Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 12:48 AM Last Post By: 889
Nov 2, 2012 6:19 AM
I hope someone can help. I am from the UK and am going to China in Febuary via the Trans Siberian. I am a little stuck on whether or not I need a visa invitation or just hostel confirmation. If it is just the hostel confirmation does it have to be for duration of visa. I won't have an airline return ticket as I will be going to Maylasia from China but will sort that when I'm there!
Thanks a lot in advance
A confused novice
Nov 2, 2012 10:46 AM
Nov 2, 2012 4:44 PM
Nov 2, 2012 5:13 PM
3AirAsia can be quite expensive unless you get one of their "free tickets" with only taxes to pay. They are basically nonrefundable, so if you are planning to go overland, you have to count it as a cost.
You can book lots of hotels free of charge (for example use booking.com) - then get your visa, then cancel the bookings.
Yo will probably need to give quite a detailed itinerary in order to get the visa.
Nov 2, 2012 5:35 PM
Nov 2, 2012 7:59 PM
5All visitors traveling to mainland China whether for business or pleasure, require a visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the duration of your intended stay. Visas are issued through Chinese embassies and consulates overseas. It's very difficult to obtain a China visa at the Chinese border entry points.
But visas are not required for transit passengers who hold tickets and have booked seats on international airliners flying on route to a third country no more than 24 hours in advance.
Nov 2, 2012 9:49 PM
Nov 3, 2012 4:14 AM
Nov 3, 2012 4:28 AM
" Or, 2. Air ticket booking record (round trip) and hotel reservation;"
The more you can provide, the less likely that your application will be rejected.
Nov 7, 2012 12:18 AM
9#5 - transit visa is good for only 24 or 48 hours (I don't remember which), so if you are traveling on the trans-siberian and planning to stay any time in Beijing, this won't work.
I was in Ulaanbaatar. Many people there having trouble with Chinese visa. You must have a letter of invitation from a Chinese national. They are very rigid about this. I met a Chinese national through my alma mater university back home.
Nov 7, 2012 12:48 AM
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