Chinese Visa for Cruise Ships

Kings Recruit will inform you if you require a Chinese Visa.

British Citizens can now apply for a 2 year Multiple Entry Visa.

The Chinese visa can be done by post, which costs £84 and can take up to 4 weeks. Or applying in person, which costs £66 or £93 (Express Service) and can take 2 to 3 days.

There are 3 offices in the UK where you can book appointments; London, Manchester and Edinburgh.


In order to get a Chinese Visa you will need a Letter of Invitation from Royal Caribbean. Kings Recruit can request that for you. In order to request your Letter of Invitation we will need a copy of your Seaman’s book.

Step 1: Obtain Seaman’s book

Step 2: Complete Chinese Letter of Invitation

Step 3: Send Seaman’s book and Chinese Letter of Invitation to Kings Recruit

Step 4: Kings Recruit will request your Letter of Invitation

Step 5: Once Kings Recruit obtain Letter of Invitation (2 to 3 days) it will be sent immediately to you

Step 6: Book your appointment and take your Letter of Employment and Letter of Invitation.

Please start the application process here.

Application Information

The Chinese Visa Application Form includes a total of four pages.  You will need to print and sign it after filling the form.

If you are applying by post, the checklist can be found here, along with the payment authorization form. This can take up to 4 weeks once the application has been received.