How to complete your China Visa application form
(COVID-19) Visa Update
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 and the governments advise to limit any social gatherings and to avoid any unnecessary travel, we have made the decision to cancel all future fingerprint appointments.
We feel it is in the best interest for our own staff and customers that all appointments are cancelled until further notice, we will continue to review the situation on a regular bases.
You can still make your own arrangements to book your appointment directly with the visa centre, however the centre has limited appointment availability and the process is taking considerably longer than normal. If you do choose to make your own arrangements, please let us know as soon as possible.
Please continue to refer to our website for the most up to date information regarding visas.
We have introduced a "new", simpler way to obtain your China visa exclusive to Wendy Wu Tours.
From January 2020, if you are travelling on one of our qualifying tours, you’ll be able to benefit from our brand new hassle-free China Visa.
To find out which visa you will need to apply for please use our eligibility questions below:
Before you begin: If you can answer YES to ALL of the following questions, you are eligible for the "New" Hassle Free China Visa.
Do you qualify for a "New" Hassle Free China Visa?
Great news you qualify!
To apply for the “New” Hassle Free China Visa, each passenger travelling to China will need to simply click on the button below to upload the required documents.
Please ensure you have the below information to hand:
This must be done at least 8 weeks prior to departure and completed by every passenger.
The visa will be posted to your home address around 8 days prior to your departure date and you must be in the UK to sign for it.
It is imperative that you take the visa with you to avoid being denied boarding or refused entry into China.
The Chinese Embassy will require all visa applicants aged 14-69 to attend their nearest China Visa Application Service Centre in person to provide biometric finger prints.
The process differs dependent on where you live in the UK, as it determines which Visa Centre you will be applying at.
Are you aged 14 to 69?
Please note, passengers over 70 do not need to attend a visa centre.
Are you visiting the London China Visa Centre?
The online application form is quite long and complex, therefore, we recommend you allow approximately 1 hour per application.
Please note you will need to provide personal information such as previous work experience and previous education, we recommend you obtain this information prior to completing your form.
Once you start your application, please make a note of your application reference number (e.g. LON2181210AL7734116). You can re-visit your application at any time, providing you have clicked the 'save' button which is located at the bottom of each page.
Before submitting your application, you will be required to email our visa department ChinaVisa@wendywutours.co.uk with your reference number (e.g. LON2181210AL7734116), coloured copy of your passport photopage and a copy of your passport photo. We will pre-check your form and make any amendments to the application form before you submit and print it. Once you click the submit button on the last page, no changes can be made. Please allow 7 working days for this to be actioned.
Below is a step by step help guide with all the answers that you require for each section of the visa application form. This includes the relevant hotel information needed.
We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 2.
We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 3.
We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 4.
We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 5.
We recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 6.
On Section 9, you will see a 'save' or 'submit' button. Please ensure you click the SAVE button and email us your application reference number, so we can check this and make any changes on your behalf.
Please review all your answers on the application before declaring all information is correct. Please note once the visa form is completed, you will not be able to make any amendments. Any incorrect information will result you needing to complete a new application.
Once we have checked your form, if all is correct we will submit it on your behalf and email it back to you.
You will need to print this in colour, sign and date.
tel: 0207 776 7888
*Please note appointments can only be made for the London Visa Centre.
tel: 0161 236 1070
tel: 0131 229 2519
The Chinese Embassy is extremely strict with regards to photographs, please ensure that you read the below specifications as this may result in your application being rejected when you attend the Visa Centre. See further detailed photo specifications issued by the China Visa website.
Once you have taken the photo in a photobooth/photographers, this will need to be scanned and uploaded to your computer as a JPEG file only and the file size must be 40KB-120KB. If you are having difficulty with meeting the above requirements and your photo is not uploading, please email through to ChinaVisa@wendywutours.co.uk and we can resize and correct the file type for you. Please allow 7 working days for this to be actioned.
Even if your photograph is accepted on the online application form, if your photo does not meet the above requirements, the visa centre may ask you to have a new photograph taken on the day of your appointment. There is a photobooth available at the centre at an additional cost.
This page has been designed to help answer your questions regarding your Chinese Visa Application.
London: We will collect your passport on your behalf and return to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
Everywhere else: The service centre will advise you when to collect your passport which does not require another appointment to collect. You will need to make two trips, one to drop off and one to collect.
London: Approx. 2 weeks (London is a much busier service centre).
Everywhere else: Approx. 1 week.
Unfortunately, this change is completely out of our control and our normal booking conditions and charges apply.
Yes, this may be possible. Amendment fees and additional costs may apply.
We will not be able to cover any travel expenses/overnight accommodation.
The nett cost of the visa for a group tour is ￡151.00 per person for British passport holders - this cost will be removed from your invoice, if it is included in your tour, visas are not included in the price of our Essential Tour range. If you booked through a travel agent, they will do this for you. If you are travelling to China on an international cruise liner (i.e Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean etc) then the refund may be higher.
A member of our team will meet you at the London Visa Centre and not our office.
Identify yourself to the Wendy Wu Tours staff member and not at reception. The staff member will be wearing a Wendy Wu Tours branded shirt and will have a sign. If you are lost, then please contact our office on 0844 875 2434.
Please view our below page which explains the procedure if you're aged 70 or over.
No, applicants can apply at different visa centre's at different times.
London - you can book your appointment as far in advance as you wish. However, it must be no earlier than 11 weeks prior to your arrival date into China, otherwise your application will be refused.
Everywhere else - We recommend you check the relevant visa centre website for their live availability. You cannot submit your application more than 11 weeks prior to arrival date into China.
The applicant under 70 will need to apply at the visa centre to provide fingerprints. The applicant over 70 can post their applications to us.
Alternatively, you can both apply together at the visa centre.
Please click 'here' to view the different types of visa - they are categorised by letters. The online application form will ask for this.
The above information is subject to change.
Yes, the online form must be completed.
In most cases, we would refund you the cost of the visa, which is included within your tour cost, excluding our Essential Tour range. Once we have been informed of this, we will then send you an invitation letter which is to be presented along with your visa application as supporting documents.
You will have to make an appointment to submit your application at your nearest service centre to you (London, Manchester and Edinburgh). You will need to visit twice, once to submit then again to collect at a later date.
No, you will receive your confirmed hotel list 2-3 weeks prior to departure with Final Document pack.
Occupation does not tend to be an issue unless you work as one of the following:
If you work as any of the above, please call us on 0844 875 2434, as this may also affect when you can apply for the visa.
If you make a mistake on the application form, then you will need to redo the form correctly.
Please call us on 0844 875 2434 to discuss further.
Yes, this can affect your application, even if you have a British passport.
Depending on where you were born or what passport you currently hold, it varies on what supporting documents are required so please contact us on 0844 875 2434.
We cannot process any applications unless you have a UK address. Please speak to the Chinese embassy in your country of residence.
This section cannot be left blank. If you do not have any major family members then please list the details of your solicitor, doctor or close family friend.
You only need to list at least one person’s details.
If your Chinese visa is no longer valid, please send a coloured photocopy to us along with your application.
If you have renewed your passport and have an unexpired visa in your old passport, then you need to submit both old and new passports.
If your criminal record is spent then you do not need to declare it on the form. If it is still ongoing then please call us on 0844 875 2434.
No, there is no need to mention this on the Chinese visa application as Hong Kong is not part of Mainland China. This also applies to Tibet.
This is usually the day after you depart from the UK as flights to China are overnight. So for example if you depart London on the 11th March you will arrive Beijing on the 12 March.
Your full flight information can be found on your confirmation invoice.