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Title: China : Visa
Post by: spearhawk on Apr 04, 07, 11:13 AM
hi,

just a question. how long in advance can we go to the Embassy to do our visa already?
will be traveling to Chengdu in late May.

thanks in advance
spear
Title: Visa for China
Post by: slowly on Apr 04, 07, 11:42 AM
dunno. but do refer to:

China Embassy in Singapore (http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/lsqw/default.htm) for more info.


hi,

just a question. how long in advance can we go to the Embassy to do our visa already?
will be traveling to Chengdu in late May.

thanks in advance
spear
Title: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: goodman78 on Apr 14, 08, 05:15 PM
Hi,

Does anyone know how long and how many times can a Singapore passport holder extend his stay in China? Currently, Singapore passport holders are allowed 14days visa free stay in China. I would like to travel in PRC for 3 months and had wanted to apply for a 90 days visa at the Chinese embassy but the new visa rules are giving me headaches.

Apparently, visa applicants have to provide proof of return air tickets and hotel bookings and are given a max of 30 days visa only as shown in their website.
http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/lsqw/t424958.htm

Such rules are a hassle for budget and independent travellers. There is already a huge discussion and resents in the Lonely Planet forum.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1585596&start=150&tstart=0

Therefore, I'm thinking of dropping the idea of applying for a visa and just enter China straight. That is why I would like to know how long and how many times I can extend my stay. Thanks!
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: boochap on Apr 15, 08, 01:53 AM
Those are outdated rules.. those angmohs never keep up with the changes in China. They only know how to complain, criticise and talkcock.

Just drop by chinese embassy and ask for 60 or 90days, or 1 yr visa.

Be there early, q is damn long esp b4 school holiday... u can get it in a day if u pay extra $. Go in by the back door.

U can also ask for 60days and make extension when in china. however, visa extensin in china in the remote areas can be difficult. BJ SH are ok.

Anyway, my experience of getting a chinese visa at the embassy was much better than the Indian... good luck.
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: goodman78 on Apr 15, 08, 02:18 AM
No. The rules stated was just posted yesterday, 14 Apr 2008. I don't thinks those are outdated rules. Anyway, I will still make a trip down and try applying. Thanks.
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: laucnj on Apr 15, 08, 01:42 PM
Those are outdated rules.. those angmohs never keep up with the changes in China. They only know how to complain, criticise and talkcock.

"only know how to complain, criticise, talkcock ???"  hey, that sounds like we singaporeans as well.

this may be a "SG" travelcafe forum, but i'm sure there are some foreigners (like angmohs) who pop by to check our posts. try be a little more sensitive with your remarks.....
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: nuts on Apr 16, 08, 04:01 PM
All because of Olympics lor! Asif China got not enough people... for me, I avoid China this year....

After July, even SG passports also need visa!
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: cheanderella on Apr 21, 08, 11:40 AM
Latest news from MHA on this:

"At present, Singapore ordinary passport holders intending to travel to China for a period of 15 days or less do not require a visa. MFA has been informed today by the Chinese authorities that with effect from 1 July 2008, this visa-free facility would be temporarily suspended. Singapore ordinary passport holders would require a visa for entry into China. We have been given the assurance that the visa requirement is a temporary measure. The visa-free facility for travels of 15 days or less would be reinstated after the Beijing Olympics. The Chinese authorities have not informed us of the exact date when the visa-free facility will be reinstated."
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: boochap on Apr 21, 08, 02:21 PM
Latest news from MHA on this:

"At present, Singapore ordinary passport holders intending to travel to China for a period of 15 days or less do not require a visa. MFA has been informed today by the Chinese authorities that with effect from 1 July 2008, this visa-free facility would be temporarily suspended. Singapore ordinary passport holders would require a visa for entry into China. We have been given the assurance that the visa requirement is a temporary measure. The visa-free facility for travels of 15 days or less would be reinstated after the Beijing Olympics. The Chinese authorities have not informed us of the exact date when the visa-free facility will be reinstated."

Not correct leh..


1...Dated 20 april 2008, China MFA.. http://www.china-embassy.org/chn/hzqz/zgqz/t84194.htm
"??
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????15????????"


2... Dated 18 april 2008, China Singapore Embassy
http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/lsqw/qz/t426583.htm

"Visa is not required for ordinary passport holders of Singaporean, Japanese and Brunei to China if they stay there less than 15 days for visiting relatives or friends, doing business and tourism."


3...http://travel.zaobao.com/pages4/travelnews080408.shtml
The 1st 2 para.. i think they talk rubbish. they afraid of olympic riot again.
"??????????????????????????????15???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????"



may be i should print a copy of this report when i go to china without a visa..  ;D
Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: nuts on Apr 22, 08, 01:56 PM
Not correct leh..

