Advice on getting a China visa in SEA
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Aug 2, 2012 8:30 PM Last Post By: 1of7
Jul 31, 2012 6:49 PM
Advice on getting a China visa in SEAHey all, i have been trying to research getting a simple L visa for China and am finding lots of mixed information. If anyone has any recent experience or advice I would greatly appreciate it.
First of all I have a Canadian passport, and am in Indonesia (mostly Sumatra) for the next month, before hopefully heading to China. I'm hoping to get either a 60 day visa, or a 30 day, and extend it for another 30 while in China (heard Lijiang is a good place and that would work well with my itinerary)
Does anyone know what the best SEA city would be to apply for the visa. Hopefully somewhere that doesn't have too many restrictions as I'm currently planning on exiting China by land to Vietnam and am hoping to not have to buy an exit flight.
Also somewhere that isn't too expensive to stay, if it will take several days to get the visa (BKK vs HK).
Also the current visa requirements for a Canadian passport holder (or at least a non-US passport holder, as I know there seems to be some different requirements for Americans)
Thanks for any help!
Jul 31, 2012 8:54 PM
1I was at the Chinese consulate in Chiang Mai (Thailand) today to check out the visa situation. Recently there have been numerous reports of things getting more strict (required return flight tickets, proof of funds, hotel reservations, etc) so I went to check it out. Happy to say they seem very relaxed here. I told them I am from the US (true) and traveling with my Canadian girlfriend (false) and could we get a double or multiple entry visa, etc. I spoke with the security guy out front first then he let me inside to the application window. Both of them said there is no requirement of a flight ticket, proof of funds, hotel, etc. Just fill out the application, bring one photo and the application fee see prices here. So it's a pretty straight-up no-hassle process here (if you're from US, Canada, etc. maybe not if you're Iranian or Somalian, etc). And the consulate is just on the southern edge of the old city, walking distance from many cheap guesthouses. Hope that helps.
Aug 1, 2012 5:02 PM
3Thanks for the info Captain_Bob, I'll definitely be checking out flights to Chiang Mai
Aug 2, 2012 8:30 PM
4Just got a Chinese tourist visa from the embassy in Bangkok...very strict...it's good for nine (9) days only, based on the required flight reservation we submitted (thought the default was 30 days, but we were wrong; now we'll have to apply for extension).
On signs posted around the visa office, they say they require air ticket reservation and hotel reservation. However, at the window they were also asking everyone for bank statements and/or invitation letters. You can get all these created/printed at a travel agency about 200 meters from the embassy...for a fee.
We're from the U.S. and got our visa in four days (didn't ask for expedited service). Cost was as posted...4560 baht per visa.
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