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5 Submit Lockdown Questions Answered by the British Consul-Common

5 Submit Lockdown Questions Answered by the British Consul-Common

We semi often put your questions on life in China to the UK Government, and have obtained some very helpful solutions over the previous few years.

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With all the pieces occurring amid the Shanghai lockdown, and Omicron outbreaks throughout the nation, we thought it will be time to achieve out with a few of your questions, and British Consul-Common Shanghai, Chris Wooden, duly obliged.

READ MORE: We Put Your COVID Questions to British Consul-General Chris Wood

After which obliged once more…

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After which obliged once more

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And, with the scenario ever-developing, we adopted up as soon as once more with 5 extra questions. Listed below are Chris Wooden’s newest solutions.

Can I apply for a UK visa or gather my new/renewed British passport?

The UK Visa Software Centre in Shanghai has resumed operations, each for brand new visa functions for the UK and for the return of latest or alternative British passports. However please don’t go to the Shanghai Visa Software Centre earlier than VFS World have contacted you.

You’ll obtain an electronic mail from VFS World when your passport is prepared for assortment, or to let you realize when your passport has been mailed again to you according to the choices you selected at time of software.

According to COVID-19 prevention suggestions by the native authorities, there shall be considerably fewer appointments out there than regular and prospects might not have the ability to safe appointments on their most well-liked dates. We search your understanding and endurance right now.

Please observe native pandemic prevention and management laws in the course of the software course of. You may as well examine the VFS web site by clicking here or scanning the QR code…

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… or the WeChat account VFSGlobal for additional data.

Her Majesty’s Passport Workplace (HMPO), who course of passport functions in UK, at the moment are seeing unprecedented demand as greater than 5 million folks delayed making use of for passports throughout COVID-19 due to restrictions in worldwide journey.

In March 2022 alone, HMPO processed a couple of million new passport functions, the very best output on document. HMPO nonetheless anticipate the overwhelming majority of functions are being handled inside 10 weeks.

Clients ought to permit as a lot time as potential to resume their passports and be in contact with HMPO to get updates on their functions.

I’m making use of for a pupil visa to the UK. When ought to I apply?

For these making use of for pupil visas to the UK, we encourage you to use as early as potential. Scholar visa functions are at present taking over common 5 weeks to course of. We suggest college students apply in July, if ready to take action, quite than ready till August if they should journey in time for his or her September course begin date.

Precedence and tremendous precedence visas are at present unavailable. You will discover additional data on submitting pupil visa functions by clicking here or scanning the QR code:

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What assist is accessible for companies post-lockdown?

The Shanghai municipal authorities launched measures to assist companies in March and Might.

The March measures embody a variety of subsidies and tax advantages, in addition to restoration assist throughout quite a lot of industries together with retail and catering. Discover out extra by clicking here or scanning the QR code:

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The Might measures embody these geared toward stabilizing overseas funding and overseas commerce. Discover out extra by clicking here or scanning the QR code:

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We’d encourage you to take a look on the particulars of those measures by way of the above hyperlinks. These measures are efficient till the top of 2022. You might must take skilled recommendation as as to whether and the way these measures would possibly apply to your corporation.

UK companies working in China that require assist can contact the UK Authorities’s Division for Worldwide Commerce (DIT) by emailing commercialmail.beijing@fcdo.gov.uk. They’ll additionally contact the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai by clicking here or scanning the QR code:

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Is there any assist out there for safeguarding pets, or transferring them in a foreign country after I transfer?

We encourage you to have a related back-up plan for care of your pets do you have to be taken in to a quarantine facility. There are a variety of local people teams offering assist round pet care and we encourage you to achieve out to them.

Sadly, the British Consulate can’t assist with pet care or switch. 

I would like documentation urgently processed on the Shanghai Entry-Exit Bureau. Is that this potential?

The Exit-Entry Administration of Shanghai Public Safety Bureau has resumed providers. They’ve mentioned {that a} inexperienced channel shall be offered to candidates who want to depart the nation urgently and require a stamp from the Entry-Exit Bureau to take action.

Examples of pressing circumstances they are going to contemplate embody visiting critically in poor health sufferers, attending funerals, or school-related causes. Appointments for pressing circumstances and for different issues will be made by way of their service hotline on 12367.


24/7 assist is accessible by phone for British nationals, for all pressing enquiries and emergencies. Please name +86 (0) 10 8529 6600.

For the newest China Journey recommendation, which incorporates related data for Brits dwelling in China, click here or scan the QR code:

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