In China

Visa Fees At a Glance

Change in visa fee and service charge payment option

This is to inform you that all customers, residing in China, who book an appointment in the Visa Application Centers across China from 05 June 2019, will have to pay the visa fee and service charge online through this website.

No visa fees or service charges will be accepted in the Visa Application Centers across China from the above said date. However, you may pay for additional services (optional services) in the visa application centers.

In order to pay your visa fee and service charge on this website you will be required to register your details. You will need to have your application transaction number (printed on application summary sheet), passport number and expiry date, and an email address.

Payment method: only WeChat and UnionPay are available for fee payment on this website.

Please check your email for payment confirmation and Appointment letter and take the letters along with your application when you attend at the Visa Application Center.

Note: For refund request or any errors faced while making payment, please send email to feedback.ircn@vfshelpline.com.

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Visa fees

The application fees for Irish visas are:

Single entry   CNY 455
Multi entry CNY 755
Transit    CNY 190

The visa fee is an administration fee. It is not refundable if your application is either withdrawn or refused.You may be exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee. Read more about who is exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee on this page.

Service charge

If you are attending at a visa application centre for the purpose of providing your biometric information and/or submitting the documents relating to your online visa application you are required to pay a service charge. This fee is separate to the visa fee.

The service charge is: CNY 240

Beneficiary of Directive 2004/38/EC (the ‘Free Movement Directive’)

If you are a beneficiary of Directive 2004/38/EC (the ‘Free Movement Directive’) i.e. a ‘qualifying family member’ of an EU/EEA /Swiss Citizen you are required to attend a visa application centre for the purpose of providing your biometric information. You will be required to pay the service charge at a reduced rate.

The reduced rate service charge is: CNY 180

Please note, following completion of the biometric process, you have the option of submitting your supporting documents to the relevant Irish consular facility yourself or availing of the service offered by the visa application centre.

Read more about the ‘Free Movement Directive’ and family members of EU/EEA /Swiss Citizen on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service.

Visa fee exemptions

Check here to see if you come within one of the categories of visa applicants who are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee.

Nationalities exempt from visa fees

Bosnia Morocco
Cote d’Ivoire Peru
Ecuador Republic of Macedonia
Indonesia Serbia
Jamaica Sri Lanka
Kosovo Tunisia
Kyrgyzstan Uganda
Montenegro Zambia

Family members of Irish Citizens who are exempt from visa fees

  • Spouse
  • Separated spouse (subject to judicial separation)
  • Widow/widower (subject to death certificate)
  • Child (under 18 years)
  • Adopted child (subject to adoption papers)

Family member of EEA citizen who is exempt from visa fees

  • Spouse registered as a student or in employment (subject to submission of marriage certificate, passport of EEA citizen and, if applicable, details of educational institution)

Beneficiaries of Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive) i.e. “qualifying family members” of EU/EEA /Swiss Citizens are exempt from visa fees

  • Spouse
  • Child (under 21 years)
  • Child (under 21 years) of the spouse
  • Adopted child (subject to adoption papers)
  • Dependent parent
  • Dependent parent of the spouse
  • Other dependent family members in the direct ascending line ( e.g. grandparent) or descending line (e.g. grandchild)
  • Other dependent family members of the spouse in the direct ascending (e.g. grandparent) or descending line (e.g. grandchild)

Other persons who are exempt from visa fees

  • Holders of diplomatic, service, official passports
  • Programme Refugees (within the meaning of the Refugee Act, 1996)

Please note: All references to 'spouse' also apply to a civil partner i.e. a person who has contracted a registered partnership, or is a party to a class of legal relationship specified in an order under section 5 of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 as entitled to be recognised as a civil partnership.