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Getting a Chinese Visa in Bangkok

Here's your guide on how to get that visa like a walk in a park.

Fancy travelling to the 4th largest country in the world but needs a visa? Well, well, well. Here’s your guide on how to get that visa like a walk in a park.

1. Download an application form or fill it online. Note category L for tourists. Always bring a blank copy with you.

2. Bring 2 photos against a gray/white background with no jewelry. Requirements are in this link. There is an improvised photo booth on the 2nd floor of the visa building (address below), in case your photo gets rejected.

3. Bring your passport (6-months validity) and a photocopy of the bio-page.

4. Bring your valid work permit and one photocopy.

5. Photocopy of work visa (stamped in your passport) and re-entry from Thai immigration.

6. Letter to the Consulate.

7. Itinerary of your trip. There’s no need to be detailed but I use the notes as my actual guide.

8. Booked/paid flights
In case, you will leave China via land border, you have to explain it in your Letter to the Consulate. If it’s your first time, I recommend showing paid/reservations of a train or a bus company. We travelled from Beijing to Mongolia via train and I used Travel China Guide to reserve the trains just for visa purposes. Once in Beijing, we bought the tickets at the train station. It’s not recommended to pay online. 

9. Reserved / paid accommodations
The hostel can be a reservation (no up-front payment). I usually use booking.com or agoda.com for visa purposes.

10. Photocopy (1) of old China visas with stamps of entry and exit.

11. Recommended but not required is a letter of employment from your HR.

There you go! No need for bank statements or bank balance confirmations! You may opt to schedule an online appointment in this website.

When you’re ready, apply on the 5th floor of Thanaphum Building, 1550 New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok from 9 am to 3 pm.

Once you got the receipt of your documents, you may check the status of your application in this website. You pay for the visa fees when you pick up your passport.

If you want a format of the letter to the consul in word and itinerary in excel, leave a comment below and I will send a google link. Good luck!

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