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?
This Chinese Group eVisa is granted to tourist groups constituted of at least 2 members who enter and leave China together. This eVisa is a legal authorization in which you will not need a sticker on your passport.
How long can UK Citizens stay in China?
With this eVisa, you will be in China for a total of 30 days in Total. with a Single Entry.
What do I need to apply for a China Group eVisa?
You will need to acquire the following documents:
Minimum of 2 people traveling together.
A digital passport copy of each traveler: note that your passport must have at least 6 more months of validity left.
A recently-taken color passport photo.
Return flight ticket.
Copy of the Chinese hotel reservation/Invitation letter from your Chinese host.
Credit/debit card, PayPal Account to pay for your virtual visa.
Valid postal address.
What are the processing times and prices?
According to the time process that you select, you will know the amount to pay. Below, we will show you each of them:
Standard processing – this process offer you a comfortable price to process your application within 6 days, nd you will pay the amount of USD 186.50 including service tax.
Rush processing – with this option, you will not need to wait for a long time to get your visa, this will take around 4 days.The amount of this is USD 221.50. It includes service rates.
Super rush processing – if your trip is very soon and you urgently need your visa, we suggest you this process that takes 2 days, and you have to pay USD 251.50 including service tax.
Make your application here.
How does the Chinese Group eVisa work?
There will be a single document for the whole group. It means that everyone must enter and leave China together.
For instance, if there are three people who will visit China and they will apply for a China Group Visa. It means that the 3 voyagers will appear on the same visa document. Therefore, they will need to enter China TOGETHER.
Remember that this eVisa substitutes the old conventional visa sticker in your passport. So, once your visa has been granted, you will receive an approval letter.
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?
Most of the time, it takes approximately 10 minutes to complete all the application form. Then, we process your visa and finally, we will inform you about your application via email.
How long is the China Group eVisa valid?
The validation of this China Group eVisa will be for for 30 days after arrival.
How can I apply for a China Group eVisa?
It is not too complicated to apply for a China eVisa. Just read the next steps :
Firstly, complete your general data. Then, select the processing time that you prefer.
Secondly, check all the information that you put and pay your application.
Finally, you will see some questions about yourself and then you will need to attach all the required documents and sometimes, you will need to upload additional documents.
If you are ready to apply, click here. Once you finish completing your application, submit it and wait for the response of your visa. In case you need help with your eVisa request, feel free to contact our support operators.
Does my tour group have to apply together on one application?
We recommend that you send only one request for all people of the group that will travel to China to avoid lateness.
How will I receive my Chinese Group Visa?
Once your visa is granted by the Chinese Port Visa Division, this will be delivered through FedEx.(International courier).
ADVICE NOTE: put your postal address in a correct way, since a small error can cause a delay in the visa - NO REIMBURSEMENT!
How can I know the status of my Visa Application?
To follow the status of your application, you can enter your account at this link www.ivisa.com and track your order. It is important to emphasize that whenever we have news of your application, we will let you know.
IMPORTANT: In case you have not received a confirmation email, please verify your spam inbox.
How does the China Group Visa look like?
Your visa will be mailed to you through the international shipping company FedEx.
Below, we will show you a model of a China Group Visa :
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my China Group eVisa?
We understand that it is difficult to trust us and even more so if your personal data is exposed. That is why we provide one of the best security services to avoid any inconvenience. In addition to that, we offer you the absolute confidentiality of your personal data. If you are still not convinced, we would like you to read all the comments from our clients at this link.