China’s tourism industry is booming, and many UK travelers have this vast and rich nation on their radars. UK citizens can stay in the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macao without a visa for up to 14 days, but visiting the mainland is not as simple. Below, this article details the notoriously difficult Chinese visa application process for UK citizens as well as explaining how to make the application simpler by applying online with iVisa. This type of visa is only applicable for those traveling in groups of two or more.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do UK passport holders need a visa to go to China?
What is a Chinese Group eVisa?
The Chinese Group eVisa is a tourist visa that is issued to tourist groups comprised of least 2 members traveling together both into and out of China. The China Group eVisa is issued as a stand-alone document, not as a sticker on a passport, like the Chinese Tourist Visa.
How long can UK Citizens stay in China?
UK citizens can stay in China for a maximum of 30 days Total. Each visa grants a Single Entry.
What do I need to apply for a China Group eVisa?
We require the following to submit your application:
Minimum of 2 people traveling together.
A digital passport copy of each passenger. Remember that your passport must have at least 6 more months of validity left.
A recently-taken color passport photo.
Return airline ticket.
Copy of the Chinese hotel reservation/Invitation letter from your Chinese host.
Credit/debit card, PayPal Account to pay for your visa online.
Valid postal address.
What are the processing times and prices?
One of the common concerns about electronic visas is the cost. With iVisa, applicants have three available options when it comes to processing times with different pricing. The three options are:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 6 days, and the price is USD 160.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 4 days, and the total price of it is USD 195.00 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your Chinese Group eVisa in only 2 days, and you will be charged USD 225.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How does the Chinese Group eVisa work?
Only one (1) visa document will be sent to the travel group thus every member of the group has to enter and exit China together.
Example, if you are 3 friends/family members traveling to China then you can all apply together for the Chinese Group Visa and all 3 traveler's details will appear on the same Visa letter. You then will take this copy with you when you travel, BUT the 3 candidates have to arrive in China TOGETHER with this type of visa.
Note that this eVisa replaces the old traditional visa sticker that you would get in your passport, now you get an approval letter after your visa application has being approved.
You apply online for your visa as a group (min 2 people).
The visa will be approved by the Chinese Government.
After the visa is approved it will be mailed to you (15 days before your departure to China) wherever you are in the world.
Take this document with you when you travel.
NOTE: You will receive your visa 2 weeks prior to your arrival to China.
How long does it take to apply for a China Group eVisa?
Less than 10 minutes. That's all. You will need to send your application to China with iVisa. We will take care of the rest and shortly after we will let you know the status of the application.
How long is the China Group eVisa valid?
Your visa will be valid for a maximum of 30 days after arrival.
How can I apply for a China Group eVisa?
The application for it is really easy. It has only three steps:
The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.
The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. At this point you will need to upload your passports scans. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on individual circumstances.
Click here to start. After you are done, submit your form and wait for your visa to arrive. In case you need assistance filling out your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.
Does my tour group have to apply together on one application?
It is advised that one application is submitted for all the members of the travel group to prevent potential delays.
How will I receive my Chinese Group Visa?
After your visa application is approved by the Chinese Port Visa Division - Ministry of Public Security, your tourist visa will be mailed via FedEx (International courier).
TIP: Make sure you enter your postal address correctly as a mistake can result in a delayed visa - NO REFUNDS!
How can I know the status of my Visa Application?
You can log in to your account online to track your order - www.ivisa.com. In addition to that we will send you updates via email on a regular basis so that you know when your visa will arrive.
NOTE: Check your spam folder in case you did not receive your confirmation email. Privacy settings often divert emails there and important updates can then be missed.
How does the China Group Visa look like?
Your visa will be mailed to you through the international shipping company FedEx.
See an example below:
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my China Group eVisa?
Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can read testimonials of our happy clients here.