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Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

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Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby Ed en Vadrouille » 24 Jun 2011, 19:01

So I'm starting up a company, and unfortunately will have to do for a little while the dreaded visa runs.
Having to live on the cheap, I'm looking at other alternatives than flying to HK or other countries.

If you have a multiple entry visa to Taiwan, you can simply take a boat to international waters. It costs 3000NTD, a few hours, and leaves from Keelung (Jilong). URL of the company: http://www.starcruises.com/newweb/main.aspx

A cheaper alternative: Taking to the boat to Matzu (1400NTD) and then to Fu Jo in China. You will however need a visa to China.

As far as I know you CANNOT get a "landing visa" on arrival from the boat.

Anyone got other tips?
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Re: Visa Run: Alternative to a HK flight

Postby Baas Babelaas » 24 Jun 2011, 19:28

Get a multiple entry tourist visa for Mainland China (visa agent in Taiwan?) and then do the boat/flight to Jinmen, then the ferry over to Xiamen.

I paid NT$6000 for the return ticket (boat and plane). Is a return flight to Honkers cheaper? Although you have to factor in the cost of the Chinese visa.
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Re: Visa Run: Alternative to a HK flight

Postby the bear » 24 Jun 2011, 19:35

Ed en Vadrouille wrote:So I'm starting up a company, and unfortunately will have to do for a little while the dreaded visa runs.
Having to live on the cheap, I'm looking at other alternatives than flying to HK or other countries.

If you have a multiple entry visa to Taiwan, you can simply take a boat to international waters. It costs 3000NTD, a few hours, and leaves from Keelung (Jilong) (Jilong). URL of the company: http://www.starcruises.com/newweb/main.aspx

A cheaper alternative: Taking to the boat to Matzu (1400NTD) and then to Fu Jo in China. You will however need a visa to China.

As far as I know you CANNOT get a "landing visa" on arrival from the boat.

Anyone got other tips?


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Re: Visa Run: Alternative to a HK flight

Postby Ed en Vadrouille » 24 Jun 2011, 19:37

the bear wrote:cebu pacific ....NTD4000 return

That's a good one indeed!
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Re: Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby Taiwan Beer Boy » 04 Jul 2011, 17:52

air asia has free flights if you book a year in advance,
so if you know you will be doing this for a long time, book those 2012 flights now
www.airasia.com
some other companies have similar promotions,
cebu pacific air,
tiger air.
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Re: Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby taiwanatoa » 05 Jul 2011, 00:11

Is this really true?Just go on a cruise for a few hours for 3,000nt?My 6 month visa is up on the 18th ,so I need to do this next week.I'm living in Jilong!Is their office right there in the harbour?Should I just walk in & say"I need a visa extension"?I just looked at their website,but I can't tell what to do.Have you actually done this yet?
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Re: Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby yuli » 05 Jul 2011, 13:48

Ed en Vadrouille wrote:URL of the company: http://www.starcruises.com/newweb/main.aspx

And how/where can people find out about that deal you mentioned? :wink:
 
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Re: Visa Run: Alternative to a HK flight

Postby Abacus » 05 Jul 2011, 14:42

Ed en Vadrouille wrote:
the bear wrote:cebu pacific ....NTD4000 return

That's a good one indeed!


The only problem with it is that it's a red eye flight and the return is not until the next night (also a red eye) IIRC. It wouldn't be so bad if someone lived in Taipei but the 4 hr bus to Kaohsiung at 2:30am (HSR was closed for the night) wrecked the next day. But it's probably going to be my trip for CNY since the ticket savings can pay for most of the weeks expenses vs going elsewhere. Or substantially upgrade the trip.
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Re: Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby taiwanatoa » 06 Jul 2011, 01:56

PLEASE reply !! Have you actually got your visa extended this way,with Star Cruises?
Do you need a travel agent,or can you just walk into their office? Where IS their office? It is certainly not listed on their website.I googled it,and...NOTHING!


Does ANYONE else know about this? I really need to do this.I have been in Taiwan for 5 & a half months now,and have never yet been hired.I only got 3 lousy interviews the whole time!So I'm trying to do this visa extension as cheaply as possble.
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Re: Visa Run: Alternatives to a HK Flight

Postby yuli » 06 Jul 2011, 07:24

taiwanatoa wrote:PLEASE reply !!

The OP hasn't logged in since July 1 - maybe he is in Hong Kong... :wink:
If you can't find a number for Starcruises, you could call this company (travel agency):
太陽旅行社 SUN TRAVEL SERVICE
Taipei: 02-2522-2244
Kaohsiung: 07-282-3322
Naha: +81-98-866-0004 (they speak Chinese and Japanese)
(I haven't yet had an opportunity to deal with this agent on the Taiwan side)
 
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