Wednesday, October 04, 2006

China Visas

Nearly all foreign visitors to China need a visa.

China visas can be obtained from Chinese embassies and consulates overseas. Visa forms are often available for download from the Chinese embassies' websites. A single-entry travel visa is designated as type L and is valid for 30 days. The visa must be used within 3 months of the date of issue. 90-day visas are also available.

Chinese visa stamp

You need:
* a completed visa application form
* a passport valid for at least six months from the intended date of entry into China
* a passport photo
* a passport with a blank double page page in it

You can normally collect your passport after three days in the UK, but if you pay extra, you can pick it up the next day, or the same day depending on the fee.

Chinese Embassies Overseas
Japan
3-4-33 Moto-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0046
Tel: 03-3403-3388
Fax: 03-3403-3345
E-mail: info[at]china-embassy.or.jp
Website:www.china-embassy.or.jp
Hours: (Monday to Friday) 9.00am-12.00pm (except Chinese and Japanese Holidays)

USA
Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760 Fax: (202) 588-9760

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY
520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 244-9392 Fax: (212) 465-1708

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL
100 West Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 803-0095 Fax: (312) 803-0110

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX
3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 520-1462 Fax: (713) 521-3064

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 807-8088 Fax: (213) 807-8091

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA
1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 Tel: (415) 674-2900 Fax: (415) 563-0494

UK

Chinese Embassy in the UK
31 Portland Place, London.
Tel. 090 0188 0808
Website:www.chinese-embassy.org.uk
Hours: 9.00am-12.00 pm

Chinese Consulate General in Manchester (0161-2248672)

Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh (0131-3164789)

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