Chinese Visa Sticky
Replies: 2,976 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2013 1:57 AM Last Post By: pump3rn1ckel
Apr 25, 2013 4:19 AM
2610Thanks for the help drumbrake. I guess I'll just have to see what happens when I am there. It would be ideal if I could get the 6 month 60 day double entry visa, but if not I'll just have to leave after two months and then get a direct flight back to Beijing and take advantage of the 72 hour free visa transit if I stay in the airport.
Cheers for the info!
Apr 25, 2013 11:26 AM
2611If you can't get the ideal 6 month, double entry x 60 days and have to get a new visa in the Stan's, I believe Stantours has been able to help get this in recent times, but can't remember which office/country--maybe Almaty. Everbrite might remember.
If you end up having to fly through China on a transit basis, be mindful of implications of flight choices:
1) If you choose a nonstop flight from one of the Stan's directly to Beijing, you'll get 72 hours transit without visa (on either the OZ or UK passport) and you definitely may leave the airport.
2) If you choose a double-stop flight that routes from the Stans to Urumqi then to Beijing, then your total transit without visa in China can only be 24 hours total from arrival in URC to departure from Beijing. You can still leave one or both airports but in this situation will likely not have enough time to do so.
Apr 25, 2013 10:42 PM
Yeah that's what I was thinking. I did have another idea if I didn't get the ideal 6 month x 60 day. It was that I could just get a single entry 30 day and then extend for another 30 days while in China. Head back to Hong Kong and get a standard double entry x 30 day and then start making my way to the Stans and then come back overland. I think that would be a much cheaper option than flying back from Central Asia to Beijing.
Would that be visa idea be feasible?
Apr 26, 2013 10:49 PM
2613Depending upon your plans, if you can get a 6 month double entry for 30 days per stay then you can enter for 30 days exit and extend your second stay twice for a total of almost 90 days. You can't extend the first stay because it invalidates the second entry in most cases.
You might try contacting an agency in Hong Kong such as Forever Bright and seeing if double entry visas with 60 day stats are currently bring issued for your passports. It may be that one or the other is easier. Or you might apply in both passports at the same time getting a single entry in on and a double entry in the other.
Apr 27, 2013 1:56 AM
Apr 27, 2013 2:50 AM
There is not an entry stamp any more for entry to Hong Kong. Instead you get a printed slip of paper showing the English surnames of the traveler, passport or travel document number, entry date, reason for entry, and exit deadline. I'm not sure if this slip of paper is needed to get a visa for a third country or not.
Apr 27, 2013 10:24 AM
2616Drumbrake, when did the entry stamp for Hong Kong go away? I definitely got one last year when entering overland from the PRC. I did notice that they stamped the stamp on the same page as the entry/exit stamps for the PRC immigration stamps. Which was different from previous years, where they tended to pick a blank or partially-blank page completely away from the PRC visa/stamp pages. I haven't entered HK by air in 2-3 years so not sure what that process has morphed into.
Apr 27, 2013 10:40 AM
Apr 27, 2013 11:12 PM
May 4, 2013 8:50 AM
May 4, 2013 10:15 AM
If you can get a double entry visa, then this will work but often it is not possible to get a double entry visa and you will have to obtain a new visa while in Hong Kong which means that your time there might have to be a few days in Hong Kong.
It would help to know your passport and where you intend to apply for the visa.
May 5, 2013 8:16 AM
May 5, 2013 10:48 AM
I just don't know how easy it will be to get a double entry Chinese visa in London.
May 5, 2013 6:48 PM
May 6, 2013 6:26 AM
2624Hi. I will be travelling to Xinjiang this summer. I have understood that I should not add Xinjiang to my travel itinerary (and make a fake one instead). I fly in and out of Beijing but a have booked a plane from Beijing to Urumqi some hours after I arrive. If the consulate seach for my name in some airtravel database (or something) they will find out this and call my bluff. Have anybody had trouble with something similar? Or am I just being overly nervous?
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