confirm the advanced biometric slot.
  3. BIOMETRIC APPOINTMENT – Applicant will need to visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in London at 12 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8DU (2 mins walk from our office) between 1:30pm & 2pm

Once the biometric is done the VAC will initiate their application process and the outcome will be available in 48/72hrs (with relevant services).

[icon name=”file-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Passport 1. With at least 2 blank pages2. With at least 6 months validity remaining
 [icon name=”file-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Passport size photo Standard passport size, coloured photo (which required to upload to official site) with:1. WHITE background2. 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

5. File size between 40KB – 120KB, 420 (pixels) x (560 pixels)

More details is available at

 [icon name=”file-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Mandarin Visa Order form +
Online Application Form
1. Order form:; or

2. Visa Application Form: we could do form-filling ( Order Form – Mandarin Visa Order Form) on your behalf or you could visit for online applications.

Note: Hand-writing form is not accepted – application form MUST completed electronically

Form filling instruction is available at

[icon name=”file-text-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Related Certificate from China Crew members of foreign airways who perform duties on international flight operated by Chinese carriers under an exchange program should provide visa notification issued by an authorized unit in China.
[icon name=”file-text-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Statement from local airline Related certificate(s) as provided for in the bilateral agreement from foreign airline, such as an official letter issued by their companies or corporations stating that they apply for a crew visa.
[icon name=”file-text-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Original Crew ID
[icon name=”file-text-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Special Cases You will need to provide additional information if you are:

  1. Media professional/ NGO/ Government officials
  2. Intended to stay for longer than 30 days
  3. Applicants born outside the country of origin
  4. You will need additional documents if you’re under 18
  5. The Embassy may also request other documents (e.g. bank statements, marriage certificate, pay slips etc)
  6. If you are a Chinese origin, you may need additional documents. Click here for more details.

More information is available at

How to submit your documents – Chinese visa

Mandarin Visa accepts application documents via different channels, and most successful applications received by 3pm will be submitted to the authority on the next working day. Our office address is: Mandarin Visa, Blackwell House, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE.

How to submit your documents Process
In Person Our office opens from Monday to Friday between 8:00am 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.
Deliver by Courier You may send your documents by a same day/ next day courier, and we will review your case as soon as your package arrived at our office.
Send by Post You may send your documents via post, and we will review your case as soon as your package arrived at our office. Please make sure you send it via Royal Mail Special Delivery as it can be tracked via the Royal Mail’s system.


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 Single/ Double Entry £290 £255
Canadian/ USA/ Israel/ Argentina Passport Single/ Double Entry £330 £295
Polish/ Serbian/ Romanian Passport Single/ Double Entry £250 £215
All Other Passports Single/ Double Entry £230/ £245 £195/ £210

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 (you will not need a Paypal account to proceed forward).
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: 41779560After making a payment, please provide the proof of payment (e.g. payment record) in your application documents.
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.

Our Solution

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.
  • Secure. All of your data will be protected.
  • Easy. Our expertise is available by phone or email.