Visa troubles China
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 1:42 AM Last Post By: westwood
Mar 15, 2013 12:48 PM
Visa troubles ChinaHi All,
I'd like travel by bike for 2 months in China. My plan is to fly in and leave the country over land at the border of Vietnam.
However I heard you can not get a visa if you do not have a exit ticket and reservations of all your hotels.
So is it it possible tu buy an exit ticket and not use it?
Can you make some random reservations for hotels and cancel them after you collected the visa?
Is it possible to stay longer than 30 days in China?
I hope someone can get me some info.
Mar 15, 2013 2:01 PM
1I have never supplied any exiting or hotel reseveration information when applying for a visa. I've never been denied a visa. Why not get a visa before you leave home? Except for my first couple of single entry visas, I've gotten 60 days per entry. Always ask for multple entry 1 or 2 year, even if it's your first time. Where I get my visa in the US, ever since they made everything the same price a few years back, they will tend to give you a 1 year multi even if you apply for a 30 day single since it's better value.
Mar 15, 2013 3:01 PM
2While #1 says he's never been asked to supply flights or accommodation bookings, more and more have said without these they havent been able to get a visa.
And what applies for US doesnt apply for other nationalities. You can apply for a 60 day visa but there is no guarantee if you havent had a visa for China before. All you can do is apply and see what happens.
Mar 15, 2013 3:44 PM
3Anyway, to try to answer some of your questions......yes, it is possible to buy an exit ticket and then not use it. There is no check once the visa is issued to see what you actually do. So you could buy a plane ticket that has a small (or no) cancellation fee, use the reservation to get the ticket, and then cancel the ticket. Ditto hotels. Make reservations then cancel them after the visa is issued.
Getting your visa at home may be easier than trying to get one on the road as a non-resident; it depends on your timing. You could also consider routing your travel through Hong Kong, where tourist visas are routinely available, even to non-residents.
As others have said, ask for a longer visa. But if for some reason you only get 30 days it is possible to go to a police office within China and get an extension (which is equivalent to a new visa.) That requires some hassle, and staying in one place long enough to get the extension approved. If you find yourself needing an extension, do a search for more information on various places to get an extension and the requirements for one.
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