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1. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

You ever get within a couple of weeks of the date of your flight, and start thinking, man...what the HELL am I doing...?!
Heh ;) Not to worry.

I'm going to meet a friend in China in a couple of weeks (we're both kiwis), and from China we need to get to Europe. Now, once we're in Europe we can travel pretty freely without visas, but there's a swath of countries between, which we can't really travel through without visas. And, since we'll be in China and speak no Chinese, organizing visas will be a mission.

So, I'm hoping someone could give us some suggestions on the cheapest and most "visa-friendly" way to get from China to Europe. If we can get into Turkey, Poland, France, anywhere like that, we're away.

Also, the more novel and strange, the better =P I was thinking we could travel through India, then get a ship around Yemen and up through the canal into the Mediterranean, but from what I've seen, ships are actually more expensive than planes (curses!). Initially we wanted to go through Russia, but the visa requirements are just too tight, and we don't have time to arrange them now.

Hmm...rambling =P Any suggestions you folks can give would be most appreciated. And if we happen into your country, we'll buy you a beer or three ;)

Cheers!

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Yo Wozza

Try this link:

http://community.travelchinaguide.com/m.asp?u=wocca

Ciao
Wocca

3. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Wocca! Madness =P

Thanks for the reply, man. I didn't come across anything about travelling out of China (although chances are I just wasn't looking in the right place). I did get kinda distracted looking at your pics though. Nice!

Cheers again!

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Most visa friendly (in terms of numbers) way from China to Europe is via the Trans Sib [Harbin route, so avoids Mongolia] to Moscow, and then into Finland, or possibly one of the Baltic countries.

Yes, the visa requirements can be a fiddle, BUT, if you just want to get to Europe (as opposed to see loads on the way) you can get a transit visa in Beijing with relative ease and without invitations, so it's not a huge hassle. You only have 10 days max - basically, train whole way, 1 night in Moscow and night train it out the next night.

Visa regs for Russia tourist/business in Beijing are hard (you need to be a national or have residency), but transit are fine. Longer visa's either go to SHnaghai, or if your mainly interested in St. P and Moscow, get a transit through and go to one of the Baltic capitals and get a tourist visa there (e.g. agys in Vilnius arranges/fiddles the whole thing in about 5 hours, no paper work required)

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Wozza

Wocca! Madness =P

Thanks for the reply, man. I didn't come across anything about travelling out of China (although chances are I just wasn't looking in the right place). I did get kinda distracted looking at your pics though. Nice!

Cheers again!

Try the forums or even post an enquiry yourself

6. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Heh, Wocca, I didn't even realize you'd linked to a different site. I thought it was your profile for this site

The Trans-Siberian sounds like a good plan, given that transit visas are relatively easy to get. Neither of us speak a word of Chinese...is that likely to pose problems when we're trying to apply?
Presumably we'd need to book tickets all the way from Beijing into Finland before we could get the visa...can this be done from Beijing?

Basically, if there's any tips you could give me on organizing the trip, I'd really appreciate it.

Many thanks

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Generally, very few people speak English in China. this can be very frustrating at times.

Embassy people in Beijing can usually speak English, however some are reluctant to do so. It helps if you get someone at your guest house or whatever to phone the particular embassy to make sure of the time you can lodge and collect visa's. Also good to have your destination (for the taxi)written on paper in Chinese.

8. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Presumably we'd need to book tickets all the way from Beijing into Finland before we could get the visa...can this be done from Beijing?

As far as i'm aware, you only need (and only can) book through to Moscow. Possibly you could also do it to St. P, but Moscow is most likely as it's a direct train. But you will need to do this before getting your visa.

In Moscow, you can then get your onward tickets, but you then have several choices, as Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (and even St.P then bus to Finland or Estonia) are all a ride away and visa friendly. Don't get suckered into Poland though, as that gives you extra complications with Belarus transit visa's being required.