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It is Possible to Get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong: Follow These Procedures
Hong Kong is not only famous as the world’s freest economy in the Index of Economic Freedom of The Heritage Foundation, but also a popular spot for Chinese visa application. It is a well-known fact that the potential savings is one of the advantages of obtaining a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong rather than your home country. While many countries (especially Western countries like Canada) impose excessive charges for Chinese Visas, Hong Kong’s visa application’s charges are relatively lesser and cheaper.
If you intend to visit China while you are in Hong Kong, or the Chinese embassy in your home country is difficult for you to visit, you can apply the visa to enter China at a Chinese embassy in Hong Kong.
Documents Needed for Chinese Visa Application
First thing first, you can follow the step-by-step guide to find out what documents you need to prepare and the type of visa you want to apply for.
In summary, the documents needed for a Chinese visa application in Hong Kong are as follows:
- A duly completed application form
- Photocopy of your passport and a passport photo
- For non-Hong Kong residents, the Hong Kong immigration slip (which also known as “Visa exemption”, the arrival stamp or sticker that were given to you upon your arrival in Hong Kong) is needed for submission
- A travel itinerary that includes your round trip tickets to and from China, arrival and departure date as well as places you want to visit.
Please note that your round trip tickets must be in both English and Chinese. Your application will be denied if it was printed it in another language (such as Russia) even if your personal details and travel itinerary (e.g. name, airline, booking number and flight information) are clearly visible;
- Arrival and departure dates and places you plan to visit
- Photocopies of all of your hotel reservation in China with your name on it (in both English and Chinese)
Cost of a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong
Though the application fees of a Chinese Visa issued in Hong Kong is relatively cheaper than other countries, the cost is based on both your nationality and how soon you need the visa. The visa application will complete in two to four working days. Generally, the pick-up is in four business days (3 days later), inclusive of submission day. In the case that you need it sooner, you will have to pay extra charges. You may refer to the complete list of visa fees here.
Where to Get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong
The Chinese Visa Application Centre (CVASC)
Address: 20/F, Capital Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Business Hours: Monday to Friday ( note: office closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Tel: + 852 29921999; Fax: + 852 29891116
Click here for their website.
Submission of Applications and Payment
Regular service: 9:00 to 16:00
Express and Urgent Service: before 12:00
Regular Service: 10:00 to 17:00,
Express and Urgent Service: 12:00 to 17:00
Apply Via a Visa Agency
You can also get your visa application done with the help of a visa agency.