Applying for a Chinese Visa in Tokyo As a British Citizen
If you like myself it may have slipped your mind of applying for you Chinese Visa prior to leaving the UK then don’t worry you can do this in Tokyo.
Where do I Apply for my visa?
You can get your Chinese visa at the ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Centre’ this is easy to find and you will see the Tully’s Coffee shop on the ground floor so go into the same building and take the lift to the 8th floor.
The centre is open 9am to 4pm on weekdays and can get busy so you are best to get there early but no worries if you can’t.
What do I need?
A passport photo—they have a machine there that you can use for 800 Yen.
A copy of your passport and Japanese Visa- Scan this at the centre
A copy of your flight to China and departing China with your name on.
Your address whilst in Tokyo and phone number
A copy of a hotel reservation of your intended place to stay whilst in the country. This also must have your name on it. If you are in a couple and you are not married then make sure both of your names are on the document.
One completed application form which you can fill out prior to arrival or you can get at the desk.
The centre has a scanner, printer and Photo booth so you can get everything you need whilst there but it will speed up the process if you have copies of the documents prior to arrival. All require a fee (Scan 10 Yen B & W and 50 Yen Colour per page).
I have everything what now?
Take all of your forms to the main desk and they will check all of your documents. If they are happy you have everything they will give you a ticket number.
Take a seat and wait for your ticket to be called. Then a clerk will go through your forms and ask when you would like your pass.
How long does it take?
There are three services, 2 days, 3 days and 4 days (working days) so if you take this on a Friday and pay for the 2 day express service your passport will be ready on the following Tuesday.
How much is it?
Prices for 30 day visa single entry
2 day— 17000 Yen (£114)
3 day—14000 Yen (£94)
4 day—8000 Yen (£53)
All payment must be in Japanese Yen Cash and will be paid when you collect your passport.
I found the service to be very efficient and easy but wish I would have applied for my visa before leaving the country as it would have been half the price.
If you have any questions comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them. I don’t claim to be an expert I’m just letting you know from my own experience.
Also If you have any additional information or experiences of using the pass comment below so other readers can see!
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