Chinese Tourist Visa

For Whom?

A Chinese Tourist visa is for those who wish to enter mainland China for sightseeing purposes or to visit friends. If you are going for a short trip to China, you will need to obtain a tourist visa beforehand. If you have joined an organised tour, the application should be straightforward as your tour company should have all the supporting documents ready for you. For backpackers, you may need to plan in advance as the Embassy will require flights + hotel bookings as supporting documents.

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

All successful applications received before 8:30am can be submitted to the authority on the same working day (Optional –  extra charge may apply). Documents arrived after 8:30am 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) after lodging biometrics 72 Hrs (excl Holidays) after lodging biometrics

Documents can be accepted by

In Person/ Courier/ Postal In Person/ Courier/ Postal

Earliest Collection Date (With Optional Same Day Submission)

(e.g. Submission by Monday 8:30am )

Wednesday 10am

*Please email us before lodging your application

Thursday 10am
*VAC48hrs service is NOT AVAILABLE to some countries. Click here for more information.

Documents – Tourist Visa

Chinese Tourist (L Type ) Visa applications will need to provide the following documents:


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 before 8:30am – 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 ( for pre-check and arranging bookings.
  2. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS – (i.e. passport, UK residence permit) must arrive before 8:30am (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 9:00am & 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).


1. With at least 2 blank pages

2. With at least 6 months validity remaining

  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

  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

Return Air ticket and Hotel Reservation to cover your first trip

Document should include the following details:

1. Full name of traveller

2. Check-in / Check-out dates

3. Destination and Flight number for air ticket

4. Full hotel Address for hotel reservation

5. Printed on company letterhead paper/ from official booking website(e.g. through

Invitation letter from China

(if you cannot provide Air Ticket and Hotel Reservation)

Your invitation letter should include the following information (Download template of invitation letter):

– Your FULL NAME, Gender and Date of birth

– 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

– A photocopy of inviter’s passport and Chinese residence permit (i.e.,Passport, work permit, residence permit).If your inviter is a Chinese national, you will need to provide both sides of his/her Chinese ID (Chinese passport is not accepted).

Special Cases

You will need to provide additional information if you are:

  1. Media professional/ NGO/ Government officials
  2. Applicants born outside the country of origin
  3. Intended to stay for longer than 30 days
  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

Please note that tourist visa will usually be single or double entry (for non-UK passport). If you need to apply for a double entry visa, you will need to provide inbound flights for both entries or provide your original previous Chinese visa as supporting document.

 A great and painless service. It allowed us to plan our trip without the added stress of navigating through the mire of visa processing. – Mark Greensmith

How to submit your documents – Chinese visa

Mandarin Visa accepts application documents via different channels, and all successful applications received by 9am will be submitted to the authority on the same working day. Our office address is: Mandarin Visa, Executive Offices, 1 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.

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 Up to 2 Yrs Multiple Entry £290 £255
Canadian/ USA/ Israel/ Argentina Passport Up to 5/10 Yrs Multiple Entry £330 £295
Polish/ Serbian/ Romanian Passport Single/ Double Entry £250 £215
All Other Passports Single/ Double Entry £230/ £245 £195/ £210
Optional Same Day Biometric Slot (before 8:30am) +£55

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 Limited

Please 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.