So you’re planning a trip to China? Be prepared- you won’t make it there if you overlook these three steps!
Step 1- Passport, Please
To travel to China, you need:
- A US passport, valid for at least 6 months after you plan to travel. If you applying for a one year multiple entry visa, you need to have at least a year left on your passport.
- Enough blank visa pages in the back to accommodate all of the visas and stamps you’ll receive on your journey.
- The appropriate Chinese visa.
If you need a new passport or more pages, this must be taken care of before you apply for your Chinese visa. You can do it by yourself, but if you’re on a deadline, an expediting company like RushMyPassport cuts through the red tape and makes the process simple and quick.
Step 2- Getting a Chinese Visa
Once you have your passport, you can apply for a Chinese visa. Do not skip this step, and don’t leave it until the last minute, either! China doesn’t offer visas on arrival, so if you don’t have one you will be fined, denied entry and shipped back home at your own expense.
China offers a veritable alphabet soup of different visa types. Each type of visa has its own application requirements, and applying for the wrong type of visa or submitting the wrong documents with your application puts your trip in jeopardy. The process can be confusing; review all the required paperwork carefully before you submit your application to the appropriate Chinese embassy or consulate office. For a simpler experience and faster processing, a visa expediting company like RushMyTravelVisa can offer invaluable assistance.
Getting sick can really ruin your vacation. The CDC recommends that you get current on all your shots before you travel to China. This may mean getting boosters to protect against childhood favorites like polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria and even chickenpox!
Depending on where in China you’re traveling and what you’re doing, you may need additional vaccines for diseases like Hepatitis A and typhoid fever. Check the CDC website or contact a local travel medicine clinic for more details.
Then, there’s the matter of yellow fever. If you will be traveling directly from the US to China, you don’t need to worry about it. However, if you’ll be arriving from another country where yellow fever is a problem, you’ll need a yellow fever shot to get into China.
Cut Through the Red Tape
Once you have a passport, getting a visa is the single most important part of the trip preparation process. Forget to pack deodorant? You can always buy more. Forget your visa? No amount of money or tears will get you past immigration.
With so much riding on this one piece of paper, it pays to have expert help with your Chinese visa application. RushMyTravelVisa helps you navigate the required paperwork and deals with the Chinese Embassy on your behalf, so you can focus on planning your trip, packing your bags and remembering other important items (like that deodorant.)