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Q: Does visa status become an issue when traveling WITHIN China?

Hello, so the circumstances are implicitly implied in my question... one of my friends wants to travel within China without letting visa status become an issue. but from what I've heard, all trains these days check passports for foreigners.. but does that mean that they also check the visa page? or is the 'passport check' purely for checking that the ID number on the ticket corresponds to the passport number? If they do check the visa page, in which case traveling by train would be ruled out as an option, is there any form of transport that doesn't require passport checks? I guess any form of getting from one city to another without leaving paper trails would be best. Would appreciate any intel you have into this as foreigners helping other foreigners.. in a foreign country.

 Please note that the question not about visa status itself, but rather the transport getting around China. So please refrain from irrelevant unhelpful comments.. Thanks!

3 years 8 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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I've had my passport randomly, and thorougly, checked by a policeman at a train station. It happened on two occassions . Once in Shanghai and once in Kunming. I guess I just have one of those faces.

I do have to ask why your friend thinks it's a good idea to go wandering around China as an illegal alien. Sure Chinese people are jolly and fun-loving but all this disappears when they catch you flouting their laws.

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By "Visa status" it seems clear that your "friends" visa is either out of date or they've stayed longer than their allowed length of visit. was that an irrelevent/unhelpful comment?

 

When I've taken trains and flights in China they've always looked at the passport information page but NOT the visa page.

 

Buses don't check passports so that's the only way I can think of that doesn't leave a paper trail as real names/ID numbers need to be used for plane and train tickets.

 

You've not mentioned this but the visa page and last entry stamp WILL get checked when checking into a hotel.

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No, check-out on trains is only for ID purpose, not visa status.

When you purchase train ticket, counter person will enter passport no. and train ticket has no. written on.

At the entering of the Train Station, check-out is again (if it is?) 'ticket no. must match passport no.'. ID-ing. I guess, they check the ticket's departure date, too. Can't enter today with tomorrow's train departure ticket.

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Tell the officer that your visa is expired and to only look at the first page, that will help. 

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I've had my passport randomly, and thorougly, checked by a policeman at a train station. It happened on two occassions . Once in Shanghai and once in Kunming. I guess I just have one of those faces.

I do have to ask why your friend thinks it's a good idea to go wandering around China as an illegal alien. Sure Chinese people are jolly and fun-loving but all this disappears when they catch you flouting their laws.

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"Please give some advice to help my illegal alien friend continue to break the law".

 

No chance that that's going to lower the reputation of foreigners here at all. Nope. Not one bit!

 

Hey, we're all foreigners here... we all love doing this sort of thing to help out our fellow foreigners... cos, you know, all foreigners MUST stick together...

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i suppose people work in the train station just want to look at id number, date of birth,etc, it's not their obligation to check visa status. 

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Also have to be careful with police checks at going from one province to another via a toll road.  For example the border between Anhui and Jiangsu are checked by police because of people trafficking.  Usually involves everyone off the bus and ID check . Most of the time foreigners stay on the bus and are not checked, however there could always the one time they do...

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Never been checked for anything in 3 years. Although I'm legal and have a five year visa. Sucks to be 'that guy'.

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