Chinese Journalist Visa (J2)

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 – Chinese Journalist 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 arrive before 09:30am (or the working day(s) before) at 1 Cornhill EC3V 3ND – 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 9:30am & 10:00am

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 pages

2. 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 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

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
Download here:

1. Order form:

2. Visa Application Form:

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=””] Notification from Press Office of Chinese Embassy in London Journalist should contact the Press Office of Chinese Embassy in London to obtain permission (Tel:020-72994088; Fax:020-76365578; Email: [email protected])After approval, a notice will be sent to VAC then applicants may apply for journalist visa.
[icon name=”file-text-o” class=”” unprefixed_class=””] Special Cases You will need to provide additional information if you are:

  1. 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.


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

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: 41779560

After 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.