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*Posted: Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 2005-06-17 11:16. | Subject: tourist visa to China

Hello wtanaka!

I just saw your reply to a post regarding getting a visa for China in San Francisco. I actually live in SF and need to go to the chinese consulate to get a 90 day, double entry visa for this summer's trip. It seemed as if you didn't have a problem getting a visa for 120 days!! I am wondering if you have an American passport? And if you do, did you have to submit a detailed itinerary of your trip? I have read on this forum that it is getting increasingly more difficult for Americans to get a visa for longer than a month...though apparently you can apply for an extention in China. Any information or tips you can pass on would be great!!

Thank you so much for your time!! Hope all is well in your part of the world! Smile

Sincerley,
ConnieC

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-06-17 14:45 | Subject: sf consulate

I have an American passport, yes. I wrote down on the form where I wanted to go, which was, at the time, "Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Kunming, Xianggelila." I think I may have written what I told the girl at the desk too, but I can't remember.

It's been difficult to get more than a month in a lot of countries that aren't your home country. That's been the case for a while. Not sure if it applies to your own country. What I did for my visa was I went to the girl handing out the forms at the front desk. I said "I want to go to China to visit a friend, and I'd like to stay there for a longer time. I might end up teaching English or trying to find a job there. What kind of visa should I apply for?" She said "apply for a tourist visa and write down 120 days"

That was about all there was to it. The visas that a particular consulate issues seem to be at their own discretion (that's definitely how the PSBs work inside China), so the best way to find out is if you can contact someone in the consulate itself. Since you're in SF itself, that will be super convenient for you. Information you find on the internet that's not specific to the San Francisco consulate won't necessarily apply.

Hope that helps and good luck!

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-06-17 14:51 | Subject: extentions

As far as extentions go, it's very easy in Yunnan to get your single one-month extention to your tourist visa. Just go to the prefecture PSB wherever you are.

For example, the Diqing PSB gets lots of positive reviews.

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*Posted: Fri, 2005-06-17 16:37 | Subject: visas

Thanks so much for sharing your experience and for the infomation!! This site also seems to have some great info!

ps apologies for the double posting....had some problems with the computer the other day!

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