Unusual China visa questions
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 7:05 PM Last Post By: jiejie
Nov 5, 2012 7:19 AM
Unusual China visa questionsHi All—
What would you write on your China visa application today if you held a US passport and the following were true for you?
You had been to China for a month in 1987, entering overland from Nepal into Tibet as an independent traveler during a brief window of time when that was entirely legal. This was also during the first time of turmoil and violence in Lhasa that received worldwide attention. From Tibet, you visited Chengdu, Dali, Kunming, Guilin. Then you went to Hong Kong.
How would you complete the China visa application question: “Have you ever visited China before? If ‘yes” please specify date, places and purpose of the visit.”
You are going back to Asia on a long trip and your ideal China visa would be multiple entries, 60 days, valid for 12 months. Your route requires 3 entries into China, so multiple entries are a must. You would sacrifice number of days and/or length of validity if that would help ensure the multiple entries.
Would you request the multiple entry visa valid for 12 months, provice copies of inbound and outbound airline tickets, and show details of say, one 55 day itinerary?
Edited by: Wanderinz1
Nov 5, 2012 3:25 PM
1Just leave out Tibet. They dont check where you've been on past visits nor future ones.
Nov 7, 2012 7:05 PM
2First question: Just write: "1987 - Kunming, Guilin, Hong Kong, tourism" and leave it at that. They have no way of checking, as things back then weren't computerized, and your passport and number would have long since changed. And they don't really care, but don't tempt fate by mentioning the "T" place!
Second question: Absolutely apply for the 12 month, multiple-entry visa. This is pretty much standard issue for a US passport holder applying in the USA. Also ask for the 60 day duration of stay, or even 90 days if you think you'd ever need that. Details of the first 55-day itinerary should suffice. Avoid the NY Chinese Consulate.
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