Chinese Tourist Visas now come in several flavours:
Tourist Visas - L visas
Single entry - max stay 90 days;
Double entry - max stay 60 days.
This is what you get if you are going on holiday to China.
Tourist (family visit) Visas for visiting relatives with Chinese Passports or Permanent Residence in China - Q visas
Single entry for stays of over 180 days - Q1 visa;
Multi entry - Q2 visa
This is what you get when you are going to visit Chinese family in China. The advantage of these visas is that you can get a longer stay or multiple entry. For a Q1 visa (stay over 180 days), the relative(s) to be visited are limited to your spouse, parents in law, children, son and daughter in laws, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren. Q2 is less restrictive.
Tourist (family visit) Visas for visiting non Chinese relatives without permanent residence - S visa
Single entry for stays of over 180 days - S1 visa
Multi entry - S2 visa.
This is where you might visit your spouse who is working in China temporarily, for example. Again, the advantage of these visas is that you can get a longer stay or multiple entry. For S1 (stay over 180 days), the relative(s) to be visited are limited to spouses, parents, parents in law, children under 18. S2 visas are limited to spouse, parents in law, children, son and daughter in laws, siblings, grandparents and grandchildren.
Always bear in mind that the type of visa and length granted for each stay is always at the discretion of the Chinese Embassy, which will grant you the visa they deem is most appropriate as determined by all the circumstances (especially the documentation in hand).
Look at our PRICING page to see how much each costs. We accept payment by CASH, CHEQUE, POSTAL ORDER and DEBIT CARD (fill out the authorisation form on the application form and we will do the rest or pay online).
CREDIT CARDS are accepted online only - click here to pay by these methods.
NB If you pay by cheque, we will wait for the cheque to clear before we send your passport back (usually 5 - 7 working days) - for speed, fill out the debit card authorisation on the application form.
Select the type of visa you want to find out about:
IF YOU ARE POSTING YOUR DOCUMENTS TO US BY ROYAL MAIL:
Please send the above documents to CHINESE VISA DIRECT, PO Box 5051, London W1A 8UZ. We recommend using Royal Mail Special Delivery.
IF YOU ARE DELIVERING THE DOCUMENTS IN PERSON OR USING A COURIER:
please deliver them to our office at 25 MARGARET STREET, LONDON W1W 8RX. Click here for a map.
Once we receive your passport back from the embassy with visa, we will send you your passport back by Royal Mail Special Delivery, unless you instruct us otherwise.