All visitors to China require a Tourist Visa. It is each passenger’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate Tourist Visa and to make sure that when you receive it, all details are correct.
The Chinese Authorities have recently increased the complexity of the visa application process.
- Passengers in possession of an Irish passport may apply to the Chinese Embassy in Dublin.
- Residents of Northern Ireland who are in possession of a British passport must apply to the UK for their visa.
- Passengers in possession of an American passport must supply a GNIB card along with proof of residency in Ireland and complete an additional application form called a Supplementary Visa Application Form. To obtain this form please contact Travel Department immediately if you are not already in possession of one.
- Passengers in possession of a non Irish passport with proof of residency in Ireland may apply to the Chinese Embassy in Dublin however, you will need to complete an additional application form called a Supplementary Visa Application Form. To obtain this form please contact Travel Department immediately if you are not already in possession of one.
When you apply for your visa, your passport must have at least 2 blank pages and must be valid for 6 months from your return date of travel. The Chinese Embassy will not process visa applications should your passport expire within this time frame.
Chinese visas are valid for three months from the date of issue.
Please also note most airlines flying to China now require details from your passport: your passport number, the expiry date of your passport, place of issue, your nationality and your date of birth. If you have not already provided us with this information, please submit your passport details via the My Travelsection on the website or contact our office immediately. Travel Department may take this information from your passport when it is in our possession.
The following information is for UK and Irish passport holders only. For further information concerning other nationalities, please contact Travel Department or the Chinese Consulate/Embassy.
Option 1 – Irish passport holders may apply by post via Travel Department.
Option 2 – Irish passport holders may apply in person to the Chinese Embassy in Dublin.
Please be advised that Travel Department accepts no responsibility for changes in visa prices, procedures and/or regulations during the time that your visa application is sent to us and subsequently received. Any changes will be advised directly to the customer and any changes in price will be due for payment immediately in order to process the visa application. Travel Department will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of your passport or any document sent by post. We strongly recommend you use An Post swift post or a similar secure service when sending valuable documents by post.
For those that choose to apply for their own visa independently, Travel Department accepts no responsibility for delays caused by incorrect supplication of information and/or delays in obtaining sufficient information to process visas with the relevant embassy. The responsibility lies solely with the customer to supply the correct information on time to the relevant embassy in order to obtain a valid visa for travel. It is the responsibility of customers who choose to apply for visas independently to familiarise themselves with up to date opening hours of the relevant embassy and periodic closures and any changes in price for individual visa applications. Travel Department accepts no liability for any issues encountered by customers who do not obtain a visa in time for their holiday. Customers may be refused entry into their destination if a complete and correct visa application is not processed on time.