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People's Republic of China, the world's most populous country and the largest in East Asia (capital: Beijing).

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Can I study different degrees in two universities in China at the same time? [migrated]

I have two master's degrees. One is from a Chinese university, and I am about to finish it, with only my thesis remaining. The other master's degree, which I have already completed, is from India. I ...
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Entering the US from China for the first time with an Indian passport

I have a newly issued 10-year US B1/B2 visa on my Indian passport. I will have to be in Shanghai for a week before flying to the US for the 1st time using this visa. Does anyone here have any ...
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Indian expat in Japan looking for tourist visa to travel to China

I am from India, currently staying in Japan on an HSP visa. I'm looking for a China tourist visa. Do I need to apply for a visa from Japan using an agency? Or can I apply directly online without any ...
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Baidu Maps route planner doesn't show trains between Shanghai and Wuxi

I'm planning a day trip from Shanghai to Wuxi by train. The interesting thing is that train booking websites, such as Trip.com, show many direct trains (40 min only) between these cities but Baidu ...
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eSIM for China with a local number

I would like to get an eSIM with a Chinese number so I can use it to register for local services, apps and so on. I'm aware that: I can get a regular SIM in airports, but I'd like to save my SIM slot ...
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New passport but documents have old passport number

So, I am applying for a China business visa from Pakistan and it requires police verification and COVID-19 certificates. My records have an old passport number and I am now using a new passport with a ...
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Which water cave in Yangshuo is best? [closed]

China's Guilin city, and particularly Yangshuo area have multiple 'water caves' but there's very limited information online. If any cave enthusiasts have visited- I would like to understand which ones ...
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How to answer previous travel question on Chinese COVA application?

The Chinese Online Visa Application asks if I have visited any other countries or regions in the last 12 months. I have visited Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong SAR. Unfortunately, I do not see an ...
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Travelling with two passports (same name) - which passport should be used for booking? [duplicate]

I need advice for my family's itinerary: China - Indonesia - UK - China. My kids have Chinese and UK passports. Can I book their tickets using only their Chinese passports? Exiting China with the ...
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Previously filled out China Online Visa Application (COVA). Must I do it again?

In August '23 I intended to visit the People's Republic of China under a Tourist Visa and therefore completed and saved/(submitted) the China Online Visa Application (COVA). I also printed the ...
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Dual passport holder leaving and entering China

I've seen similar questions asked, but I would really appreciate some clarity. I am a dual citizen (passport holder) of South Africa and UK. I am currently living and working in Shanghai, China. My ...
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Travel visa for China (Airport visit only) Japan to China - US Citizen

Recently, I attempted to fly with China Eastern Airlines after purchasing a round-trip ticket for ONLY 3 days with Trip.com online. I was coming close to completing a 90-day visa in Japan as a United ...
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Do Chinese immigration officers check foreigners' visas for other countries?

Consider a traveler arriving by air in China from the United States who presents a passport from a country whose citizens enjoy a visa exemption in China. Citizens of this country do require a visa ...
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Plans to travel to China, but recognized as a USA-China dual citizen? Any issues?

I am 26 years old, US citizen (born and raised), have never been to China but planning on going this year. My parents were Chinese nationals at the time I was born so I am considered a Chinese ...
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Drive from Hong Kong to Macau, without entering Mainland China

As a foreigner, without a Chinese visa, is it possible to drive a rental car from Hong Kong to Macau? Does the Zhuhai-HK-Macau bridge enter Mainland China? (I don't normally require HK or Macau visas)....
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Can a British citizen travel from mainland China to Taiwan as a temporary resident of China without a special permit?