1...Dated 20 april 2008, China MFA.. http://www.china-embassy.org/chn/hzqz/zgqz/t84194.htm
"??
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????15????????"

.....
.....
may be i should print a copy of this report when i go to china without a visa..  ;D
Alamak, why give yourself trouble...
just don't go in between July to Aug/Sep....

Title: Re: Visa extension in China for Singapore passport holders
Post by: boochap on Apr 23, 08, 01:55 AM
alamak, yesterday report in Zaobao, 15day visa free has been suspensed from July 1 till further notice.. think to better ban olympix from china next time.

 
Title: singapore passport china visa free by 18sep
Post by: boochap on Sep 04, 08, 11:48 AM
fyi. i was told at islamabad china embassy that visa free for sg passport will be re-instate on 18sep. good luck.

i didnt know until i was already at the counter, cost 3200 Rs for the 30days visa..plus 2500 Rs for a dummy airticket and hotel booking. %#^&@*@.  :-[
Title: Re: singapore passport china visa free by 18sep
Post by: spearhawk on Sep 04, 08, 12:31 PM
free for 15 days (same as before olympics) or for 30 days?

btw, how did u enjoyed pakistan? haha. remember to share your pictures when u are back.  ;)
Title: China : Visa - to reinstate visa-free facility for Singaporeans
Post by: nuts on Sep 18, 08, 01:58 AM
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/376634/1/.html
Title: Re: singapore passport china visa free by 18sep
Post by: boochap on Sep 19, 08, 11:26 AM
actually when i crossed the border at kkh khunjerab on 16sep, the custom office already allow visa-free on that day.
some Jap travelling together with me didnt even had any china visa with them were allowed to enter china.
i think only 3 countries in the world enjoy 15days visa free entry into china... japan singapore brunei.  :hello2:

Title: Re: singapore passport china visa free by 18sep
Post by: spearhawk on Sep 20, 08, 01:11 AM
thought they might change to 30 days haha.
anyway, 15 days is better than nothing hehe  ;D
Title: China : Visa
Post by: siyimi on Mar 17, 09, 01:16 AM
Hi guys,

Few questions to ask regards to extending china visa.  ;D

Do anyone have experience extending china visa after the '15-days visa-free for sporean' at china ? How to go about it (is the application via local police? How many times can one apply for extension? Will the applicant subject to alot of questioning by the police? Any fees involved?

OR,

Is it advisable to apply for a month visa at the china embassy in spore? do i need to show a return air tic & confirmed hotel booking upon application? Possible for visa to apply > 1 month under tourist visa application?

I intend to travel for china for 2 months and i dun like the idea of having to leave china after every 15 days, just to extend my 'visa'.

Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: blisz on Mar 25, 09, 01:54 PM
hi:) This is Blisz, my first time posting on this forum XD

I just wanted to ask, since hong kong is kinda like a seperate territory from china, do you guys think by going to hong kong and then coming back into china, i can get another 15 days visa free?

Thanks in advance!!!
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: spearhawk on Mar 25, 09, 02:25 PM
Ya, you can. Hong Kong, despite being officially part of China, is still separate from mainland China from a travel perspective.
You will go through proper customs and immigration. Foreigner going into Hong Kong from China and back to China needs a reentry visa too.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: blisz on Mar 25, 09, 02:28 PM
cool XD Thanks dude!
Title: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: I want to Get Lost on Apr 27, 09, 07:05 AM
Hi there ,

I checked and noted Singapore passports do not require to apply Visa for visiting China but is only valid for 15days.

anyone have any idea where we can arrange to extend or tourist Visa in Xinjiang if we exceed the 15days time line.  

 ???
Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: siyimi on Apr 27, 09, 09:07 AM
just go to any ??station a few days b4 expire to extend the visa. i think there is some fee involved, n u can only extend once. otherwise, u can go to the chinese embasssy to get a 30-days visa, then extend again if u need >30 days.

Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: I want to Get Lost on Apr 27, 09, 09:16 AM
Ohhh Ok got it.. thanks for the tips..
Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: boochap on Apr 27, 09, 01:56 PM
better check and ask around.. check LP fournm.
might not be as easy as previous...
there had been more arson or bomb attack in XJ since before the BJ olympic. 
the real situation could be worst than the overly publicised tibet.
kkh border crossing was the most difficult crossing i had ever had.

Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: aurora on Apr 29, 09, 01:45 AM

Why do u say it's the most difficult crossing? I rem back in 2007 I had to unpack almost everything, and I was the only Asian femlae on the bus when I went from Pak to China. The officer was very polite though, and even called me 'tong zhi'! Haha... It felt weird but there was a sense of camaraderie during the time he checked my bags. LOL.

better check and ask around.. check LP fournm.
might not be as easy as previous...
there had been more arson or bomb attack in XJ since before the BJ olympic. 
the real situation could be worst than the overly publicised tibet.
kkh border crossing was the most difficult crossing i had ever had.



Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: spearhawk on Apr 29, 09, 02:11 AM
Indeed different experiences by different people.  ;)

For me when I crossed from China to Pakistan in 2007, on the Chinese side, checking was done using electronic scanner, pretty fast and efficient.

On the Pakistan side, I heard you usually have to take everything out, but I was lucky I was with a few trade merchants who somehow manage to convince the Immigration people there is no need to check their goods including my backpack, so it was kinda too smooth for me haha.


But boochap was there during the Olympic preparation period and situation was indeed abit tense back then, hence his experiences.


Anyway back to the OP's question, I too suggest first getting a Chinese visa in Singapore for 30 days. Most importantly, will you be traveling for more than 30 days? If no, then no need the hassle to extend the visa, thou it could be an interesting experience imo.  ;D
Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: nuts on Apr 29, 09, 02:14 AM
Boochap looks sinister lah

Like you say, mabbe you female lah
I also unpack everything, spoke chinese etc but the officer still looks sullen.... but everything was smooth though.


I want to Get Lost, if possible, if can confirm staying in china for > 15days, try to get your visa in SG lor, quite easy...


Why do u say it's the most difficult crossing? I rem back in 2007 I had to unpack almost everything, and I was the only Asian femlae on the bus when I went from Pak to China. The officer was very polite though, and even called me 'tong zhi'! Haha... It felt weird but there was a sense of camaraderie during the time he checked my bags. LOL.


Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: spearhawk on Apr 29, 09, 02:22 AM
Singapore's Chinese Embassy Website
http://sg.china-embassy.org/eng/

Chinese Visa Collection and Fees
http://sg.china-embassy.org/eng/lsqw/t165685.htm

Chinese Embassy Location
http://sg.china-embassy.org/eng/sgxx/t165683.htm


Try to go early in morning, else long queue!!!
Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: boochap on Apr 29, 09, 02:31 AM
they also called me tong zhi, and even said sorry its was their responsibilities.. but still, i was checked 4 times on the way from border to the custom, on roadside, inside and ouside the custom office.. afterthat they x-ray me, then sent me to a room for further body check. they did this to every one, the angmoh was worst, more checked and waited even longer, the jap gypsy was trying to have fun with boxes of condom founded in their bags and was asked to shut up... pengz!. all along that long stretch of scenic road from the pass to tashkurgan custom, not allowed to stop for photography.

they claimed they were looking for drug coming from afghan wakhan valley, etc etc. they saw my johnson powder and washing powder, almost asked me to taste it.. hahaa... my 250G HDD they took it away to check for hour, founded dalai lama and anti BJ olympic poster photos i took from ladahk, but surprisingly they returned it to me without any delete.. just smile to me. in fact i was almost pissed off and told them off, ??????????,????????,???????????????!?!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2839524692_2ec0ca49b6.jpg)


when i was leaving china, crossing the border into kazakhstan, again, they checked my bag 3 times.. roadside, custom office, by the railway track... *heck*.. how often the custom official would open and check your luaggage when u leave their country..

that was just after the olympic, there were at least 2 bomb blast in XJ not reported in the media..

but anyway, that was a really good experience.. they checked your luaggages so extensive while i chit chat with them abt my DSLR, olympic, angmoh, drug and taliban, and singapore... it was just a damn hassles esp when u were carrying 25kg of bagpacks and cameras. so, better go for a backpack with front loading.. :)


another thing... difficult of visa extension tend to vary in different places. so better ask around in LP fourmn for latest info. more sensitive place more difficult.

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Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: I want to Get Lost on Apr 29, 09, 03:47 AM
hi all,

thanks for the advise, will check with the Chinese Embassy in Sin on the extension to be at the safe side...
Title: Re: Extension of Visa in Xinjiang after 15 days
Post by: aurora on Apr 29, 09, 04:37 PM
ya, most likely they received a tip off or smth... that was ridiculous checking eh... The 1st time I had to take out at the Pak border, I was pissed off already, cuz I was the only female on the bus, and the guard was not polite. But I was the fastest, the other Pak traders took much much longer, like 1hour?!

ya, I rem no photos allowed from pass to Tashkurgan got a Chinese young soldier on the bus with us even!

