One country that has been on several travel wish list is China. However, can anybody actually travel to China nowadays? The answer is definitely yes! There are many reasons why so many people are visiting this country. If you’re one of those who have been planning to travel to China but didn’t book your flight or accommodation in time, here are some tips to help you with your trip:
China has an interesting system for foreign nationals travelling within the country. Quarantine is the term used for a period of time when travellers are not allowed to enter the country. This usually applies to foreigners wishing to travel to China and wish to stay there for a prolonged period of time. The duration of quarantine varies from traveller to traveller.
Travelling to China without a resident visa, or with a wrong one can result in serious problems for the traveller. For example, it might be impossible to leave China and obtain a normal exit visa to leave the country for a holiday in another country. As well, a wrong residence permit could mean that a traveller cannot return to China after spending a certain period of time in the country. An incorrect residence permit can also result in loss of discounts on goods and services that are supplied by the Chinese authorities to its nationals.
The procedure for travelling to China is much the same as with other countries. If you are applying for a Chinese tourist visa, it is necessary to write a visa application accompanied by a visa request form. In addition to filling in the application form with the right answers, it is important to attach a printed copy of the invitation letter sent by the foreign ministry. The purpose of this invitation letter is to inform the recipient that the foreign visitor has applied for a Chinese visa and will be travelling to China either on or during the holiday season.
The invitation letter is not to be confused with a formal visa. Even so, the document offers significant clues regarding how the traveller is to proceed once he or she has received the invitation letter. The travellers must respond with an appropriate visa application at the soonest possible time. For example, if the traveller is required to attend a Chinese University or college, the schedule for such a visit will usually be published a few weeks prior. The foreign ministry will use this information to plan a visa interview for the applicant.
For some Chinese citizens, their government does not have a department that handles visa applications. For these Chinese citizens, it is important that they know how to follow the system carefully in order to get their visas. Accordingly, effective february 1st of every year, there will be a series of workshops organized by the Chinese embassy to explain how to apply for Chinese visas. Tourists are strongly encouraged to attend these workshops because they will provide useful tips and guidelines on how to effectively file for their Chinese visa.
When Chinese authorities inspect a person’s passport, they will often check for counterfeit-writing on the document. A counterfeit document is a false copy of the original, which is highly punishable in China. Therefore, foreign travelers should be very careful when trying to buy a genuine passport from a money trader or a tour operator. They should also be very wary about transiting through a third country because there is a high risk of getting caught. For instance, during the Chinese New Year, police from all over the country take part in a series of raids targeting “outsiders” who attempt to cross the border to see family and friends.
On the other hand, there is a less severe penalty for irregular transiting and exit: a three days prior notice, restricted to all Chinese citizens. It is strongly advised that foreign travelers check whether there is an entry ban before travelling to China. Failure to do so could result in heavy penalties including fines or deportation. Finally, there is no entry ban in China after one twelve months travel to the country.