How picky is Chinese immigration/customs at border?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 6:16 AM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Nov 7, 2012 12:27 AM
How picky is Chinese immigration/customs at border?I have a valid Chinese visa. However, when I came into Thailand, the Thai border official stapled my departure card to the page in my passport that has my Chinese visa. Then in Burma, I had to give my passport to a guest house and it was returned with two small but noticeable ink spots.
So, my valid Chinese visa now has two staple holes and two ink spots on it. My question is:
Do people who have gone through immigration/customs in Beijing think these irregularities with my visa will be a problem or will Chinese immigration/customs ignore it?
Nov 7, 2012 12:42 AM
1So long as it doesn't obscure the details of the visa or look like you were trying to fudge something yourself, I doubt you'll have any problems.
The system's fully computerized: all they really need is your passport number to bring up your visa details. And Chinese immigration officials don't adopt the fierce police-state mien common among so many of their brethren in other countries. Even ones which aren't, in theory, police states.
Nov 7, 2012 2:59 AM
2Agree with #1. Other than the long lines at the big airports like Beijing, Chinese immigration/customs are a breeze.
Nov 7, 2012 10:04 AM
Nov 7, 2012 11:10 AM
4My 2 year L multi entry/exit Chinese Visa fell out soon after I got it, bad adhesive, I used a gum type glue on a roller and it did the job till the next summer but discolored all the edges, then fell out again. tried a different glue and it held okay, then a PSP made some marks on it somehow, but nobody ever said anything...it fell out again after it expired so I just put in envelope so I have a free page for more stamps...as I am down two pages now...
Nov 7, 2012 7:16 PM
5I used to get stopped every time I came back into the mainland but that had nothing to do with my visa having staple-holes in it from Thailand (Or wherever I'd happened to be) but because there was someone with a similar name that was/is persona-non-grata but, since I got my new passport, even that isn't a problem anymore.
As #1 says; everything is computerised these days. The immigration officer hardly has to look at you (They DO look at you, of course). They could just swipe your passport and all your info, visa details, the lot; is on a screen in front of them.
Nov 8, 2012 7:52 PM
Nov 9, 2012 5:40 AM
Nov 9, 2012 6:16 AM
8The old passports the cover peeling away was also the the back side of the page with the photo and info, which is a issue, as it can then be suspected of tampering. I had my Passport at Miami years ago confiscated by Immigration due to its condition, and told to get a new one, that was 2004 and I was inbound into the USA from Latin America. My Vietnam Visa has staples in it and it was never an issue. As long as a visa is readable and not ripped and torn seriously, and they can read the info,you should be fine. Staples are common in Passports, especially if you travel with a vehicle across borders, the vehicle gets a Visa and is stapled in the Passport, and removed when you leave, so you cant leave without it, or pay hefty taxes/fines (Latin America).
The airlines will enforce the following-
Is the Passport valid for 6 months after arrival, per a countries given requirements. Does the Passenger have a Valid Visa to to visit the country in order to board flight. Does the passenger meet the "Onward Travel" travel requirements of a given country, and have a Round Trip or onward flight out of the country. (This varies by country).
My wife just got the new American Passport after her swearing in as a US Citizen (Chinese) and the new US passport is one sturdy cover, its thick as a board and will hardly even bend. It will get its first Visa stamp in Turkey a week from today.
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