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Chinese National Day Holiday Notice

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Due to the imminence of 2017 Chinese National Day Holiday, Chinese Consulate - General of Edinburgh will be closure on 2nd and 3rd October 2017 (Monday and Tuesday).

If you have any urgent visa applications, please apply for them before or after the special period. Thanks! i2visa

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Chinese New Year 2017

Memo: Chinese New Year 2017 is coming.

Please note: The General Chinese Consulate of Edinburgh will close on 30th Jan, 31st Jan and 1st Feb 2017.

However, our office will still be open for any visa enquiries.

Wish you all 'Gong Xi Fa Cai' (prosperity)!

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British Passport Signature Change

Her Majesty's Passport Office (HMPO) has started to introduce passports that will no longer feature the passport holder's signature in the digital form.

Once passport holders receive their new passport they will be required to sign it on the 'holder's signature' line using a black ballpoint pen. You will be unable to use your new passport until you sign it.

You do not need to sign your new passport if you are aged 11 or under, or are unable to sign it because of a disability. Your passport will display a disclaimer on the page with your name and photo if this is the case.

HMPO has made this change as part of its move away from signed paper forms and printed photographs, and towards a simpler online application process for British passports - making the hand-written signature an important development for HMPO.

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Visa on arrived in Shanghai

Landing visa issued at Shanghai International Airports

For people who require a visa in certain emergency situation, i2visa will permit them to get it on arrival. These will always require an invitation letter issued in Shanghai company or an urgent flight booking confirmation. These emergency in the following:

1. Urgent trade contact or submit a tender
2. The last moment to attend a trade fair
3. to undertake funeral matters
4. to solve a big problem of claims; lawsuit
5. invited to install the equipment or carring out an emergency repair
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China Government signing visa-free for Serbian nationals

China and Serbia government have announced reciprocal visa-free policies (Chinese visa). Thus, Serbia is the first country in Central and Eastern Europe to waive the visa requirement for Chinese. On the other hand, Serbian nationals do not need a travelling visa for China. Known to all, World-class Tennis player Novak Djokovic goes to China once or twice for Beijing Open and Shanghai Master every year. He will obviously NOT need a Chinese visa from now on.

More news is that an agreement to open direct flights from Beijing was also recently approved.

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