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Fearful China Tightens Visa Requirements

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 21, 2012

Whenever the Chinese fear a tianenman like event, they limit visas. After all, the last thing they want is millions of tourists to witness them spraying down unprotected citizens with a salvo of .50 cal slugs.
Now is such a time of fear..

If you’re planning a trip to China and don’t have an up-to-date visa in hand, you may encounter some additional red tape.

On Aug. 1, 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.

The new, more complicated rules, unfortunately, don’t completely spell out what is considered a “duly authorized tourism unit” or what constitutes a “letter of invitation.” Consulate officials did not respond to our request for additional clarification.



2 Responses to “Fearful China Tightens Visa Requirements”

  1. vanoc1 said

    This is wonderful news Wtd and company, this simply means less money to the big stinky….. less tourist dollars, GO TO THAILAND guys, go to Nepal, go to TAIWAN…. don’t go to the BIG STINKY……. because the Big stinky, is well… welll. Big and stinky sums up everything…….

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