they also called me tong zhi, and even said sorry its was their responsibilities.. but still, i was checked 4 times on the way from border to the custom, on roadside, inside and ouside the custom office.. afterthat they x-ray me, then sent me to a room for further body check. they did this to every one, the angmoh was worst, more checked and waited even longer, the jap gypsy was trying to have fun with boxes of condom founded in their bags and was asked to shut up... pengz!. all along that long stretch of scenic road from the pass to tashkurgan custom, not allowed to stop for photography.

they claimed they were looking for drug coming from afghan wakhan valley, etc etc. they saw my johnson powder and washing powder, almost asked me to taste it.. hahaa... my 250G HDD they took it away to check for hour, founded dalai lama and anti BJ olympic poster photos i took from ladahk, but surprisingly they returned it to me without any delete.. just smile to me. in fact i was almost pissed off and told them off, ??????????,????????,???????????????!?!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3037/2839524692_2ec0ca49b6.jpg)


when i was leaving china, crossing the border into kazakhstan, again, they checked my bag 3 times.. roadside, custom office, by the railway track... *heck*.. how often the custom official would open and check your luaggage when u leave their country..

that was just after the olympic, there were at least 2 bomb blast in XJ not reported in the media..

but anyway, that was a really good experience.. they checked your luaggages so extensive while i chit chat with them abt my DSLR, olympic, angmoh, drug and taliban, and singapore... it was just a damn hassles esp when u were carrying 25kg of bagpacks and cameras. so, better go for a backpack with front loading.. :)


another thing... difficult of visa extension tend to vary in different places. so better ask around in LP fourmn for latest info. more sensitive place more difficult.

..

Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: giddygomer on Jun 19, 09, 10:21 AM
Hi guys,

Few questions to ask regards to extending china visa.  ;D

Do anyone have experience extending china visa after the '15-days visa-free for sporean' at china ? How to go about it (is the application via local police? How many times can one apply for extension? Will the applicant subject to alot of questioning by the police? Any fees involved?

OR,

Is it advisable to apply for a month visa at the china embassy in spore? do i need to show a return air tic & confirmed hotel booking upon application? Possible for visa to apply > 1 month under tourist visa application?

I intend to travel for china for 2 months and i dun like the idea of having to leave china after every 15 days, just to extend my 'visa'.



hi, can confirm if return air tix and hotel booking is required for application of chinese visa???  it takes 5 working days to process?

jialat, i have 2 weeks before departure to apply for china, pakistan and indian visa  :P
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: giddygomer on Jun 22, 09, 03:31 AM
hi, can confirm if return air tix and hotel booking is required for application of chinese visa???  it takes 5 working days to process?

jialat, i have 2 weeks before departure to apply for china, pakistan and indian visa  :P

i went to apply for my chinese visa today; air ticket and hotel booking required. can collect on the 4th day
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: ahbian on May 07, 10, 09:23 AM
Hi all,

This is my first post here.

I tried calling the Visa centre but kept getting routed around on recorded voice messages which does not address my question.

Thinking of going China, and this clause was found on their website.

"Those who apply for tourism in China should provide round-trip airline tickets and hotel reservation?for family visit should provide certificate of relationship."

Anyone have experience of them processing the Visa without the above documents? Cause I thought there is a possibility of land entry through Laos or Vietnam, also, I have not decided on the dates of travel yet (duration is should be more than a month.)

Will keep trying to call them for now.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: terryseow on May 07, 10, 11:42 AM
Hi,

They will not answer you unless they called you to do so.
If staying for more than two weeks,you need a tourist visa.
Have you try this link:
http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/

A return ticket is not neccesary,just explaned to the officer that you are returning
back from other country.

Good lucks!
Terry.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: spearhawk on May 07, 10, 02:29 PM
Last year when I applied during November, they insisted on the return flight ticket. The one before me was rejected cos she didn't have the flight details. But no hotel reservation needed thou.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: wei on May 07, 10, 03:22 PM
I applied for a visa in June 2008 cos the first stop of my RTW trip was China. Since I don't do any planning, all I had was a one way ticket to china and nothing else. When I called the embassy, the guy who listened to my explaination said, since mine was a special case, it is okay not to have the return ticket. Just explain duly when the officer handling the visa application ask. But when I went to the embassy to submit my form, I was asked to produce proof of hotel confirmation. Since I didn't had any booking, I was not sure what to do. Then I said, I will be staying with a friend for a short while (not the whole time, just for one week out of the dunno how many weeks I will be there). So the lady in charge of vetting the forms say, then I have to produce "proof" of invite. I suddenly had an idea, and asked her if my friend had sent me an email with her address in it, does it count? She said, yes, that is proof of invite. So I rushed out of the embassy, went to the nearest hotel and used the business center to print out the email, then rush back to the embassy. They accepted it without questions and I later got a 3 month visa, even though the 3 months include the Olympic months. Moral of the story: you can do without the return ticket, but book at least one hostel/hotel and attached it to your application form (you can cancel it later). Or else get someone to "invite" you.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: ahbian on May 09, 10, 07:38 AM
Thanks all for replying!

