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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nile19 wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
Any agency can do it and that was 10-20k + the visa fee ($140 for Americans and $50 for others).

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Any specific agencies? I really don't know where to start to look for one


For sure there will be a travel agency in your local home-plus and e-mart stores.

There are still lots of independent agencies around as well. They can all do it.
Just look for the Hanatour, Mode-tour, etc., signs.

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nile19



Joined: 19 Aug 2012

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: China Visa Questions Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
nile19 wrote:
Hello! I am from the US teaching in S Korea and I want to go to China while I am here! I have been reading that you need to have at least 6 months left on your visa to apply for a China visa here...
but......
I will have just less than 6 months on my VISA when I want to travel...
however....
I will have more than 6 months left on my ARC card....

will that be sufficient?

One final question... does the 6 months remaining count at the date of your arrival into China? Or at the time in which you apply?

Thank you so much!


6 months remaining on your ARC at the time of your visa application (NOT 6 months remaining when you enter into China).

AFTER you get the visa to China is has a shelf life of 90 days (you must enter China within 90 days or the visa will expire). Your ARC validity has no relevance at that point.

The Transit visas (72 hour stay) for Beijing and Shanghai state clearly that you must enter from one destination and exit to another (are in transit).

You cannot use a return ticket (ICN - PEK- ICN) and cannot leave the vicinity of the city (you can't enter in Beijing, travel to Shanghai and then fly back to ICN .


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wait... can you set what date you want to visa to start? I want to go there near the end of my contract, which would be after 90 days since I need to apply at least six months ahead of my ARC expiring...
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ttompatz



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Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Single entry visas expire 90 days from date of issue. Use it or lose it.

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nile19



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what I am thinking.....

Could I get a 72 hour visa free in Beijing if I go from Korea - Beijing- Hong Kong and back to Korea?

Can I book separate flights? One being one way from Korea to Beijing, another being a one way from Beijing to HK? Or does it have to be a layover from one airline?

Also... if that works... can I go to the Great Wall or would that be leaving Beijing and violate the 72 hour rule?

Thanks for your help!
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nile19 wrote:
Here is what I am thinking.....

Could I get a 72 hour visa free in Beijing if I go from Korea - Beijing- Hong Kong and back to Korea?

Can I book separate flights? One being one way from Korea to Beijing, another being a one way from Beijing to HK? Or does it have to be a layover from one airline?

Also... if that works... can I go to the Great Wall or would that be leaving Beijing and violate the 72 hour rule?

Thanks for your help!


72 hour = you need a lay over flight (ICN-PEK-HKG) with a separate ticket (as in not a return flight) HKG-ICN.

Yes, you can get to the Great Wall at that time (it is only 50km from the city).

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nile19



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know about the wall!

So, am I okay then if I get 3 separate tickets...?
1. One way from Korea to Beijing
2. One way from Beijing to Hong Kong
3. Hong Kong back to Korea
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nile19 wrote:
Good to know about the wall!

So, am I okay then if I get 3 separate tickets...?
1. One way from Korea to Beijing
2. One way from Beijing to Hong Kong
3. Hong Kong back to Korea


You need to combine 1 and 2 (one ticket with a layover) otherwise they will insist that you need a "L" visa (entering as a tourist and not "in transit").

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nile19



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
nile19 wrote:
Good to know about the wall!

So, am I okay then if I get 3 separate tickets...?
1. One way from Korea to Beijing
2. One way from Beijing to Hong Kong
3. Hong Kong back to Korea


You need to combine 1 and 2 (one ticket with a layover) otherwise they will insist that you need a "L" visa (entering as a tourist and not "in transit").

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So... is my plan not possible then? Beijing is out of the way from Korea to Hong Kong, I am having a hard time finding tickets with a preplanned layover in Beijing.... is there anything else I can do?

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Wait, will this work??
http://www.orbitz.com/flights/
Can I use the multi city option here and just make sure my stop in Beijing is less than 72 hours??
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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

multi city on one ticket will work.

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CP



Joined: 18 Jan 2007

PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually you don't need to combine any tickets. You can buy a one-way ticket from Korea to Beijing and another one-way ticket from Beijing to Hong Kong.

You can still get the 72 hour transit free visa in this situation. All you have to do is to show them that you have a ticket leaving from Beijing to Hong Kong within 72 hours of landing in Beijing. This is still considered a layover. They don't have to be on the same ticket.
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nile19



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the help! I used the multi-city route, it was no problem!
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Porksta



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why is it 6 months on ARC? Why not 6 months on passport?
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ttompatz



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porksta wrote:
Why is it 6 months on ARC? Why not 6 months on passport?


You have to ask the Chinese about that one. It came about just before the 2008 Olympics and hasn't changed since.

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Porksta



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the Chinese made a rule that all foreigners living in Korea have to have six months left? Or was it just included in some blanket ruling?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porksta wrote:
So the Chinese made a rule that all foreigners living in Korea have to have six months left? Or was it just included in some blanket ruling?


It was some decision by the Chinese about their Embassy in Korea issuing visas to foreigners prior to the Beijing Olympics.

Happened about 6 months before the Olympics started. I don't remember the details - 6 years ago.

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