Many individuals want to travel to The People’s Republic of China to enjoy the countries historical sites and culture. China is a huge country that often requires a long-term stay to see its major cities and small towns while traveling by train, airplane or bus. Anyone traveling to China must know the legal requirements for a trip to avoid breaking the country’s laws. Most counties have a written list of visa regulations or policies that must be followed precisely by tourists. There are important reasons why a country requires a list of documents to visit. Authorities in China want to know who is entering their country to avoid criminal activity such as drug smuggling and theft.
The People’s Republic of China maintains several diplomatic offices such as consulates and embassies that issue the documents necessary for legal travel throughout the country in addition to entering and exiting. The standard procedure for a potential tourist is to contact an immigration agent in their home country several weeks before traveling to China. An individual does not need to apply in person at a consulate but needs to have their passport submitted to the embassy within a particular time line. Chinese embassies are located in several major cities throughout the world with offices that provide an official stamp on a tourist’s passport that allows admittance to the country within a certain period of time.
Officials at a Chinese consulate office can apply a variety of visa stamps such as a regular, official or diplomatic type that has different purposes for the visiting tourist. China requires that a passport is stamped in person, instead of through the mail. However, third-party representatives are typically hired by potential tourists to take their passport to an embassy or consulate office to get the stamp. An individual can travel to the Chinese consulate nearest to their home, but most individuals find it less expensive and time-consuming to hire a third-party representative for the task because a passport is rarely stamped on the same day. To avoid multiple visits to an embassy office, most individuals pay a fee to a third-party to hand carry their passport to an immigration agent.
The embassies of The People’s Republic of China frequently change the regulations concerning attaining a visa stamp on a passport for long-term travel. The rules also vary for citizens of different countries. The constant changes in traveling regulations are another good reason to hire a third-party representative to assist with carrying a passport to an embassy or consulate. The professionals working as third-party representatives keep track of the current regulations ensuring that a traveler receives the correct stamp in a passport to avoid problems with authorities while entering and exiting China. A tourist is usually allowed to visit China for a maximum of 90 consecutive days after receiving an official stamp from an immigration agent but is often required to submit additional documents to an embassy.