I'm a British citizen with only a British passport. I'm in mainland China on exchange, so I arrived with an X1 visa then applied for temporary residency, which expires in July 2024. I'd like to visit ...
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Travelling with two passports (dual citizen) from the Philippines to China then to Japan

I am planning a trip from the Philippines to China and then continuing to Japan, before heading back to the Philippines. I am a dual citizen of the Philippines and Sweden. I have a Chinese visa on my ...
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Dual citizen check-in and enter on different passports [duplicate]

So, I'm a dual citizen of China and Canada, working in the US. Chinese passport has a US tourist visa (B1/B2). Canadian Passport has a work visa for US. I need to fly from China to the US. Here's the ...
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Xiamen 10-hour layover questions

I'm flying from Jakarta to Taiwan (TSA airport) with a 10+ hour layover in Xiamen with a US passport. I found out from YouTube that I can join a free city tour there. But there are some unanswered ...
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Travelling from China to Europe by train

My wife's father is a Chinese citizen living near Beijing. He has a fear of flying. If he wanted to travel to the EU by train (and then on to London), what visas, tickets and other logistical ...
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Transit visa for China with Philippines passport

I hold a Philippines passport. I want to go from Hong Kong to the Philippines and back with the following itinerary. Do I need to apply for a transit visa? The website said to apply for a transit visa ...
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Is it allowed to have two 144-hour visa-free transits in China within a short period?

I am making some travel plans around Christmas and I may attempt two visa-free transits in China within a short period of time. E.g., some airport X outside Mainland China -> CAN -> some airport ...
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What kind of onward ticket can be used to be granted a 144-hour visa-free transit in Guangdong Province and leaving Mainland China via the Luohu port?

I am a citizen of one of the countries (France) eligible for a 144-hour visa-free transit in some areas of Mainland China. I understand that to be granted the visa-free entry, I must have an onward ...
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What's the Luohu highway port in Shenzhen that is allowed to be used as an exit port after being granted 144h visa-free transit in Guangdong Province?

I am a citizen of one of the countries (France) eligible for a 144-hour visa-free transit in some areas of Mainland China. I understand that to be granted the visa-free entry, I must have an onward ...
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Am I allowed to leave Mainland China without using the onward ticket used to get visa-free entry (I'll leave in due time)? If so must I notify anyone?

I am a citizen of one of the countries (France) eligible for a 144-hour visa-free transit in some areas of Mainland China. I understand that to be granted the visa-free entry, I must have an onward ...
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Does one need to have an interline ticket (connecting ticket) to be allowed a 144-hour visa-free transit in China? Or does any onward ticket suffice?

I am a citizen of one of the countries (France) eligible for a 144-hour visa-free transit in some areas of China. I am reading conflicting information on whether I must have an interline ticket or ...
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How to choose an eSIM for China + Hong Kong?

For a trip to China and Hong Kong, I'm planning to purchase an eSIM so I can use mobile data with my device. During my research, I've found a pretty large variation in prices for my options (as much ...
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What happens if I miss a flight due to moving between airports?

I was interested in booking a flight from Sydney to Tokyo. It stops over in Shanghai and asks for a change from Pudong airport to Hongqiao airport, in 4h. This is a through ticket - but reading online ...
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What's the best China mobile SIM card operator to use long term for a foreigner?

I'm planning to come to China and buy a SIM card. I'll use it mainly for receiving OTPs because I'll try to open a bank account and will be using it outside of China as well to receive the OTPs. I'll ...
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Is a Transit Visa for China for Azerbaijan citizens required?

I am an Azerbaijan citizen and a permanent resident of Russia. I am considering the following flight: Indonesia (DPS) -> Baiyun (CAN) -> Russia (SVO) I have an 8-hour layover in China, at Baiyun....
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Can I somehow look at my WorldTracer delayed luggage record from China?

tl;dr: I want to check/update information on a delayed piece of luggage, but am facing issues accessing the record on World Tracer. Roughly a week ago, I have travelled from Germany to China. ...
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Can I do occasional remote work for my employer in my country of origin while on a family visit in China?

I am a German citizen who is going to travel to China for six weeks on a Q2 visa for visiting my in-laws. Am I likely to experience any problems if I do some remote work for my (Germany-based) company ...
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Getting a concurrent Chinese Visa for new passport

I have a business trip to China that is urgent, and my old passport expired. I sent it in to be renewed but it had my old Chinese Visa in it. I was able to get an appointment to go physically to the ...
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Will I have issues if I enter China on a Q2 (multi-entry family visit visa) but will not visit family?

