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British Passport/HKID with no stars for Chinese VISA

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    British Passport/HKID with no stars for Chinese VISA

    Hello all,

    First post. I have a British Passport and a HKID card with no stars and wish to get a visa to China. I've always done my visa application to China direct here in the U.K. but as I will be travelling to Hong Kong first, I want to know how will they process my visa application if I do it in H.K.

    My flights have been booked so London to H.K., H.K. to Beijing in between, Beijing to H.K. and then finally H.K. to London. But when I come back from Beijing to H.K., I wish to book a flight to Xiamen so I don't know whether I should book now or book when I get to H.K.

    I have done my visa in H.K. before with my parents but this was long ago so I do not know what has changed.

    I know I am not entitled for a home return pass as I have no H.K. passport (my brother has one grr!!) and I am not entitled for the 72 hour free transit (although I am only staying for 3 days but I will be returning back to H.K. so this not apply).

    So how will this work and how much will cost and how long does it take? I believe they won't take my HKID into consideration.

    The prices for China visas in the U.K. are around £119.00 for a double entry which takes about a week (I don't fly until end of July) .

    Many help appreciated, thanks.


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    See here for prices: http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/eng/fwxx/wgrqz/t279937.htm

    HK$540 for a double entry (if you are going to Beijing, then back to HK, then on to Xiamen). Takes 4 working days, or pay more and get in 24 hours.

    With the 72 hours free transit you need to be going to a third city after China, not back to the original city - e.g -Hong Kong - Beijing - Tokyo.

    There is high speed train to Xiamen now, from Shenzhen. Worth considering. Or book a flight online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumbrake:
    Takes 4 working days, or pay more and get in 24 hours.
    I heard it's now 4 days nomatterwhat - no more fast service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flameproof:
    I heard it's now 4 days nomatterwhat - no more fast service.
    Even if the Visa Office does not offer the express service, I think agents can still get a visa in a day. For example http://www.fbt-chinavisa.com.hk/services.html

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    Are your flights changeable? A return to Macau would be sufficient to qualify for the 72 hour transit arrangement. Providing of course you are departing within 72 hours...


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    My tickets are already booked. Will arrive H.K. on 30th July and stay for 7 days before leaving for Beijing. Will that be long enough for the visa application in H.K.?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rkc86:
    My tickets are already booked. Will arrive H.K. on 30th July and stay for 7 days before leaving for Beijing. Will that be long enough for the visa application in H.K.?
    Yes, at most it will take 4 working days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkc86:
    My tickets are already booked. Will arrive H.K. on 30th July and stay for 7 days before leaving for Beijing. Will that be long enough for the visa application in H.K.?
    7 days is plenty, just get the application process started as soon as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumbrake:
    ... think agents can still get a visa in a day. For example http://www.fbt-chinavisa.com.hk/services.html
    FTB definitely can't (I asked them). The problem is that those guys don't update their websites.
    As far as I know there is no more express service available at all. If someone knows one, please share.