visa information for RUSSIA, CHINA & MONGOLIA

🇨🇳 THE CHINese VISA

Everyone requires a Chinese visa and you should book your appointment for the application a month in advance. Normally visas are issued up to 3 months in advance of travel and are valid for stays of up to 30 days (although UK, US and some other nationalities can now get longer visas). You need one blank page and minimum 6 months validity of your passport. Official confirmation of accommodation booked throughout your stay in China as well as proof of entry and exit from China (air or train ticket reservations) are required both of which we can provide. Visas take a 4 working days to process.

From November 2018 all visa applicants in the UK aged 12 or over are required to visit the Chinese visa application centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh to have their finger prints scanned as part of the Chinese visa application process.

Some nationalities are allowed to spend up to 144 hours in certain Chinese cities without a visa providing they are flying in and out of that city and hold an onward ticket and visa or permission of entry to the next country (which can’t be your own country). Of course, most taking a Trans-Mongolian trip will be either departing or arriving by train so this option is sadly not applicable.

If you are visiting Tibet as part of your trip to China you will need a special permit called a “Tibet Travel Permit”. If booking your trip through us we will obtain this permit for you and we will need a copy of both your passport details page and Chinese visa to do so. The permit itself is issued in China and comes as a separate piece of paper which you will need to keep with your passport until your time in Tibet is finished.

Click here to check your Chinese visa requirement (link takes you to Wikipedia).

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