Chinese Visa Sticky
Replies: 2,714 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 5:47 PM Last Post By: JPDeM
Mar 23, 2013 12:30 AM
Mar 23, 2013 12:09 PM
25662563: When I said I am going to Kualalampur and have ticket for that to consulate, they asked 2 things
1. If I have visa for that country
2. My final return ticket to India from my last destination.
Ridiculous!! why China should bother about when and how I am flying to my home country, I am going out of china should be enough. But who would argue with them, it seems I have to find out the least cancellation charge possible flight into India to avoid complexity, so far I found it CNY 200, considering it as part of visa charge.
Mar 23, 2013 1:29 PM
2567It seems regardless of 1/ being Malaysia or not, they want to see evidence you have right of entry to enter the country after China. In your case, you dont have right of entry without a valid visa.
If instead you were coming to NZ, you would also need a ticket to a country you had right of entry to.
Mar 23, 2013 7:34 PM
2568Is it possible for me to make airline reservations for a roundtrip flight to Lhasa before booking a travel guide to tour just the city of Lhasa? Do I need to have the guide meet me at the Lhasa airport and guide me through customs in Tibet? Westwood was not sure if it is still possible for foreigners to travel freely just in the city of Lhasa and use a guide only when visiting historic sites, such as Potala Palace and the monasteries and museums.
Mar 23, 2013 7:44 PM
You can usually book your own tickets on flights to and from Lhasa, but you need a Tibet permit in order to be able to board the flight. You will need the real permit, not a copy. This is checked before you are allowed to board the plane. To get the Tibet permit you need to book a tour through an agency, and as part of their tour you might need to pay for a guide during your time in Lhasa. Spinn Cafe in Lhasa has a good FAQ: http://www.cafespinn.com/en/tibet/
Mar 23, 2013 8:32 PM
Mar 25, 2013 10:18 AM
If anybody is aware of the situation, could they please let me know what would be the chances of obtaining a double entry visa on an Irish passport in Hong Kong. I plan on backpacking through China and making a trip into Mongolia for 2 or 3 weeks when I am up north.
I understand a standard single entry visa of 30 days is no problem to get in HK, but what about double entry?
Also, I should add that I have never had a Chinese visa before, it´s my first visit.
Mar 25, 2013 2:05 PM
Mar 25, 2013 5:19 PM
Mar 29, 2013 10:56 PM
2575Some visa advice needed, please. I am an Australian citizen booked to fly at the end of May from Melbourne to Munich return with a Beijing stopover in both directions. The first stopover is covered by the new 72 hour visa-free policy. The second stopover, 5 weeks later, is for 5 days. The CVASC advises applying for a visa 1 month before entry to enable obtaining the visa before travel. This of course is just at the time my trip will commence. I do not want to have to apply for a Chinese visa whilst I am in Germany.
What sort of visa should I apply for, and when should I apply?
Mar 30, 2013 3:54 AM
Mar 30, 2013 3:22 PM
2577Thanks for your advice, Ruth. However I am worried that CVASC say "Please apply for a visa about one month in advance of your intended date of entry into China, and do not apply three months earlier. You should take upon yourself any consequences resulting from your failure to submit visa application at an appropriate time, which may lead to either your already-issued visa becoming expired or it would be too late to get a visa before your planned departure date." Should I be worried?
Apr 1, 2013 3:28 AM
2578Just got a one month visa from the consulate in Chiang Mai, so here's a little update (I'm a British subject btw):
1 passport photo
Full itinerary printed
Print out confirming booking of 1st night's accommodation (a dorm bed on hostel world is fine)
Asked for a 3 month visa, but was told these are not available (I heard that you used to be able to get these in Chiang Mai).
Complete every small detail of the application form, no matter how irrelevant it might seem.
I was asked for confirmed flight bookings. When I said I would be travelling overland from Vietnam the lady gave a little frown, but never mentioned it again. It seemed that they were giving some poor Thai guy (who was travelling overland through Laos) a hard time about this, so maybe westerners are exempt from this requirement (for now!).
I didn't have any travel insurance, so just wrote "no" on that section of the application form. This didn't cause any problems.
They never asked for proof of funds, but since I had already printed off my bank statement they said they'd take it anyway. Since you're going to be doing a lot of printing anyway, you may as well print this off too, just to smooth over any difficulties regarding insurance/flights.
The consulate's open from 9-11:30. There were never a lot of people waiting at any time I was there, but it seemed least busy around 9 (fewer than 5 people).
Apr 1, 2013 6:10 AM
I wonder if someone would be able to shed some light regarding my China visa situation?
My friend and I (both British citizens based in the UK) are planning to fly to Seoul (South Korea) in September, spend 4 days there, and then catch the ferry from Incheon ferry port overnight to Qinhuandao, China. The plan then is to see the Great Wall, and make our way to Beijing, down the east coast of China over the course of approximately a month. The last stage of our China journey is to catch a ferry from Xiamen to Taiwan, where we will continue our journey.
Now I have a couple of questions regarding the visa situation, as I seem to be getting conflicting information regarding my research so far and wondered if anyone could shed some light.
We will only have our flight to Seoul and a hostel booked. We are hoping to purchase the ferry tickets as and when required in Seoul and China. The plan is to book hostels in China as and when required. Do we have to have proof of ALL hostels/accomodation AND proof of transport outside of China (i.e ferry to Taiwan)?
I know the visa rules have changed recently somewhat and the Chinese Embassy website (UK) seems to be a little vague as to what is actually required in order to get a visa. We ideally would like a double entry visa, as we will be travelling overland from Vietnam to Hong Kong, and would like to explore Kunming and other areas of mainland China inbetween.
Is this plan going to be at all possible, or do we have to prebook transport out of China/all accomodation before we even think of applying for a visa?
Many thanks in advance for any information.
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