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Getting a Visa for China is becoming a more efficient and simpler process around the world. Still there are certain regulations to follow and it may requires a good amount of documents and time. Normally one can only apply for a Tourist Visa for China in the country of citizenship or Legal residency. But this situation is different in Kuala Lumpur, where applying for such Visa is even easier than in other places.
In our recent extensive trip around the world we found ourselves with three open weeks and the opportunity to go anywhere, at least where we do not need visa (We are American citizens and from other Latin American countries.)
We love China, and it is always top in our wishes during our travel planning. We got to know about how easy it is to apply for the visa in Malaysia and we decided to give it a shot.
The documents needed are quite simple: one needs to fill out the application (online or in the Visa center in a paper version). It is required to present the travel itinerary and hotel reservations, as many people may wonder how one would buy a plane ticket without knowing if the visa would be approved. In our case what we did -and we have done this in the past many times- we bought a ticket online, we did hotel reservations and then after we applied (that same day) we cancelled everything and there was no problem. Besides this a passport picture has to be attached along with photocopies of the main page of the passport (the one with the personal information) and a photocopy of the entry stamp to Malaysia. We entered the country the day before applying.
The visa center is located in level 5 (for application) and 6 (for payment and collection of the visa) of the Hampshire Place Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. It only takes five minutes walking from The Petronas Twin Towers. The closest station is the one of the Rapid KL (the Metro) Ampang park from there one walk like going toward the Petronas and turn right at the Bank of China building and go all the way to the end of the street.
It is possible to make an online appointment but we just showed up on a Thursday Morning (it is open from 9 am to 4pm Monday to Friday). Once we arrived to the first counter a person checked our documents and gave us a number, five minutes later our name was called. Another person behind a window took a more careful look to our papers, checking that our names matched the ones in the travel itineraries and then handed a receipt back to us asking us to come back in three working days at 9 am to pick up our visa. Then she added I do not think there will be any problem but if the consulate requires it we will call you for an interview (but she added again I don’t think this will happen).
We were back in the same place to pick up our visas the following Tuesday, we went to level six, a person checked our receipt gave us a number, we were called five minutes later and paid for our visas, (for most countries the price is around 50 USD for a one entry tourist visa –one can request multiple entries– for American Citizens the price is around 160 USD. After paying we got back our passports with our visas.
Now we are writing this post from Sanya in China, enjoying this amazing Tropical destination.