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china visa for US citizens?

 
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ddarko



Joined: 06 Sep 2011
Location: Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: china visa for US citizens? Reply with quote

sorry, probably a bunch of posts on this, but didn't see a sticky.

Are you supposed to go to the embassy or consulate in Seoul? funky hours? need an appt in advance? cash or special voucher or credit card? waiting time?

basically, anyone ever go and if so, general comments on the whole tourist visa process. trying to get an idea of how long it will be, what docs i need to bring, etc.

thanks!
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to a travel agent.

You CANNOT do it yourself.
Plan on about $140 (visa fee for US citizens) plus couriers and agents fees ($200 all in for basic service).

You need your ARC (6 months validity remaining at the time of your visa application).
passport
application
passport photo
fee.

Basic service is 4 days PLUS 2 more days for couriers.
Expedited service is 2 days plus 2. (add $20)
Rush service is next day plus 2. (add $30 more)

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ddarko



Joined: 06 Sep 2011
Location: Seoul, Korea

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet thanks.

any good recs on cheap flight tickets? not sure what to fly. figure it's only an hr flight, so budget airlines are cool.
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young_clinton



Joined: 09 Sep 2009

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fees are much higher for Americans and are in my opinion an outrage. Just say no to China. That's what I do.
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

young_clinton wrote:
The fees are much higher for Americans and are in my opinion an outrage. Just say no to China. That's what I do.


Reciprocity -

Chinese nationals have higher (visa and related) costs and more hoops to jump through for a visa when they want to go to the States than other nationals do.

China simply returns the favor to US citizens wanting to go to China.

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lemak



Joined: 02 Jan 2011

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

young_clinton wrote:
The fees are much higher for Americans and are in my opinion an outrage. Just say no to China. That's what I do.


You'll be missed.
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beast



Joined: 28 Jan 2003

PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could you please recommend a travel agency that you've used?
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lemak



Joined: 02 Jan 2011

PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beast wrote:
Could you please recommend a travel agency that you've used?


For a visa? Any of them can do it - even the chains like Hana Tour or Top Travel. Be aware that many may add a 20 buck service charge to the visa fee if you're not booking a flight with them.
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