Specialist visa(s)/documentation for expedition in China
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 8, 2012 7:12 AM Last Post By: ayork
Apr 20, 2011 8:37 AM
Specialist visa(s)/documentation for expedition in ChinaHi,
I am wondering if anybody has had experience in applying for specialist visas/documentation within China? I'm organizing a sea kayaking expedition in China for 2012 and as you might imagine it is a very complicated process... ultimately what we are trying to obtain is a written letter of approval/necessary documentation from the Central Chinese Government (or relevant authorities) for passage along China's coastline.
We have been bounced back and forth between various Ministry's of "____" and our team's associated consulates/embassies, however we have still yet to reach a definite answer on the best way to obtain our approval.
We were recently advised through the Chinese Embassy in London to speak with the China National Tourism Organisation via a tour operator in Beijing to request 'approval'. This is about the best lead we have at the minute. Has anybody had experience in requesting specialist documentation from the Government for expeditions/research work/anything abnormal? Also, could anybody recommend a very good tour operator in Beijing (pref. with strong links to the Government)?
Any information/advice would be much appreciated : )
Apr 20, 2011 10:55 AM
1I agree you're going to need a specialist agency, and a Chinese sponsor, something like the Chinese Kayaking Association if there is such a thing, would be very helpful as well.
If I were going about this, I'd start by searching the web for other overseas groups that've done formal expeditions to China in recent years -- think mountaineering, for example -- and contact them for suggestions.
Apr 20, 2011 6:31 PM
2Tour agency: try Wild China and see if they have any experience with or knowledge of this activity, or even pointers. They are private, China-based with their own staff, and able to arrange some pretty off-the-rails stuff. www.wildchina.com
Also: Chinese Canoeing Association (member of the Intl Canoe Federation). Doubt if there is anything specific to sea kayaking as far as associations go. They could probably tell you which ministries/who to make arrangements with....or to give up your quest.
If you manage to find the right channels, I'd be pretty sure it's going to be an expensive undertaking.
Apr 20, 2011 7:04 PM
Apr 21, 2011 12:32 AM
Thanks for all your replies. Definitely some valuable input here.
Wildchina.com looks like a great company (and probably one of the best one's of its type I've come across relating to China). We will certainly be in touch with them soon.
The Chinese Canoeing Association is also a good suggestion which we will look in to. Fortunately so far in our planning over the last five months nobody has yet said 'no, it's not permitted', but neither can anybody give a straight or definite answer! Oh well, I see that as a positive thing ;-)
At the minute we do not have a corporate sponsor(s), however we do have a few partnerships. Definitely a good point that the Chinese will assume we have corporate sponsors and it could get expensive.
Keep any suggestions coming.
Aug 8, 2012 7:12 AM
5This seems like an issue that can be easily handled by contacting an experienced tour operator that specializes in China. It's my understanding that WildChina is the absolute best bespoke operator in China. http://wildchina.com/
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