Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group

You can come to the UK for up to 30 days as part of a tour group through the approved destination status agreement (ADS) if you’re a Chinese citizen.

To qualify you must enter the country as part of your tour group (minimum 5 people) and stay with the group for the whole of your visit.

Your tour must be organised by an ADS licensed Chinese tour operator.

You must leave the UK when your ADS visa expires. You cannot extend this visa.

Fill in the ADS visitor application form online to apply.

Your agent will then arrange an appointment for the whole tour group at a visa approval centre in China. This will usually happen at least 3 weeks before departure.

Before the appointment date you need to give your agent:

  • your current travel document or passport
  • your previous passports or travel documents
  • evidence of your current employment or studies

You must have a blank page in your passport on which to put the visa.

The appointment includes taking your fingerprints and photo (biometric information).

You should pay the visa fee directly to your travel agent, who will pay for the whole group.

Read the guidance for ADS applicants in simplified Chinese.

  1. Step 1 Check if you need a visa

    Depending on the country you're from, you might be able to visit the UK without a visa or by applying for a visa waiver.

    1. Check if you need a visa
  2. Step 2 Apply for a visa

  3. or Apply for an EEA family permit

    You may be able to visit on an EEA family permit if you have a family member who is a citizen of:

    • an EU country
    • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
    1. Check if you can apply for an EEA family permit
  4. or Apply for a visa waiver

    Apply for a visa waiver if you have a passport from:

    • Kuwait
    • Oman
    • Qatar
    • the United Arab Emirates
    1. Apply for a visa waiver £15
  5. Step 3 Check what you can bring with you

  6. Step 4 Check what you need to show at the UK border