Those residing in the UK and seeking to apply for a Chinese passport should be aware of the following:
Since 9 November 2020, in order to meet the needs of Chinese citizens applying for passports and travel documents in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in the UK has been accepting passport and travel document applications by post. Applicants are no longer able to submit their applications in person.
Moreover, from 26 July 2021, the Chinese Embassy in the UK has stopped accepting payment for passport/travel document application fees via bank transfer and the Embassy’s bank account has been closed. Application fees must now be paid via postal money order addressed to the Chinese Embassy.
How do I apply for a new passport/travel document?
Chinese citizens who live within the Embassy’s consular area and fall into one of the following categories are able to book an appointment on the "Online Appointment for Passport Application Overseas" website and mail in the relevant documents to the Chinese Embassy as required:
- Those applying for a passport or travel document for the first time after birth;
- Those whose ordinary passport has expired, or the validity period is less than six months, or the visa page is about to run out, or the applicant’s appearance has changed significantly;
- Those whose travel document expires or the validity period is less than half a year;
- Those whose passport or travel document is lost, stolen, or damaged;
- Chinese residents in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan who do not hold a "Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macao Residents" and "Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents" applying for travel documents.
How much is the application fee?
The application fee for an ordinary passport/travel document is £14 per document. There is no application fee for official passports.
How Gherson can assist
Gherson has extensive experience in helping clients apply for Chinese visas and passports/travel documents. We continue to closely monitor updates in relation to application processes implemented by the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
If you have any queries, or are interested in talking to us about your specific circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or alternatively, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.
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