Getting a Chinese visa in Seoul...
Replies: 29 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 11:04 PM Last Post By: everbrite
Jul 4, 2011 2:02 AM
I am already in Seoul and need to fly in to Beijing for a language course and a visit of a friend. Now, apparently to apply via the South Korean embassy I need an Alien Residence Card (which I do not have, since I am here only for a summer program for a month).
What can I do?
I heard it might be possible to get in to mainland China via Hongkong. Anyone knows how this works?
Also, another issue: I intend to find a job as an English teacher, hence might want to apply for a working visa. Do you think it is reasonable to do this from Seoul or rather when already in China?
Thanks in advance!
Jul 4, 2011 4:01 AM
16jussy6289 - it would help to know your passport but in most cases it is possible to get a visa in Hong Kong. You could apply for a student visa if the school you are attending for your language course is willing to provide the appropriate paperwork.
You can't apply for a work visa unless there is a company to sponsor your work and you can't apply within country. Although you may be able to find a gray market company that will assist you in changing your visa, more likely it will cost less to return to Hong Kong.
Jul 6, 2011 8:04 AM
17It's true about the ARC. This year I got a tourist visa (2 entries, 30 days each, 100,000 won) in Seoul, and the agency (CITS) would only accept applications of people with ARCs or those who have entered China twice in the last two years.
Sep 26, 2011 8:02 PM
I am in Shanghai in since 28th August 2011, making an internship for 6 months, starting with a 30day F-visa and will get an exentinon 90day visa no entry(because I am already in china) by today. I think will not get another extention on December so I want to visit a friend in Seoul. I am just reading some threads that there are some problems to get a F-visa in seoul for china, but most of the threads are old. So it would be nice If anyone could tell me the actuall situation.
German Passport holder
Need another F-Visa with multiple entry or double entry for 3 or at least 2 Months.
Have only a Invitation Letter from my company and not from the province.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Sep 27, 2011 5:23 AM
19piketime - the reports above are from July 2011 and seem to suggest that you can't get a new Chinese visa in Seoul unless you have a residency permit which you won't. Jake Kim suggests that you might have success if you use a travel agency so I would suggest sending Jake a private message and following up to get the name of the agent who might be able to assist you. Otherwise, your best options are probably Hong Kong, Bangkok (for a 30 day visa) and Kuala Lumpur (perhaps 60-90 days).
Dec 13, 2011 8:37 AM
There's a chance I could spend my next year in Seoul studying and I think I would get an Alien Residence Card, given I'd be there a year. I hope so anyway, as I need one to set a bank account there. But I intended to, on my way back to Britain, stop in Beijing then do one of those tours to North Korea.
How would I go about getting a double entry visa?
Is there anyway of doing it in Korea, or is there any way I could courier my passport back to the UK for someone to sort out?
Dec 13, 2011 10:42 AM
21If you have a residence card for Korea, then you should be able get a Chinese visa, but such things can be unpredictable to determine so far in advance. Or almost certainly, you can fly to Hong Kong and get a Chinese visa there.
Those visitors to North Korea with a single entry Chinese visa have been known to obtain a new Chinese visa in North Korea.
Dec 27, 2011 4:10 AM
Mar 6, 2012 9:11 PM
23For a British passport holder, what is the maximum length you can get for a Chinese L-Visa (tourist) when applying for it in Seoul,Korea?
Mar 6, 2012 9:42 PM
So, from the sounds of things... When my i use up my double entry visa and attempt to get another single entry in Seoul to China (via Ulan bator) using an Australian passport, ill be unsuccessful. This may be because i haven't been to china before 2 years prior to my current trip? or is this included for the single entry request? Also, where can i find more information on this?
Mar 7, 2012 4:33 AM
25Your chances of getting a new Chinese visa in Seoul without a residence permit are slim to none.
Doesn't matter that you have been to China previously. The embassy doesn't accept applications from non residents. You can try contacting one of the agencies mentioned by Jake Kim but I would not count on it.
Better to apply for the new Chinese visa in UB prior to your departure. Chinese Visa in UB might have some information and there might be some newer threads on the subject.
Nov 25, 2012 5:16 AM
I've been reading all the posts here, but am now more confused than before. Am I correct in understanding that without a Korean residence permit, it will be impossible to apply for a Chinese visa in Seoul?
I'm currently living in Korea, but I don't have a residence permit. I used to live in China with my last passport though (got a new passport when I got married as I changed my family name) and that is less than a year ago. Does that help at all? Or is my best/only option to go to Hong Kong?
I'm going back to complete my BA, but I'll only need the tourist visa, and then I'll change it to the student visa after I arrive. I have a Norwegian passport.
Nov 27, 2012 9:21 PM
27Unless you have a residence permit and use an agency, I am not sure that you can obtain a Chinese tourist visa in South Korea. You might try contacting Jake Kim for updated information as this thread is old but I wouldn't expect more than 30 days today given the current Chinese visa climate.
For a UK passport holder your best bet is to contact a company like Forever Bright Trading in Hong Kong.
Feb 8, 2013 10:13 PM
The people in this thread have been incredibly helpful, but none of the answers seemed to fit my situation. I got my first Chinese business visa last year in the Netherlands and have since lived in China (Hebei province) studying Chinese. Inside China my school was taking care of my visa by lengthening it, because I visited my family in Seoul a couple of times. But because of something in China, my school couldn't lengthen it, so everything now relies on me getting a visa in Seoul while I'm here for one month. I do not have a residency card (however my family does) and lived in China for almost half a year... does that help me to get a visa here?
Hope someone responds to this old thread.
Feb 8, 2013 11:04 PM
29Most of the people in this thread were trying to get a tourist visa. It would appear that you are trying to obtain a business visa so your experience might be different. Also you don't mention your passport and that might make a difference as well.
I doubt that having lived in China for a half year will make a difference.
Try finding a travel agency in Seoul that specializes in travel to China.
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