As of 17 December 2019, the visa application must be done in person by the applicant, due to the fact that fingerprints have to be provided.
The following are exempted:
People under the age of 14 or over the age of 70, Holders of diplomatic passports and people that are exempted under bilateral agreements, People that apply for a Chinese visa whose fingerprints have already been collected by the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in the past 5 years, if those people are still using the same passport as before (when applying, people must show the biometric visa in the same passport).
Applicants who suffer from ten finger mutilation or whose fingerprints cannot be collected or retained.
This means that fingerprints that have been collected on arrival at the airport in recent years, do not count.
This also means that when someone applies with a new passport, he or she must go to the CVASC again.
Please take into account that there will be a few extra days of processing time, on top of the regular 4 day procedure.
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