, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10- The Chinese government has opened a Visa application service facility in Nairobi which will start operations on October 15 this year.
The Chinese Visa Application Service Facility (CVASF) will be located at the Chancery Building 7th floor, Valley Road and all applicants can get the services from Monday to Friday except public holidays.
“The Chinese Visa Application Service Facility (CVASF) in Nairobi will open on 15 October 2015. All ordinary passport holders wishing to visit the mainland of China are requested to apply for visas at CVASF. Those who have appointment to submit visa applications from 15 to 31 October, please go to CVASF with printed appointment slip to apply for Chinese visas,” the Chinese Embassy announced on its website Friday.
There will be a test run from Monday October 12 to 14 during which applicants will pay no Visa processing fees.
“Submission of applications start from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (Urgent applications should be submitted before 11:00 a.m.). Collection and payment is from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm (Urgent visas should be picked up after 11:00 a.m.),” the Embassy explained.
However despite the new facility, holders of diplomatic or service passport, or applicants qualified for the Chinese diplomatic, courtesy, service visas, or applicants applying for Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) or Macao SAR entry permit may still submit their applications directly to the Chinese Embassy.
Those who had an appointment to submit visa applications between 6 to 14 October, can also still go to the consular hall of the Chinese Embassy to apply for Chinese visas.