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Q: FYI: New Visa Rules for US Citizens

As of August 1st the rules for obtaining a tourist (L) visa or business (F) visa have changed yet again.  

 

 

The Chinese government started requiring that travelers seeking tourist visas, officially known as L visas, submit a letter of invitation and photocopies of the traveler’s round-trip ticket and hotel reservations.  

To obtain a business, or F Visa, applicants must now have an invitation letter or “confirmation letter of invitation” issued by an authorized Chinese agency. This is in addition to an invitation letter issued by a Chinese local government, company, corporation or institution.

For tourists, the invitation letter can come from a “duly authorized tourism unit” or it can be issued by a company, corporation, institution or individual in China. If the letter comes from an individual, a photocopy of her or his identification must also be provided.

 

More information can be found here:

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-china-new-visa-rules-20120817,0,47203.story

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http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/adr/

 

Also, from what I have been hearing, Visas are commonly being restricted to 15 days, single entry now in a lot of cases.

A couple of months ago, I was able to get a 1 year L visa, multiple entry without problems.  But now...  The rumor is that they are trying to really clamp down on foreigners who are working illegally in China.  And to them, I say, "Get off my lawn."

8 years 43 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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Thanks for the info. "Tightening the screws," so to speak...

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They'll keep tightening until most people leave. Perhaps that is what 'they' want, reverting to isolationist policies perhaps?

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maybe teachers should start working for higher wages and not whore themselves out so cheap

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Getting a Chinese Visa (the application process) is still nothing compare to getting a US or Canadian visa....check their list of things to provide with the application...20 some items....and every detail about u and your family and kids and dog and.......

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"To obtain a business, or F Visa, applicants must now have an invitation letter or “confirmation letter of invitation” issued by an authorized Chinese agency. This isIN ADDITION to an invitation letter issued by a Chinese local government, company, corporation or institution."

I think, that You are wrong.

On mentioned website info says:
"ONE of the following documents is required:
- An Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or a Confirmation Letter of Invitationissued by an authorized Chinese agency;
- An invitation Letter issued by the Chinese local governments, companies, corporations and institutions other than above-mentioned Chinese agency."

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So does this mean that a person from say America can't travel to China alone if they don't know someone that's already there (or without traveling with a tourism group)?

 

A lone tourist must now have connections abroad...is that correct?

 

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It's not a new law, it's an original law being enforced and only directs itself toward people with no ties or family in China, which means you're probably doing something illegal.

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you can always come to china get married , and get a one year L visa then renew every year at the police station, then you have legal ties . then if you want to work the schools will help you with that in china

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I had to get the letter of invitation from my wife who lives here in Australia to go to China this year

keeps changing every year( The visa that is not the wife)

I blame you yanks and because we all look alike

  good honest hard working Australians

descended from convicts are discriminated againstno

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