Important Information

Appointment-Based System & Processing Times
The Chinese Embassy requires all visa applicants to submit fingerprints as part of the submission process. VisaCentral will schedule your appointment at a convenient time for you after you have submitted, and we have approved your documents. Wait time for appointments can take up to two months due to limited availability.  The processing time quoted is the time taken for the visa to be received after the scheduled appointment. Take this in to consideration when requesting your China visa.

Sample of the Business Travel Requirements for an China Visa for Irish Citizens

  1. Fingerprint Submission

    If you are aged between 14 and 70, your China visa application will not be considered complete until you have submitted fingerprints at the China Visa Application Service Centre. After we have received all the materials required in support of your visa application we will call you to schedule an appointment to submit fingerprints at the China Visa Application Service Centre located in Dublin. Our service includes a standard appointment which is available on a first come, first serve basis.

  2. Passport

    The applicant's actual signed passport. The passport must:

    • Be valid six months beyond entry date
    • Have at least two blank visa pages

  3. Visa Application and Photograph

    Complete the enclosed China Application Form. Then send it and the rest of your documents to the VisaCentral office address listed on the submission checklist page of this application pack. We will provide you with your official China application form, for your signature, when we meet you before your consular fingerprinting appointment.


    Upload your photograph at https://visacentral.ie/photo-service. For guidance on how to submit an acceptable photograph refer to the China Photo Guide contained in this Application Pack.

  4. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from the company the applicant is visiting. The letter must:

    • Include the applicant's personal details
    • Include the purpose of the visit, the dates of entry and exit, place(s) to be visited
    • State the relationship between the applicant and the inviter
    • State the applicant's financial support whilst in China
    • State the inviter's name, phone number and address
    • Bear an official stamp and be signed by the legal representative or the inviter

  5. Copy of Passport

    A clear colour photocopy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport

  6. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    Provide the VisaCentral Order Confirmation included in this kit.

  7. Former Chinese Nationals

    If you are a former PRC passport holder or were born in China, Hong Kong, or Macau:

    • You must present copies of any previously issued China visas in your current or expired passport, as well as the expired passport
    • If you have never been issued a China visa you must submit your previous Chinese passport and a copy of the passport information page

Important Information

Appointment-Based System & Processing Times
The Chinese Embassy requires all visa applicants to submit fingerprints as part of the submission process. VisaCentral will schedule your appointment at a convenient time for you after you have submitted, and we have approved your documents. Wait time for appointments can take up to two months due to limited availability.  The processing time quoted is the time taken for the visa to be received after the scheduled appointment. Take this in to consideration when requesting your China visa.

Sample of the Tourist Travel Requirements for an China Visa for Irish Citizens

  1. Fingerprint Submission

    If you are aged between 14 and 70, your China visa application will not be considered complete until you have submitted fingerprints at the China Visa Application Service Centre. After we have received all the materials required in support of your visa application we will call you to schedule an appointment to submit fingerprints at the China Visa Application Service Centre located in Dublin. Our service includes a standard appointment which is available on a first come, first serve basis.

  2. Passport

    • Be valid six months beyond entry date
    • Have at least two blank visa pages

  3. Visa Application and Photograph

    Complete the enclosed China Application Form. Then send it and the rest of your documents to the VisaCentral office address listed on the submission checklist page of this application pack. We will provide you with your official China application form, for your signature, when we meet you before your consular fingerprinting appointment.


    Upload your photograph at https://visacentral.ie/photo-service. For guidance on how to submit an acceptable photograph refer to the China Photo Guide contained in this Application Pack.

  4. Copy of Passport

    A clear colour photocopy of the information page(s) from the applicant's passport

  5. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    Details of travel arrangements. These must be provided as:

    • A copy of the hotel confirmation showing applicant's name
    • A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  6. VisaCentral Order Confirmation

    Provide the VisaCentral Order Confirmation included in this kit.

  7. Former Chinese Nationals

    If you are a former PRC passport holder or were born in China, Hong Kong, or Macau:

    • You must present copies of any previously issued China visas in your current or expired passport, as well as the expired passport
    • If you have never been issued a China visa you must submit your previous Chinese passport and a copy of the passport information page

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