There’s so much to see in China that one trip scarcely scratches the surface, but it’s surely worth it to travel to that land at least once in your lifetime.
If you go, you’re going to need some standard travel documents that include a passport, and for U.S. residents traveling to China, a visa is necessary. Your travel preparations will go a good deal more smoothly if you have your visa in hand when you’re making arrangements.
In tandem with your visa, you’re going to need an up-to-date passport, which is required of Americans engaging in foreign travel. A variety of different kinds of visa are available for visitors to China, and the right one for you depends on the kind of travel you’re doing.
It’s your job to find out which visa you will need, and the kind that will be required depends on the variety of trip you’re planning in the country. Aside from selecting the correct kind of visa for the sort of travel that you’re planning, you must also have a visa that is issued for the right duration of your trip.
Most U.S. visitors to China seek out a tourist visa to the country, and they apply as an American citizen, and that will likely be the designation you’ll use, as well. To apply for your visas, all in your travel group must have United States passports, and present a filled-in visa application and a passport-style photo.
You’ll want to hand-deliver the materials to the Chinese embassy or consulate in your town, or else use the mailing service that the Chinese offer. It takes seven days to process forms for China visas, so plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get your paperwork finished.
Write your money order or cashier’s check for $135 to “Chinese Embassy” to cover the cost of filing and processing your visa application. For residents of certain countries, visits to China for 15 days or less can be permitted without a visa, but most visiting tourists do come to China with visas.
Pay attention for announcements concerning travel requirement for China visitors because the Chinese government is constantly changing the rules. You may want to get immunized before you leave, although the Center for Disease Control does not mandate vaccinations for travel to China.
You wouldn’t want to become ill when making this trip, so the handful of recommended vaccinations may be worth their weight in gold. The vaccinations take a few weeks to work, so make a doctor’s appointment a month to a month and a half before you are to depart.
With a bit of preliminary work, you’ll be prepared for your trip to China.