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Need some help - I'm getting some conflicting information. I'm flying to HK from central asia later this week, the main reason being to get there and apply for a chinese visa.
I contacted forever bright, an agency that assists in getting these things, and was told that they can apply for and get chinese visa [30 day single entry] for a fee that i'm willing to pay. I was hoping to finish seeing the silk road sights in China. Tourist visas for China are processed here in Hong Kong for foreign passport holders in large numbers every day of the year.
That was my understanding as well until I went to the website for the Chinese foreign ministry in HK. I understand there were lots of changes in mid-August - so just a couple of weeks ago - and I was looking for current info and the FAQs dont have it. I'm getting conflicting info from forever bright. Most visa agencies in HK process your applications in Shenzhen across the border, where the rules are different.
I wanted to get this all down before I forgot any of the details, because we just now got back to our Kowloon hotel from the embassy. My fiance and I are US citizens and are traveling the world for a year. We also came to Hong Kong specifically to get our visa to China as we will not be in our country of nationality or residence within the 6 months prior to our trip.
Get there at am. The embassy opens at , but they only let a certain number of people in each day. When we left at they had already shut down the embassy due to the waiting area being over capacity, and they weren't going to open again until pm.
The later you go, the longer the lines will be for everything from security to the bathrooms, the room will be hotter and stuffier, and there will be nowhere to sit except for on the floor. We were in line outside by couldn't make it by 8 , and it took us an hour to get through security and to get a number inside.
You need a NEW visa form as of today new regulation came into effect on the 1st of September. It's the V. Note: the V. The forms are pretty much the same in terms of the information they ask for you, but it will have to be the V.
The only additional piece of information required on the V. You will be asked to write down on the V.
Besides your first acommodation you can just put city names and estimated arrival dates for those cities. Once inside, they made an announcement stating that everyone needed a copy of their passport, which was a brand new requirement.
Note: my fiance and I booked just one double room and his name was not on the reservation so they would not accept his application even though we had our confirmation printed out showing that it was a room for two people, and I wrote a declaration on there that he was staying with me.
You do not need proof of funds or onward travel, but you do need proof of tickets into China, unless you are going to Guangzhou. Between when we made it into the building and when we left, they made it through 74 numbers.
Same day service is not possible. You pay on pickup and you must pay in cash and they won't give you change. You can pick up the visa between am and noon, and they also have afternoon hours. Note: There is free wifi, drinking water and bathrooms in the building and electronics are permitted, but you cannot bring in lighters, pocket knives, scissors, etc. Thank you very much for this detailed account of your experience obtaining an entry visa into China.
This will be most helpful to future readers of this thread. Thank you for this. I had a bit of trouble getting there this morning and my they has stopped people in line. I went back at and they had about 20 people in line already and the ly had stopped taking any more saying that they have exceeded their quota for the day.
So I went up to the 40th floor to Sunrise agency and dropped my passport off there. Their fee fr 4-day processing is also us citizen - same for single and double entry. Need a passport photo. Hopefully I pick up my visa on Friday by noon. The 2-day service was and I believe it was for rush.
Not sure about the quota mentioned on the sign this afternoon. Could just be that I hit it at the wrong time - beginning of the month and a Monday - or of they are just being overwhelmed in HK due to all the other regulation changes. Lee Garden Guest House. Welcome to the Hong Kong forum. It would be best if you started a new question for your inquiry about accommodations in Hong Kong instead of jumping onto this topic about visa arrangements. This is better forum posting etiquette and you'll have much better responses to your question as well.
Just to post an update I went back to the agency earlier today - having selected the 4-day regular processing of visa since I wanted to enjoy HK and all its offerings. I was pretty excited, and had already purchased my ticket on the train from HK to Beijing. Well, I suppose I may have jinxed myself by doing that. Because I did not get a Chinese visa. The agency said my application was denied because I did not already have a Chinese visa in my passport.
If I did, they seemed to imply, then it would have been ok. This is completely contrary to what the guy that took my application said which was that because I didn't already have one, then it would be a good thing. And because I wasn't a HK resident, then I could not apply here.
Which is contrary to what the email response from the Chinese consulate itself was when I asked about this a week ago before coming to HK. So, anyway, all these rule changes seem to be sparking off lots of confusion among the agencies and consulate staff alike - at least that's my perspective. So, whenever possible, get your visa before you leave your home country.
It's going to suck for those of us on lengthy trips where visa expiration before you arrive is a real issue. Anyhow, moving on to greener, visa-free pastures. Will have to visit China some other time. Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers.
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Need some help - I'm getting some conflicting information. I'm flying to HK from central asia later this week, the main reason being to get there and apply for a chinese visa. I contacted forever bright, an agency that assists in getting these things, and was told that they can apply for and get chinese visa [30 day single entry] for a fee that i'm willing to pay. I was hoping to finish seeing the silk road sights in China. Tourist visas for China are processed here in Hong Kong for foreign passport holders in large numbers every day of the year.
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