What are the differences between Chinese group visa (tourist visa) and individual visa?

Group (Tourist) Visa 

  • Issued to a tourist group consisting of a minimum of two people
  • Application is done 100% online
  • No fingerprint requirements (only on arrival)
  • Copy passport needed for application
  • Receive visa around 10 days prior to departure
  • Residence anywhere in the world
  • Single entry only
  • Valid for 30 days
  • Type: tourist

Individual visa

  • One can travel alone
  • Application is done via your local consulate
  • Fingerprints requirements at the consulate
  • Original passport needed for application
  • Receive visa anytime after application and before trip
  • Residence in the UK
  • Multiple entry possible
  • Valid up to 90 days
  • Type: any