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1. Posted by danno85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Good morning Guys and Gals,

My girlfriend and I are planning on travelling Asia for 4 months, leaving early Feb and it seems we are getting led astray by numerous sources with regards to visas, which admittedly we may have left a tad late. We travel in the order below and if someone could clear up our queries it would be greatly appreciated.

India - Visa to be obtained in UK

Thailand - Ditto

Cambodia - Visa on entry, is this correct?

Overland to Vietnam - Visa to be sourced in Bangkok about 5 weeks before entry, is this possible?

Overland to Laos - Visa on entry.

We then fly from bangkok to Hong kong in late April to travel China for a month. I am told we do not need to get a visa for Hong knong and that we will be able to get our China visa whilst there, as we cannot get it this far in advance, does anyone know if this is the case??

Apologies for the long windedness, but if anyone could help releive our increasing concerns it would be hugely appreciated.

Thanks in advance

D and S x

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Hi Danno

Yes, it is the case - the visa expires 3 months after it issued. It is absolutely, definitely possible to get a visa for China in Hong Kong. I think it's only possible to get a single entry visa in Hong Kong. It's easiest via CTS.

3. Posted by danno85 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks very much for your speedy response, excuse my ignorance but what is CTS? Are you aware of the cost when obtaining Visa in Hong Kong?

Apologies for all the questions!

4. Posted by ELIZ_L (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y

Dear Danno ,

You should apply your China Visa in your hometown since “The Commissioner’s office of China’s Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR” has been announced the below message in their website: http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/zgqz/bgfwxx/default.htm

Visa applicants are increasing in a large number and need longer waiting time in the visa office recently. If you don't reside or work in Hong Kong permanently, you are required to apply Chinese visa from the Embassy or Consulate-General of Peoples' Republic of China in your resident country. You are welcome to China for tourism, business and visit.

E-visa to Cambodia is already launched a few years, of course you can apply the landing visa.

I suggest that you apply the Vietnam visa in UK also, since it only takes you 5 working days to apply, it should be more convenience?

Website: http://www.vietnamembassy.org.uk/consular.html#VISA

Hope the above is help =P

Wish you have a nice time in Hong Kong =]

Eliza

5. Posted by ELIZ_L (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y

Quoting danno85

Thanks very much for your speedy response, excuse my ignorance but what is CTS? Are you aware of the cost when obtaining Visa in Hong Kong?

Apologies for all the questions!

CTS means China Travel Service Ltd , they do everythings related china.
You can find their branch everywhere... from the city center to the countryside...

Please kindly note , i have checked the website of CTS.
If you want to do the China visa with them , HKID is a must ....

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2010, at 05:07 by ELIZ_L ]

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y

Hi Danno

There's obviously some apparently conflicting information here. Definitely don't apply for the visa if there's any possibility that you might be in China more than 3 months after you apply for it as it might expire while you're there (though note that you can normally get a 30 day extension in major cities).

What ELIZ says might be true, but it would be better to have to spend 5 days in HK waiting for your visa than not at all, no? And if you've got a bit of slack in your budget you could pay for the express service. I believe that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issue visas but that the process is more complicated.

Regarding HKID, I don't believe this is the case - otherwise no foreign national would ever be able to get a China visa in HK! - are you sure it's not just for multiple entry visas, ELIZ?

Rob

Edit - to say we paid $200 HK for a 3-day service in 2007. I think price varies depending on where you get it and how quickly you need it.

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jan-2010, at 11:53 by magykal1 ]

7. Posted by ELIZ_L (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y

Quoting magykal1

Hi Danno

There's obviously some apparently conflicting information here. Definitely don't apply for the visa if there's any possibility that you might be in China more than 3 months after you apply for it as it might expire while you're there (though note that you can normally get a 30 day extension in major cities).

What ELIZ says might be true, but it would be better to have to spend 5 days in HK waiting for your visa than not at all, no? And if you've got a bit of slack in your budget you could pay for the express service. I believe that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also issue visas but that the process is more complicated.

Regarding HKID, I don't believe this is the case - otherwise no foreign national would ever be able to get a China visa in HK! - are you sure it's not just for multiple entry visas, ELIZ?

Rob

Edit - to say we paid $200 HK for a 3-day service in 2007. I think price varies depending on where you get it and how quickly you need it.

Hi Rob , I am sorry about that i did not see very clear on CTS website!
HKID is required for the multiple entry only but they didn't say anything about the single entry..

Anyway , I can try to find out the answer tomorrow ^^

Eliza