Singed on the 21st of January 2005 was The UK/China Approved Destination Status (ADS) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The purpose of this MoU was to give assistance to the journey of groups of Chinese tourists who wishes to visit the UK. This Approved Destination Status (ADS) category was developed so as to give though to the terms established in the MoU, meet the needs of Chinese citizens who intend to enter the United Kingdom as part of a tourist group of at least five people.
This category (ADS) does not take the place of the Visitor category for Chinese citizens, ordinary visit applications from Chinese citizens are still handled in the usual manner.
This Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme only works through a limited amount of appointed tour operators, authorized and tutored by the British Embassy in China, who has submits visa applications on behalf of each member of the tour group.