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Visas to China

2010-01-12 09:27:59

Since Andy mentioned visas I would like to give some vague and 
unhelpful advice :-)

It turns out that the DURATION of your visa depends on what country 
you are from, and even what consulate or embassy you apply at. In
all cases the clock starts running the day the visa is issued.

Real example: As a Norwegian, applying in San Francisco, I was only
grqnted a single-entry visa valid for 3 months. I applied in March
2009 which was a mistake since the trip didn't happen until August,
so I would have had a visa that expired sometime in June. They all
say "must not arrive after <date>". I was able execute an "undo"
on this particular occasion and came back again in July and received
a visa that covered the period of my visit.

Your mileage may, no, WILL, vary, so check the wiza wizards, 
consulates, embassies etc. Fred Baker regularly gets a one-year
multi entry visa, but he's American and he uses the visa brokers,
something I clearly should have done instead of foolishly applying
too early.

The form has a box which asks when you intend to arrive in China, but 
that information is NOT used to start the clock for the validity of 
the visa itself, in some sense that date isn't used for anything, at 
least as far as I can tell. 

How long you can stay in China again depends on what country you are
from and what kind of visa you have.


Ole J. Jacobsen
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