Chinese Visa Sticky
Replies: 2,976 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2013 1:57 AM Last Post By: pump3rn1ckel
Apr 22, 2011 12:01 PM
Apr 22, 2011 8:39 PM
2296I will like to remind all
That the World University Games will be starting in the Summer 2011 in Shenzhen and must provably we all encounter tighten rules for security reason.
So dont count with a normal situation better do all your visas now ! (send your passport to your home town)
Also beginning May 15 2011 all foreigners are asked to carry at least a copy of Passport and Visa and police registration, and there will be a Police control at all residence buildings here foreigners live in this country.
So be aware!
May 2, 2011 11:25 AM
we'd like to apply for chinese visa in Tashkent. Does anyone know: How's the situation at the moment? Have there been any changes in visa policy so far? Or is it as described in older posts?
By the way, we hold swiss passports and we would like to cross the border into china from kyrgystan by land.
Thanks for your help!
moody y zevanja
May 2, 2011 11:43 AM
May 21, 2011 9:58 AM
2299We are flying from UK to Hong Kong on the 28th June and then want to take the train from Hong Kong (thru China obv) to Vietnam on the 7th July. We were hoping to get both Vietnam visa and China visa in this 9 days period in Hong Kong. Does anyone know if this is possible? I've read about express services and things but it's not clear to me still! We also need to book the train tickets when there and I've read we need passports with visas to do this?.
Any advice anyone who's done this or something similar?
May 21, 2011 10:07 AM
1st July is a public holiday in Hong Kong, so be careful about trying to apply for visas around then and also at weekends. You should still be ok getting both, although you have time to get the China visa in the UK.
For train tickets, first there is no direct train from Hong Kong to Vietnam. See seat61 for more detailed info, but basically you need to go from Hk to Guangzhou to Nanning to Hanoi. You can buy the HK - Guangzhou ticket from the MTR website. You might be able to book the Guangzhou - Nanning ticket - but the charge will be HK$100 a ticket if you can book it. I doubt if you can book the Nanning- Hanoi ticket in Hong Kong. When buying tickets in China, you now often need to show some ID - such as a passport -and the ID number will be printed on the ticket.
May 26, 2011 11:50 AM
Jul 22, 2011 11:58 PM
2302"L" visa extensions are becoming more problematic, even in hitherto comparatively easygoing Shanghai: previously I could extend a 30-day, Hong Kong-issued "L" visa twice in Shanghai without trouble. However, yesterday I was told at the Entry & Exit Bureau, Minsheng Lu, that I had "too many visas" in my passport already. They would only extend up to the date of my photocopied air ticket out in ten day's time.
The obvious, though costly, solution is to get a fresh passport - either that or travel monthly to HK, also expensive.
Is anyone else encountering such problems, in Shanghai or elsewhere?
Jul 24, 2011 2:32 AM
2303Hi, I just came back to China on a 1-month F Visa and will need to extend it. I initially applied for a longer duration visa, but the Govt office said they could only provide it for 1 month in this case.
Could anyone advise me on the whether I can apply to extend this visa myself (with a company's invitation, without leaving China) and if so, for what duration? If not, any recommendations for an agency who could do it?
I have had numerous Z and L visas before. This is my first F visa, and my nationality is Irish.
Edited by: peter79
Jul 24, 2011 5:20 AM
2304As you can infer from my post above, there is no cut and dried answer to your question. It depends, among other things, on where you ask for the extension, the degree of paranoia of the Government (also known as the level of security, which is presently quite high) and the number of previous, expired visas in your passport. You may be lucky and breeze through with a month's extension, but In my opinion, your improve your chances by applying in one of the first-tier cities, and by going with as many supporting documents as you can show, including, if possible, a copy of your air booking out of China and even some form of show money such as a bank passbook with funds deposited.
Jul 29, 2011 8:55 PM
Jul 30, 2011 4:53 AM
2306I have a half dozen Ls in my passport now, so no surprises that they are getting sticky with extensions. I'm actually going to give China a rest for six months and then come back on a new passport, probably use one of those visa agents to get a year multi L. By that time, the anniversary of the CCP will be over and the student games in SZ finished, so rules may be relaxed.
As for changing L to F, that has also become tricky recently I believe - see: http://blog.chinatravel.net/china-travel-tips-advice/december-2010-china-visa-update.html. Since that was written, they have, as I said, tightened up further on extensions.
Aug 25, 2011 7:05 AM
just to add to the topic with my latest experience with Chinese visa. I had one L type(one entry) visa previously which i took out last year but this time i came asking for a multiple entry L type visa(6 months) but was swiftly refused and told i can only get double entry (30 days each) which the visa officer granted as soon i presented him with one way ticket reservation and booking of accommodation.
In my case it will be a relatively minor nuisance since i have been planning to visit Hong Kong and Seoul while on the road anyway and i am guessing that i could get a new visa in both of these places. Alternatively i could make an extension while in Shanghai but i see from previous posts that it might be a hassle to do so.
Aug 25, 2011 7:14 AM
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