We are US citizens currently traveling in Malaysia. I need to obtain a China "L" tourist visa for travel in September. Can a US citizen obtain a China visa at the China embassy in Kuala Lumpur?
We are currently in Kuching, Malaysia and the China Consulate told us we would need to return to America to apply for the visa, which would cost thousands of dollars and much inconvenience. It seems ridiculous to me that a visa cannot be obtained at a foreign consulate/embassy.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I don't see why you wouldn't be able to get a Chinese tourist visa in KL. Some consulates and embassies have the policy of not giving visas to non-residents, maybe the one in Kuching is one of these? We are British and got a visa for China last September while in Manila, KL was another place we were looking at to get a visa from.
Try looking at the website or try e-mailing them to see if they can give more info.
Also note that people have been reporting that's it's getting harder to obtain a tourist visa from China at the moment due to the Olympics.
The Chinese Embassy in Kuala Lumpur accepts application from other citizens, Americans included, as well if you refer to this page on their website. You'll be charged more, though, simply because you are Americans. If you want their confirmation, contact them before you fly to KL. You may want to get assistance from a mandarin-speaking local ethnic Chinese to speak to them regarding your enquiries, just in case.
The consular services of embassy is in the Bank of China building (Plaza OSK), about 5-10 minutes walk away from the Petronas Twin Towers. If you're taking the LRT, get down at the Ampang Park station (underground), which is just next to the building.
[ Edit: Edited on Aug 8, 2008, at 5:03 AM by Hien ]