Visa applications to be simplified for Chinese visitors
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced measures to simplify the visa application proces for Chinese visitors. The Chancellor announced 3 key steps, including a pilot scheme which will cut down on paperwork for Chinese visitors to the EU and UK.
Chinese nationals wanting to visit both the EU and UK will not need to submit a separate UK visa application when they book with selected Chinese travel agents. A new 24-hour ‘super priority’ visa service is also to be made available from summer next year.
The UK already offers a competitive service to Chinese visa applicants, including 12 visa application centres across China, an optional 5-day priority visa service for eligible tourists, business visitors and skilled workers, and extended opening hours in 6 application centres.