Travel to China – How to Avoid Being Stale
There are many reasons that travellers wishing to travel to China would want to secure their holiday visa well in advance of their planned trip. Most visitors do so for business – either visiting the Chinese mainland (belying its formally referred to as the PRC) or the Taiwanese region (referred to as TPC). Many businesses conduct trade with China and, as doing so entails conducting transactions through the currency exchange market, it is absolutely essential that one is in possession of the correct, official documentation when visiting the country. Obtaining a visa is not a straight forward process – there is a lot of paperwork that must be provided to the Chinese embassy in advance of a traveller’s visa being approved. However, it is still possible to get your visa approved well in advance of your trip, and this article will explain how.
For most Chinese individuals travelling to and from China, their main mode of travel will involve taking a flight to Hong Kong. Whilst this is undoubtedly a popular way of travelling for foreigners, obtaining a non-immigrant visa is not difficult to arrange. Tourists seeking to travel to China will need to apply for a Chinese visitor visa via the Foreign & Transport Ministry. It is important to remember that the processing of visa applications can take up to a month, and so it is wise to apply in advance to increase your chances of being approved. To apply for a visa via the FMTM, all that is required is proof of age (minimum age requirements are usually sixty) and a passport that has been approved for publication abroad.
The U.S. Embassy in China is the main point of contact for anyone wishing to apply for a visa. Applying via the FMTM is one of the easiest ways of securing a visa. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automated email confirming that your application has been accepted. At this stage it is advisable to ensure that you have contacted the Chinese consulate to arrange arrival by a certain date. The Chinese government takes measures to prevent the entry of criminals and offenders, therefore your request will be denied unless you can provide evidence of your ability to abide by Chinese law.
If you are unable to reach the Chinese consulate due to an accident or emergency you can still make use of the services of a travel company or operator. A variety of travel companies operate in China and they can advise you on the fastest and most efficient methods of applying for a visa. Travelling by yourself can also be an option but it is important to ensure that your arrangements with the travel company are in place prior to departure. If you arrange your visa application online you should have no problems with this however if you prefer to talk to someone about your options over the phone or using the fax system, you should arrange this in advance of your trip.
Once you have arranged all of the visa paperwork and once you have received a confirmation as to your status, you can start thinking about what you need to bring with you to China. In most cases a visa will not be necessary but it will be necessary to apply for a work permit which is often easier to do online than at the Chinese embassy. If you have obtained a work permit, it is advisable to keep this document in your passport at all times as it is a guarantee that you will not be arrested while attempting to leave the country for a holiday or business trip. This is particularly important if you are intending to visit another country in addition to China. For example, if you are going to visit Hong Kong you must apply for a Chinese work permit in order to work in the city.
Visas can also be required if you are coming to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens. In these situations it can be difficult to gauge what requirements are needed and whether or not your relatives have come to the country legally. Visas can be granted on arrival if you can provide the Chinese authorities with evidence of your relationship with them and evidence that you intend to return to visit them. The same goes if you wish to extend your stay in China beyond the normal duration of your work permit. In these cases you will usually need a visa in addition to a work permit.
There are two types of Chinese visas that you can obtain when traveling to China. These are the Non-Resident visa and the Prevention of Recursion visa. The difference between the two is that the prevention of recurrence visa is only available for tourists who are planning to visit China once and who do not plan to return to the country after their visit. A person who is intending to visit China more than once is required to apply for a one time visitor’s visa. The reason for this is that the risk of getting caught while trying to overstay is higher for these individuals than those who are only visiting.
There is a possibility that you may be required to apply for a Chinese visa when you reach the airport when you travel to China. There are two different kinds of procedures that are used by the Chinese authorities to check whether or not a person has a valid visa. The first procedure requires that the customs officials check to see if the person has a visa by examining the travel documents that are presented. If these documents are not sufficient then the person will be required to show proof of the validity of his visa by presenting his passport.