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Chinese visas

Real Russia can help to obtain visas required by UK citizens and many foreign nationals wishing to visit the Peoples’ Republic of China. We offer two basic types of service depending on the purpose of your visit, how long you wish the visa to be valid for and how many times you expect to visit within the visa validity period.


What is a tourist visa?

Tourist visas are usually issued to travellers visiting China for tourism or leisure purposes and allow for either one (single entry) or two (double entry) visits of up to 30 days each. It is possible to request a visa allowing for a longer stay of either 60 or 90 days, but the decision whether to issue such a visa to an individual will be made by the Consulate.

The visa will be issued within a validity window starting the day that the application is made to the Consulate and you should enter China before the expiration of this window. For single entry visas the window is 90 days, for a double entry it may be between 90 and 180 days. The exact length of the validity window for a double entry is based on the second entry date that is listed on the documents confirming your travels. I you have had a visa to enter China previously, then the validity window will cover the maximum of 180 days regardless of your travel plans, although the final decision is always at the consulate’s discretion.

What is a business visa?

Business visas are usually issued to travellers visiting China on official or private business and may be issued for a single, double or multiple entries, allowing for a 30-day-stay upon each entry.

The visa will be issued within a validity window starting the day that the application is made to the Consulate and you should enter China before the expiration of this window. For single entry visas the window is 90 days, for a double entry it may be between 90 and 180 days and for multiple entry visa it may be between six and twelve months.

Transiting through China

You may not need a visa for a transit. China grants a 72 hour visa-free transit for the nationals of 51 countries travelling by air via Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guanghzou, Guilin, Kunming, Shanghai and Shenyang. Please look here for more information on visa-free transit.

When should I apply for my visa?

Today the Chinese consulates are issuing single entry visas valid for entry before 28th June 2014 and double entry visas valid for entry between 28th June 2014 (minimum validity) and 26th September 2014 (maximum validity).

Multiple entry visas for a six-month-period issued on this day will be valid for entry until 26 September 2014 and twelve month multiple entry visas until 25 March 2015.

The date when you can apply for a visa may also be dependent on you profession. Please consult our FAQ page for further information on this.

How do I read my visa?

Please see the following guide for more information: Reading a Chinese visa

What is included in the price?

Our prices include all costs necessary to get your visa, among which are:

  • consular tariffs
  • Visa Application Centre costs
  • delivery, collection and management of your application at the consulate by our staff

In addition to this you can choose from the following optional services

  • central London courier delivery the day your visa is ready
  • Royal Mail Special Delivery of your passport and Belarus visa back to you (UK only)
  • £2,500 of consequential loss postal insurance (UK mainland only)

There are no hidden fees; the price you see is the price you pay!

How can I pay for my visa?

You have several options to pay for your visa including:

Can I deliver my passport and collect my visa from your office in person?

Yes, of course you can. We have an office in central London and we will be happy to see you there and assist with your application if needed. If you intend to deliver an application in person or collect your passport and visa we are open for collection and deliveries during the following times:

Visa applications received by our office after 4.30 pm on weekdays or at any time on Saturdays or non-working days will not start to be processed until the following working day.

The processing time will vary dependent upon the type of visa you order. Please see the visa-specific pages for more information and consult our tooltip in order to find out when you can expect your visa to be ready.

Sounds good, how do I get my visa?

To order your Chinese visa online, please select the level of service you require from the options above.

If I plan to travel on the Trans-Mongolian, can you help me to obtain Mongolian and Russian visas as well?

Yes, of course we can. We will process all necessary visas ‘back to back’ and return your passport with all three visas when they are complete. See the following links for further details:

Can you tell me more?

If you still have more questions please feel free to look at our Frequently Asked Questions or simply contact us directly and we are happy to help.