Seems like there isn't a consistent ruling on that matter.

Just booked my ticket to China, will go down to the embassy and check with them on any official stand and post the outcome here.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tazmanias on May 10, 10, 04:01 AM
You can go to any travel agency and get them to apply the visa for you.

I did that and they never ask for my return flight ticket. You need to fill in a form and provide a photo and your passport. The only thing they ask is your entry date. I only bought one way ticket in, so even if they ask, I can't provide any.

Anyway, i got the visa within a week. Paid $35 for the administration fee.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: siyimi on May 11, 10, 08:38 AM
Chinese embassy seems to have a new visa processing centre from 17 may 2010

you can submit your visa application online and make an on-line appt as well (they even accept applications during lunch hours).

for more info, pls refer to link
http://www.visaforchina.com.sg

fyi, 13 - 14 May, there is a trial operation during these 2 days, and thay are not charging any processing fees. just need to pay visa fees.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: laurent_rio on May 11, 10, 09:26 AM
can someone recommend travel agent that didnt charge "overprice" service fee for China Visa ?
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: ahbian on May 11, 10, 01:24 PM
Chinese embassy seems to have a new visa processing centre from 17 may 2010

you can submit your visa application online and make an on-line appt as well (they even accept applications during lunch hours).

for more info, pls refer to link
http://www.visaforchina.com.sg

fyi, 13 - 14 May, there is a trial operation during these 2 days, and thay are not charging any processing fees. just need to pay visa fees.


Yup. I went to that centre at Raffles Place today.

Perhaps its new, there was no crowd at all, took me less than 10 mins to queue and submit the pre-filled form.

The person attending to me told me that it wasn't necessary to submit any proof of hotel reservations or plane tickets "since the application is by a Singaporean".

Was told visa would be ready on Friday (3 days from now.)


Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: travelbug on May 11, 10, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the updated info!

Alternative for last-minute planners (like myself) is to go to the nearest PSB (major cities and towns in China) just before your 15d visa is up, and request for an extension. The usual is for 30d (160 rmb), norm takes 3d to process. You need your last hotel confo and evidence of sufficient funds: 100 usd/day (cash or bank account statement). I cited 'urgent' reasons and got my extension on the same day :)
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: ullyss on May 12, 10, 07:41 PM
Got a 'Suaku' question, coz never really been to china, except for certain parts a long time ago

what is the max. tourist visa duration allowed?
3 months? 6 months?

can't find any info on long term visa. but i saw a few folks blog that said they have been in china for 6months.

do i need to get one of those 'business visa' for that to happen?
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: terryseow on May 13, 10, 05:18 AM
I got my for 3 months.

Terry
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: siyimi on May 19, 10, 06:08 AM
hope this is good news for those who want to stay at china for > 15 days,

i managed to get 12 mths, mutli-entry tourist visa, per stay is 60 days max. You can also state 90 days on your application form.

need to submit;
-air ticket (i submit one-way ticket to hongkong; on the ticket i wrote there that i be crossing to shenzhen)
- hotel booking (i submit email from my fren, with invitation, stating address and contact no.)
- a letter to the embassy stating my case why i need 12 mths, multi-entry visa.

hopes this info help.

Got a 'Suaku' question, coz never really been to china, except for certain parts a long time ago

what is the max. tourist visa duration allowed?
3 months? 6 months?

can't find any info on long term visa. but i saw a few folks blog that said they have been in china for 6months.

do i need to get one of those 'business visa' for that to happen?
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tan_pao_wei on Jul 09, 10, 10:43 AM
Hi guys do we Singaporeans still have 15 days free visa to China? Is it possible to extend it while in China?

I will be entering China from Pakistan, khunjerab pass.

Thanks for all the replies :)
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: spearhawk on Jul 10, 10, 02:07 AM
Yup, still 15 days free.
http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/lsqw/t582778.htm

But if you know that you are gonna go over 15 days, why not apply the Chinese Visa in Singapore first? You can extend in China, but it looks like more hassle to me handling Chinese officials there.

Also, customs at remote border might not know abt the visa requirements very well, so if you are going for the 15 days free thingy, try to print something regarding this from their Immigration website for them to reference.

In any case, enjoy Pakistan and Xinjiang.  ;)

Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: 7summits on Jan 24, 11, 02:48 PM
hi is there anyone here who did a visa extension while in china? how much did it cost? i'[m travelling in yunnan so i'm planning to do it in kunming. we singaporeans have a free 15 day visa but i'm planning to extend for another 30days. thanks in advance!
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tikam on Jan 25, 11, 10:26 AM
Visa extension cost RMB160.

