I'm sure a common question.Travelling from UK manchester.Seems confusing about cost of visa's, making appointment at Embasy in Manchester.please any advice
If you are using the visaforchina.org China Visa Service Application Centre, they have the cost on their website: …visaforchina.org/MAN_EN/…20180330.pdf and admittedly, they could present it a little better.
If you're a UK citizen, it's total of £151 if you will drop off and pick up in person, standard service. £178 if you need express/rush service, and £175 if you want to use postal service. For a standard tourist visa, you don't have the option anymore of getting a single- or double- entry; the standard visa is now 2 years, multiple entry, usually good for 90 days per stay. You may be looking at the table and seeing single/double options but those are for "Other" (Passports) not specifically listed and won't apply to you if you're a UK passport holder.
That bit at the bottom under Notes tries to clarify. The £151 total is for the Chinese visa fee + service charges. What they are clumsily trying to impart is that CVASC charges a flat fee for their services based on whether you use regular, express, or postal service, and that the differences are due to the other part of the equation--the Chinese visa fee which is set by nationality and that they have no influence on.
Some people have made the mistake of thinking that the total cost is the £151/178/175 PLUS the service fee at the bottom (£66/78/90) but that bottom part is already included in the bigger number.Edited: 30 May 2018, 21:47
Thanks for clarifying.
This message was really useful as I thought it would cost £217 (£151 + £66)!! Thank you. It's still very expensive, but not quite as much as I thought.
It lasts two years so, with careful planning, we get three trips from one visa.
You should see the hoops Chinese people need to get a UK visa.