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    Multiple-Entry China Visa for Australia

    Hi all,

    I know there a lot of posts about this, but the rules seem different for all nationalities and it is very confusing!

    Anyway, I am residing in HK on a tourist Visa for the next 3 months (in which I will probably take a quick trip to Macau, and then head back to HK) on my Australian passport.

    Occassionally (at least more than twice) I will want to enter China for the weekend. is there any way that I can get a multiple entry visa. I do not have a HK ID card.

    Are there any other options (i.e get a working holiday Visa, and then get a multiple entry on that)? Or is it just not possible?

    Cheers,
    Tom


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    Quote Originally Posted by tmiddled:


    Occassionally (at least more than twice) I will want to enter China for the weekend. is there any way that I can get a multiple entry visa. I do not have a HK ID card.
    Umm no you cant, as far as I know..

    You can only get an F type multiple entry visa, from the Chinese embassy closest to you, back in Australia, if you do not have a HK id card. And even then, you would need a company supported letter, justifying why you need a multiple entry visa, and a letter of invitation from the China side.

    You can also apply for an APEC business card, via the Australian immigration depart, providing you satisfy the criteria, which gives you 3 years automatic entry in all participating APEC nations, which the PRC is a participant.

    If you visit The Office of the Commissioner Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Wanchai, you will be able to get a 2 entry visa that will be valid for say 2 or 3 months. That's about all you are going to get, while on a tourist visa.....

    More info can be obtained here: Address/Office hours/Enquiry service

    Good luck with that digger..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmiddled:
    Anyway, I am residing in HK on a tourist Visa
    Er, that makes you an illegal immigrant, so you can't have any complaints if ImmD don't let you back in any time you choose to exit.

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    By residing I just mean staying. Isn't that why I get a 3 month tourist visa?


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    OK thanks for the info.

    So if I get the 2/3 double entry I can go into China twice. In which case I will get another 90 day HK tourist Visa. ONce the double entry runs out (and if I am still holidying here) I can maybe get another double entry, and visit another 2 times in 2 or 3 months.

    Thanks again,
    Tom


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    Tom,

    I should have typed L & F type multiple entry visa in my previous post, depending on the circumstances... L = Tourist or for the purpose of visiting relative. F = Business.

    Be careful with visa runs mate, they eventually wise up to it, when the HKSAR/Macau passport reader eventually red flags you, with an obligatory please explain why you are still here on a tourist visa, interview....

    Last edited by Skyhook; 12-05-2010 at 12:49 PM.

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    Ummm.......So you are not allowed more than one 90 day tourist Visa? If that is the case then I will pursue other options. i.e. working holiday visa after this expires, or just go home. I thought doing a visa run was legit.

    Or are you saying you are only allowed one double entry China visa?

    Tom


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    He is saying that if you are doing HK 'visa runs' for any reason OTHER than being a tourist then you may have problems.

    If you are a genuine tourist - rich guy with no job and time on his hands living in a hotel etc - no problem.


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    If you use an agent, such as Forever Bright, you can probably get a multi entry 6 month China L visa. Do not use CTS as your agent. If you go directly to the visa office, you will probably be limited to a double entry China L visa (if you do not have a HKID and do not have previous China visas, and are not a US passport holder).

    Last edited by drumbrake; 12-05-2010 at 02:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumbrake:
    If you use an agent, such as Forever Bright, you can probably get a multi entry 6 month China L visa. Do not use CTS as your agent. If you go directly to the visa office, you will probably be limited to a double entry China L visa (if you do not have a HKID and do not have previous China visas, and are not a US passport holder).
    This defies logic. Why would some agency be able to do better than the Commissioner's Office?

    Too many visa runs can raise eyebrows and I have heard of European whites delayed coming back from Macau. You might not want to do that too many times or seem to be making a routine of it.
    Last edited by Football16; 12-05-2010 at 02:13 PM.

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