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procedure for a visa run

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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 22 Apr 2001, 14:39

What is the legal procedure for a visa run? I know I need to go to Hong Kong or somewhere, but what do I do while I'm there? Do I need to find the taiwan representative in HK and fill out the paperwork in HK? How long does it take to get the visa? I'm sure there is an easier and more efficient way? Any help from anybody would be great!

Thanks!

Crazy Laowai
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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 24 Apr 2001, 10:15

so this is secret information? I know everyone knows how to do it... How about letting a fellow laowai know... come on, I won't tell anybody...

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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 24 Apr 2001, 10:46

If you want a 30 day visa you just need to turn around at the airport and pay some money when you come in. You need to have a return ticket though or at least some money or a credit card to shwo that you can afford one. I forgot once and it was a major hassle.

If you want a 60 day visa you can do it in a day if you really hurry. You have to drop off the application in the morning and pick it up after 4 or 4:30. Usually the 60 day visa is for study and you have to have all the documents form your school with you and a return ticket. It's in the Lippo building in central. Otherwise just dot he 30 day landing visa.

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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 25 Apr 2001, 07:08

Crazy Laowai

This is the way I did it

Have the following before you leave for HK

- A valid air ticket
out of Taiwan to somewhere els...maybe to your home country, Thailand, Philippines etc. The officials in the visa office in HK want to know that you have the means and are leaving Taiwan before the time limit expires on the visa. I always went to the British Airways desk in HK airport after changing the date of my flight.....and got the sticky thingy on my ticket to say I was leaving within thirty days (I am not too sure if this is a requirement though)
- Two photos
- Passport

- Plane ticket
Go Thai Airways usually 9000NTD, leaves in the morning at around 7.00(it is the first flight). Arrive HK at 9.15. Get off the airplane and go quickly to immigration.
Then get the airport train to HK. Buy return ticket to CENTRAL STATION.
When you arrive in CENTRAL STATION, you can either make a dash for the MTR(equivalent of the MRT) ..have some change with you..and go to ADMIRALTY station..be careful which train you get on in CENTRAL station. The MTR is more complicated than the MRT. Alternatively get out at central station and walk to the LIPPO building. It is this skyscraper that was featured in the Van Dame
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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 25 Apr 2001, 07:35

One more thing..correct me if I am wrong..if you do the turn around at the airport.. you recieve a landing visa when you arrive in CKS.. This is only valid for 15 days I think..and you can't transfer it to a resident visa.

Bangkok..stay clear of that place for a visa..some people get it easy but others are refused point blank..depends on the person on duty..I heard it is a nightmare..
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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 25 Apr 2001, 08:00

Bu Lai En

You are right..30 days can be gotten on a landing visa

Go to Lippo in HK for 60 days
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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 25 Apr 2001, 16:06

Thanks guys!

Crazy Laowai
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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 26 Apr 2001, 02:24

The "Zhonghua Travel Service" (more evidence that the government can't spell anything correctly Image: ) is located on the 40th floor of the Lippo Building. The phone number is 2525-8315.

As for money, that depends on what country your passport is from, at least for a vistor's visa.

Of course, if you have a multiple entry visa, you don't even have to leave the HK airport. When you apply, you might as well ask for one; maybe you'll get lucky, like I did.

Has anyone tried to get a visa in Macau?

--Cranky (glad I don't have to mess with visa runs any more)


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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 26 Apr 2001, 11:30

Oh, I thought I should point out that the 30 landing visa is only available to some nationalities, but it's most of the main western ones I think.

Actually I'm not sure why you'd want to go to the visa office in Hong Kong if you can just get the landing visa, unless you have soem way (such as being a student) of getting a 60 day visa. They are normally very strict about giving these out in Hong Kong (and most other places).

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procedure for a visa run

Postby Visitor » 27 Apr 2001, 00:25

Regulation of Visa-Exempt Entry and Landing Visa for
Foreign Nationals


http://www.boca.gov.tw/appli/exempte.htm
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