The problem is that in some cities, they need you to produce finance of US$100 per day of extension. That means to apply for 30 days extension to need to bank in RMB equivalent of US$3000 in a bank, get the bank to 'lock' your money for a couple of days, then wait for 1-5 working days (according to location) before you can your new visa. If I remember correctly, you can also show them the money in cold hard cash.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: travelmm on Feb 14, 11, 08:09 AM
As I know, you can just go to China Embassy in Singapore, location Tanglin, apply China Visa if you will travel more than 2 weeks in China.
It just S$25 for 2 months visa staying in China.
If the China Embassy in Singapore give you 1 month visa, you can ask for 2 month.
1 month visa is S$25, 2 months visa also S$25, why not ask for 2 month in-case.

If you want more day extend in China after travel 2months , you can just pay RmB$160 to Embassy in China for another 1 month extend, maximum can apply two time.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: sanliusan on Feb 14, 11, 02:51 PM
The Chinese Embassy in Singapore has relocated their visa application office to the Raffles Place area:

Chinese Visa Application Service Centre
22 Malacca St. #09-00
Royal Brothers Building
Singapore 048980

Application hours:
9am 3pm

Payment/collection hours:
9am 4pm

Check out their website for more info:
http://www.visaforchina.com.sg/visaen/visaView.html?method=index
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: pewpewpew on Feb 25, 11, 03:00 PM
Hi I have a booked a 18 day trip to chengdu.

I found out that Chinese visa is only 15 days and if I wanna stay there longer must apply for more.
Where and how do I apply? How much do I have to pay??

Apparently it is a huge hassle to queue at the embassy. Some suggest I let the travel agents apply for me for a service charge. Anyone ha a good cheap agent to recommend? I am having exams soon, hopefully in the east.

I saw this website dedicated to Applying for china visa in Singapore :
http://www.visaforchina.com.sg/visaen/visaView.html?method=readNotify&notifyId=1120#Menu=ChildMenu2
One of the forms require applicants to go for a health checkup ad signed by a doctor. Is that RLY necessary
This is so much trouble. If I had known I would shorten my stage to just 15 days. Yikes

Thanks in advance !! ;)
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: calvin2224 on Feb 25, 11, 05:15 PM
They are the sole official direct agent for the Chinese embassy in visa matters in Singapore. Visit them directly at the address shown.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: lecxy615 on Apr 08, 11, 04:07 AM
You just need to make appointment online http://211.100.27.25/vacisyy/yyacinfos.html?method=next prior going to Chinese Visa Application Service Centre

Location: http://www.visaforchina.org/SGP_EN/others/249388.shtml

Procedure: http://www.visaforchina.org/SGP_EN/applyatthecenter/249533.shtml
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: terry on Sep 18, 11, 07:55 AM
Hi.

Anyone kind enough to tell me is the China Visa on arrival is still 15 days?
Thks.

Terry
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: weecheng on Sep 18, 11, 10:48 AM
This is the place with the details:
http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/lsqw/qz/t165692.htm
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: terry on Sep 18, 11, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the infor.
Still 15 days.

Terry
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: WuffRuff on Sep 20, 11, 02:44 AM
They only gave details on short stay.
And how about long stay?
How can we get a longer VISA and max length of stay?
Do they allow border runs (prolly HK) to renew/ extend the VISA?
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: Karel on Sep 20, 11, 05:47 AM
Questions about this keep coming back, so I've merged this tread with 10 (!) previous ones that handle the same subject. I hope you can find part of your answer above.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: weecheng on Sep 20, 11, 08:29 AM
For longer stays, then apply for a regular visa.  The same website has details.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: WuffRuff on Sep 22, 11, 12:14 PM
Yup. I went to that centre at Raffles Place today.

Perhaps its new, there was no crowd at all, took me less than 10 mins to queue and submit the pre-filled form.

The person attending to me told me that it wasn't necessary to submit any proof of hotel reservations or plane tickets "since the application is by a Singaporean".

Was told visa would be ready on Friday (3 days from now.)

How much did it cost?
How many months did they give you?
Thanks.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: WuffRuff on Oct 18, 11, 04:53 AM
This is the latest update on China VISA as of 17 Sept 2011.
I will consolidate all the information you need to know about applying for China VISA here.
Note that this information applies to SINGAPORE CITIZENS.

