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With my Tibet to Ireland by land trip just around the corner, I had to apply for my Chinese visa while I was in Bangkok, and to be honest it was surprisingly easy! Read up on how to do it, where the Chinese embassy in Bangkok is and how much a Chinese visa costs:

When is the chinese embassy in bangkok open?

What you need for your Chinese visa:

1) Passport (with 6 months minimum before it expires)

2) Passport application form (you get this when you walk in)

3) Supplementary application form because you’re not from Thailand (you get this when you walk in)

4) 1 or 2 Passport photos depending on nationality (you can get them done on the same street as the embassy, $4 for 6)

5) The money for your visa, payable only in Thai baht

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Where is the Chinese embassy in Bangkok:

Step 1) It is 5 minutes walk from the Phra Ram 9 MRT stop (the subway in Bangkok).

Step 2) From the station, take Exit 1

Step 3) Up the escalator and when you leave the station outside, take a u-turn

Step 4) Walk for 400m or so, past Tesco Lotus

Step 5) At Soi 3 (there’s a sign), you’re there! It’s on your left

*If you’re staying on Khao San Road, get a taxi/tuk-tuk/motorbike (about $3) to Siam BTS station, from there you can connect to Phra Ram BTS easily.

Check out the google map to help you out…


View The Embassy Of The People’s Republic Of China in a larger map

How do I apply for my Chinese Visa in Bangkok?

  1. Get to the embassy between 9 – 11.30am, any later and you’ll be refused.
  2. Go to the second floor, as you walk in, tell the guy behind the desk you want to apply for a tourist visa, he gives you two forms, fill them in and press the button on the machine for a number.
  3. Wait for your number, hand over your forms, passport and passport photo – tell them do you want to wait 3 days, 2 days or next day for your visa. The faster it is the more expensive it will be (see below)

*This should only take 10 minutes or so total.

chinese embassy bangkok
The embassy from outside, as you approach Soi 3

Collecting your Chinese Visa in Bangkok

  1. Again arrive between 9 -11.30am on the correct day on your receipt.
  2. Queue up on the far side, pay your bill.
  3. Requeue again and collect your visa.
  4. Check out your brand new shiny Chinese visa.

*This takes less than 10 minutes total

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How much does a Chinese Visa in Bangkok cost?

It ranges between $40 to $140 depending on how fast you want it, how many entries you want and what nationality you are – check out the pic taken in the embassy to find out how much you’ll have to shell out:

How much does a Chinese visa cost in Bangkok
Chinese Visa fees in Bangkok Thailand (Nov 2011)

NOTE: If you want a multi-entry 6 month or one year visa (like I wanted) you can only get it if you have a previous Chinese tourist visa of any kind in your passport OR you have a work permit to live in Thailand. If you don’t have that, the maximum you can get is the double entry.

Enjoy China, I certainly will! Happy travels!

 

NOTE: update feb 2012* you now need flight into China AND an onward flight, and hotel bookings to get your visa!!

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17 thoughts on “Getting A Chinese Visa in Bangkok

  1. Good day.

    I hope this email finds you well.

    My name is Don Luc. I work for a recruitment agency in China. We have Students that need to do their student visas and we are wondering if it is possible to do from Thailand , instead of their home country. Their nationalities are Russian and South African. Hong Kong has become very troublesome and will not accept theses nationalities.

    I have their JW202 form (the visas request papers)

    and Admission letters from the university here in Nanjing China.

    This letter says that they have been accepted and that they are cleared to come and study in a Chinese University.

    Please can you get in contact with me.

    Thank you

    Kindest Regards

    Don Luc

  2. hi,
    now i have a chinese visa also still in china now,but for apply working visa i need out and enter china again,33 country banned from HK for apply visa,do you have any information Turkey citizens can apply from thailand visa?

  3. am an Ethiopian backpacker. am currently in bangkok and i was hoping to go to china is it possible for me to apply for chinese visa?

  4. am an Ethiopian backpacker. am currently in bangkok and i was hoping to go to china on my way does anybody know if i can apply to china while am in bangkok?

  5. Do you know where we can find out any more information about the updates to getting the Chinese Visa? We’re going in March 2013. We were planning on coming in by train from vietnam, would we have to book tickets beforehand (Hanoi – Nanning) and show those? We were planning on buying the tickets in Hanoi!

    Also, is hotel reservation absolutely necessary as well, as we were going to find a guest house/hotel in Nanning when we arrive there.

    Flights home we have… does that help? :S

  6. You’ve now updated that you need a flight and hotel reservation to get an L visa in Bangkok. Does that mean a ticket to Beijing or a ticket showing you will leave Beijing. also, I have an apartment in Beijing so would I show them my address rather than a hotel reservation? Thanks.

  7. Hey Johnny,
    Thinking of getting the train from Vietnam to London and we were a bit worried about getting a Chinese visa. Cheers for the info, sounds easier then we thought!
    Terry.

  8. Thanks for sharing the information. I hope it works to get the chinese Visa but I have heard that you need to have the invitation letter from any company or person in China as well ?? Please advice.

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