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1. Posted by razrez (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I want to know if a Chinese person wants to get out of country, does he need visa? Or just passport suffices? My Chinese friend has told me that China frontier police wouldn't let anyone board the plane unless he/she has a visa. i thought only passport would suffice.

Any comments?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

You don't need a visa to actually leave a country (well, at least, in most countries you won't) in general. You need a visa though for the country you are going to, and some countries will allow you to get a visa once you arrive in that country, others require you to have a visa ready before you board a plane indeed.

Do you mean the Chinese government won't let you go?

3. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

I think she means they don't allow them to just leave... They do check if the Chinese have enough money before they go out...

Why? Because they will "LOOSE FACE"- international community level, of some poor chinese tourist will visit Malaysia or Singapore and act like a stingy backpacker. YOU BUY THIS THEORY?

I think its about national pride and I do admire China for that policy... But I'm glad I'm not legally yellow. They want China to have a good image. I do tell people I'm Chinese, 50 % of the time.

Well Malaysians also told that they are not allowed to just leave and that they envy me for crossing the borders like I'm just going to a mall. I WAS ALSO A BIT SURPRISED... I go like "what?"... you cant go to Thailand??? and they said, yes they cant just leave their country.... They were Malaysian teachers and I met them in Butterworth.

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

Well Malaysians also told that they are not allowed to just leave and that they envy me for crossing the borders like I'm just going to a mall. I WAS ALSO A BIT SURPRISED... I go like "what?"... you cant go to Thailand??? and they said, yes they cant just leave their country.... They were Malaysian teachers and I met them in Butterworth.

Whoever these Malaysians are, I'm guessing they probably have never travelled outside the country before, because what they told you is absolutely not true. The Immigration officials don't care where you're headed to when you leave the country as long as you have a valid passport and have not been blacklisted by the authorities because of bankruptcy, tax evasion, court order, etc.

5. Posted by razrez (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

The thing is Chinese can get Visa On Arrival in this country, provided they board the plane. So there is no need for invitation letter. But my guest says China frontier police won't let him board without visa. What is this frontier police in China and why should they prevent people for not having visa, if he has a valid passport?

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting razrez

The thing is Chinese can get Visa On Arrival in this country, provided they board the plane. So there is no need for invitation letter. But my guest says China frontier police won't let him board without visa. What is this frontier police in China and why should they prevent people for not having visa, if he has a valid passport?

Just curious, which country is it that you're referring to?

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

Quoting razrez

The thing is Chinese can get Visa On Arrival in this country, provided they board the plane. So there is no need for invitation letter. But my guest says China frontier police won't let him board without visa. What is this frontier police in China and why should they prevent people for not having visa, if he has a valid passport?

Just curious, which country is it that you're referring to?

frontier police? Perhaps the Visa policy of this country is also changing as often as China does.