China: Changes to Visa Applications 1st Nov 2018

Friday November 2nd, 2018:-

Good Afternoon, 

Barrhead Business Travel team are aware of changes to Chinese Visa applications that will come into effect on 1 November 2018.  Fingerprint collection will be mandatory for any applicants between the ages of 14-70 and will be required to book an appointment to process their visa request. The Chinese Visa application centre have advised that that travellers who have a valid visa can still use them.

 

China FCO travel advice  

The FCO has updated the travel advice with amendments to the Entry requirements section and summary - with effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre; as part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.  The applicable extract is as follows:

 

Summary 

As of 1 November 2018, China is introducing the requirement for all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive to submit their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. As part of the visa application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will also be required. See Entry requirements

 

Entry requirements :  Visas

British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao.

With effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. As part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.

If you’re transiting China, visa waivers are available in certain places. Contact the Chinese Embassy or the China Visa Application Service Centre before your proposed trip for further information.

If you visit Hong Kong from the mainland of China and wish to return to the mainland, you’ll need a visa that allows you to make a second entry into China.

 

The overall level of advice for China has not changed and there are no travel restrictions in place.

The full FCO advice for China can be accessed via this link:   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Barrhead Business Travel  will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.

Good Afternoon, 
 


 

Barrhead Business Travel team are aware of changes to Chinese Visa applications that will come into effect on 1 November 2018.  Fingerprint collection will be mandatory for any applicants between the ages of 14-70 and will be required to book an appointment to process their visa request. The Chinese Visa application centre have advised that that travellers who have a valid visa can still use them.

 

China FCO travel advice  
 

The FCO has updated the travel advice with amendments to the Entry requirements section and summary - with effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre; as part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.  The applicable extract is as follows:

 

Summary 
 

As of 1 November 2018, China is introducing the requirement for all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive to submit their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. As part of the visa application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will also be required. See Entry requirements
 

Entry requirements :  Visas
British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao.
With effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. As part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.
If you’re transiting China, visa waivers are available in certain places. Contact the Chinese Embassy or the China Visa Application Service Centre before your proposed trip for further information.
If you visit Hong Kong from the mainland of China and wish to return to the mainland, you’ll need a visa that allows you to make a second entry into China.

The overall level of advice for China has not changed and there are no travel restrictions in place.

 

The full FCO advice for China can be accessed via this link:  
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china
 

Barrhead Business Travel  will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.