Tourist VISAS - L Type.
1) VISA not required for visit of up to 14 days.
2) Single entry VISA - $50 (including service fees)
3) Double entry VISA - $60 (Valid 6 months)
4) Multiple entry VISA - $70 (Valid 6 months)
5) Multiple entry VISA - $80 (Valid 12 months)

For 2, usually they give you 60 days and you can extend it for 30 days more for two times in China.
For 3, I heard (will confirm when I get my VISA) that they can give you 90 days. I heard that you can extend 30 days, but I think just once. Otherwise, you can go to HK or Mongolia, etc. and re-enter, then you can get 60 days stay.
For 4 & 5, I heard that you will get 60 days VISA. The rest is as per 3.


How to apply?
The Chinese embassy does not handle VISA applications directly.
They have set up a VISA Application Centre to handle and process VISAs.
This is the only place where you can apply for your VISA.
They charge a $25 service fee but the above listed prices include the fees.
Do not try to call them to ask any questions as all you will get is a voice message directing you to their website.
Unless you have unusual, specific questions, all the general information can be found on their website:
http://www.visaforchina.com.sg/
They have also provided detailed information about how to apply for your VISA and what to bring, etc.
The information is a bit all over the place but if you go through the links, you will find it.
They offer express 1 day and 2 days service at additional cost.
Regular processing time is around 3 days - they stated that collection is on the 4th working day.
When I applied, they told me to collect it on the third working day; I guess they're not so busy now.
But 4th day would be max time I believe.
Note that you cannot submit your application online.
You have to physically go down to the office to apply.
They provide an online application form, but basically this is just for you to enter the details then print it out to bring to the office.
You do not need to complete the entire form at one go as you can save it then complete later but you will need the application number, given to you when you save it.
You can also print out the form and complete by hand.
You can make an appointment through the website. This can save you some time in the queue.
You can turn up without appointment. I went at 12pm and I had 30 people in front of me; waited around 20mins.

Chinese Visa Application Service Centre
22 Malacca St. #09-00
Royal Brothers Building
Singapore 048980

Application hours:
9am 3pm

Payment/collection hours:
9am 4pm

Nearest MRT is Raffles Place, 1 minute walk. 
Map on website.


What documents are required?
The website says that you will need your passport, VISA application form, 1 passport photo on light background (paste on form), return flight tickets, hotel booking.

However, the application counter returned me my one way flight and hotel bookings, saying Singaporeans do not need these.

BUT, when you first enter the office, you will join a queue to get your queue number.
There will be a person here who will check your documents, then if ok, he will give you a queue number to proceed to the counter. He did check my documents and saw that I had flight booking and hotel booking. I also heard him telling others in front of me that they need return flight and hotel booking print out, but I am not sure what nationalities these people are.

But at the application counter itself, the girl looked through my application form and she didn't even look at the rest of the documents and returned them to me. When I asked if she would need my flight booking, she told me Singaporeans do not need. It took not more than 1 minute at the counter; she just flipped through my application form and passed me back my documents with a slip stating my collection date.

So in conclusion, you do not need to have flight or hotel booking (these are not even submitted to the embassy since she returned them to me). Just need application form completed with 1 passport photo and passport. However, things may go smoother if you have these. My advice is to bring the documents along if you have a flight or hotel booking but if you do not have any of these bookings, just go ahead and make your application.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tikam on Oct 18, 11, 10:17 AM
Multiple entry VISA - $90 (not $80) (Valid 12 months).

I don't think you can extend China Visa more than once in China. When you extend, they will cancel you current Visa (and void it) and will issue a zero entry Visa in replace.

Singaporean dont need additional document to apply China Visa. Just the application form will do.

The most interesting thing is the 90 days double entry Visa which I have also heard last week over the counter, which we could try to apply now (no guarantee China side will approve but they will consider)
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: furfur on Oct 18, 11, 01:06 PM
Really useful and updated info there. Thanks!
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: belgarathc on Oct 18, 11, 03:06 PM
I also made a visit there recently.

I hurriedly bought my air tickets before visa application only to be told that Singaporeans need not show air tickets.

I made an appointment through their website but was not given priority over others.

I went at around 12+ and waited for about an hour.

Going to collect from this thursday.  ;D
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: WuffRuff on Oct 18, 11, 08:29 PM
Multiple entry VISA - $90 (not $80) (Valid 12 months).

I don't think you can extend China Visa more than once in China. When you extend, they will cancel you current Visa (and void it) and will issue a zero entry Visa in replace.

Singaporean dont need additional document to apply China Visa. Just the application form will do.

The most interesting thing is the 90 days double entry Visa which I have also heard last week over the counter, which we could try to apply now (no guarantee China side will approve but they will consider)

So you mean if I have a multiple entry VISA and I extend it, then I cannot re-enter on this VISA?
Hmmm...... So then the best way to extend for a long time is to re-enter.

