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Visas for China

Postby judgegeoff » 05 Nov 2017 15:45

We are spending 3 nights in Beijing and one night in Shanghai next year prior to a cruise to Japan and then back to Shanghai for the flight home, although we are currently trying to arrange a few extra days in Shanghai. To visit China we will need double entry visas as we will be entering at Beijing, leaving at Shanghai (for the cruise) and then re-entering at Shanghai (after the cruise). These visas are not cheap and there are several companies that will apply on our behalf, without us travelling to the Chinese Embassy in London, for around £175 each (Eek!), considerably more than applying in person at the Embassy.

At first we thought that we would make the submissions ourselves but, when we factor in car parking fees, return rail tickets to London, taxis and meals etc., I am not sure if we will save much money. Has anybody any experience of obtaining Chinese visas, either by themselves or through a company? I would be very grateful of any other forum member's experiences.
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Postby khkate » 05 Nov 2017 17:14

China Visa Bureau

Never travelled there myself - but found this link, which might be useful for you. It seems to specialise in visa for China, for people going on cruises - and thus might be of some use to you.
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Postby judgegeoff » 05 Nov 2017 17:32

Many thanks Lesley, there are a few organisations that can obtain visas for us, but it is good to know that one specialises in visas for cruise passengers. We cannot apply yet as we need to supply details of flight numbers etc., but forewarned is forearmed, so many thanks. :) :thumbup:
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Postby Borneo » 05 Nov 2017 20:00

Visited China years ago with Saga. Saga delt with visas etc, but we weren't allowed off the ship until we had all had our passports checked individually, it took forever. Then another long que for currency.

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Postby judgegeoff » 05 Nov 2017 20:30

Borneo wrote:Visited China years ago with Saga. Saga delt with visas etc, but we weren't allowed off the ship until we had all had our passports checked individually, it took forever. Then another long que for currency.

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Oh dear, I am not good at queueing. :( But thanks for the information Julia. Could you not purchase the Chinese currency in the UK?
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Postby Borneo » 05 Nov 2017 21:04

judgegeoff wrote:
Borneo wrote:Visited China years ago with Saga. Saga delt with visas etc, but we weren't allowed off the ship until we had all had our passports checked individually, it took forever. Then another long que for currency.

Julia


Oh dear, I am not good at queueing. :( But thanks for the information Julia. Could you not purchase the Chinese currency in the UK?


I can't remember. It was our first cruise so not very savvy, so not sure if you can get it here.
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Re: Visas for China

Postby khkate » 06 Nov 2017 11:11

Looks like you can get Chinese yuan from the Post Office, so probably can get it from other foreign exchange bureaux too. Reading online, there may be issues with changing money in smaller places, and in some types of banks too.
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