• Changes are coming relating to how you will apply for your Chinese Visa

    The Chinese Embassy in Dublin issued a statement this week noting that in order to improve the Chinese visa application services, the Chinese Embassy in Ireland will start to use the online application form submission and appointment system from 10 April 2019.

    1. 1. All applicants (excluding Hong Kong and Macao visa applicants) will be required to visit https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn   (China Online Visa Application, COVA) to fill in the application form online, which should be printed out together with the confirmation page.
    2. Visit https://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn  (Appointment for Visa Application Submission, AVAS) to choose a time slot.
    3. Submit the signed application form, confirmation page and other required documents at the Consular Section of the Embassy (118 Merrion Road, Dublin 4) according to the time slot.
    4. From 10 April to 9 May 2019, applicants can continue to use the existing physical paper application form (no appointment is needed in this case). Starting from 10 May 2019, all applications must be submitted through the online application and appointment system and the Embassy will cease to accept application without online appointment.


    Please note that we are monitoring this development and are in contact with the Chinese Embassy about how our Consular Service will develop in line with these changes. While there is a transition period where applicants can still use the physical paper application form until 10 May 2019 – this may be subject to change and we will continue to follow the Embassy’s instruction on how applications will be processed going forward. We will continue to keep you updated on the process and you are welcome to email or call us: 01 661 2182 (ex 2) and or contact Daniel McHugh, Consular Services Manager at danielmchugh@irishexporters.ie