I applied for the double entry VISA and stated 90 days for my longest duration of stay.
Hopefully I get it!  :icon_bounce:


I also made a visit there recently.
I hurriedly bought my air tickets before visa application only to be told that Singaporeans need not show air tickets.
I made an appointment through their website but was not given priority over others.
I went at around 12+ and waited for about an hour.
Going to collect from this thursday.  ;D

Hey I am also going on Thursday to collect.
Well, you need an air ticket anyway. Hope it was a good deal.
I got my Jetstar flight to Hangzhou for around $200.  :hello2:
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: belgarathc on Oct 19, 11, 12:03 AM
Oh, $200 is a great deal!

I bought a one way to Chengdu via Airasia at near $300, and one way from Kunming to Singapore via China Eastern at also near $300.

The online visa status check does not seem to work.  I was hoping to collect today as I am not free on Thursday.  I guess I will collect on Friday then.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: belgarathc on Oct 19, 11, 12:46 AM
My bad, the online visa status check is working, I just put in the wrong number.

Status: Processing result has been returned in Visa Center
Pickup Form Memo: Visa/Passport to be available for collection on the scheduled date shown on Pickup Form.

Here is the link for interested parties: http://www.visaforchina.org/web/applicationdata/ApplicationQuery_input.action?visacenterCode=SGP1&request_locale=en####
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tikam on Oct 19, 11, 08:29 AM
So you mean if I have a multiple entry VISA and I extend it, then I cannot re-enter on this VISA?
Hmmm...... So then the best way to extend for a long time is to re-enter.
Yes, your current VISA is useless once you make an extension. As far as possible, try not to extend your VISA in China. Reason being:
1. It can takes 1-5 working days, depending on the city/town. In the meantime, they might ask you to provide evidence of your accommodation (meaning you might have to stayput).
2. Provide proof of air ticket leaving China, since you can't do a second extension.
3. Provide proof of USD100 per day of extension. That means if you want to extend for 20 days (the extension is til the day of your flight out), you have to show either
(a) cold hard cash of USD2k equivalent of any currency or
(b) open an account and deposit USD2k equivalent of cash in a local bank (one of the bigger known China bank), ask the bank to lock your money for the period til collecting of VISA (ie 1-5 days), ask the bank to issue a notice stating the amount of money and period to be lock. And attach the notice to your application form.

Hey I am also going on Thursday to collect.
Well, you need an air ticket anyway. Hope it was a good deal.
I got my Jetstar flight to Hangzhou for around $200.  :hello2:
WuffRuff, I would like to know the outcome of your 90 days application. Also I am wondering why do they need your proof of air ticket, could it be due to the 90 days application? Did they ask for the return ticket also?


Side-track a little, for those who intend to travel long term in China but don't want to carry too much cash, you can consider opening an account in China. Then go to the remittance counter in Chinatown to remit to your China account. They will ask for about S$18 service charge but you get near the market rate (eg if current rate on internet shows S$1:RMB5, you can get around RMB4.95) as oppose to money changer rate (RMB4.85-4.87).

In China if you own eg BOC bank card (open account eg in Guangdong province),
(a) if you draw cash using another bank's ATM in the same province, you have to pay about RMB4 service charge.
(b) if you draw cash using BOC ATM in another province, you have to pay about RMB8 service charge
(c) if you draw cash using another bank's ATM in another province, you have to pay about RMB4+8=RMB12 service charge.
However, if you open an account with DBS China (branches available in major coastal cities), you can use the ATM card with any bank's ATM in any province with NO service charge.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: siyimi on Nov 01, 11, 01:52 AM
Hi guys,

I just came back from my china trip, and overstayed extra 2 days (total 15 visa-free for singaporeans + 2 days visa-needed). luckily i applied for a 30-days visa prior to my trip, otherwise, i was told by the China immigration officer that i need to pay RMB500 for each day i overstayed (He couldnt find my visa on my passport at first).

So, for those intended to stay beyond 15 visa-free in China, pls apply your visa first prior to your trip, to avoid the 'heavy' fine.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: ropsie on Jan 18, 12, 01:49 AM
Hi I am planning a trip but the prob is I will not be in Singapore for abt 4 mths before I reach China. Do you think I'll still be able to apply a visa before I leave Singapore or should I try a visa extension. I rather avoid the latter.
Title: Re: China : Visa
Post by: tikam on May 28, 14, 01:02 AM
Bring up old thread regarding new policy on China Visa.

I had successful gotten 1 year multiple entry 60-day visa for the last 4 years. However, this year they will on default approved only single entry 30-day visa. For 60-day single entry, you will need to get LOI from China resident. They will also check your air ticket during application.