Chinese Visa Sticky
Replies: 2,973 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM Last Post By: Derekbb
May 17, 2013 10:05 PM
Thanks for the update.
I don't think there is much in the way of false information on TT about Chinese visas; rather there is a realisation that with Chinese visas what works for one person one day, might not work for another person another day, and that the 'rules' vary quite a lot depending upon where you apply, your passport, and your visa history with China.
May 17, 2013 10:33 PM
2656Jamesdueeast - your experience and that of others on this forum is based on your passport, where you apply for the visa and whether you have had Chinese visas in your passport previously and when you apply. This thread was started years ago because so many travelers experiences were so different. It was hoped that one could peruse the experiences of others and get some general idea of what to expect. I am glad that your experience in Hong Kong was so straight forward and reasonably priced and it is for this reason that many here often suggest getting a visa in Hong Kong, but this is not the case for all passport holders.
May 21, 2013 2:01 PM
I am from the UK and will be applying for my visa in Japan, I am planning to get the ferry from japan to shanghai where I will be meeting my friend. We want to make our way down towards kunming and then travel overland into Laos. I've read bits on this thread that say that it won't be accepted if you say you are getting a bus to laos rather then a flight, is this definitely the case? I get the impression it just depends on who processes your visa and what mood they are in at th time! Is there anyway of booking the bus from kunming to laos in advance?
Has anyone ever applied for a visa in japan? i read it takes 4 or 5 days, do you have to leave your passport with them the whole time?
May 21, 2013 6:06 PM
First problem you will have is getting the Chinese visa in China if you do not have any residency papers.
Second, depending where you apply you might need to show flights in and out of China as well as accommodation bookings to get the visa. Booking a bus is not possible.
So, best head to the consulate and see whether you can get a visa there and find out what is needed. If you can get the visa in the UK it would be better.
May 26, 2013 12:27 AM
May 27, 2013 8:33 AM
Thank you for the replies, I would like to get the visa in japan if possible, I thought they would keep hold of the passport, it's just my friend has been living in japan for 2 years and said you can get in trouble if you don't have an your ID card or passport on you, I know your unlikely to get asked.
I wonder if they would be alright with us not having a flight out if we have pre booked hotels in laos for after we leave china, has anyone done this?
May 27, 2013 9:26 AM
2661Generally speaking, it is not possible to get a Chinese visa easily in Japan for non residents.
It is ALWAYS the case that you need to leave your passport to get a Chinese visa. They should give you a receipt and if asked to present your passport, you simply explain that you applied for a visa.
Only the consulate staff can tell you if it is acceptable to not have transport out of China at the time you apply. Most Chinese consulates now require this and some also require an invitation.
Given that you are not a resident and are requesting a visa without transport out of the country, I would say that it is probably unlikely that you will get a visa. What is your plan B if you can't get the visa in Japan?
May 28, 2013 5:06 AM
This summer I will go to China again and I pretend to stay a couple of months in Tibet.
The problem that I have this year is that now the consulate in Spain demand to sign a document where you assure that you will not visit Tibet (or Xinjiang) during your trip.
At first I though about signing the document and later visit Tibet. But, do you think I will have any trouble in the future to get my chinese visa? I travel to China every year, so I wouldn't like to run the risk.
Edit: I've just found out that in Madrid they don't ask for this document. Only in Barcelona.
Thanks for you advice.
PD: Sorry if this was answered before. I've made a quick search and I couldn't find anything.
Edited by: inocuo
May 28, 2013 6:06 AM
Generally speaking there is nothing on the visa regarding where you intend to go.
I haven't heard of any consulate asking that you sign a document indicating that you would not visit Tibet or Xinjiang. Perhaps start a new thread asking if anyone else has heard of such a thing.
May 28, 2013 6:29 AM
It's not my first time in TAR, so I'm not concerned about the tibet permits (I know I will get them if Tibet is open wtih the actual requirements). I will see what happens with my VISA extension once my first 30 days entrance expires. I hope they don't force me to take a plane to HK and come back (for example).
I have confirmated that they are asking to sign this document. Do you think that my next VISA would be denied if I sign it and then visit Tibet?
Maybe it would be better to apply for it in Madrid.
May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
2665The British government just posted details of the new visa policy to be implemented from 1 July, and it looks like it may turn out to be a far bigger pain than anyone was expecting:
"The new draft visa categories are as follows:
F - non-commercial visit
L - tourism
G - transit visa
Z1 - work in China over 90 days
Z2 - work in China less than 90 days
X1 - long term study
X2 - short term study
M - commercial or trade activity
Q1 - family reunion
Q2 - short visit visa
R1 - highly skilled specialists
R2 - Highly skilled specialists (less than 180 days)"
Details at https://www.gov.uk/government/world-location-news/chinese-government-announce-new-immigration-laws
May 30, 2013 1:00 AM
2666This basic information has been around for several months. E.g., the F visa as we've known it is being replaced by the M visa. The real question, which almost certainly won't be answered until July, is what new procedures and requirements, if any, will accompany the overhaul of the visa regime.
Jun 2, 2013 12:06 PM
We are looking for some help with a visa question – we have tried searching but couldn’t find a specific answer:
We (UK national and Spanish national both UK residents) are travelling overland Mongolia – China – Vietnam (www.365aroundtheworld.com has more info). We have Mongolian and Vietnamese visas but we can’t get the Chinese visa as apparently we need proof of travel and hotel bookings. As we don’t have exact dates and are going overland (less than 30 days) we don’t want to book plane tickets and lose our cash just for the visa.
If someone could give us some advice on how to get the visa it would be very helpful (ie do we just get visas in Mongolia, or is it best to persist in the UK if so how?)
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