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Weigookin74



Joined: 26 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:39 pm    Post subject: Vacation in China from Korea. Reply with quote

My visa expires every May here. If I want to go in winter to visit some part of China, how do I get the tourist visa? Do I have to be part of a tour group or can I just get some tourist agency here to book it for me for what I want to do? I usually book these things through expedia for the convenience. But, think China won't let me? So, if I go through the Korean tour agency, can I just tell them what hotel I want to stay at after I've researched them on Expedia? I'd like to go maybe next year or in a couple of years and walk around and explore one of the cities like I did a while back for Metro Tokyo.
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cabeza



Joined: 29 Sep 2012

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can book everything yourself. Why wouldnt you be allowed to for China? Travelling in China isn't restricted at all anymore, the only thing you might need an agency to help with is train tickets as they can be hard to get ahold on certain routes.

You can get the visa by going to most travel agencies. They do it for you and charge a fee. Not that much, but can't remember. I went through Hong Kong and got my China visa there. Booked everything else online.
As an aside you need 6 months remaining on your ARC to be able to get a visa for China (I think, correct me if I'm wrong anyone).
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apply for your "L" visa with 6 months or more remaining on your ARC.
The visa is good for 90 days AFTER you get it (enter within 90 days or it expires) so you can get it at your 5 month mark on your ARC and it is good until the 8th month and gives you 30 days IN China after you enter).

You can do it at most travel agencies. They usually only charge 10-20k for the courier and service fee.

The rates vary considerably depending on YOUR country of passport and how fast you want it processed.
35k for 4-day processing for Brits
55k for most others.
US$100 for Americans (reciprocity).

Double those prices for expedited (2 day processing).

Once you have a "L" visa you can book your arrangements at your convenience. (book them ahead of time if you want).

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Squire



Joined: 26 Sep 2010
Location: Jeollanam-do

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the subject, is it possible to get a China visa from your home country while in Korea? I went there years ago when had over 6 months on my ARC, but now I'm thinking I'd like to travel around China when I finish here. I know I can get the visa in HK but I'd really like to fly into somewhere in the north, work my way south as the weather gets colder and fly OUT of HK.

Is this possible?
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squire wrote:
On the subject, is it possible to get a China visa from your home country while in Korea? I went there years ago when had over 6 months on my ARC, but now I'm thinking I'd like to travel around China when I finish here. I know I can get the visa in HK but I'd really like to fly into somewhere in the north, work my way south as the weather gets colder and fly OUT of HK.

Is this possible?


Yes, IF:
    - You have someone there you can mail your passport to
    - They can mail it to the Chinese embassy
    - The embassy can return it to the (home country) domestic address.
    - They will then forward it to you in Korea.
    - You are willing to trust the mail services to send your passport around the globe without you while you are in a foreign country.
    - You don't mind being stuck in a foreign country for a month or so without a passport.


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Squire



Joined: 26 Sep 2010
Location: Jeollanam-do

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Squire wrote:
On the subject, is it possible to get a China visa from your home country while in Korea? I went there years ago when had over 6 months on my ARC, but now I'm thinking I'd like to travel around China when I finish here. I know I can get the visa in HK but I'd really like to fly into somewhere in the north, work my way south as the weather gets colder and fly OUT of HK.

Is this possible?


Yes, IF:
    - You have someone there you can mail your passport to
    - They can mail it to the Chinese embassy
    - The embassy can return it to the (home country) domestic address.
    - They will then forward it to you in Korea.
    - You are willing to trust the mail services to send your passport around the globe without you while you are in a foreign country.
    - You don't mind being stuck in a foreign country for a month or so without a passport.


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Thanks! When you put it that way it doesn't sound so appealing Confused
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Weigookin74



Joined: 26 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
Apply for your "L" visa with 6 months or more remaining on your ARC.
The visa is good for 90 days AFTER you get it (enter within 90 days or it expires) so you can get it at your 5 month mark on your ARC and it is good until the 8th month and gives you 30 days IN China after you enter).

You can do it at most travel agencies. They usually only charge 10-20k for the courier and service fee.

The rates vary considerably depending on YOUR country of passport and how fast you want it processed.
35k for 4-day processing for Brits
55k for most others.
US$100 for Americans (reciprocity).

Double those prices for expedited (2 day processing).

Once you have a "L" visa you can book your arrangements at your convenience. (book them ahead of time if you want).

.


So, I don't have to have my trip booked or book through some local agency then? Just use them to apply for the "L" visa?

I can book later on my own through expedia or some other other site if I wish?
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