I obtained a Q2 visa since a direct family member of mine lives in China. I need to enter China soon for an event, but will be going to a different city from where they live and will not have time to ...
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How does COVID test verification work for traveling to China?

Timatic states: Passengers entering or transiting through China (People's Rep.) must have a negative COVID-19 NAAT, PCR, rapid antigen test (including home testing kit) or RT-PCR test taken at most ...
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Can I transit through Chengdu TFU airport visa-free?

I cannot find an official website stating which ports of entry are allowed. The closest one with a full table of ports posted on March 2023 includes Chengdu CTU airport (Chengdu Shuangliu ...
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Is local currency really prohibited from entering China?

Here's something I found on trade.gov (International Trade Administration): The following items are prohibited from entering China: arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds; counterfeit ...
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What are some things I shouldn't do in China that can get me arrested?

What are some apparently harmless things I shouldn't do in China as a tourist/traveler that can get me arrested by the police? I am talking about something which most people outside China would ...
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Can I arrive in China with a short-term family visit visa (Q2) in a city that is not the home of my relative?

I'm a UK citizen planning on visiting relatives who are Chinese citizens in China. China has a Q2 visa for this: Visa Categories Description of Visa ... ... Q2 Issued to those who intend to visit ...
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How long should I allow for transferring between Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (上海虹桥站) and Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG)?

I'm in the process of planning a trip in China. I plan on returning home from Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG) but may be arriving in Shanghai from another city via train at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway ...
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Do I need a transit visa for overnight transit in Chengdu China with Nepalese passport?

I have 4 hours and 30 minutes in Chengdu China which goes from the 22nd to the 23rd. Do to I need a transit visa as I am a Nepalese passport Flight from Kathmandu to Chengdu: 22 MAR 1545 to 2100 ...
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Entered wrong arrival date on a yet unpaid visa application, got communication problems with consulate. How to proceed?

I recently filled out a Chinese visa application form and scheduled a meeting with their consulate in Poland. A day after, while reviewing the form, I realized that I entered the wrong arrival date - ...
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X2 visa for a visit to a Chinese language school?

Ever since I heard about during the pandemic, it has been my dream to visit CLI, a language school in Guìlín (桂林) for two weeks of learning Chinese. Now that the PRC borders opened, it seems to have ...
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Will my current Chinese visa (2023) still be valid if I renew my UK passport? [duplicate]

I have a UK passport which will expire in May 2023 along with my current Chinese Visa. I was hoping to return to the UK and renew my passport as travel restrictions are getting easier. There have been ...
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Returning home to China after overstay in Slovenia

I'm asking for an acquaintance who came to Slovenia with a business visa that has since expired. Now he wants to return home to China. Will he have any problem with returning to his country when he ...
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Where in China is this recreation of Paris and the Eiffel tower (as seen in Jamie xx's Gosh video) and what is it like today?

The October 4, 2016 music video Gosh by Jamie xx was shot in a recreation of recognizable Paris buildings and sights, including a very large model of the Eiffel Tower. Scenes in the video show that at ...
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Fulfilling Chinese COVID testing requirements while transiting at Heathrow, London

The current COVID-19 test requirements for traveling to China consists of two PCR tests within 24 and 48 hours before departure respectively. In principle the rules can be different depending on the ...
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Can my ex-wife, who is Chinese, apply for a Chinese passport for our child who is an american citizen, without my consent?

My ex wife is a Chinese citizen and I'm concerned she is attempting to take our child back to China without my consent. I have a restraining order stating she cannot take our child out of the state ...
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Visa for China—financial requirement?

Looking into possibility of spending some time in China, and looked for visa requirements. Type L looks like the only one that would work (unless I sign up for study, type X). Three different websites ...
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Can I leave Hong Kong after 3 days?

Recently Hong Kong government has relaxed the quarantine measures for inbound passangers. Now the arrangement is 3+4, that is 3 days medical surveillance (amber health code and restricted movement) ...
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