Published on 30.01.2018
China Visa Update: Chinese Government opens new Visa Application Center in Hong Kong
To better meet the needs of applicants for China Mainland visas and to provide better services, with the approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Hong Kong SAR will introduce a visa outsourcing reform to handle visa applications through a visa application service center.
As of 22 January 2018, foreigners who hold ordinary passports are requested to submit visa applications via Chinese Visa Application Service Center. The Consular Department of the Commissioner's Office will no longer accept applications from ordinary passport holders.
- Basic information of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center is as follows:
Address: 20F AXA Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
Working Days: Monday to Friday (except for Public Holidays).
Submission of Applications: 9:00-16:00 (Applications for express service must be submitted before 12:00); Payment and Pick up of Visas: 10:00-17:00.
Service Charges: Besides collecting visa fees and express service fees on behalf of the Commissioner's Office, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre will also charge service fees (all fees can be found here). For more information, please contact the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or visit its website.
A. It is still up to the Commissioner's Office to decide whether or not to issue visa, the China Visa Application Service Center has no decision on visa approval.
B. Applicants holding diplomatic or service (official) passports, applicants who are going to enter China Mainland for diplomatic or official purpose, and applicants applying for Macao SAR visas may still submit their applications directly to the Consular Department of the Commissioner's Office.
Source: China Office of Foreign Affairs