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Covid 19 Current Office Information

Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic, we are not currently offering a walk in service at our office.

Please note our new office contact details. Please post/courier your documents to our new address:

Business and Tourist Visas Ltd,
42 Hoppett Road,
E4 6EX

or contact us on our new freephone number 0800 048 7578 for further information

Chinese Visa Changes December 2018

From 05th December 2018 there is a new Chinese visa application form, you will need to answer all the relevant questions in full and you will also need to upload a photo to comply with the requirements set out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the People’s Republic of China.

Chinese Visa Changes November 2018

From 12th November 2018 all foreign nationals applying for Chinese visas in the UK are required to apply in person, Biometric data (fingerprints) will also be taken at the time you submit your visa application

Russia visa processing times

Russian visa processing times are currently slower than usual. Express service is taking up to five working days and Standard service is taking up to 20 Working days.

Saudi Arabia Visas Update

The introduction of a new visa category for SAUDI ARABIA, a TOURIST visa was announced on 1st April 2018 but is yet to be implemented.

We do not expect any further news on the matter until the end of April 2018. The rules surrounding the new visa type will be advised once officially announced by the Saudi Arabian embassy.

Changes to visas for China

There has been a recent change and for a Chinese visa, they no longer accept hand written forms. We’ve updated our Chinese visa pages with the new form.

Saudi Arabia Visas

From 29 March 2016 all visa applicants are required to provide an original UK company support letter which must now be stamped by the London Chamber of Commerce. Please contact us for further information.

News for China and India Visa Customers

As of 11th January 2016 the Chinese consulate have simplified their pricing structure so the cost of many of the visas has now changed.

Also, the Indian consultant have increased charges across a range of their visa options.

Both changes are now reflected on our website under the various visa categories.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information about these changes.

IMPORTANT NEWS regarding Russian visas

IMPORTANT NEWS regarding Russian visas!

From 10th December 2014 all foreign nationals applying for Russian visas in the UK are required to apply in person, Biometric data (fingerprints) will also be taken at the time you submit your visa application. For further information on these changes please contact us on 020 7954 9207 or email us at

Chinese consulates visa application form

From 02 September 2013 the Chinese consulate have a new visa application form. They will continue to accept the old form for the next 2 months.
We’ve updated the links on our site to the new forms so just visit our Visa page for China page to download them