Chinese visa: traveling from Kyrgyzstan to Xinjiang (China)
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 19, 2013 4:31 AM Last Post By: Afrostoteles
May 7, 2013 2:50 PM
Chinese visa: traveling from Kyrgyzstan to Xinjiang (China)I don't know how to go about getting a chinese visa if I want to travel from Kyrgyzstan through Xinjiang to Beijing/Xi'an, overland. (I own a Slovenian passport and I don't need a visa for Kyrgyzstan)
Apparently travelling through Xinjiang is a very sensitive issue, so I'm having doubts if the Chinese consulate/embassy in my own country would issue me a tourist visa if I stated that I'd travel through Xinjiang.
I figured I could buy a "fake" return-ticket to some safe tourist areas, like Beijing or Xi'an, and then cancel the ticket.
I'd probably get a visa for that itinerary, but I have no idea how refundable e-tickets work. I'm not sure if I want to go through the hassle of cancellation process since I don't even know how that works and which tickets are refundable. I read that the airlines require a solid reason (injury, death of family member, sickness, ...) for the cancellation.
Can you guys throw some ideas at me on how to make my plan work?
Do you think it's possible that the embassy would issue me a chinese tourist visa if I show up at the embassy with a ticket to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and a ticket back to Europe from Beijing (China) + booked hostels (which I would then cancel)?
May 9, 2013 2:26 PM
1Yes, most Chinese embassies will refuse to take your application if you tell them that you are entering China overland from the west. The fake tickets are the way to go.
Try visiting travel agencies in your city. For a small fee, many travel agents would be happy to issue you a ticket for long enough to print it out, and then they will cancel it. You bring the printout to the embassy, the Chinese are happy, and they'll never know that you've already canceled the ticket. The actual visa does not give any specific place where you must enter China, so you'll have no problems at the crossing from Kyrgyzstan.
As for getting a Chinese visa in Bishkek, this can be done, but it requires the services of a fixer (do a search, someone on the TT mentioned a good one) and it'll cost you a large amount of money on top of the visa. Better to try at home.
May 11, 2013 2:47 AM
2Yes - applying for the Chinese visa in Bishkek is possible but takes about two weeks and costs $120 to 140 for the service plus fees. I tried visiting the embassy who sent me to a travel agency to get the necessary letters which didn't seem any quicker or cheaper than getting the agency to do everything.
Osh might be easier once the new Chinese consulate opens and there is a visa agent there too, but don't count on things being much faster..
Aug 19, 2013 4:31 AM
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