Applying for a China visa, at home (Calgary, Canada) or abroad (Vietnam)?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 11:10 PM Last Post By: Charles07
Nov 29, 2012 6:31 PM
First off: If I was to apply in Vietnam, I hear that people typically shell out the money and only receive the 1 month China visa. Since I expect to take much longer than that pedalling through the country, I don't want to be looking for towns to renew in every month, effectively paying for the visa three times over. Does anyone know if exceptions are to be made in Vietnam or if any near by countries typically offer longer visas?
Secondly: If I was to apply in Canada, I would be hoping for either the 1 year or even two year visa. Does anyone know how easily this can be granted? Does anyone have any experience getting it in Calgary? The disclaimer that the length is up to the discretion of the issuing authority always rattles me a little, especially when I'm gambling on the max allowable time. Is it worth the risk? Or am I better off with the shorter visas abroad?
Hopefully someone is willing to step up to the plate so to speak and offer my ignorant self some help here!
Nov 29, 2012 7:11 PM
Nov 29, 2012 8:19 PM
2It is always better to apply in your own country. Vietnam is a risky proposition.
You will not get a 2-year visa. Never heard of this actually. Getting a one year multiple entry visa on your first trip is hard (understand that each stay is limited to 90 days). Usually for your first trip you are more likely to get a 3-month visa. However you should try and ask for one year.
Nov 29, 2012 11:10 PM
3Well don't quote me on the 24 month visa, can't find it now. I saw the option when I was going through the online application form. Must not have been a tourist visa option because I now see that 12 months is the max. I won't apply for the 12 month unless I know with certainty that I'll be granted it. 3 months would be fine if I was flying immediately there but since I am taking my time getting there it would expire well before I arrived and I would be money out of pocket. I may just see if I can make an appointment down at the consulate sometime next week and glean what I can from there.
For what it's worth I have heard fairly recently about getting the visa in Vietnam and my initial concern about the high visa costs came from a blog written by some poor Americans who were cycling through and had to renew the visa twice! This cost them close to $500, fortunately I now see that Canadians pay substantially less if they are only granted the 3 month visa...
If anyone has anything else to offer I'd be much obliged. Maybe I'll mirror my post in the thorntree's cycling section and on crazyguyonabike.com
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