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1. Posted by angharad (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi there you lovely peeps. My boyfriend and I have just booked our RTW trip and we leave on 31st March for South America. During our trip we thankfully only need 3 visa's; China, Vietnam and India. I am having an absolute nightmare trying to get advice around when and where we can sort them out.
• We're British ooh err! Can we get a visa for China in Sydney? How long is it for? How long does it take to process?
• Can we also get a visa for India in the embassy in Sydney? Does anyone know how long they take to process?
• The other BIG question I have is about a visa for Vietnam. I know they are only valid for 30 days. We fly there from Hong Kong on 4th Aug, before that we are only in Hong Kong for 4 days. Can we organise a visa in that short time? If we organise them in Oz we won't be in Vietnam for another 15 days, which will mean we only have 15 days left on the visa and our flight out of HCMC isn't until 31st August. Hope that makes sense?

HELP I'm having panic attacks about all of this. Every time I try to contact the Vietnam Embassy in London I just get the answer machine. I tried to organise an Indian visa in London but after waiting 2 hrs I was told it would only be valid from that day - therefore invalid by the time we got to India in November! Does anyone know if we can get visa's with future validity dates sorted in the UK? Any help around this subject would be so appreciated.
xSofie

2. Posted by glalak (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

If you are stopping in Hong Kong before entry into China, you can obtain a visa at a "China Travel Service" facility. There are several in Hong Kong, one 2 blocks away from the Mongkok MTR subway stop in Kowloon. Same day service is available if need be. Remember to have lots pf passport photos when you leave home!

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 10y

• The other BIG question I have is about a visa for Vietnam. I know they are only valid for 30 days. We fly there from Hong Kong on 4th Aug, before that we are only in Hong Kong for 4 days. Can we organise a visa in that short time? If we organise them in Oz we won't be in Vietnam for another 15 days, which will mean we only have 15 days left on the visa and our flight out of HCMC isn't until 31st August. Hope that makes sense?

Yes they are only valid for 30 days, BUT you can specifiy which date they start. So you can get it in Sydney and ask for a 8th/9th August start. Simple.

And although it won't be relevant to you, if needed, you can extend your Vietnam visa in the country in 24/48hours anyway. I'm currently uinVietnam,and entered about 12days after the date on my visa (i'd guessed randomly when i would be entering, as I didn't know, then got stuck and then sidetracked before i managed to enter) and it's easy to get a 1 month extension in any large town/city or tourist centre.

• We're British ooh err! Can we get a visa for China in Sydney? How long is it for? How long does it take to process?

I don't see why not, although it's worth checking their website. I've got Chinese visa's in Korea and Vietnam without problem, and the Chinese as a rule don't tend to have any stupid rules (unlike the Russians, for example) which mean certain people can only get visa's in certain countries. Occassionally, certain embassies do have them for no apparent reason, and often against general national policy though.

Agree about using Hong Kong to get visa's though. I got my Vietnamese one in 3 days there no problem (except i was delayed for about 40mins on collection, because the official was so bored he wanted somebody to talk to...) and rus ones are possible, whilst Chinese visa's are dead easy to get from both the official outlet, and nuerous agencies/hotels for a small commission, and are generally cheaper there than anywere else on the planet.

4. Posted by angharad (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Thanks for your updates, they have been really useful1
Sof

5. Posted by foofoo11 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I found everything I was looking for on this China travel info page, China VISA GUIDE. I went to Hong Kong and got a 1 year visa for China from the hostel I was staying at, it cost me 1100 HKD for same day service.

6. Posted by jodieb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

im starting a trip in late feb 07 around the world, when did you start doing your visa investigation...not sure when i should do this

7. Posted by hkk79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Just to update you all that, if you are going to Cambodia, you may apply the Visa online, no worry about the Embassy...

It is a new service from the Cambodia Embassy..

Try it out..

Visa Online

8. Posted by Grand (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

thank you foofoo11
It is very helpful.:)

9. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 10y

hey sofie...this might help you on the indian visa in sydney..

Visa for Non-Residents: Visas can also be issued to applicants (visitors) who are normally not residents of Australia and hold non¬-Australian passports. An additional form is to be filled in along with a visa application form. However, in such cases clearance from the Indian Missions/Posts in countries of their normal residence needs to be obtained. Generally it could take up to 14 working days to process the applications. Applicants under this category are required to pay an additional fee of A$15.00. The fees are required to be paid at the time of lodging application.

visit this site for more info:

http://www.indianconsulatesydney.org/visas_info.htm

Cheers
Arun

10. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 10y

how can i help u katya?
got a msg frm u