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1. Posted by stinet (Budding Member 37 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Yet another visa question...

I am planning a trip to china from end of august. The plan was to fly in to Beijing and take things from there. After doing some research I find out that the visa requirements have been changed in 2012 for norwegians.

You need an invitation letter from a travel company or someone residing in China. If you dont have either you need to provide:
- travel plan, including your arrival and departure date, cities name, your activities in each cities etc.
- round-trip flight booking record, and
- hotel booking reservation of the main cities.

The thing is, I am planning to cross over from China into Vietnam and wont have a return ticket. I am reluctant to book all my hotels in advance as I want to be a little flexible in my itinerary. I know the same rules apply in some other countries, but does any of you have any experiences with how strict they are about it. I can write down an itinerary with my visa application, but would anyone care if I didnt stick with it? Are they strict about the hotel bookings and the return ticket? When I write a return date on my application, will my visa only be valid until that date?

All help and tips appreciated!

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1851 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

The Chinese have always wanted an itinerary, which you can make up. They do not check.

They will just need proof that you are leaving China, not that you are returning to a destination.

I would think that they want a hotel reservation for the first night?

A single entry visa is valid for upto 3 months.

3. Posted by stinet (Budding Member 37 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the help.
It is stated on the embassy site that they require hotel bookings in the main cities of the itinerary. I hope it is enough with the first nights anyway. And how can I prove that I am leaving China when I wont have return tickets? Will it be enough to just state in my visa application that I am crossing into Vietnam after a month?
My plan is (was) to cross into Vietnam, and after spending my time there head to India to visit friends. These tickets will be booked during my travels, and not before applying for my visa to China. I really hope it can be done this way, cause I dont like planning too much before traveling....

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

As Cyberia says, they don't really check your hotel or itinerary.
I've applied for about 6 Chinese visas in the last 2 years, and every time I just give made up information. In fact, at the tourist office in Hong Kong where I apply, they have a Chinese hotel catalog at the desk just for the purpose of picking out fake hotels for your application. According to my application, I've been staying at the Shangri-la all across China. Not likely. For my itinerary, the agents tell me just to pick a bunch of cities at random. I've never had a flight, because I always go overland from Hong Kong, but that part could be different if applying from Norway.