Important Information

Appointment System
The Embassy of China has introduced an appointment system for the submission of visa applications. Appointment bookings are subject to limited availability and it can take up to 6 working days before the visa application can be submitted to the Embassy of China. Please take this into account when submitting your visa application.

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

  1. Passport

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

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

  2. Photograph(s)

    You must provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 33 mm by 48mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression with ears visible
    • No background light or shadow over your face
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • You may not wear any jewellery including earrings and necklaces regardless of size
    • You should not wear any garment identical to the photo background
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive or staples

  3. 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

  4. Copy of Passport

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

  5. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed application form

  6. CIBTvisas Order Confirmation

    Provide the CIBTvisas 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 System
The Embassy of China has introduced an appointment system for the submission of visa applications. Appointment bookings are subject to limited availability and it can take up to 6 working days before the visa application can be submitted to the Embassy of China. Please take this into account when submitting your visa application.

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

  1. Passport

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

  2. Photograph(s)

    You must provide one colour, passport type photograph that meets the following criteria:

    • Be taken within the last three months and printed on high quality photo paper
    • Be taken against an all white background
    • Be 33 mm by 48mm in size
    • Provide the full frontal view of your head with your face centered in the middle and displaying a neutral (non-smiling) expression with ears visible
    • No background light or shadow over your face
    • You may wear neither spectacles nor headwear except for religious purposes
    • You may not wear any jewellery including earrings and necklaces regardless of size
    • You should not wear any garment identical to the photo background
    • Your photo should not be affixed to your application and it may not display evidence of adhesive or staples

  3. Proof of Travel Arrangements

    Details of travel arrangements. These must be provided as:

    • A copy of the hotel reservation   
    • A copy of the flight confirmation showing onward/return travel

  4. Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation from the applicant's host. 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
    • Include 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. Visa Application Form

    One fully completed and signed visa application form. The form must:

    • Be printed single sided
    • Be completed on a computer. Handwritten visa application forms will not be accepted by the Embassy
    • Contain an original signature

  7. CIBTvisas Order Confirmation

    Provide the CIBTvisas Order Confirmation included in this kit.

  8. 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

Concierge Service

Too busy to manage your visa request?  A CIBTvisas Concierge specialist will manage the entire process from start to finish, providing the expertise necessary to ensure your request is approved as quickly as possible. Experience the convenience & certainty of the Concierge Service, our highest level of one to one, customised service.

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Visa Pre-Check

Have an urgent visa application with tight deadline?  Use CIBTvisas Visa Pre-Check to save valuable time.  Experienced CIBTvisas specialists will review and check your documents to confirm that your application is ready to be submitted or if there is information that needs to be corrected.

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Digital Photo Service

The CIBTvisas Digital Photo Service is an excellent way to deliver a digital photo for your visa application. Simply upload your photo and our Photo Service experts will ensure that it meets the guidelines for your application before printing it and submitting it to the embassy.

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