Everything you need to know about going to China

To enter China one must obtain a visa at the Chinese Embassy in each country without distinction. The maximum stay allowed is 60 days. The cost of a tourist visa for entry is 42 euros, the multiple input is 70 euros. The visa application is to be made in person and at least one month before departure. Group visas can be obtained through a travel agency. The processing time is three days and two weeks for group visas. It is required to present a passport, return ticket or confirmation of your travel itinerary and confirmation of your hotel reservation in China.

Landscapes of China

Landscapes of China

Chinese River

Chinese River

Note that it is very difficult to get a tourist visa for multi entries which is a problem since traveling to Hong Kong and Macao is considered leaving the country. You need to request a new visa to re enter mainland China. Therefore it is best to leave these two regions at the end of the trip. It is advisable to check before travel visa validity because if it expires in Chinese territory you will receive a warning and a fine of 500 yuan to a limit of 5000 yuan for being unlawful or be arrested between 3 and 10 days.

Chinese Gate

Chinese Gate

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple

Some areas of China have access forbidden to foreigners such as areas in the province of Xinjiang, Qinghai Province, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia. European citizens in transit to a third country may remain for 48 hours in Shanghai without a visa provided that they carry the relevant passport or visa to enter the third country and airline ticket in order. In the airport you can get a special permit for those travelers who wish to leave the airport temporarily. While there are no compulsory vaccinations we do recommend going with vaccines for diphtheria, typhoid, hepatitis A and B, malaria and encephalitis.

Chinese City Gate

Chinese City Gate

China photos: Kenny Teo.

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