How to apply for a Business Visa for China

China Visa Processing Centre. Old Jewry, London

China Visa Processing Centre. Old Jewry, London

Since COVID we have noticed that the specific requirements for a UK citizen applying for a business visa for China vary. Unless you choose Visa World to act as your visa consultants it’s crucial to consult the Chinese Embassy or their official website for the most up-to-date information.

However, we can provide you with general guidelines that are applicable. Please bear in mind that the process and requirements may change, so if you are doing your own application, please verify this information.

Visa Application Form

The applicant must complete the Chinese visa application form accurately and please make sure you only use the official website of the Chinese Embassy in the UK.

Gather Required Documents

Prepare all the necessary documents required for the visa application. Some commonly needed documents include:


Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the intended duration of your stay in China and has at least two blank visa pages otherwise you will need to apply for a new passport

Passport-sized photos

Follow the specific photo requirements as outlined by the Chinese Embassy.

Invitation letter

You will need to provide an Invitation letter from the Chinese company you are visitingThis letter must include details about your visit, including the purpose of your trip, the inviting company, your name, and the intended duration of your stay.

Schedule an Appointment

You will need to schedule an appointment to submit your application and biometric data. Check the Embassy’s website for specific instructions on scheduling appointments.

Biometric Data Collection

During your appointment and as part of the visa process you will be required to provide biometric data such as fingerprints. This process is usually straightforward and involves a quick scan of your fingerprints.

Wait for Processing

After submitting your application and biometric data you will need to wait for the processing time which can vary depending on the consulate and other factors. It is advisable to apply for the visa well in advance of your intended travel date DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL until your visa has been approved.

Collect Your Visa

Once your visa is approved, you can collect your passport with the visa stamp from the Chinese visa processing centre.


The visa application process and requirements are subject to change, so always refer to the official website of the Chinese Embassy for the most recent and accurate information. It is also a good idea to start the application process well in advance of your intended travel dates to allow ample time for processing.

Option 2

Use Visa World as your China visa consultants

Visa World’s service charge includes checking all documents, making the appointment then sending a visa consultant to the visa processing centre to guide you through the process, then collecting your visa four days later.